Top opposition Tory MP Pierre Poilievre said Prime Minister Justin Trudeau may be using the COVID-19 pandemic to deliberately foment division in the country to his own advantage.

Poilievre was

in which Trudeau told a Quebec television station people who do not get vaccinated against COVID-19 are often racist and misogynistic extremists.

But he said the people of Quebec are not the problem and questioned whether the rest of Canada needs to “tolerate” the unvaccinated.

“We all know people who are deciding whether or not they are willing to get vaccinated, and we will do our very best to try to convince them. However, there is still a part of the population (that) is fiercely against it.

“We are going to end this pandemic by proceeding with the vaccination,” said Trudeau, speaking French.

“They don’t believe in science/progress and are very often misogynistic and racist. It’s a very small group of people, but that doesn’t shy away from the fact that they take up some space.

“This leads us, as a leader and as a country, to make a choice: Do we tolerate these people? Over 80% of the population of Quebec have done their duty by getting the shot. They are obviously not the issue in this situation.”

Those comments enraged Poilievre.

“After spending half his adult life habitually dressing up in grotesque racist costumes, Trudeau calls people he doesn’t even know “racist” and intolerant. Then he asks: “should we tolerate those people?” Poilievre tweeted.

“Is he deliberately trying to foment division for political advantage?”

Trudeau’s comments prompted People’s Party of Canada leader Maxime Bernier to call the prime minister a “fascist psychopath.”

In Quebec, 84.5% of residents received at least one COVID-19 vaccination. A total 14,900,242 jabs have been administered.

Across Canada, 90% of people 12 and over received one dose. A total 87% received two jabs.

In Alberta, it’s 90% of the people with one jab and 85% of people with two.

Federal COVID-19 stats show BC has vaccinated 84% of residents with one dose, 79% with two. Saskatchewan has 80% with one dose, 72% with two and Manitoba has 81.4% with one dose, 75% with two.

Dave Naylor is the News Editor of the Western Standard

News Editor & Calgary Bureau Chief

Dave Naylor is News Editor & Calgary Bureau Chief of the Western Standard based in the Calgary Headquarters. He served as City Editor of the Calgary Sun & covered Alberta news for nearly 40 years.

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