OTTAWA — Canadian Prime Minister whipped his Liberal caucus to vote against a Conservative motion Monday night to move a convicted child killer from a “healing lodge” and put her back behind penitentiary bars.
He called the Conservative Opposition “ambulance chasing politicians” for raising the issue. On Monday night, Trudeau was telling the Liberal faithful at a Toronto fundraiser that he wasn’t going to be part of the “nasty” election campaign he envisioned for 2019 and would eschew personal attacks against his political opponents.
The scene infuriated Conservative Member of Parliament Michelle Rempel who tweeted Monday night:
This is what Trudeau did instead of voting to put Tori Stafford’s killer back behind bars. HE DID THIS WHILE THE VOTE WAS GOING ON. Disgusting. https://t.co/E5k3FEleYx
— Michelle Rempel (@MichelleRempel) October 3, 2018
Conservatives want to know why Canada’s corrections service has moved Terri-Lynne McClintic into the healing lodge when she is supposed to be serving a life sentence for killing eight-year-old Tori Stafford.
The Conservatives half-expected the Liberal government to support their motion. Deputy Conservative leader Lisa Raitt urged the Members of Parliament (MPs) across the floor to “do the right thing” and transfer McClintic back to prison.
Trudeau did not even bother to vote against the motion — though every one of his MPs did — and he walked out into the foyer of the House of Commons to scrum with journalists, where he repeated his line that the Conservative Opposition was “a party of ambulance-chasing politicians.” He then suggested their anger was based on the truth of his remarks. “Maybe they’re upset because it stings.”
Said Raitt, “At least the prime minister can show some kind of emotion even though it’s self-righteous indignation that we would actually question him on an issue that’s as important as making sure that convicted killers of children are in appropriate institutions.”