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Conservative Shadow Minister for Jobs and Industry Pierre Poilievre picked apart the Trudeau Liberals' handling of the economy on Tuesday, providing insight into where Canada's economy ranked during the COVID crisis.
Poilievre drew comparison to the economic crisis of 2008, where Poilievre said that Canada "had an unemployment lower than in the United States" under the Harper Conservative government. "Now," he said "Canada's jobless rate is a third higher."
"Today, the prime minster has the humiliating job of meeting with the US president while Canada's unemployment is a third higher than in the United States, higher than in Germany, Japan, the UK, and all of the G7 countries combined, in fact," said Poilievre.
Trudeau will be meeting President Joe Biden virtually for a bilateral meeting on Tuesday, and the pair are expected to give a joint-press conference virtually at 5:45 pm.
"Under any objective measure, we had lower unemployment than the Americans did under the Harper era, and we have a third higher unemployment right now. That is even if you line up the measurements of unemployment 'apples to apples' between the two countries.
"We have 800,000 Canadians who have lost their jobs and not regained them," said Poilievre. "Our unemployment is significantly higher than the Americans, which means we either haven't recovered as many jobs, or we went in with a much higher jobless rate to begin with."
Poilievre urged the Liberals to "stop making excuses," and to instead tell Canadians "when they'll get their paychecks back."