During a stop on the route of Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau’s campaign, protesters threw gravel at him. Ahead of Trudeau is the final straight for early parliamentary elections. These are scheduled for September 20.
Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau was returning to his campaign bus after visiting a brewery in the city of London, Ontario, southwest of Toronto. A handful of small stones were thrown at it as it entered the vehicle. He wasn’t hurt.
The recording of the event in London was shown by a Canadian journalist and producer of CBC Politics.
The prime minister’s campaign in London was disrupted by a demonstration against vaccination certificates against COVID-19 and other epidemic restrictions. Trudeau’s vaccination certification plans have become a key, emotional issue ahead of the parliamentary elections, although Canada has one of the highest COVID-19 vaccination rates in the world – 74.8 percent of people received their first dose, and 68.4 percent, according to data from Tuesday. percent are fully vaccinated.
Speaking to reporters aboard the plane after the incident, Trudeau compared the incident to a woman throwing pumpkin seeds at him in 2016.
Trudeau’s main rival about the events of London: it’s gross
Conservative leader Erin O’Toole condemned the incident as “gross”. “Political violence is never justified and our media must be free from intimidation, harassment and violence,” he wrote.
Just over a week ago, the Canadian prime minister was forced to cancel an election rally in Bolton, Ontario after a crowd of angry demonstrators disrupted the event.
Early elections in less than two weeks
On August 15, Trudeau asked Governor General Mary Simon to dissolve parliament and call early elections. Canadians will elect a new parliament on September 20, two years ahead of schedule. Arguing the reasons for his decision, Trudeau explained that Canada is at a historic moment and citizens have the right to decide what developments and what kind of solutions they want for the country.
Justin Trudeau’s liberals took power in 2015. They had a majority government at the time, but after the elections in autumn 2019, they could only form a minority government and have 155 seats in the House of Commons of the federal parliament with 338 members.
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