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‘Need to regroup’: Liberal minister says of election defeat

‘Need to regroup’: Liberal minister says of election defeat

A member of Prime Minister Justin Trudeau’s cabinet and the party’s Ontario co-chair for the upcoming campaign says the Liberals “need to regroup” after a shocking overnight election loss to Pierre Poilievre’s Conservatives.

In an interview on CTV News Channel’s Power Play with Vassy Kapelos, Minister Karina Gould said the Liberals now need to spend the summer recalibrating and reconnecting with Canadians.

However, he does not believe this disappointing defeat means Trudeau’s leadership is in jeopardy, nor that an early election should be called to allow Canadians across the country to have their say, as Poilievre is pushing.

“The election is 16 months away, and that’s a lifetime in politics; a lot of different things can happen,” Gould said. “We need to regroup.”

His comments come as some of his caucus colleagues quietly expressed more acute concern about the fate and state of the party under Trudeau’s continued leadership, as it now appears any current Liberal race could be on the line.

Gould said that while the Liberals didn’t expect to lose one of the party’s oldest and safest seats to kick off months of the barbecue circuit, the message received is that they “need to listen more closely to what voters are saying, not just in Toronto.” -St. Paul’s, but all over the country – they’re telling us.”

“But no, I don’t think that means the prime minister should resign.”

He said there will be “a lot of conversations that will take place over the course of the summer between the caucuses, about how we reflect on the results.” That will include hearing from his defeated candidate and former staffer, Leslie Church, about what issues came up most at the door.

It remains to be seen what liberals will do with that information, whether it be a policy change or other course corrections.

“It’s a little early to say what we’re going to do because we just got the results back early this morning,” Gould said.

“It’s going to be important for caucus members to go out, talk to their communities, talk to their constituents, listen to what they have to say, and then for us to come back and, you know, really think about what our plan is doing.” Go ahead,” she said.

Asked whether cabinet colleague Chrystia Freeland’s comment on election day, describing the Conservatives as “cold, cruel and small”, fits with the party’s commitment to now listen to those who voted against them , Gould said liberals also need to stay positive. and faithful to its values.

He said he doesn’t think people who voted Conservative are cold, cruel or small.

“I believe that Canadians make decisions based on the best information they have. And I genuinely believe that every Canadian makes a decision because they believe it is in the best interests of Canada,” Gould said. . “They just have a different idea of ​​how to get there.”