Andrew Scheer Calls Justin Trudeau's Pipeline Protest Response "Word Salad"
Trudeau's speech was heavily criticized by Andrew Scheer.
Speaking on Tuesday morning, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau addressed the solidarity protests and rail blockades that have been taking place across the country. Trudeau's Wet'suwet'en speech called for patience from Canadians, as he promised a meeting with the nation's hereditary chiefs. However, his words were met with strong criticism from opposition party leaders.
In the House of Commons on February 18, the Prime Minister discussed the ongoing Wet'suwet'en solidarity protests in Canada.
He acknowledged that it would be hard work to find a solution to the situation, and added that there would need to be determination and cooperation from everyone involved.
"On all sides, people are upset and frustrated. I get it," Trudeau explained. "It's understandable because this is about things that matter — rights and livelihoods, the rule of law and our democracy."
During his statement, the PM said that he has committed to the Wet'suwet'en hereditary chiefs that the Minister of Crown-Indigenous Relations will meet with them anytime.
The Liberal leader added that he is formally extending his government's hand in partnership to the demonstrators.
"This is our opportunity now to bring these perspectives together," he said.
The party leader went on to criticize other politicians for pushing the government to "act with haste" and who "boil this down to slogans and ignore the complexities."
While he didn't name names, the Prime Minister may have been talking about Conservative Leader Andrew Scheer, who recently accused the PM of failing to do enough to combat the protests.
When asked how he would deal with the demonstrations,"I would direct the RCMP to enforce the law, to ensure that our railway system can operate."
After Trudeau spoke on Tuesday, the Conservative Leader described his speech as, "the weakest response to a national crisis in Canadian history" and a "word salad."
Bloc Québécois leader Yves-François Blanchet, NDP leader Jagmeet Singh, and Green Party leader Elizabeth May also gave statements about the situation.
The solidarity protests happening all over Canada are in support of the Wet'suwet'en Nation over the Coastal GasLink pipeline and the RCMP's presence in the territory.