A Jewish Canadian MP who was accused by Prime Minister Justin Trudeau of “swastika wobble” has demanded an apology, saying he is sowing discord in the country.
“He has not apologized and I expect an apology,” MP Melissa Lanzman said in an interview with Fox News. “I think the division in this country is growing, and it’s growing because of the Prime Minister’s rhetoric about this.”
Lantsman, a 37-year-old Conservative MP in Thornhill, a Toronto suburb, clashed Wednesday with Trudeau in Parliament over his use of the draconian Emergency Act to quell Freedom Escort protests against vaccination mandates.
Liberal Party leader Trudeau reacted with disdain to her complaints, stating, “Members of the Conservative Party can stand with people who wave the swastika, they can stand with people who wave the confederate flag.”
“We will choose to support Canadians who deserve to be able to return to their jobs and return to life. These illegal protests must stop and they will.”
MP Melissa Lanzman (right) demanded an apology from Trudeau, saying he was sowing discord in the country.
Liberal Party leader Trudeau responded to Lanzmann in Parliament, accusing her of standing with “people who are waving swastikas” after she criticized his use of emergency powers.
Ontario provincial police officers walk ahead of an ongoing protest against a blockade of truckers in Ottawa on Thursday.
Trudeau’s comments caused an uproar in the house and forced the Speaker of the House to issue a reprimand to him and others, reminding them of the rules against the use of “inflammatory” language in Parliament during debates.
After being reprimanded, Trudeau refused to apologize and reiterated that the blockades were illegal and that crackdowns were necessary.
Lanzman said in an interview Wednesday night that Trudeau’s slanderous remark showed his “true face.”
“I sit and watch him divide and wedge and stigmatize Canadians every single day, and today the rest of Canada saw a G7 prime minister harass a Jewish MP and then walk away and not apologize,” she said.
The Conservative MP, a descendant of Holocaust survivors, said she received numerous phone calls and emails accusing her of supporting Nazism after Trudeau’s speech.
“When you accuse someone of standing with a swastika, you get a flood of people calling you a Nazi and that’s not okay,” she said.
Melissa Lanzman poses a question to Justin Trudeau in Parliament on Wednesday.
‘AND [Trudeau] is driving this – he is dividing this country everywhere, from the beginning of the protests to the beginning of them, for his own political benefit, ”Lantsman added.
“I think his leadership is in trouble. The country is in trouble and he has lost control of the situation,” she said. “We have a division between the city and the countryside. We have a divide between east and west, and the prime minister is wedging it in.”
Lanzman also tweeted: “I think the prime minister should think hard about his own history before singling out a Jewish MP and falsely accusing me of standing with a swastika.”
“What a shameful statement, unbecoming of anyone in public service – he should apologize to me.”
This is the second time Trudeau has claimed that protesters are waving swastikas, and he vilified them as “swastika-waving” in the first week of protests.
A flag with a Nazi symbol was spotted in the early days of the protests, but a reporter hasn’t seen it in Ottawa in a week.
On Thursday morning, police stormed downtown Ottawa in what truckers feared was a prelude to crushing their protest against vaccination mandates.
Police are followed by screaming protesters trying to hand out signs to protesters in Ottawa to “leave this area now” on Thursday.
The leaflet read: “You must leave this area immediately. Anyone blocking the streets or helping others block the streets is committing a felony and you can be arrested.”
A photo of the symbol was released by the Center for Israel and Jewish Affairs on Twitter on January 30 with a statement that read: “Twenty-four hours after International Holocaust Remembrance Day and National Day of Remembrance of the Québec Mosque Attack.” and Action Against Islamophobia, in Canada, Nazi flags are publicly flown on Parliament Hill. This should horrify all Canadians.”
On Thursday morning, police stormed downtown Ottawa in what truckers feared was a prelude to the crackdown on their nearly three-week-long protest against Canada’s COVID-19 restrictions.
Work gangs in the capital began erecting fences near the parliament, and for the second day in a row, officers issued warnings to protesters to leave. Full police buses gathered in the square.
“The time has come to stop this illegal and dangerous activity,” Prime Minister Justin Trudeau said in Parliament near where more than 300 trucks were parked.
“They pose a threat to our economy and our relationship with trading partners,” he said. “They pose a threat to public safety.”
Many protesters from the self-proclaimed “Freedom Convoy” reacted to the warnings with disdain.
“I’m ready to sit on my ass and watch them pepper spray me,” said one of their leaders, Pat King. Regarding large trucks parked bumper to bumper, he said, “There are no tow trucks in Canada that will hit them.”