Canada: Protesters attend Justin Trudeau rally in Bolton
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Canadian Prime Minister, Justin Trudeau, appeared unscathed after protesters donning purple People’s Party t-shirts ambushed the Liberal leader on the campaign trail in Ontario. Mr Trudeau, 49, arrived in the city’s London area earlier today for what was set to be a low-key stop off.
But hundreds of protesters booed and jeered the Liberal leader as he returned to the battle bus.
Protesters also held placards calling for “no vaccine passports” and “no more lockdowns”.
A national CTV reporter has claimed two members of the media were also hit by the stones but were unhurt.
According to reports, Canada’s 23rd Prime Minister told reporters he was not injured in the incident.
Trudeau humiliation: Canadian PM pelted with stones at end of Ontario campaign rally (Image: Getty)
But hundreds of protesters booed and jeered the Liberal leader as he returned to the battle bus. (Image: Getty)
Instead, Mr Trudeau compared it to the time a woman threw pumpkin seeds at him during the Hamilton mayoral race in 2018.
Speaking to journalists, a masked Trudeau said: “A couple might have pelted off my shoulder.”
Last week, the Liberal leader was forced to cancel an election rally in Ontario’s Bolton district after protesters arrived at the venue.
Speaking about the Bolton protesters, Trudeau said: “We all had a difficult year.
“This is disgusting and I condemn these actions in the strongest terms possible,” O’Toole said. (Image: Getty)
Canadians will go to the polls on September 20. (Image: Getty)
“Those folks out protesting, they had a difficult year too, and I know and I hear the anger, the frustration, perhaps the fear.”
But after rocks were thrown at the Prime Minister, Trudeau’s main opponent, Conservative candidate Erin O’Toole, came out to condemn the protesters’ actions.
“This is disgusting and I condemn these actions in the strongest terms possible,” O’Toole told his Twitter followers.
He added: “Political violence is never justified and our media must be free from intimidation, harassment, and violence.”
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Mr Trudeau called for an election in an attempt to “finish the fight against” coronavirus.
He lost the majority he obtained in the 2015 General Election when voters went back to the polls in October 2019.
But polling conducted before Parliament was dissolved on August 15 suggested, similarly to Theresa May in her unsuccessful 2017 campaign, that Trudeau could command a majority if he decided to call an immediate snap election.
However, criticisms of his handling of the Covid crisis, a fourth Canadian wave and accusations of sexual misconduct amongst his candidates have helped reduce his double-digit lead to a narrow one for the Conservative Party.
Canadians will go to the polls on September 20.