Opposition parties are blasting Employment Minister Pierre Poilievre for taxpayer-funded “vanity videos” that tout the Conservative government’s child benefit plan, saying the spots are little more than partisan advertising.

A nearly three-minute YouTube video by Employment and Social Development Canada features Poilievre at a consignment sale at an Ottawa arena. In the video, Poilievre speaks with parents as he promotes the government’s universal child care benefit, which the “prime minister has increased,” the minister says to one parent.

Opposition MPs criticized the videos in the House of Commons Friday, saying the Conservatives are using taxpayer dollars for political purposes.

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