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The country faces a “serious hour” as the House of Commons returns amid a challenging global landscape of high inflation, the ongoing war in Ukraine, and the spread of conspiracy theories online that drive people to seek easy answers to complex problems. the government said.

In a news conference before Parliament’s return on Tuesday, House of Representatives Leader Mark Holland set priorities for the fall session and said the government would work closely with those who offered “reasonable” proposals.

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But he warned against “seductions” to follow conspiracy theories circulating online, and urged lawmakers to take their work offering solutions seriously.

“These are historic times. We are all called, each one of us in this world today, to rise to the occasion of great chaos. We have lived in a much more uncertain world in the past,” Holland said.

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“I am a critic of the opposition. I respect what they have to do. They have to hit us. They have to hold us accountable. Sometimes I get carried away with it… but it’s not that kind of time. I think it’s a more serious time, and I hope we all reflect on it as we start today.”

Holland added: “We can’t play with the truth.”

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau has signaled over the past few months that the government’s falling priority would be to pass measures that help support Canada’s most vulnerable amid soaring costs of living, including a lack of affordable housing and rising rents, and soaring food and energy prices.

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The first piece of legislation put forward by the government in the fall session is expected to be a proposal that doubles the GST tax credit for low-income Canadians, and creates new dental benefits for children under the age of 12 in families earning less than $90,000 per year. year.

The House of Commons will also debate legislation introduced last spring to increase disability benefits.

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The latter has been a key requirement for the NDP to maintain the party’s support for the Liberals in a governing deal reached between the two parties earlier this year.

Tuesday also marked the first period of questioning for Pierre Poilievre as Conservative leader, although any spark between him and Trudeau was held back until Thursday when the prime minister returns from a meeting with the United Nations in New York.

Poilievre focused his questions on the cost of living and affordability, and specifically criticized the government for increasing CPP and EI premiums. He and other Conservative Party members often raise hikes as unaffordable at a time when inflation and fuel costs continue to rise.

The NDP, meanwhile, released an advert for a new attack on Poilievre just an hour before his first questioning period as leader. In the 30-second video, the party takes aim at the new Conservative leader by asking viewers from above “who is the real Pierre Poilievre?”

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At the end of the clip, which chronicles Poilievre’s voting record on measures such as opposing attempts to raise the minimum wage, the video makes the argument: “Pierre Poilievre: he’s no match for you.”

Poilievre voted against a 2014 NDP motion to raise the federal minimum wage to $15 an hour. He also voted against the 2021 federal budget, which includes a provision to raise the federal minimum wage to $15 an hour.

The budget bill was passed, and the federal minimum wage came into effect on December 29, 2021.

All political parties indicated that the cost of living crisis was their top priority, although how each party proposes to tackle it is expected to be a heated debate in the coming days, weeks and months.

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With files from The Canadian Press.

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