Trudeau and Scheer talk trade in first call

StarMetro Vancouver - - CANADA -

New Con­ser­va­tive Leader An­drew Scheer’s vic­tory speech was pep­pered with at­tacks on Prime Min­is­ter Justin Trudeau.

But on Sun­day, the two spoke by phone in the af­ter­math of Scheer’s win, one that now also makes him the of­fi­cial Op­po­si­tion leader in the House of Com­mons.

Trudeau called Scheer from Italy, where the prime min­is­ter is cur­rently on a state visit fol­low­ing the G7 sum­mit.

“They dis­cussed is­sues of im­por­tance in­clud­ing mak­ing Par­lia­ment work for Cana­di­ans and the im­por­tant re­la­tion­ship with the United States,” read a state­ment from the Prime Min­is­ter’s Of­fice.

“They agreed to meet in per­son in the com­ing weeks.”

De­spite the pro forma call, the Lib­er­als have not wasted time at­tack­ing Scheer, ei­ther, paint­ing him as an ex­trem­ist, with his call for an end to fed­eral fund­ing for uni­ver­si­ties that don’t guar­an­tee free speech on cam­pus.

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