Liberal Leader Justin Trudeau made an election campaign stop Tuesday in Sudbury at a Laurentian campus, and while he didn’t address the Ontario university’s financial troubles, he told about two dozen protesters who were disrupting the event that “they’re wrong” for opposing COVID-19 vaccinations.
“The folks out there shouting — the anti-vaxxers — they’re wrong.” Mr. Trudeau said. “They are putting at risk their own kids, and they’re putting at risk our kids as well.”
Mr. Trudeau told the crowd that a Liberal federal government would work with provinces and territories that want to create vaccination certification or vaccination passports for those who have been immunized against COVID-19, “so that everyone can be safe.
“Canadians made incredible sacrifices over the past year and a half.”
The Liberal leader has been plagued by protesters at recent campaign stops ahead of the Sept. 20 election — last week, an event in Bolton had to be cancelled for security reasons.
But he’s refused to back down on his vaccination stand, and reiterated that message Tuesday, saying: “People are willing to do their part to get through this pandemic and that’s what we will do together.”
Mr. Trudeau’s stop was at the University of Sudbury, one of the campuses of Laurentian, which since it declared financial insolvency on Feb. 1, has had to severely cut programs and staff as it works through the restructuring under the Companies Creditors Arrangement Act.
His visit comes three days after a campaign stop by NDP Leader Jagmeet Singh, who criticized the Liberal government for not doing more to support Laurentian.
In his address to the media, Mr. Singh made a commitment to immediately remove the interest on federal student loans if elected.
During his event Tuesday, Mr. Trudeau said the Liberals would protect minority language communities and ensure strong francophone post-secondary institutions.
He said his party would invest $80 million per year for post-secondary institutions serving linguistic minorities across Canada.
The Liberal leader was also in the northern Ontario city to throw his support behind the two local Liberal candidates:
- Marc Serre, the incumbent for Nickel Belt.
- Viviane Lapointe, the candidate for the Sudbury riding.
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