🇨🇦Canadian PM Justin Trudeau 🛡Defends 'Racism' Jab at Heckler

🇨🇦Canadian PM Justin Trudeau 🛡Defends 'Racism' Jab at Heckler
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Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau has defended himself after accusing a woman at a political event of "racism". Mr Trudeau was speaking at a corn roast about 50km (30 miles) south of Montreal when he was interrupted by a heckler. A woman repeatedly shouted questions at the prime minister about costs relating to an influx of asylum seekers entering the country. Critics have accused Mr Trudeau of going too far with his response.

The prime minister did not respond directly to the criticism on Monday, but said he will "be very clear when people are trying to push politics of fear and indeed, intolerance". "That's something Canadians expect of me," he said. The Canadian Press reported that Ontario's Immigration Minister, Lisa MacLeod, said on Monday that the prime minister "debases the debate that we're having" on asylum seekers in responding to critics by calling them racist or un-Canadian.

A video of the altercation, which took place last Thursday, has been widely shared online. The clip shows a woman yelling from the back of the crowd at Mr Trudeau. She asks whether the federal government will pay back the province of Quebec for the millions of dollars it has spent to handle thousands of asylum seekers that have crossed into the province over the past 18 months.

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