Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, accuses Conservative Party, swastikas, Melissa Lantsman

Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau accused members of the country’s Conservative Party of siding with “people who wave swastikas,” making the incendiary comment directly on the heels of remarks delivered by Conservative MP Melissa Lantsman, who is a Jewish woman.

Trudeau made the inflammatory comment after Lantsman had accused him of fanning “the flames of an unjustified national emergency.”

Trudeau declared that, “Conservative Party members can stand with people who wave swastikas, they can stand with people who wave, ah, the Confederate flag. We will choose to stand with Canadians who deserve to be able to get to their jobs … These illegal protests need to stop. And they will Mr. Speaker.”

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Loud jeers could be heard as Trudeau delivered his remarks.

Lantsman, who said she is a “descendant of Holocaust survivors,” wants an apology from Trudeau.

“I think the Prime Minister should think long and hard about his own history before singling out a Jewish Member of Parliament and falsely accusing me of standing with a Swastika. What a disgraceful statement unbecoming of anyone in public office – he owes me an apology,” Lantsman tweeted.

Canada has been rocked recently by blockades as protestors take a stand to oppose COVID-19 restrictions.

Alex Nitzberg