Author and psychologist Jordan Peterson blasted Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau Wednesday after Trudeau accused a Jewish Conservative Party lawmaker of standing “with people who wave swastikas.”
Trudeau accused Conservative MP Melissa Lantsman, who is Jewish, of supporting neo-nazis after she criticized the prime minister over his rhetoric toward protesters who have camped in downtown Ottawa for weeks over vaccine mandates and other restrictive COVID-19 rules.
“I don’t think I’ve ever encountered anyone more self-righteous in my entire life than our current [Prime Minister Justin Trudeau],” Peterson tweeted along with a clip of Trudeau’s remarks.
I don't think I've ever encountered anyone more self-righteous in my entire life than our current PM @JustinTrudeau https://t.co/wVMs7y9uP0
— Dr Jordan B Peterson (@jordanbpeterson) February 16, 2022
Trudeau and Lantsman’s exchange came during a session of Parliament on Wednesday. As The Daily Wire reported:
Lantsman began her remarks quoting several lines from a speech Trudeau gave in 2015 celebrating his Liberal Party’s control of Parliament. “A positive, optimistic, hopeful vision of public life isn’t a naive dream; it can be a powerful force for change,” Trudeau said. “If Canadians are to trust their government, their government needs to trust Canadians.”
“Those are the words of the prime minister in 2015,” Lantsman said before contrasting Trudeau in 2015 with recent comments the prime minister has made about the protesters.
“‘These people – very often misogynistic, racist, women-haters, science deniers, the fringe.’ Same prime minister six years later as he fans the flames of an unjustified national emergency. So Mr. Speaker, when did the prime minister lose his way? When did it happen?” Lantsman asked.
Trudeau responded: “Mr. Speaker, Conservative Party members can stand with people who wave swastikas. They can stand with people who wave the Confederate flag. We will choose to stand with Canadians who deserve to be able to get to their jobs, to be able to get their lives back. These illegal protests need to stop and they will, Mr. Speaker.”
Lantsman later demanded an apology from the prime minister, posting to Twitter: “I think the Prime Minister should think long and hard about his own history before singling out a Jewish Member of Parliament and falsely accusing me of standing with a Swastika. What a disgraceful statement unbecoming of anyone in public office – he owes me an apology.”
Trudeau invoked the Emergencies Act on Wednesday in an effort to break up the weeks-long demonstration by granting law enforcement increased powers to fine and imprison protesters and authorizing banks and other financial institutions to shut down accounts suspected of financing the protest.
Protesters appear to be undaunted by the prime minister’s action. “The more the government tries to stomp this out, the more and more it causes people to rise up and say ‘this is wrong, and I side with these truckers,’” David Paisley, a protest organizer, told The Daily Wire Monday. “These steps from the government have simply hardened the determination of the great men and women down here, so I’m not really concerned at all. We’ll have lots of new friends when we all get tossed in prison together.”
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