On Wednesday, Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau caused an uproar in the House of Commons by accusing a Jewish Conservative Party member of supporting “people who wave swastikas.”
Trudeau made the comments during the daily questioning period in the Canadian Parliament after facing criticism from Conservative MP Melissa Lantsman, the first Jewish woman elected to her party last October, according to Fox News.
During the parliament session, Lantsman recounted two quotes from Trudeau, including one in which he criticized the “Freedom Convoy” protesters who have staged ongoing anti-COVID demonstrations in Ottawa.
Brian Lilley, a columnist for the Toronto Sun, posted the video to Twitter and said Trudeau owes an apology for his comments.
SHOCK VIDEO: PM @JustinTrudeau answers a question from Conservative MP @MelissaLantsman, a Jewish woman and descendent of Holocaust survivors by saying Conservatives stand with swastikas.
This is beneath Trudeau and his office and he should apologize. #cdnpoli pic.twitter.com/cxHNEaJKGJ
— Brian Lilley (@brianlilley) February 16, 2022
You can hear the exchange between Lantsman, Trudeau, and the other chamber members in the video.
“If Canadians are going to trust their government, their government needs to trust Canadians,” Lantsman quoted Trudeau’s words from 2015.
Lantsman proceeded to highlight Trudeau’s most recent labeling of protestors as “very often misogynistic, racist, women-haters, science-deniers, the fringe.”
She said that Trudeau has chosen to “fan the flames of an unjustified national emergency.”
Trudeau’s response to Lantsman created an uproar in the chamber discussion, as he aimed extreme commentary regarding the protests and those in support of ending COVID restrictions in Canada.
“Conservative Party members can stand with people who wave swastikas; they can stand with people who wave the Confederate flag,” Trudeau said. “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.”
Conservative MP Dane Lloyd criticized Trudeau regarding the comments and requested an apology.
“Mr. Speaker, I’ve never seen such shameful and dishonorable remarks coming from this prime minister. There are members of this Conservative caucus who are the descendants of victims of the Holocaust,” he said.
After Trudeau left the lower chamber, Lantsman addressed Trudeau’s comments asking for an apology from the Prime Minister.
“I am a strong Jewish woman and a member of this House and a descendant of Holocaust survivors … I’ve never been made to feel less. Except for today, when the prime minister accused me of standing with swastikas. I think he owes me an apology. I’d like an apology, and I think he owes an apology to all members of this House,” said Lantsman.
This far, there has been no further comment from Trudeau following Wednesday’s exchange.