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Liberal leader Justin Trudeau stands behind comments he made to a protester who directed a misogynistic comment on Trudeau’s wife, saying “he went after my family.”
As Trudeau along with Neetu Garcha of Granthshala BC prepared to sit outside the broadcaster’s Burnaby, BC, station, protesters blew up music and indulged in obscene acts in the parking lot. The situation heated up when a protester shouted at the Liberal leader about his wife, Sophie Gregoire Trudeau.
The protester made deeply offensive, misogynistic remarks about Gregoire Trudeau, who was not present, and called him a gendered slur.
“Where’s your wife? I hear she’s a prostitute,” shouted the protester.
“Where is he? Smell (inaudible) from here.”
Trudeau listened for a moment, then pulled down his mask and raised his voice to make sure the protesters were listening.
“Isn’t there a hospital you should be bothering with right now?” Trudeau counterattacked.
He remained on comment on Tuesday.
He said, “I think Canadians know that I have thick skin and that I am capable of withstanding all kinds of abuse, especially if it means that there is no one else out there to support frontline health workers or vulnerable Canadians.” troubling,” he said.
“But he went after my family, said disgusting, wrong things about my wife.”
Trudeau said he knew he “signed up for it,” but “everybody has their limits.”
He said, “My family believes deeply in what I do and goes through a lot, but everyone has their limits and when someone crosses these limits I will always be ready to try and back down.” “
In his reply to the protester, Trudeau was referring to the anti-vaccine protests outside hospitals on Monday. Demonstrations forced patients and healthcare workers alike to pass through crowds of illiterate people, and in some cases, prevented paramedics from passing safely.
Trudeau on Monday condemned the protests, promising that if he is re-elected as prime minister, he will declare crimes that block health services, harass health workers and scare patients.
“It is not right that people working to keep us safe and alive during this pandemic should be exposed to hatred, violence, fear and intimidation,” Trudeau said during Monday’s campaign in Vancouver.
Trudeau’s clapback, however, faced some criticism from his detractors. NDP leader Jagmeet Singh said Trudeau “should not have joked” about Heckler opposing the hospital.
Both Singh and Conservative Leader Erin O’Toole have condemned Monday’s protests, with Singh promising to ensure safety for health workers and criminalizing blocking of access to health care.
Trudeau was surrounded by a mob of angry protesters throughout his campaign. One of those protests became particularly heated as Trudeau left an event in London, Ont., on Labor Day. When protesters mocked Trudeau, who were surrounded by the media, a man picked up gravel and threw it at both Trudeau and journalists.
While no one was reported injured, 25-year-old Shane Marshall was charged with assault with a weapon. Marshall was president of the PPC Elgin Middlesex London Riding Association. He was removed from his post after the incident.
Trudeau spoke out against the angry protesters on Tuesday and insisted that “anti-semitic mobs” would not stop him from campaigning personally in this election.
“No one should do their job under threats of violence or work to put them in danger. This is absolutely unacceptable,” he said.
— With files from Granthshala News ‘Amanda Connolly, Sean Boynton’