PRIME MINISTER: WILL NOT MEET WITH NOR BE INTIMIDATED BY TRUCKERS, PROTESTERS
Jan 31, 2022
By Bob Komsic
Justin Trudeau says Canadians have a right to protest, to make their voices heard loudly and clearly.
”There is ‘not’ a right to shut down our democracy, our democratic processes. There is ‘not’ a right to abuse, intimidate and harass your fellow citizens, who are trying to go about their business, trying to live their lives and not necessarily in agreement with what your are doing,” said the prime minister commenting on the weekend protest in Ottawa by a convoy of anti-vaccine truck drivers and other demonstrators.
Trudeau makes it clear he will not meet with them nor be intimidated by them.
He says he’s attended other protests in the past when he’s agree with the goals and those involved.
”But I’ve 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 front-line health workers and quite frankly the 90% of truckers who have been doing the right thing to keep Canadians safe, to put food on our tables.”
Trudeau says Canadians know where he stands and that this is a moment for responsible leaders to think carefully where they stand and who they stand with.
He took direct aim at Tory Leader Erin O’Toole and his caucus, saying how over the past many months his party has been sharing disinformation and encouraging conspiracy theories.