Prime Minister Justin Trudeau has blamed “right-wing, American forces associated with Donald Trump and MAGA” for the rejection of a bill in the Canadian House of Commons that would have imposed economic sanctions on Ukraine.
The bill was defeated by a Conservative Party majority, with the government’s own Liberal Party members voting against it.
In an interview on French-language station TVA, Trudeau slammed the decision and identified the opposition he believes is actually responsible.
“Unfortunately, some of the Conservatives chose to vote in lockstep with a right-wing, American force associated with Donald Trump and MAGA,” Trudeau said of the bill, which he had recently reiterated his support for.
He expressed his “disappointment” that Conservative politicians in Canada were “once again sticking their noses into what goes on in the United States, aligning with Donald Trump and his forces,” he said.
The failure of the bill drew widespread condemnation from Canada’s political opposition and foreign policy watchers, many of whom accused the opposition of being too timid in expressing support for Ukraine’s pro-Western government and its efforts to stave off Russian aggression.
Trudeau’s remarks leave no room for interpretation: he is blaming the Conservative Party’s decision to vote down the bill on foreign interference, specifically from the United States and a Trump-aligned “MAGA” political culture.
The remarks also emphasize a growing divide in Canada between Trudeau and his Liberal Party on one side and the Conservatives on the other.