OTTAWA (Reuters) – Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau on Tuesday reconvened parliament for Dec. 5, when he will reach out to the opposition to back his minority government and its agenda, which includes tax cuts and measures to fight climate change.
Liberal Party leader Trudeau held onto power in the Oct. 21 election but did not win enough seats in the House of Commons to govern alone.
“Last month Canadians elected a parliament that they expect to work together, and that’s exactly what I’m going to be focusing on doing,” Trudeau said in his office just before a meeting with Andrew Scheer, the Conservative Party leader.
Trudeau said “affordability for Canadians, growth for the middle class, and the fight against climate change” would be the priorities of his new government, which will be sworn in on Nov. 20.
During the campaign, polls suggested that Scheer had a chance to defeat Trudeau, but in the end the Conservatives won decisively in Canada’s western oil patch, but faired poorly in the more populous provinces of Ontario and Quebec.
“We found some areas of common ground, such as tax cuts for new parents,” Scheer told reporters after the meeting, saying he had also talked to the prime minister about the need to “to heal the divisions Trudeau sowed during the election campaign”.
“It’s up to Mr. Trudeau to find common ground” to win parliament’s backing in the so-called Throne Speech, which outlines the government’s priorities. “We told him what we’d like to see.”
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