Trudeau Responds To The Gravel Throwing Incident As The Leaders Prepare For Tonight’s Debate

Trudeau Responds To The Gravel Throwing Incident As The Leaders Prepare For Tonight’s Debate

Liberal Leader Justin Trudeau now claims he is afraid for the safety of his volunteers, his security detail and the journalists covering his campaign, after he was pelted with gravel at a campaign stop in London on Monday. Trudeau says the harassment and abuse many people have faced from anti-vaccine and anti-mask proponents is unacceptable. Conservative Leader Erin O’Toole says — quote– “There is never an excuse to intimidate people, to promote violence or to harass people.” Jagmeet Singh says the actions of protesters was totally unacceptable.  People’s Party of Canada Leader Maxime Bernier also joined the chorus of party leaders condemning the behaviour — even though the crowd at the Trudeau event was dominated by his supporters.

The federal election campaign will move to a television studio tonight with the first of two official debates.  Millions of voters are expected to tune in for tonight’s two-hour French debate and tomorrow night’s English debate. Both events will be held at The Museum of Canadian History in Gatineau, Quebec, just across the river from Parliament Hill. Five main party leaders will take part from the Liberals, Conservatives, NDP, Bloc Quebecois, and the Greens. People’s Party Leader Maxime Bernier did not meet the criteria established by the debate commission for participation.

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