Conservative candidate Kyle Seeback said on Saturday some of his campaign volunteers attended the Liberal event closed by police last night amid precarious security.
In a media statement, Seeback, the party’s candidate in Dufferin-Caledon, said that “a few of my supporters attended the protest in front of the Justin Trudeau event,” and therefore, they are “no longer. welcome to my countryside ”.
“My campaign has zero tolerance for obscenities or threatening behavior against any candidate,” Seeback said.
Trudeau was harassed by protesters at several of his campaign events, but the scene in Bolton, Ont. On Friday night was particularly chaotic, with hundreds of people angry in place for a planned outdoor rally.
Among the protesters were anti-vaccination activists shouting vulgarities at Liberal volunteers and carrying anti-Trudeau signs scrawled with obscenities. The crowd was frustrated with Trudeau’s pressure to make vaccines mandatory in some settings and his support for provincial passports for vaccines to restrict entry into some non-essential businesses.
Video footage from the event shows a handful of people wearing conservative-branded blue T-shirts among the unmasked crowd gathered for the protest, which also included a large contingent of people angry at the federal government’s ban on flavorings in smoking cessation devices, such as electronic cigarettes.
The rowdy group outnumbered the police, and after a two-hour delay, the rally was called off. While Trudeau has faced security threats at election events in the past, police felt it was too dangerous to conduct this rally.
Trudeau and his field bus were then escorted off the property by the Ontario Provincial Police (OPP).
Earlier Friday, during a campaign stop in Nobleton, Ont., Anti-vaccination activists also disrupted Trudeau’s visit to a local bakery. Protesters were seen banging on the windows of the bakery shouting “F — you, Justin.
A woman carrying her baby broke into the company to ask Trudeau why he is “funding segregation” by supporting public health tools such as vaccine passports. Another protester said “the blood of Jesus” was on Trudeau for his vaccine policy.
Speaking to reporters after the crash, Trudeau said he had never seen this level of anger or intensity at a campaign event.
When asked if his decision to make vaccines a campaign issue was partly to blame for the staunch opposition he now faces in election campaigns, Trudeau said he knew some people were “scared.” compulsory vaccines, but that he would not back down from his pro-vaccine stance.
“Science is telling us that the best way to get through this pandemic is to get vaccinated. This is how we end it, this is how we get back to the normalcy that so many people desperately want. We have to be. strong for what we know to be true. This science is going to get us through this, is going to be the way forward, “Trudeau said.
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Speaking at an event in Fredericton on Saturday, O’Toole said he was trying to run a positive campaign and “strongly condemned any form of harassment” during the campaign.
“We should have a healthy and respectful debate. We don’t have time for the people who bring negativity to the campaign. I urge everyone to put the country and our democracy first – let’s have a debate on the campaign. ‘Positive ideas about the future. This is my approach, and it is my expectation for every member of our team. “
He said any Conservative volunteer who attended the Bolton event “will no longer be involved in our campaign, period. I expect professionalism, I expect respect. I respect my opponents.”
WATCH: O’Toole comments Bolton, Ont. protests
At an event in Sudbury, Ont., NDP Leader Jagmeet Singh said what happened at the Liberal rally last night was false.
“No one should have to cancel an event because they are worried about the safety of people going out. I just want to condemn this. Mr. Trudeau and his team should never be worried about their safety,” Singh said .
Singh said this type of anger is driven by anxiety at a time when COVID-related lockdowns and public health restrictions have shaken social and economic life in this country.
The pressure to make vaccines mandatory in some settings has also caused unease, he said, and anti-vaccination campaigners need to be reassured that COVID-19 injections are safe and effective.
“People are worried. They are in a precarious situation, and that is why there is tension,” Singh said.
WATCH: Singh talks about protest that forced the cancellation of a liberal event
As Singh left the event in northern Ontario, his bus was briefly held up by a small group of anti-vaccination protesters. A woman with a megaphone shouted, “You are killing humanity. Stop these vaccines.
In a media statement, Conservative candidate Michelle Rempel Garner said an assault like the one directed at Trudeau is a “frequent occurrence” for her and other politicians.
Calgary Nose Hill candidate Rempel Garner said she was recently the victim of harassment during the election campaign as men with cameras “demanding that I answer conspiracy theories” stalked her as she she was trying to vote. Last night, when she was out for dinner, she said she had been “accosted” by a “tall man”.
“Over the past two weeks, I have also received a death threat from someone who called my office in an escalation of verbal abuse over the days,” said Rempel Garner.
“This means I cannot advertise the location of my campaign office. I cannot attend public events where my participation has been advertised. I had to tighten security measures. I am on edge and j ‘I’m scared when I’m getting in and out of my car, and going out in public in general, ”she said.
Rempel Garner said the solution could lie in “legislation that improves the ability to prosecute for criminal harassment” and a crackdown on bogus social media accounts that have created a “barrage of hatred and defamation in line “directed against women politicians.