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Canadians’ anger towards Prime Minister Justin Trudeau is the fault of Pierre Poilievre, who needs to be held accountable, according to Globe and Mail columnist Gary Mason’s most recent work.
In his column, Mason argues that he can’t remember a politician that has inspired as much “visible vitriol” as Trudeau, noting that the prime minister had 59 threats made against him during the 40-day federal election in 2019 when Andrew Scheer was Tory leader. In 2021, he notes that Trudeau had small rocks thrown at him at an event in Middlesex County. It was discovered shortly thereafter that it was a People’s Party official who had thrown the rocks—someone not associated with the Conservatives and certainly not with Pierre Poilievre.
He notes that while this isn’t a new phenomenon, it “feels different now,” and that there is an “element in our society that has ramped things up, and has become emboldened, feeling that they have almost been given permission to behave in this manner.”
“I also believe that certain politicians need to own some of what we are seeing,” Mason writes. “Pierre Poilievre, for instance, is the clear frontrunner to become the next leader of the Conservative Party of Canada. He has been a federal cabinet minister. He is not some random dude on the internet. When he talks, people listen, and lately, they have been listening in droves to the man.”
Mason wrote that Canadians are now pinning issues on Trudeau and that their anger is misplaced. Where their anger should be directed is never really explained, with Mason’s only explanation being that social media generates anger.
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