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Opposition parties reach deal with government, Trudeau backs down

The government has reached a deal with the opposition parties over the scale of the emergency powers given to Justin Trudeau's executive.
Nico Johnson Montreal, QC

The government has reached a deal with the opposition parties over the scale of the emergency powers given to Justin Trudeau's executive.

Trudeau, it seems, has backed down from the most controversial aspects of his proposed legislation after the Conservative Party and the NDP shot it down. The Bloc Quebecois, on the other hand, were slightly more casual with the democratic consequences.

The bill was passed in the early morning of Wednesday after hours of negotiations between the parties.

In the end, the Liberal government accepted all the "major Conservative demands," according to the Shadow Finance Minister Pierre Poilievre.

"The government attempted to use [emergency power] legislation in order to give itself exceptional, unprecedented power," added Poilievre.

Trudeau initially wanted to be able to tax and spend without parliamentary consent for two years. This has now been defeated, and only legislation that will directly benefit the fight against coronavirus has been passed.  

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