PMO staff members say Bergen privately acknowledged considerations over participating with protesters

OTTAWA — Staff members in the Prime Minister’s Workplace are suggesting the former Conservative interim leader, Candice Bergen, privately acknowledged issues about engaging with “Liberty Convoy” protesters last wintertime while publicly urging the primary minister to pay attention to them — a little something Bergen denies.
A summary of interviews with Primary Minister Justin Trudeau’s senior aides was released Thursday by the community inquiry seeking into the federal government’s choice to invoke the Emergencies Act on Feb. 14. 
The document explained Trudeau’s chief of personnel, Katie Telford, requested no matter whether Bergen could assist and the two leaders discussed reaching out to protesters in a Feb. 3 mobile phone connect with.
“Ms. Telford included that in the course of the phone, Ms. Bergen acknowledged that there were sizeable concerns about whom the federal government could interact with and setting a undesirable precedent,” the summary said.
The discussion took place on Bergen’s initially day on the position, when she publicly challenged Trudeau’s government in the Residence of Commons for not supplying an “olive department” to the protesters.
In the course of Issue Interval she charged that the primary minister required to arrive up with a prepare to make protesters “experience they have been listened to.” As a substitute, she advised MPs, Trudeau was “threatening Canadians with much more vaccine mandates.”
For her aspect, Bergen said Thursday that she had a distinctive recollection of that Feb. 3 phone with Trudeau. She explained the primary minister referred to as to congratulate her on getting chief, and that they talked about a number of matters. 
“I requested him if he would take into account reaching out and extending an olive branch to the persons who experienced come to Ottawa,” Bergen wrote in an e-mail. “He stated he didn’t want to established a precedent by talking to protesters in that way.”
In the course of the protests, as the get together was speaking about how to reply to the protest, Bergen instructed some senior Conservatives in an email: “I don’t believe we really should be inquiring them to go residence.”She added: “I have an understanding of the mood may possibly shift soon. So we want to flip this into the (key minister’s) difficulty. What will he just take (as) the 1st step to functioning in direction of ending this?”A screenshot of the electronic mail, which carries the subject matter line “Assertion for Feed-back,” was obtained by The Canadian Press through the protests and to start with reported by the World and Mail. The Canadian Push has not viewed the relaxation of the e-mail chain.
Telford advised the commission Thursday federal officials considered attainable engagement with the protesters a lot more than once as a probable selection to bringing an finish to the blockade, but eventually that choice experienced small support across government.
“There were being far too lots of unanswered concerns,” she explained. 
“There was no clarity in phrases of who the dialogue would be with on both facet of the dialogue, and what the dialogue would be about and what it may result in.”
Trudeau’s senior personnel appeared on the second-very last working day of community hearings held by the commission, which is probing the federal government’s final decision to invoke the Emergencies Act in response to protests that gridlocked downtown Ottawa and blockaded the Canada-U.S. border.
This report by The Canadian Press was initially published Nov. 24, 2022.

David Fraser and Stephanie Taylor, The Canadian Press

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