With Parliament back in session, Canadians will be able to see newly minted Conservative Leader Pierre Poilievre square off against Prime Minister Justin Trudeau. On this episode of Editor's Edition, the Public Policy Forum’s Sean Speer and Yahoo Finance Canada's Alicja Siekierska discuss what to expect out of the new opposition leader in the House of Commons. Speer says that while many are used to Poilievre playing a “prosecutorial role” in parliament, Poilievre's next challenge will be to build on his base of support and try to reach new and different voters. “I think it would be in Mr. Poilievre’s interest to continue down that line and expand beyond the kind of combative persona that I think a lot of people tend to associate with him,” Speer said.
With the House of Commons back in session, politicians are zeroing in on inflation and the affordability crisis facing many Canadians across the country. Prime Minister Justin Trudeau’s Liberal government has proposed new legislation to provide inflation relief for low-income Canadians by temporarily hiking GST credits and providing payments for those struggling to pay rent. It is also moving forward on developing a national dental care program, a key part of its supply-and-confidence agreement with the NDP. On this episode of Editor’s Edition, the Public Policy Forum’s Sean Speer and Yahoo Finance Canada’s Alicja Siekierska discuss the government’s plan to provide inflation relief for Canadians and whether it will contribute to the issue itself.
“The pandemic is over,” U.S. President Joe Biden said in an interview with CBS’ 60 Minutes. While some public health officials have taken issue with Biden’s declaration, the Public Policy Forum’s Sean Speer says the comment is something to be proud of, as it reinforces that society has managed to get through a once-in-a-century pandemic. “Too many people died, too many people faced financial hardship, and I think there's going to be ongoing challenges with respect to educational loss and mental health issues,” Speer said. “But I think in a lot of ways, the President was saying something that I think a lot of people want to hear, which is that we need to ultimately move on. It doesn’t mean we should be reckless or irresponsible, but we were taking extraordinary steps… things that are extraordinary can’t become ordinary. It’s unsustainable.” On this episode of Editor’s Edition, Speer and Yahoo Finance Canada’s Alicja Siekierska discuss Biden’s comments about moving on from the COVID-19 pandemic, as well as why China is continuing to pursue a COVID-zero policy. They also discuss the government’s plan to provide inflation relief for Canadians and what to expect out of the new session of parliament, including the challenges ahead for both Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and new opposition leader Pierre Poilievre. If you have any policy-related questions, or feedback about the show, please email firstname.lastname@example.org.