A Liberal campaign rally scheduled for Friday evening in Bolton, Ont., was cancelled amid protests.
Leader Justin Trudeau was expected to address supporters, but the event was cancelled over security concerns.
Dozens of protesters gathered near the Bolton rally were chanting obscenities before Trudeau could make his address.
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Trudeau was met by a crowd of a few dozen angry protesters during an earlier campaign stop in nearby Nobleton on Friday afternoon.
The Nobleton stop was meant to be a photo-op at a local bakery but was quickly disrupted by the crowd, who appeared to be protesting against pandemic polices.
Before the Liberal campaign bus arrived at the location, the demonstrators had gathered outside, holding signs reading things such as “Trudeau Treason.”
Once the bus pulled up, the crowd starting booing and shouting, which only intensified after the Liberal leader stepped off the bus.
A protester in the crowd looks on a Liberal Leader Justin Trudeau makes a campaign whistle-stop in Nobleton, Ont., on Friday. (Sean Kilpatrick/The Canadian Press)
As Trudeau made his way toward the entrance of the bakery, protesters followed him and his RCMP security contingent, continuing to shout and give him the middle finger.
Once inside, Trudeau toured the bakery and spoke with the owners and some employees before making his way around a seated area to speak to a few patrons.
A few protesters entered the bakery unmasked and began to follow Trudeau.
One woman shouted “why are you threatening segregation?” presumably in reference to the Liberal’s promise of a billion-dollar fund to help provinces create their own vaccine passports, while another woman yelled “leave the kids alone!”
As Trudeau left the bakery to return to his campaign bus, demonstrators lined his path and continued to shout and gesture at him.
The Conservative Campaign condemns the use of obscene and extreme language by some protesting Mr. Trudeau’s appearances. Many families, some with young children, attend events such as these. It should be a positive experience, whatever their political affiliation.
The Conservative Party tweeted Friday night condemning the use of language and obscene gestures at Trudeau’s campaign stops.
“Many families, some with young children, attend events such as these. It should be a positive experience, whatever their political affiliation,” the tweet said.
Bulletproof vest worn during 2019 campaign
Trudeau wore a bulletproof vest at a rally in Mississauga, Ont., during the 2019 campaign.
During that rally, uniformed tactical officers wearing heavy backpacks surrounded the Liberal leader as he addressed the crowd. His wife, Sophie Grégoire Trudeau, was initially supposed to introduce him but did not appear on stage.
Trudeau delivered the speech at the the 2019 rally without incident, then shook hands with numerous supporters lining the stage and in the crowd as he left the venue.
At the time, government sources confirmed an increase in online posts condoning violence during the campaign.