Canadian MP calls for Trudeau to apologize to truckers

Canadian MP Candice Bergen calls for Trudeau to apologize to ‘patriotic peace-loving’ truckers he accused of spreading ‘hateful rhetoric’ as she reminds House ‘he wore blackface more times than he can remember’

  • Conservative Canadian parliamentarian Candice Bergen condemned Prime Minister Justin Trudeau for refusing to speak with protesters
  • The prime minister had announced that he would not meet with the truck drivers in the Freedom Convoy, saying they were spreading ‘hateful rhetoric’ 
  • Afterwards, Bergen reminded the House of Commons on Monday that Justin Trudeau has donned black face on more than one occasion
  •  The Freedom Convoy began last week when thousands of truck drivers took to the capitol to protest the country’s new vaccine mandate
  • Many others have blocked a highway between Canada and the United States and have angered local law enforcement

A conservative Canadian parliamentarian slammed Prime Minister Justin Trudeau on Monday as she condemned him for refusing to speak with thousands of truckers demonstrating against the country’s vaccine mandate.

Speaking before the House of Commons, Canadian MP Candice Bergen reminded her fellow parliamentarians that the prime minister has donned blackface ‘more times than he can remember,’ after he claimed that the demonstrators in the Freedom Convoy were spreading ‘hateful rhetoric.’

‘All Canadians want to see a leader who will work to heal riffs, not further divide, a leader who will listen even to those voices he might not agree with, a leader who will work to understand, not dismiss, name-call and gaslight,’ Bergen began.

‘Contrary to some, there are thousands of passionate, patriotic and peaceful Canadians on the Hill right now who just want to be heard,’ she continued. ‘Will the prime minister extend an olive branch and will he listen?’

Canadian Parliamentarian Candice Bergen tore into Prime Minister Justin Trudeau on Monday after he announced that he would not meet with truck drivers protesting the country’s vaccine mandate

Bergen pointed out that photos have emerged of Trudeau wearing blackface

Bergen was then interrupted by Minister of Public Safety Marco Mendicino, who asked her to condemn the protesters who allegedly urinated on the country’s National War Memorial and used the statue of Canadian athlete Terry Fox to display a sign reading ‘Mandate Freedom.’

‘Of course we all condemn hateful and destructive acts by a few at any protest,’ she responded, going on to list a number of instances in which protesters desecrated public property or displayed hateful symbols, such as blackface or Nazi flags.

‘But I’m not talking about that Mr. Speaker,’ Bergen said, noting: ‘I apologize that that minister is misleading Canadians.

‘I do get very defensive of Canadians who are outside today – patriotic, peace-loving Canadians who are called misogynists and racist by the prime minister.

‘So again, I ask the prime minister, who may I remind this House wore blackface on more times than he can remember, apologize to the peace-loving, patriotic Canadians who are outside right now just asking to be heard – will he speak to them?’ 

Trudeau had faced controversy in 2019 when photos emerged of him wearing blackface while dressed as Aladdin. In an interview at the time, he said he could not give a definitive number on how many times he had worn blackface. 

Trudeau announced on Monday he would not be meeting with the protesters, saying they were were spreading ‘hateful rhetoric’

The prime minister had previously praised truck drivers in a tweet at the start of the pandemic 

Bergen’s comments come after the Canadian prime minister publicly announced he will not be meeting with the truckers who are currently overrunning Ottawa in protest of his vaccine mandate – despite a tweet two years ago praising truck drivers for their work in the early days of the pandemic.

‘Over the past few days, Canadians were shocked and frankly, disgusted by the behavior displayed by some people protesting in our nation’s capital,’ Trudeau said Monday in a public press conference broadcasted remotely, referring to the unrest in Ottawa, which began on Saturday.

Trudeau, 50, held the conference from isolation at an undisclosed location after testing positive for COVID-19 earlier that day. Two of the prime minister’s three children also tested positive for the virus.

When asked whether he was going to meet the protesters, Trudeau said he had no interest in going ‘anywhere near protests that have expressed hateful rhetoric and violence towards their fellow citizens.’ 

The politician went on to assert that he had personally attended protests himself when he ‘agreed with the goals’ being fought for, such as those championed by Black Lives Matter, but dismissed the truckers’ dissent – which was spurred by the politico’s own policies – as ‘racist’ and ‘violent.’  

‘I have attended protests and rallies in the past when I agreed with the goals, when I supported the people expressing their concerns and their issues,’ Trudeau said.

‘But I have also chosen to not go anywhere near protests that have expressed hateful rhetoric, violence towards fellow citizens, and a disrespect not just of science, but of the frontline health workers and quite frankly, the 90 percent of truckers who have been doing the right thing to keep Canadians safe to put food on our tables.’

The Freedom Convoy began last week when a group of more than 50,000 Canadian truck drivers took to Ottawa – the nation’s capital – to protest recent policies implemented by Trudeau’s office. They are seen here blocking the highway at the U.S. border

Local law enforcement had ordered the drivers in Alberta to stand down and stop blocking trucks and other international commuters from crossing the currently gridlocked dividing line

The protesters also descended on Parliament Hill in Ottawa, Ontario

During the address, Trudeau conceded that he understood the frustrations of the Canadian people regarding the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic but asserted that some of the behavior seen at the recent protests in the nation’s capital, including swastikas, Confederate flags, and the desecrating of memorials, was unacceptable. 

‘I want to be very clear, we are not intimidated by those who hurl insults and abuse at small business workers, and steal food from the homeless. We won’t give in to those who fly racist flags. We won’t cave to those who engage in vandalism or dishonor the memory of our veterans.’

He added: ‘Freedom of expression, assembly, and association are cornerstones of democracy. But Nazi symbolism, racist imagery, and desecration of war memorials are not. It is an insult to memory and truth. Hate can never be the answer.’

Trudeau then called on the protesting truckers – and the thousands supporting them – to put a halt to their actions. 

‘There is no place in our country for threats, violence or hatred,’ he asserted. ‘So for those responsible for this behavior, it needs to stop. To anyone who joined the convoy and was rightly uncomfortable with the symbols of hatred and division on display, join with your fellow Canadians. Be courageous, and speak out. Do not stand for, or with, intolerance and hate.’ 

In his speech, Trudeau went on to slam conservative politicians from his country for supporting the truckers’ protests, warning them to ‘think long and hard about the consequences of your actions.’ 

After the address, the prime minister doubled down on his stance in a series of posts on social media. 

The progressive politician pleaded for the protests to cease Monday afternoon, both in his address and on social media

Trudeau’s speech, delivered more than 24 hours after the prime minister fled his home in Ottawa as protesters convened on the capital, came as another formidable force of protesters more than 1,800 miles away, in Coutts, Alberta, were met with backlash from local law enforcement, who ordered the drivers Monday to stand down and stop blocking trucks and other international commuters from crossing the currently gridlocked dividing line, RebelNews reported.

After a vote, the outlet reported Monday afternoon, drivers stationed along the border refused to budge, and for now, the border remains closed, despite heavy police presence.

Earlier that morning, after fleeing his home with his family Sunday as thousands of truckers descended on the Canadian capital to protest the country’s vaccine mandate and COVID lockdowns, Trudeau revealed he had tested positive for COVID-19. 

‘This morning, I tested positive for COVID-19,’ the woke politician wrote on social media that morning.

‘I’m feeling fine – and I’ll continue to work remotely this week while following public health guidelines. Everyone, please get vaccinated and get boosted.’ 

Trudeau, who is vaccinated and has received a booster, is currently self-isolating at an undisclosed location after fleeing with his family from their home in the Canadian city as protesters convened, a four full days after the politician found out he had been exposed to the virus.

Protesters say there is no ‘end date’ in sight and plan to stay in the capital ‘for as long as it takes’ and until the Canadian government flips and withdraws its policy on vaccine mandates

A supporter of the protests knelt down in the middle of the road on the fourth day of the Freedom Convoy on Tuesday

Some of the protesters blocked the streets in downtown Ottawa

The Freedom Convoy began last week when a group of more than 50,000 Canadian truck drivers took to Ottawa – the nation’s capital – to protest recent policies implemented by Trudeau’s office that declared that by January 15, all truckers who are unvaccinated must take a COVID-19 test and quarantine when driving back from the United States. 

Under the progressive politician’s new guidance, Canadian drivers who are not vaccinated are barred from entering the U.S. until they have gotten the jab, while American drivers are currently not allowed into Canada unless they produce a certificate proving that they have been inoculated.

The policy comes in stark contrast to that of the nation’s neighbor the south, with American drivers returning home to the U.S. not required to test and quarantine.

Protesters say there is no ‘end date’ in sight and plan to stay in the capital ‘for as long as it takes’ and until the Canadian government flips and withdraws its policy on vaccine mandates. Their movement has drawn the support of Tesla founder Elon Musk.

But many of those in the Canadian government have condemned the protest, pointing to alleged harassment of some city officials and NGO volunteers, as well as the alleged desecration of some public sites.

Ottawa Mayor Jim Watson has fumed over what he called ‘threatening’ behavior by some of the protesters, particularly against the media.

‘Stop the bully tactics and show some respect to fellow Canadians,’ he said on Twitter.

Later, in an interview with the CBC, Watson said it was time for protesters to ‘move on’ so Ottawa can return to normal, after protesters blocked several streets and effectively shut down operations in the city’s downtown.

‘Quite frankly, residents feel they’re prisoners in their own home,’ he said.

And on Friday, police in Nova Scotia announced there would be fines of up to $10,000 CA ($7,800) for anyone blocking the highway, as more truckers converged on Ottawa from across the country. 

Ottawa police on Sunday confirmed they had opened an investigation after some of the protesters were filmed dancing and drinking on the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier. Some reports suggested people had urinated on the memorial. Vehicles were parked on the Cenotaph, in what police said was a sign of disrespect. 

A statue of Terry Fox, a Canadian athlete and cancer research activist, was adorned with a placard against mandates, sparking widespread revulsion.

‘The Terry Fox Foundation is proud to continue Terry’s mission of funding cancer research. Terry believed in science and gave his life to help others,’ the Terry Fox Foundation said, in comments retweeted by Justin Trudeau, the Canadian prime minister. 

Ottawa police said no arrests were made during Saturday’s protests, despite ‘several challenges with demonstrators, including sporadic road blockages by trucks, which officers worked to clear.’

They added: ‘These high-risk situations were de-escalated and resolved with no arrests.’

The police also asked people to make reports, rather than flagging social media to them. 

‘Several criminal investigations are underway in relation to the desecration of the National War Memorial/Terry Fox statue, threatening/illegal/intimidating behavior to police/city workers and other individuals and damage to a city vehicle,’ the police tweeted. 

‘Illegal behavior will not be tolerated and will be fully investigated.

‘We have investigative and evidence-gathering teams in place to support the management of the demonstration.’  

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