Ottawa: Liberal leader Justin Trudeau says a protester using the word sexist to describe his wife crossed a threshold on Monday, forcing him to respond.

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“I think Canadians know that I have thick skin, and I’m capable of withstanding all kinds of abuse,” he said Tuesday in Richmond, BC.

“But he went after my family. He said hateful and anti-feminist things about my wife.

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Trudeau was asked whether by pulling down his mask and yelling at the protester: “Isn’t there a hospital you should be bothered with right now?” was the prime minister and whether the pressure of the campaign was falling on him.

“I signed up for it. My family believes deeply in what I’m doing and endures a lot, but everyone has limits and when someone crosses those limits I’m always going to try and work.” Will be ready to back down,” he said.

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The exchange with the protester occurred as Trudeau waited for an interview with Global News outside his Burnaby, BC studio.

His wife Sophie Gregoire Trudeau was not present.

Footage shot by Global News shows a protester standing on the other side of a parking lot insulting and calling on the leader to fight him, as the band Twister Sister chants “We’re Not Gonna” through the speaker. Take It” song. .

In his reply, the leader referred to the anti-vaccination protests that took place on Monday in several hospitals across the country. Hospital staff have described instances of harassment leveled against patients and their colleagues.

Over the past several weeks, Trudeau has faced protests at events in his campaign that have turned violent at times.

On Tuesday morning, NDP leader Jagmeet Singh said Trudeau should not have joked about the protests in hospitals and added that heckling is part of any campaign.

“He shouldn’t have joked about it because it’s dangerous and it’s really causing problems for a lot of people. We know our health care workers are burned out and they’re going through a really tough time.” This is not a joke,” he said.