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Trudeau Spars With New Tory Leader on Taxes and Cryptocurrencies

Sept. 22, 2022, 7:49 PM

Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau squared off against new Conservative Leader Pierre Poilievre for the first time in parliament, with taxes and inflation relief at the top of the agenda.

The opposition leader framed Trudeau as an extravagant spender who needs to hike taxes to pay for it, and the prime minister painted Poilievre as a populist sacrificing his party’s credibility on the economy. The exchange Thursday sets up the main event in Canadian politics over the coming years.

Pierre Poilievre speaks after winning the Conservative Party leadership race in Ottawa on Sept. 10.
Photographer: James Park/Bloomberg

Poilievre was elected Conservative Party leader in a landslide victory two weeks ago. He has focused relentlessly on taxes since ...