According to media reports, Liberal Leader Justin Trudeau and his security detail were pelted with rocks on Monday at a campaign stop in London, Ontario.
In response, Trudeau told reporters that he will not “back down in the face of anti-vaxxer mobs.”
“There is a small fringe element in this country that is angry, that doesn’t believe in science, that is lashing out with racist, misogynistic attacks,” Trudeau stated.
In what manner does throwing stones(small rocks, described as pebbles) at a prime minister constitute an act of racism? In terms of misogyny– a hatred of women– how does the incident qualify?
It is not the first time Justin Trudeau has branded public acts racist out of context. In August, 2018, a woman at an event in Quebec asked him when his government was planning to repay the province $146 million it had cost to settle refugees.
Trudeau responded by saying “your racism has no place here.” Asked about the incident after the fact, he refused to apologize.
One has to wonder how any Canadian prime minister retains a right to brand whatever they see fit as an act of racism. Is this not a tad irresponsible? Yet, in many ways, the behaviour serves as a defining factor of Trudeau’s tenure as prime minister.
Does this man understand the definition of racism? Has Mr.Trudeau taken the opportunity to read up on hate laws as defined in the Canadian criminal code? Or are these examples of hi-jacking the meaning of racist behaviour to score political points?
No Canadian with powers of observation can deny Justin Trudeau’s dedication to women’s rights. He has served as an evangelist of the movement since day one in office. Back in 2016, the prime minister stated the following:
“I will continue to say I am a feminist until it is met with a shrug.” On this basis, it can be expected that our prime minister would have a firm understanding of what constitutes misogyny.
Throwing small stones at Justin Trudeau does not qualify. Now, it is possible that racist or misogynist comments have been expressed at his recent campaign stops. But to make it appear as though racism and women-hating are part of personal attacks on our prime minister must be considered unacceptable.
Mr. Trudeau— not every behaviour in society constitutes an act of racism. It well appears that in a state of panic, our PM has fallen back on cliches that once sustained his image as champion of racialized and female Canadians.
Those days are gone. All that seems to remain is a political automaton using pre-fabricated talking points in hope of winning a third term in office.
— Brad Salzberg, CAP Founder (Est. 2016)