Prime Minister Justin Trudeau said today he wants to see every willing Canadian vaccinated before the next election — but pointed out that, as prime minister in a minority Parliament, it’s not entirely up to him.
“From the very beginning of any minority Parliament, every political party understands that elections can happen. But as I’ve consistently been saying, we don’t want an election,” he told reporters outside Rideau Hall this morning after Canada’s first virtual cabinet swearing-in ceremony.
“We want to continue to deliver vaccines to Canadians. We want to continue to deliver supports to Canadians, to small businesses, to families. The priority that all Canadians have right now is getting through this pandemic and that is what we are focused on.”
Tuesday’s shuffle was triggered by Liberal MP Navdeep Bains, who announced he would not to run in the next election in order to spend more time with family.