Jagmeet Singh Blames Trudeau For The US Billionaire Skipping Quarantine
Jagmeet Singh is not holding back! The NDP leader has called out the prime minister for the second time this week. He says the U.S. billionaire skipping quarantine in Canada is Trudeau's fault because there’s “one set of rules for him … and another for the rest of us.”
The NDP leader is showing once again that he’s not afraid to publicly call out the prime minister.
On September 17, Singh addressed reports that an American billionaire had been allowed to visit Canada without isolating for two weeks.
This, according to Singh, was an exception approved by Trudeau.
“While Mr. Trudeau’s been asking Canadians to follow public health advice, behind closed doors he’s been giving exemptions to billionaires,” he wrote via Twitter on Wednesday.
He went on, “We know he thinks there’s one set of rules for him and his rich friends, and another for the rest of us — but this is something else.”
This is the second time that Singh has publicly criticized the PM this week.
On Wednesday, he accused Trudeau of “playing politics” when it comes to climate change, despite the poor air quality that is currently affecting several parts of Canada.
Despite Singh’s accusation, CBC News reports that only four cabinet members are able to grant this kind of exemption.
This includes the minister of foreign affairs, the minister of public safety, the minister of health and the minister of immigration.
Chief Public Health Officer, Dr. Theresa Tam would also be able to issue this free pass.
At the time of writing, none of these departments had admitted to allowing the quarantine exception.
Singh’s criticism comes just days before Trudeau is scheduled to deliver his throne speech.
The prime minister will be relying on support from opposition parties, such as the NDP, to avoid a federal election this fall.
However, the NDP leader has made it clear that he’s more interested in the Liberals’ budget plan than the speech, which will take place on September 23.
The measures from Canada’s Quarantine Act were enacted back in March in an attempt to slow the spread of COVID-19.
Per the regulation, anyone entering Canada from another country must self-isolate for 14 days upon arrival.
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