TORONTO (Reuters) – Andrew Scheer, the top of Canada’s opposition Conservatives, on Friday promised against the law crackdown if he gained a Oct. 21 election, however confronted repeated questions on why he had not revealed that he has U.S. citizenship.
FILE PHOTO: Canada’s Progressive Conservative chief Andrew Scheer poses for an image in Halifax, Nova Scotia, October three, 2019. REUTERS/John Morris/File Photograph
Polls present the Conservatives have an opportunity to beat the ruling Liberals offered they’re able to make inroads in Toronto, Canada’s largest metropolis, the place capturing deaths have spiked this 12 months amid clashes between gangs.
Scheer’s vow to get robust on crime was overshadowed by the revelation that he’s additionally a U.S. citizen. After the Globe and Mail newspaper broke the information on Thursday, Scheer mentioned he was giving up his American citizenship.
“It’s not a giant deal to have twin citizenship right here in Canada,” he informed reporters, who requested him whether or not he had ever filed taxes in america or registered for the U.S. navy draft at 18.
Scheer as an alternative took purpose at Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, who’s making an attempt to get better from photos exhibiting him wearing blackface, and accused him of breaking guarantees to eradicate the funds deficit and make life extra reasonably priced.
“When Canadians are taking a look at what he’s providing this election, they know they can’t belief him,” Scheer mentioned of Trudeau.
Trudeau informed reporters in Quebec Metropolis that Scheer wanted to be trustworthy with Canadians about his twin citizenship and famous that he had apologized repeatedly for the blackface incidents.
“Mr. Scheer continues to not take accountability for his selections of the previous, his actions of the previous, his errors of the previous,” Trudeau mentioned.
Scheer earlier on Friday informed a Toronto information convention that the Conservatives would introduce a five-year minimal obligatory jail sentence for violent gang crime, and the identical penalty for possession of a smuggled firearm.
They might additionally determine identified gangs as legal entities and take steps to disqualify gang members from receiving automated bail when they’re arrested, he mentioned in a press release. The Conservatives have additionally pledged to cease weapons being smuggled in from america, he mentioned.
Trudeau final month pledged to ban military-style assault rifles and mentioned Ottawa would work to offer municipalities the power to additional limit or ban handguns.
He additionally accused the Conservatives of being “within the pocket of the gun foyer,” citing the celebration’s refusal to take a equally onerous line on assault rifles.
Writing by David Ljunggren; Modifying by David Gregorio and Invoice Berkrot