Sep 13, 2023
By Jane Brown
After arriving in Ottawa on a flight from New Delhi late Tuesday night, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau is expected to meet with Liberal Members of Parliament Wednesday afternoon at a 3-day national caucus retreat in London, Ontario.
The event follows a summer that has seen the Conservatives, under Pierre Poilievre, rise in the polls over issues such as housing and the cost of living.
Foreign Affairs Minister Melanie Joly says the Liberal government has experienced a lot these past 8 years.
“And we know things move fast and people expect good government and that’s what we’ll do,” Joly told reporters, “We’ll be a good government working on delivering for Canadians, making sure we are there for their needs when it comes to cost of living and inflation. We’ve done a lot in the past budget, but we need to do more.”
Various media reports have quoted backbench MPs as saying the Liberal government is not communicating its accomplishments well and that Trudeau is not listening to the concerns of MPs who are not cabinet ministers.
As for the momentum in Pierre Poilievre’s favour, former NDP MP Andrew Cash told Fight Back with Libby Znaimer, part of this is the outreach and charm offensive in Quebec.
“Targeting the Bloc (Quebecois), and it does very much remind me of Jack Layton and the NDP in ’09, 2010 and 2011 (when) there was a decided focus on getting people to know Jack Layton but specifically in the region’s of Quebec where the Bloc was the strongest,” Cash explained.
He says so far, the Conservatives and Poilievre are doing a good job with this strategy.
Listen to the full conversation among Andrew Cash and the rest of Fight Back’s recovering politicians by clicking here.