Justin Trudeau’s main rival tested positive for coronavirus five days before the Canadian Prime Minister unveiled a new agenda that could trigger an election.
Conservative leader Erin O’Toole was diagnosed on Friday evening, according to a party statement. A member of staff he traveled with contracted Covid-19 earlier in the week.
The 47-year-old, who waselected last month as the country’s opposition leader, is “very relieved” that his wife and children have tested negative for the virus, the party said. “Sir. O’Toole remains isolated and feels good.
Trudeau suspended Parliament on August 18 amid an ethics scandal and after appointing a newMinister of Finance in the midst of Canada’s worst economic crisis since the Great Depression. His Liberal government will set a new platform on Wednesday that would require the support of at least one opposition party after losing a majority in the election nearly a year ago.
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Yves-François Blanchet, leader of the Quebec separatist Bloc, alsotested positive for Covid-19 on Friday.
The Liberals have 154 seats in the Legislative Assembly, while the Conservatives hold 121. The Bloc Québécois is third with 32 seats, the New Democratic Left Party – Trudeau’s most natural partner – has 24, and the Party green holds 3.
There are two independents and two vacancies – including the seat that former Finance Minister Bill Morneau relinquished after apolitical row with the Prime Minister over the government’s response to the pandemic.