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Bergen acknowledged concerns about engaging ‘Freedom Convoy’: PMO staff


Staff within the Prime Minister’s Office are suggesting the previous Conservative interim chief, Candice Bergen, privately acknowledged concerns about engaging with “Freedom Convoy” protesters final winter whereas publicly urging the prime minister to hearken to them — one thing Bergen denies.

A abstract of interviews with Prime Minister Justin Trudeau’s senior aides was launched by the general public inquiry wanting into the federal authorities’s choice to invoke the Emergencies Act on Feb. 14.

The doc stated Trudeau’s chief of staff, Katie Telford, requested whether or not Bergen may assist and the 2 leaders mentioned reaching out to protesters in a Feb. 3 telephone name.

“Ms. Telford added that throughout the name, Ms. Bergen acknowledged that there have been vital concerns about whom the federal authorities may have interaction with and setting a foul precedent,” the abstract stated.

The dialog occurred on Bergen’s first day on the job, when she publicly challenged Trudeau’s authorities within the House of Commons for not providing an “olive department” to the protesters.

During Question Period she charged that the prime minister wanted to give you a plan to make protesters “really feel they’ve been listened to.” Instead, she instructed MPs, Trudeau was “threatening Canadians with extra vaccine mandates.”

For her half, Bergen stated Thursday that she had a unique recollection of that Feb. 3 name with Trudeau. She stated the prime minister known as to congratulate her on turning into chief, and that they mentioned a lot of issues.

“I requested him if he would contemplate reaching out and lengthening an olive department to the individuals who had come to Ottawa,” Bergen wrote in an e-mail. “He stated he didn’t need to set a precedent by chatting with protesters in that manner.”

The doc launched by the fee says federal officers thought of potential engagement with the protesters “greater than as soon as as a potential possibility” to bringing an finish to the blockade.

Ultimately that possibility had little help throughout authorities, Telford instructed the fee Thursday.

“There were too many unanswered questions,” she stated.

“There was no clarity in terms of who the discussion would be with on either side of the discussion, and what the discussion would be about and what it might result in.”

Trudeau’s senior staff appeared on the second-last day of public hearings held by the fee, which is probing the federal authorities’s choice to invoke the Emergencies Act in response to protests that gridlocked downtown Ottawa and blockaded the Canada-U.S. border.

This report by The Canadian Press was first printed Nov. 24, 2022.



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