Politicians denounce verbal attack on deputy prime minister

Several ministers in Justin Trudeau’s Canadian government and political leaders protested Saturday after video was shared on social media showing a man verbally assaulting Deputy Prime Minister Chrystia Freeland.

The incident happened on Friday in Alberta (western part of the country), the province from which Chrystia Freeland, who was born in Peace River, 200 km northeast of Grande Prairie, spoke with the mayor of that locality after she became a farmer had hit the morning.

The 14-second video, posted to TikTok and Twitter, shows the Canadian government’s N.2 heading towards an elevator while being pursued by a man who insults her.

“You traitor,” the man in particular hurls at him, wearing a hat and a tank top. “Get out of this province!” he continued.

“What happened yesterday is not correct. Nobody (…) should have to tolerate threats or intimidation,” replied the Deputy Prime Minister in a statement published on Twitter on Saturday evening, regretting an “unpleasant incident”. .

“I will always return to Alberta because it’s home,” she said.

Various political figures, including Jason Kenney, Alberta’s Conservative Prime Minister, have denounced the “verbal harassment” and “threats” against Ms Freeland, who is also Treasury Secretary.

“What the deputy prime minister of Canada went through is unacceptable,” said Francois Legault, Quebec’s prime minister.

Chrystia Freeland also garnered the support of several members of Justin Trudeau’s Liberal government: François-Philippe Champagne, the innovation minister, said he was “shocked” while Anita Anand, the defense minister, said she was “appalled by the threats and intimidation”. ‘ addressed to her colleague.

“This behavior has no place in Canada. We are all here to promote dialogue on important political issues and such harassment cannot be tolerated,” Ms Anand added.

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