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World In tense campaign, Canada's Trudeau defends snapping at protester

09:00  15 september  2021
09:00  15 september  2021 Source:   reuters.com

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Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau on Tuesday defended his decision to shout at a protester who insulted his wife, Sophie Gregoire, as an increasingly tense election race entered its final days. Trudeau , who has been heckled repeatedly by people protesting mandatory COVID-19 vaccinations and at one point was hit by gravel, reacted sharply on Monday when preparing for an outdoor interview ahead of the Sept. 20 vote. When a man yelled derogatory and profane remarks about Gregoire, Trudeau shouted back: "Isn't there a hospital you should be going to bother right now?"

In tense campaign , Canada ' s Trudeau defends snapping at protester . Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau had hoped to secure a majority in parliament when he called a snap election, but a lackluster campaign and public anger over a vote during a pandemic are putting his chances of victory at risk.

By Steve Scherer

a close up of a sign: Canada's Prime Minister Justin Trudeau campaigns in Richmond, British Columbia © Reuters/CARLOS OSORIO Canada's Prime Minister Justin Trudeau campaigns in Richmond, British Columbia

RICHMOND, British Columbia (Reuters) - Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau on Tuesday defended his decision to shout at a protester who insulted his wife, Sophie Gregoire, as an increasingly tense election race entered its final days.

Trudeau, who has been heckled repeatedly by people protesting mandatory COVID-19 vaccinations (https://www.reuters.com/world/americas/canada-opposition-chief-lashes-partying-pm-trudeau-election-race-tightens-2021-09-13) and at one point was hit by gravel, reacted sharply on Monday when preparing for an outdoor interview ahead of the Sept. 20 vote.

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VANCOUVER, Sept 13 (Reuters) - Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau had hoped to secure a majority in parliament when he called a snap election, but a lackluster campaign and public anger over a vote during a pandemic are putting his chances of victory at risk. Trudeau , in power since 2015, decided to gamble on an early vote and capitalize on his government's handling of the pandemic, which included massive spending to support individuals and businesses and high vaccination rates. In tense campaign , Canada ' s Trudeau defends snapping at protester .

Trudeau called the snap election in late August, prompting grumbling that the country would be casting ballots during the fourth wave of the coronavirus pandemic. He defended the move, saying that after weathering a deadly pandemic, Canadians should have a say in the country’ s future. In recent weeks, a wave of protests – some of which have forced the cancellation of the prime minister’ s public events – have drawn attention to a virulent anti-vaccine movement, as well as growing influence of the far-right People’ s party of Canada , whose supporters are fixtures of the protests .

Jagmeet Singh standing in front of a crowd posing for the camera: NDP leader Jagmeet Singh visits Kitchener © Reuters/NICK IWANYSHYN NDP leader Jagmeet Singh visits Kitchener

When a man yelled derogatory and profane remarks about Gregoire, Trudeau shouted back: "Isn't there a hospital you should be going to bother right now?"

Erin O'Toole in a suit and tie reading a book: Canada's opposition Conservative party leader Erin O'Toole continues his election campaign tour in Russell © Reuters/BLAIR GABLE Canada's opposition Conservative party leader Erin O'Toole continues his election campaign tour in Russell

Critics said the comment was insensitive, given protesters had gathered earlier on Monday outside hospitals to voice their opposition to COVID-19 mandates and provincial requirements for proof of vaccination.

"I've a pretty thick skin, and I am able to take all sorts of different abuse," Trudeau told reporters when asked about the incident. "But he went after my family. He said hateful, misogynistic things about my wife ... everyone has limits."

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Trudeau called the snap elections at the end of August, leading to rumours that the country would vote during the fourth wave of the coronavirus pandemic. He defended the move, saying that after weathering a deadly pandemic, Canadians must have a say in the country’ s future. And Trudeau now follows conservative leader Erin O’Toole, a former Air Force pilot, by an average of nearly two points in national polls. O’Toole, who has run a middle ground campaign emphasizing workers’ rights, has argued that Trudeau ’ s political ambitions in parliament — not the health of the country — are the reason Canadians are

In Canada , for example, lawmakers have largely agreed on some basic measures to combat the spread of the virus, and the political center has proved much stronger in preventing legal, cultural and social division. Until now. In August, Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau called a " snap election" for Sept. And as Canada enters the final week of the campaign , with Liberals and Conservatives running a tight race, the election, alongside COVID-19, has exposed that the country is perhaps less united than previously thought. "We're not afflicted by the same political problems as the United States.

a group of people posing for the camera: Canada's Liberal Prime Minister Justin Trudeau campaigns in Richmond, British Columbia © Reuters/CARLOS OSORIO Canada's Liberal Prime Minister Justin Trudeau campaigns in Richmond, British Columbia

Trudeau called the election https://graphics.reuters.com/CANADA-ELECTION/zjvqkjkomvx/index.html two years ahead of schedule as a referendum on his Liberal government's handling of the COVID-19 pandemic but has struggled to overcome voter unhappiness about the early call.

Canada's Liberal Prime Minister Justin Trudeau campaigns in Richmond, British Columbia © Reuters/CARLOS OSORIO Canada's Liberal Prime Minister Justin Trudeau campaigns in Richmond, British Columbia

Video: Protesters shout at Trudeau at campaign stops (cbc.ca)

With six days to the vote, the tone of the campaign has turned more negative and combative.

Trudeau on Monday accused Conservative Party leader Erin O'Toole, his main rival, of courting the votes of people opposed to vaccination. O'Toole portrayed Trudeau as a scandal-hit party goer obsessed with keeping power.

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© Reuters/CARLOS OSORIO Canada ' s Prime Minister Justin Trudeau campaigns in Candiac, Quebec. On Sunday, Trudeau placed at least some of the responsibility on Bernier for the gravel throwing and the often profane verbal abuse he has faced from angry vaccine opponents on the campaign trail. Canada election: Singh condemns protesters throwing gravel at Trudeau campaign stop.

A campaign event for Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau was canceled over safety concerns after angry coronavirus protesters rallied against the liberal leader. "I need freedom," read one sign held by a protester in Bolton, Ontario, on Friday. While others repeatedly screamed, "F*** Trudeau !," and people were seen waving their middle fingers at the prime He was also protested by anti-vaccine proponents on Wednesday during a trip to British Columbia. Justin Trudeau , Canada ' s prime minister, takes his protective mask off during a news conference on child care in Montreal, Quebec, Canada , on Thursday, Aug.

O'Toole said Trudeau, 49, had presided over six years of broken promises since taking power in 2015.

"It's time for Canadians to say no to someone who says whatever it takes to get elected - whatever it takes - and never delivers," he told reporters near Ottawa on Tuesday.

Since 2019, Trudeau only has had a minority of seats in the House of Commons. This meant he needed support of other parties, primarily the left-leaning New Democrats of Jagmeet Singh.

Trudeau has consistently said a vote for Singh would split progressives and allow O'Toole to take power.

Singh though said Canadians had a real alternative.

"They do not have to be stuck with the Liberals or Conservatives who on a number of occasions have shown really clearly they are not on your side," he said in Toronto.

A Leger poll for the Canadian Press on Tuesday put both the Liberals and Conservatives were at 32% public support, with the New Democrats on 20%.

Such a result on election day would leave Trudeau short of the majority he is seeking, and might hand O'Toole a minority.

(Additional reporting by Moira Warburton in Toronto and David Ljunggren in Ottawa, writing by David Ljunggren and Steve Scherer; Editing by Grant McCool)

Canada's Trudeau denies wanting his ex-justice minister to lie as election looms .
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