Canada’s opposition leader calls PM Trudeau ‘wacko’, kicked out of House

Ottawa: In an unusual move, the leader of Canada’s main opposition party was ejected from the House of Commons after he called Prime Minister Justin Trudeau “a wacko”, the latest clash between two men set to fight an election next year. The official opposition right-of-center Conservatives are well ahead in the polls and leader Pierre Poilievre regularly attacks the Liberal government for a carbon tax he says is spiking inflation.

“When will we put an end to this wacko policy by this wacko prime minister?” he asked Trudeau in the House of Commons elected lower chamber. Speaker Greg Fergus, a Liberal, told Poilievre the comment was both unparliamentary and unacceptable and asked him four times to withdraw it. Poilievre declined on each occasion, saying instead he would use the word extremist or radical.

Fergus told Poilievre he was disregarding the speaker’s authority and said: “I order you to withdraw from the House … for the remainder of this day’s sitting”. Poilievre and most of his legislators then left.

Trudeau has a testy relationship with Poilievre, who he accuses of being an extremist and a supporter of the Make America Great Again movement of former US President Donald Trump. Trudeau spoke to reporters earlier and accused Poilievre of spending time with far-right groups.

“That is not responsible leadership. That is dangerous for democracy, it’s dangerous for Canadians,” he said. Ejections from the House are relatively rare. The speaker’s office was not immediately available to comment on the last time a leader of the official opposition had been booted out.

The next election must be held by late October 2025 and surveys of public opinion indicate the Conservatives would win a large majority over the center-left Liberals, who have been in power since November 2015.

Image courtesy of Pierre Poilievre/Facebook

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