- Freeland and Poilievre could be important players when their present chiefs resign— or are pushed out.
- Conservative finance critic Pierre Poilievre and Finance Minister Chrystia Freeland have been knocking nuts over inflation in the House of Commons.
The Inflation debate among Canadian politicians:
The most exciting clash of the 44th Parliament’s initial days has been the recurring back-and-forth among Finance Minister Chrystia Freeland and Conservative finance critic Pierre Poilievre.
This ongoing dispute among two of the most famous people in Canadian politics maps out some of the error lines that might explain the now and near-future of the national dispute.
Once one of Stephen Harper’s most enthusiastically combative leaders, Poilievre has used the past two years to develop an online following — even working footsie with some of the Internet’s collusion theorists.
This preceding spring, six months ere the fall election, Erin O’Toole concluded he didn’t want Poilievre to be the Conservative Party’s spokesperson on financial matters and walked him to another job. O’Toole’s team asserted it wasn’t a demotion — though it’s not difficult to believe that Poilievre might have been a bit too tense for the non-threatening and reasonable campaign O’Toole ran this fall.
But Poilievre was replaced to the position of “shadow finance minister” after O’Toole and the Conservatives floundered to a bitter election result in September. Poilievre now looks like something of a holy leader for the Conservative side. Source – cbc.ca
Before the election, Poilievre enthusiastically hit federal spending and the Bank of Canada’s purchase of government bonds. He now aims to this fall’s inflation numbers as proof of his arguments. On Twitter, he has used the oh-so-clever hashtag of #Justinflation to mark his claim that the prime minister is to be accused of current cost rises.