Scheer blasts Blanchet, Trudeau for divisive attacks on Western Canada

CONSERVATIVE Party Leader Andrew Scheer on Thursday lashed out at Bloc Quebecois Leader Yves-Francois Blanchet and Prime Minister Justin Trudeau after the two leaders held a meeting on Wednesday.

Scheer said: “Mr. Blanchet’s comments yesterday toward western Canada were both insulting and completely disingenuous.

“Insulting because he accused westerners of faking a unity crisis when the frustration and anxiety out west is all too real. Disingenuous because he refuses to acknowledge how much his province has benefitted from the west’s economic success. His hypocrisy and double standard are astounding.

“However, it is not surprising that the Leader of the Bloc Quebecois would display this attitude.”

Scheer added: “The real problem is that Justin Trudeau has been sowing the seeds for divisive rhetoric like Mr. Blanchet’s for years. Trudeau has demonized energy workers, put hundreds of thousands of them out of work, and travels the world with a message that he wants to phase out Canada’s energy sector.

“While Mr. Trudeau and Mr. Blanchet keep dividing the country, Conservatives believe the energy sector has the power to unite Canadians. That’s why we ran on creating a National Energy Corridor that would get the energy sector back to work and allow every part of the country to take part in its success.”

Scheer said: “Only Conservatives can keep Canada united and strong.”