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The 138 different times that Trudeau has blamed conservatives instead of answering a question

Justin Trudeau decided to blame either Stephen Harper, Andrew Scheer, or conservative premiers instead of answer for his own mistakes.

After searching question period records, True North researchers were able to find 138 different occasions where Justin Trudeau decided to blame either Stephen Harper, Andrew Scheer, or conservative premiers instead of answer for his own mistakes. 

By far Trudeau’s favourite target has been former Conservative Prime Minister Stephen Harper. The latest instance of Trudeau throwing the blame on Harper was on June 19, 2019, where he mentioned the former prime minister’s name four times in one question period. In total, Trudeau has spoken the name “Stephen Harper” 192 times in the House of Commons since being elected, and has put the blame at Harper’s feet on 102 different occasions. 

Next on the list is Conservative opposition leader Andrew Scheer, who was blamed for 27 different things and mentioned by the Prime Minister on 55 different occasions

The last but not least favourite target for the prime minister when avoiding questions about his own shortcomings were the provincial conservative premiers throughout Canada, including Ontario’s Doug Ford, and Saskatchewan’s Scott Moe, among others. Conservative premiers were targeted by the prime minister in nine different answers to questions.

Several responses were omitted from this list due to either repetition or irrelevance. All records were obtained by searching names or titles of the people included in this report from the publicly accessible openparliament.ca. There are likely more instances found in interviews, in the media or on another medium which were not included in this article for consistency sake.

Stephen Harper

June 19, 2019: Blamed Stephen Harper for not having balanced the budget in 2019

June 19, 2019: Blamed Stephen Harper for Mark Norman file

June 19, 2019: Blamed Stephen Harper for having destroyed Mark Norman’s reputation

June 19, 2019: Blamed Stephen Harper for not having begun construction on the TMX pipeline

June 12, 2019: Blamed Stephen Harper for loss of lumber jobs in 2019

June 12, 2019: Blamed Stephen Harper for not listening to fellow MPs and funding the auditor general

June 12, 2019: Blamed Stephen Harper for Phoenix pay system problems

June 12, 2019: Blamed Stephen Harper for veterans homelessness

June 12, 2019: Blamed Stephen Harper for failing to get pipelines built

June 12, 2019: Blamed Stephen Harper for anti-pipeline bill C-69

June 11, 2019: Blamed Stephen Harper for his bad relationship with premiers

June 11, 2019: Blamed Stephen Harper for the current threats to national unity

May 29, 2019: Blamed Stephen Harper for high taxes among seniors

May 29, 2019: Blamed Stephen Harper for bringing back Philippines garbage

May 29, 2019: Blamed Stephen Harper for breaking promises to veterans 

May 29, 2019: Blamed Stephen Harper for his weak trade relationship with the US

May 29, 2019: Blamed Stephen Harper for not having secured an end to steel and aluminum during NAFTA negotiations

May 1, 2019: Blamed Stephen Harper for not being able to stand up for Canada in NAFTA negotiations and with regards to China

April 10, 2019: Blamed Stephen Harper for interfering in SNC-Lavalin

March 20, 2019: Blamed Stephen Harper for not being transparent on SNC-Lavalin

March 20, 2019: Blamed Stephen Harper for having three women leave his caucus

March 20, 2019: Blamed Stephen Harper for not allowing Wilson-Raybould the opportunity to complete her testimony on SNC-Lavalin

February 27, 2019: Blamed Stephen Harper for prosecuting SNC-Lavalin

February 27, 2019: Blamed Stephen Harper for putting a gag order on Jody Wilson-Raybould

February 20, 2019: Blamed Stephen Harper for not allowing Gerald Butts to testify under oath before the justice committee

February 20, 2019: Blamed Stephen Harper for Gerald Butts’ resignation

February 6, 2019: Blamed Stephen Harper for Canada’s poor climate performance 

February 6, 2019: Blamed Stephen Harper for people paying too much taxes

January 30, 2019: Blamed Stephen Harper for a loss in oil sands jobs

January 30, 2019: Blamed Stephen Harper for the Liberal government’s deficit

January 29, 2019: Blamed Stephen Harper for tax hikes on Canadians

December 12, 2018: Blamed Stephen Harper for giving Donald Trump concessions

December 12, 2018: Blamed Stephen Harper for ensuring no future pipelines will be built

December 12, 2018: Blamed Stephen Harper, Doug Ford and Andrew Scheer for the carbon tax

December 12, 2018: Blamed Stephen Harper for not having balanced the budget yet

December 11, 2018: Blamed Stephen Harper for Canada being in debt

December 10, 2018: Blamed Stephen Harper for poor road safety for pedestrians and cyclists

December 5, 2018: Blamed Stephen Harper for inviting Raj Grewal to India trip dinner

November 28, 2018: Blamed Stephen Harper for not getting construction started on the TMX

November 28, 2018: Blamed Stephen Harper for not paying down the national debt

November 21, 2018: Blamed Stephen Harper for buying used jets from Australia

November 20, 2018: Blamed Stephen Harper for the CRA’s preferential treatment of the wealthy

November 20, 2018: Blamed Stephen Harper for the Liberal’s $20 billion a year deficits 

October 31, 2018: Blamed Stepher Harper for taxing commuters on carbon

October 31, 2018: Blamed Stephen Harper for giving big businesses an exemption from the carbon tax

October 30, 2018: Blamed Stephen Harper for statistics Canada data breach

October 3, 2018: Blamed Stephen Harper for Donald Trump’s aluminum tariffs

October 3, 2018: Blamed Stephen Harper for putting Terri-Lynne McClintic in a indigenous healing centre

September 19, 2018: Blamed Stephen Harper for low US investment in Canada

September 19, 2018: Blamed Stephen Harper for Canadian job losses to the US

June 20, 2018: Blamed Stephen Harper for not meeting UN obligation for people with disabilities

June 20, 2018: Blamed Stephen Harper for spending $1.5 million on his “dancing” trip to India

June 20, 2018: Blamed Stephen Harper for spending tax dollars to fix his summer home

June 18, 2018: Blamed Stephen Harper for not taking action on returning ISIS fighters

June 13, 2018: Blamed Stephen Harper for funding organizations that promote hate through the Canada Summer Jobs program

June 13, 2018: Blamed Stephen Harper for the costs of the carbon tax

June 12, 2018: Blamed Stephen Harper for buying the TMX pipeline

May 30, 2018: Blamed Stephen Harper for the Liberal criminal justice bill

May 28, 2018: Blamed Stephen Harper for the influx of illegal border crossers

May 23, 2018: Blamed Stephen Harper for energy investments leaving Canada

May 22, 2018: Blamed Stephen Harper for electoral changes that benefit the Liberals

May 22, 2018: Blamed Stephen Harper for giving grants to foreign funded anti-oil organizations

May 22, 2018: Blamed Stephen Harper for higher gas prices

May 9, 2018: Blamed Stephen Harper for failing to deliver electoral reform

May 9, 2018: Blamed Stephen Harper for restrictions on political parties during the pre-writ period

May 9, 2018: Blamed Stephen Harper for allowing ISIS terrorists to live freely in Canada

May 9, 2018: Blamed Stephen Harper for jeopardizing Canadian oil and gas

May 9, 2018: Blamed Stephen Harper for the high cost of doing business in Canada

May 9, 2018: Blamed Stephen Harper for Kinder Morgan demanding $10 billion in compensation for lack of approval for the pipeline

May 9, 2018: Blamed Stephen Harper for not supporting seniors in Canada

May 9, 2018: Blamed Stephen Harper for high gas prices

May 1, 2018: Blamed Stephen Harper for the Liberal approval of the Kinder Morgan pipeline

May 1, 2018: Blamed Stephen Harper for wanting to put a carbon tax on goods

May 1, 2018: Blamed Stephen Harper for hiding the cost of the carbon tax from Canadians

April 25, 2018: Blamed Stephen Harper for the illegal immigration crisis at the border

April 25, 2018: Blamed Stephen Harper for funding campaigns against Canadian energy

April 25, 2018: Blamed Stephen Harper for funding professional protestors against the Kinder Morgan pipeline

April 25, 2018: Blamed Stephen Harper for giving government grants to an anti-pipeline group

April 24, 2018: Blamed Stephen Harper for doing nothing about illegal immigration at the border

April 23, 2018: Blamed Stephen Harper for harming the economy with a carbon tax

March 28, 2018: Blamed Stephen Harper for hiding $7 billion in the Liberal’s deficit

March 28, 2018: Blamed Stephen Harper for Jaspal Atwal’s presence in India

March 28, 2018: Blamed Stephen Harper for the $50 a tonne carbon tax

March 28, 2018: Blamed Stephen Harper for not delivering on pay equity for women

March 28, 2018: Blamed Stephen Harper for gagging media on Trudeau’s trip to India

March 27, 2018: Blamed Stephen Harper for not providing classified information about Trudeau’s trip to India to the house

March 27, 2018: Blamed Stephen Harper for accepting a gift from the Aga Khan

March 20, 2018: Blamed Stephen Harper for blaming the Indian government for Jaspal Atwal’s presence

February 28, 2018: Blamed Stephen Harper for an $18 billion budget deficit

February 13, 2018: Blamed Stephen Harper for not making the CRA accountable

February 5, 2018: Blamed Stephen Harper for letting Netflix off the hook on taxes

December 13, 2018: Blamed Stephen Harper for insulting Japan and Australia after Trudeau skipped a meeting with them

December 13, 2018: Blamed Stephen Harper for begging China for a free trade deal

November 29, 2018: Blamed Stephen Harper for Bill Morneau’s shady finance activities

November 29, 2018: Blamed Stephen Harper for Bill Morneau’s violation of ethics laws

November 28, 2018: Blamed Stephen Harper for not taking returning ISIS fighters seriously

June 14, 2017: Blamed Stephen Harper for wanting to end a public child sex offender registry

June 12, 2017: Blamed Stephen Harper for handing out partisan commissioner appointments

May 3, 2017: Blamed Stephen Harper for appointing a partisan ethics commissioner investigating Trudeau

May 2, 2017: Blamed Stephen Harper for attacking the parliamentary budget officer

May 1, 2017: Blamed Stephen Harper for not delivering on electoral reform

October 17, 2017: Blamed Stephen Harper for failing to deliver on healthcare

Andrew Scheer

June 19, 2019: Blamed Andrew Scheer for giving $12 million to Loblaws 

June 19, 2019: Blamed Andrew Scheer for the carbon tax

June 12, 2019: Blamed Andrew Scheer for a loss of 160 forestry jobs

June 12, 2019: Blamed Andrew Scheer for the lack of universal pharmacare

June 12, 2019: Blamed Andrew Scheer for threatening national unity

May 29, 2019: Blamed Andrew Scheer for high gas prices

May 29, 2019: Blamed Andrew Scheer for including Jerry Diaz in the media bailout commission

May 1, 2019: Blamed Andrew Scheer for $110K donation from SNC-Lavalin to the Liberal Party

May 1, 2019: Blamed Andrew Scheer for suing Andrew Scheer

May 20, 2019: Blamed Andrew Scheer for yelling at Celina Caesar-Chavannes

May 20, 2019: Blamed Andrew Scheer for blocking witness testimonies about SNC-Lavalin

January 30, 2019: Blamed Andrew Scheer for waiting to fire John McAllum

January 30, 2019: Blamed Andrew Scheer for the high cost of the carbon tax

December 12, 2018: Blamed Andrew Scheer for not securing an end to aluminum and steel tariffs

November 28, 2018: Blamed Andrew Scheer for phasing out the energy sector

November 26, 2018: Blamed Andrew Scheer for cuts to Francophone education in Ontario

June 20, 2018: Blamed Andrew Scheer for using taxpayer money for personal expenses

June 6, 2018: Blamed Andrew Scheer for making concessions on supply management

March 26, 2018: Blamed Andrew Scheer for not allowing the national security adviser to testify about the India trip

March 26, 2018: Blamed Andrew Scheer for not briefing media on India trip

March 27, 2018: Blamed Andrew Scheer for releasing classified information about the India trip to the media

March 28, 2018: Blamed Andrew Scheer for receiving illegal gifts from the Aga Khan

April 23, 2018: Blamed Andrew Scheer for the potential negative economic effects of a carbon tax

November 29, 2017: Blamed Andrew Scheer for Bill Morneau selling stocks before law change

October 4th, 2017: Blamed Andrew Scheer for foreign oil tankers coming into Canada

September 26, 2017: Blamed Andrew Scheer for high tax on middle class

June 6, 2017: Blamed Andrew Scheer for cutting Canadian armed forces and abandoning the fight against ISIS

Conservative Premiers

May 29, 2019: Blamed Doug Ford for aluminum tariffs on Canada

June 11, 2019: Blamed Conservative Premiers for threatening national unity

June 12, 2019: Blamed Conservative Premiers for anti-pipeline Bill C-69

June 12 ,2019: Blamed Conservative Premiers for not caring about the environment 

June 11, 2019: Blamed Conservative Premiers for his bad relationship with them

April 10, 2019: Blamed Conservative Premiers for making families poorer

December 12, 2018: Blamed Conservative Premiers for why he criticizes them

November 28, 2018: Blamed Doug Ford for not defending francophones

October 24, 2018: Blamed Conservative Premiers for not fighting climate change

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