On February 16, MP Lantsman challenged Justin Trudeau on his invocation of the Emergencies Act by quoting his views 6 years ago that are in stark contrast to those now shared. Transcript follows with the removed comments in bold. Trudeau responded stating “Conservative members can stand with people waving swastikas”. MP Lantsman was quick to respond and share her Jewish heritage and demand an apology. C-SPAN removed her remarks from the record. It is our understanding that rather than apologizing, Trudeau left the building.
C-SPAN coverage with MP Lantsman begins at 23:42
Original footage can be found in our library
Transcript – Original
“Positive, optimistic, hopeful vision for public life isn’t a naive dream. It can be a powerful force for change. If Canadians are to trust their government, their government needs to trust Canadians.” Those are the words of the Prime Minister in 2015.
“These people, very often misogynistic, racist, women haters, science deniers, the fringe. Same Prime Minister six years later as he fans the flames of an unjustified national emergency. So, Mr. Speaker, when did the Prime Minister lose his way? When did it happen?
Speaker: The Right Honourable Prime Minister
Trudeau: Mr. Speaker, Conservative party members can stand with people who wave swastikas…..
Speaker: Point of Order. The Honourable member for Thornhill
Mr. Speaker, I am a strong, Jewish woman and a member of this House and a descendant of Holocaust survivors and it’s never been singled out and I have never been made to feel less, except for today when the Prime Minister accused me of standing with swastikas. I think he owes me an apology. I’d like an apology and I think he owes an apology to all members of this House.