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“He attacked my family”: Trudeau defends his response to the protester


OTTAWA – Liberal Leader Justin Trudeau said a protester who used a sexist term to describe his wife on Monday crossed a line, forcing him to respond.

“I think Canadians know that I have pretty thick skin and can take all kinds of different abuse,” he said, while answering questions in Richmond, BC. , Tuesday.

“But he attacked my family. He said hateful and misogynistic things about my wife.

Trudeau was asked if he had taken down his mask and shouted at the protester, “Isn’t there a hospital you should be disturbing right now?” Was Prime Minister and if the pressure of the campaign came to him.

“I signed up for this. My family deeply believes in what I do and supports it enormously, but everyone has limits and I will always be there to try to push back when someone crosses those limits, ”he said.

The exchange with the protester took place as Trudeau waited for an interview with Global News outside their studio in Burnaby, British Columbia.

His wife, Sophie Grégoire Trudeau, was not present.

The footage, shot by Global News, shows the protester standing across a parking lot hurling insults and calling on the frontman to fight him as the song “We’re Not Gonna Take It” by the band Twister Sister is played through loudspeakers. .

The leader, in his response, referred to the anti-vaccination protests that took place Monday in several hospitals across the country. Hospital staff described cases of harassment against patients and their colleagues.

In recent weeks, Trudeau has faced protests during his campaign events which at times turned violent.

On Tuesday morning, NDP Leader Jagmeet Singh said Trudeau shouldn’t have joked about the hospital protests and said heckling was part of any campaign.

“He shouldn’t have been joking about it because it’s dangerous and really causes problems for a lot of people. We know our healthcare workers are exhausted and going through a very difficult time. This is not about joking, ”he said.

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