Trudeau Rival Tests Positive for Covid Before Parliament’s Return
Justin Trudeau’s main rival tested positive for coronavirus five days before the Canadian prime minister is scheduled to unveil a new agenda that could trigger an election.
Conservative Leader Erin O’Toole received the diagnosis late Friday, according to a statement from the party. A staff member he traveled with contracted Covid-19 earlier in the week.
The 47-year-old, who waselected as the country’s opposition leader last month, is “very relieved” that his wife and children tested negative for the virus, the party said. “Mr. O’Toole remains in self-isolation and is feeling well.”
Trudeau suspended parliament on Aug. 18 amid an ethics scandal and after appointing a newfinance minister in the middle of Canada’s worst economic slump since the Great Depression. His Liberal government will set out a new agenda on Wednesday, which would need the support of at least one opposition party after losing a majority in elections almost a year ago.
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