The militant protests against Justin Trudeau, Leader of the Liberal Party may get him votes from those who sympathize with him following the virulent expletives being hurled at him by protesters at campaign events.
The expletives shouted at Justin Trudeau were vile, demeaning and odious. Some of the phrases used to describe the incumbent in the September 20 election could not be in this publication without violating the policy of Mosaic Edition.
I was at an event at a construction site in Hamilton. Trudeau was heckled. The heckler was allowed to make their point before being escorted out of the event. Trudeau told the heckler to get vaccinated.
I was at Mississauga for another campaign event. At this event, Trudeau wanted to encourage those not vaccinated against COVID to do so and not to impose their choice on others.
At the end of the event, it was garbage of words hurled at the incumbent.
I did not attend the event that was cancelled later that day. It was cancelled for security reasons, I gathered.
Today, I was in Cambridge where Justin Trudeau was to have a media event. I did not attend the media event but was able to put this commentary together after seeing the activities at the parking lot of Campaign Headquarters of Bryan May.
The parking lot was devoid of chaos. No rowdy scene. This I later understood. As I tried to unload my photography equipment, a person came to me possibly recognizing my press identification. The person demanded in stern voice, “Where is Trudeau?” I replied, “I do not know where Trudeau is, I have not seen Trudeau, I have not found Trudeau.” My answer was not satisfactory from the look. The person walked away pounding on the hot parking lot towards the campaign office of Bryan May.
Some people were standing in front of the office waiting for Trudeau. They carried anti-Trudeau signs. The Canadian flag is attached to a pole upside down.
In the parking lot, I could hear comments made by some of the new arrivals and some who are just sitting in their car waiting for Trudeau. No sighting of the Leader of the Liberal Party. A few false sightings were announced. Cars screeched out of the parking lot. Some of the cars later returned after discovering that it was a false alarm. “I have just come to yell at Trudeau,” says a protester. Another noted that they had been deceived as Trudeau was not at the venue they thought he would be. They were all prepared, ready for Trudeau but were disappointed because they could not locate Trudeau. “Good, I parked my car away from this parking lot,” says a protester on seeing a police cruiser.
It was observed that some protesters were crossing the road and getting their cars parked at the opposite mall. The police cruiser was around. Nobody would want their license plate identified since the violent protests were already becoming a security concern. Carrying a media badge does not help. I was accosted. “Are you here to take pictures so we can be identified?” said another person. I responded I was there to do a job as a member of the media. I kept quiet to avoid any escalation. Another wanted to hand me a question for Trudeau.
I have tried to put this piece in a commentary and not hard news. Canadian politicians are in for a tough time like everyone else in the age of social media.
Rage protests, expletive politics have become the norm.
Mosaic Edition promises to hold on to our policy of defending decency. Whatever your disagreement, it is wrong to demean politicians with expletives and gutter expressions. Those protesting Trudeau may be inadvertently getting Trudeau sympathetic votes.
After about an hour of political coverage without speaking to any minister, political acolytes, I hit Highway 401 and out of Cambridge. I did not see Trudeau. I hope to see him and his “followers” some day.
The event held at a secret location away from the rowdy protests was headlined, “A Cleaner, Greener Future: The Liberal Climate Plan.”
According to a statement from the Liberal Party, a re-elected Liberal government will move forward to accelerate climate action for more jobs, cleaner communities, and less pollution.”