After accusing conservatives of endorsing swastikas, Justin Trudeau incites anger

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau infuriated the Canadian House of Commons on Wednesday when he accused a Jewish Conservative Party member of supporting "those who wave swastikas."

Trudeau made the remarks during the daily questioning session in the lower house of the Canadian Parliament, after criticism from Conservative MP Melissa Lantsman, the party's first Jewish woman elected in October, according to Fox News.

Lantsman delivered two Trudeau comments, one of which he slammed the so-called "Freedom Convoy" protestors who have organized anti-COVID mandate rallies in Ottawa and at several border crossings.

“If Canadians are going to trust their government, their government needs to trust Canadians,” Lantsman said, repeating Trudeau’s words from 2015.

Lantsman then brought up how Trudeau recently labeled the protesters “very often misogynistic, racist, women-haters, science-deniers, the fringe.”

Conservative Member of Parliament Melissa Lantsman speaks during Question Period in the House of Commons on Parliament Hill.
Lantsman came for Trudeau on Wednesday, stating that the Canadian prime minister has spoken about some of his citizens in derogatory ways../Blair Gable/REUTERS

“Same prime minister, six years later as he fans the flames of an unjustified national emergency,” Lantsman said.

“When did the prime minister lose his way?” she asked, eliciting applause from members of her party.

But their claps soon turned to shouts after Trudeau, a member of the Liberal Party, responded.

“Conservative Party members can stand with people who wave swastikas, they can stand with people who wave the Confederate flag,” Trudeau said.

“We will choose to stand with Canadians who deserve to be able to get to their jobs, to be able to get their lives back. These illegal protests need to stop, and they will.”

A person holds a sign in front of trucks blocking a downtown street as truckers and their supporters continue to protest against coronavirus disease (COVID-19) vaccine mandates in Ottawa, Ontario, Canada.
Canadian citizens protest against coronavirus vaccine mandates./Patrick Doyle/REUTERS

Conservative MP Dane Lloyd slammed Trudeau over his comments and demanded an apology.

“Mr. Speaker, I’ve never seen such shameful and dishonorable remarks coming from this prime minister,” said Llody.

“There are members of this Conservative caucus who are the descendants of victims of the Holocaust,” he said.

Later in the session, after Trudeau left the lower chamber, Lantsman addressed what the prime minister said.

“I am a strong Jewish woman and a member of this House and a descendant of Holocaust survivors and … it’s never been singled out, and I’ve never been made to feel less,” said Lantsman.

“Except for today, when the prime minister accused me of standing with swastikas. I think he owes me an apology. I’d like an apology and I think he owes an apology to all members of this House.”

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