Conservative Party Leader Andrew Scheer roasted Prime Minister Justin Trudeau in the House of Commons on Monday.
In Scheer's remarks, he praised free markets and the invisible hand of capitalism, saying that it was those forces, encouraged by former Prime Minister Stephen Harper, that helped Canada through the 2008 economic crisis.
Specifically, Scheer praised low taxes on oil and gas companies in Alberta—taxes that would generate more income than construction, infrastructure, banking, and other industries.
When Scheer set his sights on China, he made sure to mention that Trudeau had previously expressed admiration for China's "basic dictatorship."
"It was the communist regime's oppression of freedom that led it to put pressure on the WHO, to repeat that government's talking points and to undermine the global response to the pandemic," said Scheer.
"We must never, countries around the world must never forget the corrosive effect the [People's Republic of China's] regime's of its own people has had on the entire world... The actions of the PRC have made that worse."
"The global economy has imploded with hundreds of millions losing their jobs and their savings. No one, I hope, ever expresses admiration for China's 'basic dictatorship' ever again. And I trust that those who do have learned the gravity of their mistake," said Scheer, to applause from party members on Conservative side of the isle.
Scheer is, of course, referring to the prime minister's past comments on the PRC at a Toronto fundraiser, where, when answering which country's administration he admired most, answered: "You know, there’s a level of of admiration I actually have for China because their basic dictatorship is allowing them to actually turn their economy around on a dime and say ‘we need to go green fastest... We need to start investing in solar.’ I mean there is a flexibility that I know Stephen Harper must dream about of having a dictatorship that he can do everything he wanted that I find quite interesting."