TRUDEAU BEGINS 2-DAY CAUCUS MEETING AHEAD OF RAUCOUS HOUSE OF COMMONS FALL SESSION

Sep 05, 2017

By Jane Brown

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Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and his Liberal MPs gather today in Kelowna, B.C. for a two-day retreat to plot strategy ahead of their return to Parliament in two weeks.

Liberal Members of Parliament are bracing for conflict during the House of Commons’ fall sitting over a host of issues, including controversial proposals to eliminate long standing tax rules for small business owners.

They’re also expecting heated Conservative criticism of Trudeau’s decision to pay $10.5-million in compensation to Omar Khadr, the one-time detainee in the notorious U.S. military prison at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba.

Trudeau’s popularity remains high and backbenchers say their constituents are relatively satisfied.

Toronto MP John McKay says his observation is that the Canadian public is still in love with Prime Minister Trudeau and a good part of it has to do with his handling of NAFTA and the related Canada-U.S. relationship. He says it’s won praise even from those who are pathologically included to hate Trudeau.

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