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Trudeau Spars With New Tory Leader on Taxes and Cryptocurrencies

  • Canadian PM and Poilievre square off for first time since vote
  • Exchange sets stage for Liberal-Conservative electoral clash
Pierre Poilievre speaks after winning the Conservative Party leadership race in Ottawa on Sept. 10.
Pierre Poilievre speaks after winning the Conservative Party leadership race in Ottawa on Sept. 10.Photographer: James Park/Bloomberg

Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau squared off against new Conservative Leader Pierre Poilievre for the first time in parliament, with taxes and inflation relief at the top of the agenda.

The opposition leader framed Trudeau as an extravagant spender who needs to hike taxes to pay for it, and the prime minister painted Poilievre as a populist sacrificing his party’s credibility on the economy. The exchange Thursday sets up the main event in Canadian politics over the coming years.