Transport Minister Pablo Rodriguez says the Liberal government is heading to a summit on car theft this week armed with ideas on how to tackle the problem.
But Conservative Leader Pierre Poilievre is trying to convince Canadians he already has a plan, complete with a sophisticated social media campaign responding to concerns about the growing problem.
Poilievre this morning unveiled the new measures for the second day in a row in Montreal, a city where police and insurance companies say car theft is exploding.
He says that if he forms the next government, he would spend millions on new scanners so that border agents can better detect stolen cars in shipping containers.
Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and other Liberal ministers have credited Poilievre with the success of his campaign against a consumer carbon price amid concerns about the cost of living.
Poilievre is blasting the government on car theft days before ministers are due to meet the police and carmakers to discuss solutions.
– This report by The Canadian Press was first published on February 6, 2024.