Canadian Prime Minister Trudeau vows to crack down on hospital protests, rival backs extremists

Canada's Liberal Prime Minister Justin Trudeau at a post-election campaign rally in Oakville
FILE PHOTO: Liberal Prime Minister of Canada Justin Trudeau speaks at a drive-in rally during his election campaign tour in Oakville, Ontario Canada September 12, 2021. Reuters / Carlos Osorio

September 13, 2021

Steve Scherer. By

OTTAWA (Reuters) – Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau said on Monday that if he is re-elected he will ban people from protesting outside hospitals and attack those opposing COVID-19 vaccinations on his main rival. accused of supporting

Recent polls suggest Trudeau’s ruling liberals have recovered from the initial setback and may form another minority government in the September 20 election, which he called for approval to deal with the pandemic.

Organizers of past demonstrations against vaccine mandates pledged to regroup across Canada on Monday, and Trudeau said Conservative Party leader Erin O’Toole was “giving in to her anti-vaccination elements in her caucus”.

O’Toole is good at the idea of ​​the mandate, saying he prefers the use of rapid testing. The 48-year-old is trying to expand support by pushing for more centrist policies.

“(He says) ‘The Conservative Party under my leadership is a big tent,’ which means there is room for anti-vax in his Conservative Party,” Trudeau said.

Trudeau said liberals would make it a criminal offense to block access to buildings that provide health care, including hospitals, abortion clinics, pharmacies and testing centers.

Earlier in the day O’Toole intensified his attacks on Trudeau, portraying him as a scammer obsessed with retaining power. O’Toole sees photos of a young Trudeau wearing blackface during the 2019 election race.

“Every Canadian has met a Justin Trudeau in their life – privileged, entitled and always looking for number one…

Trudeau, 49, has been in power since November 2015.

A Nano Research rolling telephone poll of 1,200 people for CTV on Monday put the Liberals at 30.2% with 33.2% of the public’s support. Voting is considered accurate 19 out of 20 times, to within 2.8 percentage points.

Such a result on Election Day would suggest another minority government for Trudeau.

(Writing and additional reporting by David Ljunggren in Ottawa; Editing by Alistair Bell)


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