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Canada's parliament has opened today after months of inaction due to social distancing fears. Despite the historic occasion, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau has chosen to take a personal day.
The prime minister did not go into further detail about this personal day.
Earlier on Monday, Conservative leader Andrew Scheer attacked Trudeau for taking this personal day, suggesting that he was purposely avoiding parliamentary scrutiny.
"I planned to ask the prime minister about his lack of a plan today," said Scheer. "I also planned to ask him about his $900 million scandal, and ask him when he would be appearing at committee to testify."
"Instead of showing up to answer questions, as he said he would last week, he's taking a personal day today," added the opposition leader.
Scheer lated warned the prime minister that he could not simply hide from the ongoing WE scandal that has plagued his government over recent weeks.
Justin Trudeau has been criticized before for his Liberal use of personal days. In 2018, the Conservative Party created a website that highlighted whether the prime minister was on a vacation or not.
Similarly, in June of last year, the prime minister was lampooned for taking a personal day when he should've been attending the repatriation of a fallen Canadian soldier.
"He chose the date at which the House of Commons would convene, and he's not showing up for work today," concluded the leader of the opposition on the topic.