Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau sparked anger on Wednesday (Feb. 16) when he accused Jewish MP Melissa Lantsman, who criticized in parliament his handling of the truckers’ Freedom Convoy protests, of standing “with people who wave swastikas.”
Trudeau’s comments were greeted with uproar and forced the Speaker of the House to reprimand the prime minister and others, reminding them of rules against using “inflammatory” language in parliament. Trudeau was asked to apologize three times.
Lantsman, a 37-year-old Conservative MP for the Toronto suburb of Thornhill, later tweeted: “I think the Prime Minister should think long and hard about his own history before singling out a Jewish Member of Parliament and falsely accusing me of standing with a Swastika.”
“What a disgraceful statement unbecoming of anyone in public office—he owes me an apology.”
Andrew Scheer slams Trudeau for playing favoritism, supporting and meeting with protests he does like while invoking the Emergencies Act on protests that challenge him.
“Canadians do not want to live in a country where the PM gets to personally decide which protests are legitimate.”