Continuing his Quebec tour as part of the festivities surrounding the National Day, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau was apologized Saturday by an angry opponent in a park in Montreal.
The incident occurred at Jarry Park in Mr. Trudeau ‘s own riding. A bearded young man wearing a white sweater did not praise the presence of a federal elected representative at a party traditionally associated with Quebec nationalism.
The man asked him if he had come to speak to him in English. He ironically told him that his holiday (Canada Day) will be next week.
He then criticized Mr. Trudeau for “coming to taunt us.”
“I’m at home,” said the prime minister. He then lectured the man saying that “intolerance had no place in Quebec”.
The individual was quickly removed by Mr. Trudeau’s bodyguards.
Further on, referring to the Prime Minister’s trip to India while he was wearing a country suit, another man jokingly asked him “if he had disguised himself as a Quebecker” before wishing him “a good National Holiday”.
Coincidentally, the confrontation occurred when the Prime Minister crossed the path of Parti Quebecois leader Jean-François Lisée. The two men shook hands.
As a general rule, Mr. Trudeau was well received by the other participants in the various activities organized around the National Day.
Earlier, he went to Drummondville, in Center-du-Québec, where he went on a public market with his sons Xavier and Hadrien.
“What a pleasure to be here in Drummondville for the National Day! It’s a family weekend, but I’m very happy to be here with Alexandre Cusson, the mayor, “he told reporters. He then visited the Village Québécois of yesteryear, before heading to Montreal.
The Canadian Prime Minister will not be the only federal politician to celebrate the National Holiday in the province.
Conservative leader Andrew Scheer plans to head to Bas-Saint-Laurent on Sunday, where he will make stops in Rivière-du-Loup, Montmagny and Berthier-sur-Mer. He must finish his day in Quebec.
Jagmeet Singh, leader of the New Democratic Party (NDP), was planning to celebrate Sunday in Montreal, in Rosemont, with local MP Alexandre Boulerice.
Quebec party leaders, who will soon be on the campaign trail, will also have a busy weekend.
Jean-François Lisée wandered through several Montreal neighborhoods on Saturday, and will participate in the National Day parade on Sunday night.
His counterpart of the Coalition avenir Quebec, François Legault, celebrated in his riding of L’Assomption on Saturday. He will attend Sunday a family lunch in Charlemagne, also in his riding, and the parade of the National Day in the evening.
Québec Solidaire MPs will also be in the city to take part in various events on Saturday and Sunday.