At the end of a G7 summit torpedoed by the attacks of US President Donald Trump on the Canadian prime minister , the opposition parties united for a rare fight Monday behind Justin Trudeau.
“We are all in solidarity right now. We are all Canadians in these situations, “said Quebec Conservative Lieutenant Alain Rayes.
Conservatives and New Democrats have spent their first time in question period supporting their support of the Trudeau government.
Attacks and flip-flops
While all G7 leaders meeting in Charlevoix had agreed on a joint statement, President Trump on Saturday withdrew his support for the final communiqué of the summit after Justin Trudeau called “insulting”, in a press conference, the US surtaxes on steel and aluminum imposed by Washington.
The American president then went after Canada and the Prime Minister in a barrage of messages on Twitter, calling him, among other things, “weak”.
In the media, White House advisor Peter Navarro said there was a “place in hell” for people who are dishonest with the president. Economic advisor Larry Kudlow accused Justin Trudeau of stabbing Donald Trump in the back.
The NDP Foreign Affairs Spokesperson, Hélène Laverdière, denounced the “schoolyard” remarks made by Donald Trump and his entourage.
“I hope the Prime Minister will continue to have a polite but firm approach. Right now everyone is behind the government, protecting Canadian jobs, global stability and resisting bullying, “she said.
“As long as the Prime Minister is going to stand up and he will make the voice of common sense to defend our world and our economy, we will be at his side,” said the member for Quebec standing , Luc Thériault.
Only the Bloc Québécois refused to rally behind the Trudeau government. “The important thing, for once, is that he acts as a statesman, he puts his pants in front of the US government and he defends our world,” said Bloc Québécois Simon Marcil.
The momentum of solidarity has even exceeded the borders of the political domain. Actor Robert de Niro, in Toronto on Monday, apologized for President Trump’s “idiotic” behavior. “I apologize to Justin Trudeau and the other people who were in the G7,” he told a news conference.
Many voices had already defended Justin Trudeau this weekend, including those of former Prime Minister Stephen Harper and several Republican elected officials in the United States.
A boost from Trump
With his attacks, President Trump comes to help the Canadian Prime Minister, according to political professor François Rocher, by allowing to forget other thorny issues, such as that of the trip to India that had lost the feathers of the Liberals in polls.
“In the short term, it will provoke a rally behind the Canadian government,” says the University of Ottawa specialist. The sympathy will go to Justin Trudeau, in Canada and abroad. People have the natural reflex to support those who are clearly victims of an injustice, it goes beyond partisan lines. “
Only the Bloc Québécois refused to rally behind the Trudeau government. “The important thing, for once, is that he acts as a statesman, he puts his pants in front of the US government and he defends our world,” said Bloc Quebecois Simon Marcil.