As MPs returned to Parliament Hill, debate in the House of Commons got raucous at times over the rail blockades.
The prime minister preached patience as he said his government is seeking a negotiated end to the anti-natural gas pipeline protests that have disrupted commercial and passenger rail service.
”On all sides, people are upset and frustrated,” said Trudeau.
”I get it.”
Opposition Leader Andrew Scheer isn’t so sure, calling the prime minister’s statement ”the weakest response to a national crisis in history.”
”Will our country be one of the rule of the law, or will our country be one of the rule of the mob?”
Prior to question period, Trudeau met with the leaders of the NDP, Bloc Quebecois and Green Party but not Scheer.
”Mr. Scheer disqualified himself from constructive discussions with his unacceptable speech earlier today,” explained the prime minister.
The NDP’s Jagmeet Singh agreed with the decision to exclude the Conservative leader.
”I think what he said was reprehensible. What he said was divisive. It was purposely designed to pit some groups against another,” Singh said.
There’s to be an emergency debate on the issue in the Commons this evening.