On Wednesday, Trudeau accused members of Canada’s Conservative Party — including a Jewish member of parliament — of “standing with people who wave swastikas.”
All for supporting truck drivers and others protesting Canada’s COVID restrictions.
Trudeau’s remarks came in response to a question from MP Melissa Lantsman, a descendant of Holocaust survivors, about the need for invoking the Emergencies Act. (RELATED: Trudeau Declares National Emergency in Attempt to Temporarily Suspend Civil Liberties)
Lantsman, the first Jewish woman to be elected as a Conservative MP, began her exchange with Trudeau by reading an old quote of his, when the liberal prime minister said “If Canadians are going to trust their government, their government needs to trust Canadians.”
Lantsman compared Trudeau’s call for dialogue with divisive remarks he’s made about the Freedom Convoy and its supporters. Instead of attempting to see the world through their eyes, Trudeau has called the protesters “misogynistic, racist, women-haters, science-deniers, the fringe.” Lantsman accused Trudeau of further inflaming Canada’s divisions. (RELATED: Ottawa Police Chief Resigns Raising Questions About Trudeau’s Leadership)
The prime minister was unrepentant in his response, as Fox News notes:
“Conservative Party members can stand with people who wave swastikas, they can stand with people who wave the Confederate flag,” Trudeau said in response. “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.”
The other side of chamber erupted in response, prompting Speaker of the House of Commons Anthony Rota to interrupt in an attempt to restore order. He also admonished all — “including the Right Honourable prime minister” — to avoid “inflammatory” language in the House.
MP Dane Lloyd later rose to rebuke Trudeau for his comment, saying, “Mr. Speaker, I’ve never seen such shameful and dishonorable remarks coming from this prime minister. My great-grandfather flew over 30 missions over Nazi Germany. My great-great-uncle’s body lies at the bottom of the English Channel. There are members of this Conservative caucus who are the descendants of victims of the Holocaust.
Trudeau repeatedly ignored Lloyd’s demands for an apology. Lantsman later introduced a point of order in the House of Commons requesting a personal apology.
Canada’s National Post continues:
Trudeau’s comments came as Liberals are grappling to get support from opposition parties for the continuation of the Emergencies Act in order to end the truck convoys in Ottawa.
If the Canadian parliament approves the Emergencies Act, Trudeau will suspend certain civil liberties for 30 days to end the protest.
The Conservative Party and Bloc Quebecois confirmed Wednesday that its members would not vote to approve the Act. The New Democratic Party revealed it would reluctantly support it.