Prime Minister Justin Trudeau does not have the intention of backing down to protestors, though he had to cancel a rally last week owing to safety concerns.
The recent event was delayed for over one hour as people blocked the entrance to the local sheet metal business where Trudeau made the first major climate announcement of his re-election effort.
While speaking to reporters, Trudeau said he would continue with public campaign throughout the election and was “resolute” in his conviction to “move Canada forward.”
He said: “I’m not going to back down on a message that Canadians know is the right path forward.
“Do we fall into division and hatred and racism and violence? Or do we say ‘no, you know what, that doesn’t work to get us to back down, that won’t scare Canadians from standing up for what’s right?
“We double down and we move forward into the future we know our kids and grandkids deserve.”
Trudeau has been dogged by some violent protesters recently, often requesting freedom from mask mandates and COVID-19 vaccine passports.
Trudeau even received death threats from the crowd that included a photo of him on the verge of being hanged.
During the campaign stop, Trudeau promised to regulate total emissions cuts in the oil and gas sector for the first time and pledged to offer $2 billion in funds for workers and communities in Alberta, Saskatchewan and Newfoundland and Labrador. Also, he promised that every new vehicle sold in Canada will be zero-emission by 2035 and pledged to update Canadians on oil and gas emission reductions with major milestones every five years from now till Canada reaches “net-zero” in 2050.
Recently, angry crowds compelled Trudeau to call off a rally at an election campaign stop in Bolton, Ontario over unspecified safety concerns.
Leaders from the Conservative party and NDP parties have condemned the demonstrations.
Conservative Leader Erin O’Toole said he “strongly” condemned the protestors during a campaign stop in Fredericton, New Brunswick.
He said: “We’re a democracy, we should be having a healthy and respectful debate of ideas and we have no time for people who bring in negativity to campaigning,” he said.
However, NDP Leader Jagmeet Singh called the protests “wrong.”
During a campaign stop in Sudbury, Ontario, Singh said: “No one should have to cancel their events where we have students, we have young people, we have volunteers, we have organizers, no one should have to cancel an event because they’re worried about a danger to the safety of people coming out to a political event.
“That should never have happened.”