Veteran cabinet ministers Tony Clement and Julian Fantino took to attacking the Liberals on Sunday, zoning in on the economy and Liberal Leader Justin Trudeau’s recent comments on mandatory minimum sentences.
Speaking in Vaughan, Clement blasted the Liberal party’s costing document released yesterday, where they promised to reduce the federal income tax rate to 20.5 per cent on middle class incomes, raising taxes on the wealthiest one percent. “Canadians better hold on to their wallets” he said, saying the plan would destabilize the country’s fragile economy, and would overall raise taxes.
Meanwhile, Julian Fantino responded to Trudeau’s comments about the state of the current judicial system on Global’s The West Block. Speaking with host Tom Clark, Trudeau said “It’s the kind of political ploy that makes everyone feel good, saying, ‘We’re going to be tough on these people,’ but by removing judicial discretion, and by emphasizing mandatory minimums, you’re actually clogging up our jails for longer periods of time and not necessarily making our communities any safer.”
“I’m very distressed about this commitment that has been made by Mr. Trudeau to reverse these very important tools that are now part of the justice system,” Fantino said in the press conference, “Justin Trudeau wants to hug these people and feel sorry for them, I certainly don’t.”