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Bergen acknowledged concerns about engaging ‘Freedom Convoy’: PMO staff

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OTTAWA — A staff member at the prime minister’s office privately acknowledged concerns over former interim Conservative leader Candice Bergen’s involvement with ‘Freedom Convoy’ protesters last winter. It has been suggested that he publicly urged the Prime Minister to listen to their views, but Bergen denies this.

A summary of an interview with Prime Minister Justin Trudeau’s senior aide was released Thursday by a public inquiry into the federal government’s decision to invoke the emergency law on February 14.

The document said Trudeau’s chief of staff, Katie Telford, asked if Bergen could help, and the two leaders said they would reach out to protesters in a Feb. 3 phone call. talked about.

“During the call, Ms Telford added that Ms Bergen acknowledged serious concerns about who the federal government could engage with and set a bad precedent for,” the summary said.

The conversation came as Bergen openly challenged the Trudeau administration in the House of Representatives on his first day in office for failing to provide “olive branches” to protesters.

During the interrogation period, she accused the prime minister of needing to come up with a plan to make protesters feel “they were heard”. are threatening the

Bergen said Thursday that he has alternate memories of the Feb. 3 call with Trudeau. She called the Prime Minister to congratulate him on becoming a leader, and said they had talked about many things.

“I asked him if he would consider reaching out and holding out olive branches to people who came to Ottawa. I did.”

During the protests, when the party was discussing how to respond to the protests, Bergen told several senior Conservatives via email: “We shouldn’t ask them to go home. She added: “I understand that moods can change quickly. What do you do as a first step to work towards?” A screenshot of an email with the subject line “Statement of Feedback” was obtained by Canadian Press during the protest and first reported by The Globe and Mail. The Canadian Press has not confirmed the rest of the email chain.

Telford said Thursday that federal officials considered the possibility of engaging with protesters on more than one occasion as a possible option to end the lockdown, but ultimately the option was largely supported across the government. I didn’t.

“There were too many unanswered questions,” she said.

“It wasn’t clear on either side of the debate with whom, what the debate would be about and what the outcome would be.”

Trudeau’s senior staff appeared on the second and final day of hearings held by the Commission. The hearing is investigating the federal government’s decision to invoke emergency legislation in response to protests that have stalled downtown Ottawa and closed the Canada-US border.

This report by the Canadian Press was first published on November 24, 2022.

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