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Conservatives backpedal on non-confidence motion

Citynews 1130 Vancouver

Last Updated Feb 19, 2020 at 2:10 pm PDT

House Leader Candice Bergen said earlier Wednesday that a non-confidence motion against Trudeau government had been put on notice over the rail blockades.

OTTAWA (NEWS 1130) – The Conservative Party of Canada is backing away from a non-confidence motion against the federal government.

Rather, the Conservatives intend to put forward a motion condemning what the party calls radical activists on Thursday, Opposition Day in Ottawa.

The party is also calling for the house to stand in solidarity with elected band councils which support the Coastal GasLink pipeline.

The motion states: “That the House stand in solidarity with every elected band council on the Coastal GasLink route, the majority of hereditary chiefs, and the vast majority of the Wet’suwet’en people, who support the Coastal GasLink project and condemn the radical activists who are exploiting divisions within the Wet’suwet’en community, holding the Canadian economy hostage, and threatening jobs and opportunities in indigenous communities.”

Earlier Wednesday, the Tories put several motions on notice, including one of non-confidence in response to how the Liberals have dealt with ongoing protests and blockades across the country.

NDP Leader Jagmeet Singh had called the Conservative notice of a non-confidence motion ridiculous. He said political parties should focus on solutions to this crisis, such as his suggestion to appoint a mediator to try and find a resolution.

Bloc Québécois Leader Yves-François Blanchet called the non-confidence motion an “idle threat.”

Meanwhile, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau said a hard-line response to rail blockades would not be appropriate.

“The concern is if we were to take the forceful proposals by the Conservatives we would actually extend the challenges faced by the Canadian economy by many months and possibly years,” he said.

Later in the day, the Conservatives issued a release outlining their intention move forward with their motion against the radical activists instead.