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Prime Minister Justin Trudeau is rebutting claims made by former Conservative prime minister Stephen Harper that the Liberal authorities is dragging out the NAFTA negotiations for political good points.

“I feel I have been very clear for a very long time now that the difficulty of commerce with the USA and our relationship with the USA is much too vital to play partisan politics with,” the Liberal Celebration chief mentioned throughout a cease in Markham, Ont., Friday.

Trudeau was responding to a recording first obtained by CTV Information of Harper on the Australia-Canada Financial Management Discussion board earlier this month.

CBC Information has additionally obtained the audio.

“The issue proper now could be we now have two governments that don’t need an settlement,” Harper says.

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau was requested about former PM Stephen Harper’s feedback on the state of the NAFTA negotiations throughout a cease Friday in Markham 2:04

“The fact is the federal government of Canada believes at present that it’s doing very nicely, the battle with Trump is sweet for it politically, it’s successful. And so if it will probably take that battle and proceed it, and extra importantly paint conservatives as linked to Donald Trump, that is nice for them. And so proper now that’s the technique they’re on.”

Harper, who now works as a guide, additionally accused the federal government of going after him on a partisan foundation, pointing to the fracas round his journey to Washington on July 2.

“Lo and behold, earlier than the conferences are confirmed, I get up sooner or later … and that is out within the information,” Harper mentioned.

“How did it get out within the information? I will let you know the way it bought out into the information: the federal government.”

Harper known as the federal government’s stance “silly.”

He added that he may help to the federal government on NAFTA, “however they do not need my assist.”

Trudeau mentioned he has spoken with Harper and different former prime ministers about taking an “all palms on deck” method.

This isn’t Harper’s first time speaking publicly concerning the Canada-U.S. relationship since leaving workplace. He has waded into the continuing NAFTA talks, providing commentary on TV and at different conferences.

Whereas he has criticized a number of the Liberal authorities’s actions on the commerce file, he has defended the deserves of NAFTA.

“I can perceive why President Trump, why the American folks really feel they want some higher commerce relationships,” Harper advised Fox Information final month. “[But] that is the flawed goal.”

International Affairs Minister Chrystia Freeland mentioned she believed that look on Fox Information was useful.

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau has made important modifications to his cupboard, bringing 5 new ministers to the desk and creating new portfolios for seniors, intergovernmental affairs and border safety.

The retooled cupboard indicators the federal government’s intent to ease commerce dependence on the U.S., deal with issues about border management, and bolster political forces in key areas within the run-up to subsequent 12 months’s federal election.

In a single shock transfer, Invoice Blair, a former Toronto police chief who has been the federal government’s level man on the marijuana legalization file, was appointed minister of border safety and organized crime discount. He may even be in control of managing the hot-button difficulty of irregular migration with asylum seekers crossing into Canada from the U.S.

Different new ministers added to the cupboard at present:

Ministers with new or modified duties:

  • Dominic LeBlanc strikes from Fisheries and Oceans to Intergovernmental Affairs, Northern Affairs and Inside Commerce.
  • Amarjeet Sohi strikes from Infrastructure to Pure Assets.
  • Carla Qualtrough, stays minister of public companies and procurement and will get the added portfolio of Accessibility.
  • Jim Carr strikes from Pure Assets to Worldwide Commerce Diversification.
  • Mélanie Joly goes from Heritage to minister of tourism, official languages and la francophonie.
  • François-Philippe Champagne strikes from Worldwide Commerce to Infrastructure and Communities.
  • Treasury Board President Scott Brison additionally turns into minister of digital authorities.
  • Crown-Indigenous Relations Minister Carolyn Bennett has “northern affairs” dropped from her title.
  • Authorities Home Chief Bardish Chagger is not in control of tourism and small enterprise.

In a information convention after the swearing-in ceremony at Rideau Corridor, Trudeau mentioned the concentrate on innovation and commerce is a response, partially, to the continually altering worldwide context.

“There’s actually a degree of readability for Canadians, for companies, for everybody throughout this nation that we have to diversify our markets. We have to make sure that we’re not as depending on america,” he mentioned.

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau shuffled his cupboard at present at Rideau Corridor 2:02

Calling it a “determined try” to hit the reset button earlier than the following election, Deputy Conservative Chief Lisa Raitt mentioned the shuffle is an acknowledgement that the federal government has didn’t ship outcomes on commerce, pipelines and infrastructure.

“It is the last-ditch try to complete that homework on the final minute, to try to get the approval once they go to the election subsequent time,” she mentioned.

Canadians will decide

“I do not suppose it’ll make one whit of distinction. Canadians are going to evaluate upon what’s being delivered.”

Francois-Philippe Champagne, left, touches the arm of Pablo Rodriguez as he waits to be referred to as ahead to be sworn in as minister of Canadian heritage and multiculturalism. Invoice Blair, proper, watches through the swearing-in ceremony. (Justin Tang/Canadian Press)

LeBlanc’s new job might be to clean the waters in a altering home political panorama with a brand new premier in Ontario, elections on the horizon in New Brunswick, Quebec and Alberta, and simmering disputes over pipelines, carbon taxes and interprovincial commerce.

With a number of problems with potential stress with new Ontario Premier Doug Ford, LeBlanc mentioned the federal and provincial governments share a standard curiosity in strengthening the economic system and creating extra jobs.

“There will be much more, I suppose, that we have now in frequent than we might disagree on, and my job might be to work with all of those leaders in a method that advances the pursuits of Canadians,” he mentioned.

The cupboard shakeup boosts the quantity of ministers from Ontario and Quebec, the place the Liberals have to win extra seats within the subsequent election to offset potential losses elsewhere.

Blair was sworn in Wednesday morning at Rideau Corridor 2:07

Blair’s new portfolio comes after a heated trade between Immigration Minister Ahmed Hussen and Ontario’s new provincial minister in control of the file, Lisa MacLeod.

Immediately, MacLeod welcomed Blair to the submit in a tweet, providing her congratulations and asking to satisfy quickly.

Blair’s promotion and new file is designed to reassure the People, whereas additionally easing anxieties at dwelling.

In a information convention, Trudeau mentioned the brand new portfolio will assist reassure Quebecers and all Canadians that the principles across the border might be adopted “to the letter.” The brand new function may even assist counter the Conservative fearmongering round asylum seekers, he mentioned.

“When conservatives throughout the nation are taking part in the worry card, we want robust, reassuring voices to counter that and to display that the security and safety of Canadians of their communities is one thing that we’ll by no means flinch on, that we’ll proceed to ship and we’ll ship in a method that pulls Canadians collectively as an alternative of dividing them, just like the Conservatives are typically doing,” he mentioned.

Raitt mentioned the appointment of a 3rd minister to cope with the border difficulty is proof the federal government is failing on the file, and mentioned Trudeau is attempting to deflect by participating in a “disagreement.”

Conservative MP Lisa Raitt gave her get together’s response to at present’s cupboard shuffle zero:49

“If the prime minister needs to characterize it in some type of battle of semantics, that is going to be his want to take action,” she mentioned. “I am not going to interact on that degree with him. What I ask of him is a plan and a approach to repair the issue that we have now at present, to offer everyone assurances that our system is honest and it really works.”

Placing finest gamers on pitch

The timing of at present’s shuffle provides Trudeau a possibility to place his finest gamers on the pitch earlier than the marketing campaign, mentioned David Moscrop, a political scientist at Simon Fraser College. With no important scandals or main blunders raging, it is sensible for the prime minister to maintain key ministers in place whereas flippantly demoting underperformers and selling up-and-comers.

Trudeau didn’t shuffle any of his prime ministers in key information, together with International Affairs Minister Chrystia Freeland, Finance Minister Invoice Morneau and Public Security Minister Ralph Goodale.

By increasing the cupboard, Trudeau’s choice of new ministers may assist give credibility and prominence to key points and MPs in crucial areas forward of the October 2019 race, he mentioned.

“Strategically talking, as a authorities forward of an election, I can not see any draw back except anyone screws up. I suppose there’s all the time a danger that somebody’s going to shame themselves,” he mentioned.

Jim Carr hugs Prime Minister Justin Trudeau after being sworn in as minister of worldwide commerce throughout a ceremony at Rideau Corridor in Ottawa at present. (Justin Tang/The Canadian Press)

Timed with election

College of Toronto political scientist Nelson Wiseman mentioned the shuffle is timed to gear up for subsequent 12 months’s marketing campaign.

“It is not unusual for governments to do that at this level, as a result of if they begin shuffling too near an election day, the nearer it will get, the extra they get uncovered to the cost they’re admitting issues aren’t going nicely,” he mentioned. “You are actually now determined, you are splashing the paint round too loosely.”

It has grow to be frequent apply for an incoming authorities to shrink the scale of cupboard to mission a picture of saving cash and controlling paperwork, Wiseman mentioned, then to increase it nearer to an election for political benefit.

Earlier than at present’s shuffle there have been 30 members of cupboard, together with Trudeau, evenly break up by gender. The brand new cupboard has 35 members together with Trudeau, with 17 girls and 18 males.

Former Conservative prime minister Stephen Harper appointed 26 members to his first cupboard in 2006. By the point his authorities misplaced energy in 2015, there have been 39 ministers. 

Trudeau’s first main cupboard shakeup was on Jan. 10, 2017, when he appointed Freeland to International Affairs as a part of a method to bolster the front-line ministers who cope with the Trump administration. As a part of that overhaul, veteran ministers John McCallum and Stéphane Dion have been not noted of the circle and as an alternative supplied diplomatic posts.

The lady who alleged Prime Minister Justin Trudeau touched her inappropriately some twenty years in the past issued an announcement Friday saying the incident occurred as described — however she now needs to be left alone.

“I concern this assertion reluctantly, in response to mounting media stress to substantiate that I used to be the reporter who was the topic of the Open Eyes editorial, revealed within the Creston Valley Advance in August of 2000,” Rose Knight, the previous journalist, wrote.

“The incident referred to within the editorial did happen, as reported. Mr. Trudeau did apologize the subsequent day. I didn’t pursue the incident on the time and won’t be pursuing the incident additional. I’ve had no subsequent contact with Mr. Trudeau, earlier than or after he turned Prime Minister.”

Knight, who mentioned she has since left journalism, added she is not going to converse any additional in regards to the incident.

“The controversy, if it continues, will proceed with out my involvement,” she mentioned.

Trudeau was requested about Knight’s assertion whereas in Calgary for an funding announcement.

“Over the previous weeks, since this information resurfaced, I have been reflecting, we have all been reflecting, on previous behaviours,” he mentioned. “And as I’ve mentioned, I am assured I did not act inappropriately, however I feel the essence of that is individuals can expertise interactions otherwise and a part of the lesson we have to study on this second of collective awakening … individuals in lots of instances, girls, expertise interactions in skilled contexts and different contexts otherwise than males.

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau spoke to reporters in Calgary on Friday 5:12

“I apologized within the second as a result of I had clearly perceived that she had skilled it otherwise than I acted or I skilled it.”

The incident is alleged to have taken place in 2000 — when Trudeau was 28 — on the Kokanee Summit in Creston, B.C. The occasion was elevating cash for the Avalanche Basis, a charity Trudeau turned concerned with after his brother, Michel, died in an avalanche in 1998.

An unsigned editorial appeared within the Creston Valley Advance after the occasion accusing Trudeau of “groping” and “inappropriately dealing with” a younger feminine reporter whereas she was on project. It suggests the lady felt “blatantly disrespected” however offers no different particulars about what occurred.

The editorial within the Creston Valley Advance instructed that the day after the incident, Trudeau provided an apology of types: “I am sorry,” he’s quoted as saying. “If I had recognized you have been reporting for a nationwide paper I by no means would have been so ahead.”

The prime minister addressed that apology intimately on Thursday.

“Once more, I have been reflecting on the precise interplay and if I apologized later, then it might be as a result of I sensed that she was not totally snug with the interplay that we had,” Trudeau mentioned.

The allegations date again to a B.C. competition in August 2000 — an editorial accused Trudeau of “groping” and “inappropriately dealing with” an unnamed younger feminine reporter. 2:29

“Like I mentioned, I have been working very laborious to attempt to piece it collectively, and even when the unique editorial got here out on the time I used to be pretty assured, I used to be very assured, that I hadn’t acted in a approach that I felt was in any approach inappropriate.”

Earlier this yr, CBC Information communicated by telephone and e-mail with Knight. She mentioned she was not serious about being related to any additional protection of the story. She additionally requested that her title not be used and that she not be contacted in regards to the story once more.

A former co-worker remembers the reporter’s account of the encounter. Valerie Bourne was the writer of the Creston Valley Advance on the time and mentioned the reporter was “distressed” by her contact with Trudeau.

“My recollections of the dialog have been that she got here to me as a result of she was unsettled by it. She did not like what had occurred,” mentioned Bourne. “She wasn’t positive how she ought to proceed with it as a result of, in fact, we’re speaking someone who was recognized to the Canadian group.”

Trudeau is predicted to attend an occasion Saturday with Calgary MP Kent Hehr, who misplaced his cupboard submit after an investigation into allegations of inappropriate conduct with girls.

The prime minister mentioned the allegations levelled in opposition to him and people in opposition to the previous minister of Sport and Disabilities are completely different.

“I feel individuals perceive that each state of affairs is completely different and we’ve to replicate and take severely each state of affairs on a case-by-case foundation,” Trudeau mentioned. “That is precisely what we’re endeavouring to do.”