Anti-vaccination activists attacked another politician’s home in Calgary over the weekend.
“Yesterday afternoon a group of protesters demonstrated outside my home while my family and I were inside celebrating my wife’s birthday,” Calgary Skyview Rep. George Chahal wrote on Twitter Monday morning.
“They came to intimidate us. I have three daughters: 17, 13 and nine. The only place they should always feel safe is their home.”
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Prime Minister Justin Trudeau responded on the social media site, writing that “this type of intimidation – against any politician or official – is totally unacceptable and inexcusable and that disagreements should not be expressed in this way in our democracy”.
A Calgary congressman, who sits on the other side of the House of Commons, agreed with Chahal that a private home is not the place for protests.
“I agree. Let’s work across party lines to change this – it’s negatively impacting every political streak and our democracy,” tweeted Calgary Nose Hill Rep. Michelle Rempel Garner. “Stay healthy and my best for your family.”
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Calgary Police said they were alerted to the protest, and by the time officers arrived, protesters were already leaving the area.
The anti-vaccine and anti-mask group Calgary Freedom Central said it was behind the protest, adding it was trying to go against the mandatory COVID-19 vaccine mandate for truckers to protest.
On January 22, the US Department of Homeland Security requires all Canadians to enter the United States Be fully vaccinated against COVID-19, including at land crossings.
The Liberal government announced in November that all Canadian truckers wanting to cross the border from the US would need to be vaccinated to avoid a 14-day quarantine, a directive that went into effect on January 15.
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Alberta Premier Jason Kenney has been a vocal opponent of the vaccination mandate for truckers, urging the federal government to delay vaccination and quarantine requirements while citing potential supply chain delays.
After receiving photos of what appeared to be empty grocery store shelves, Kenney tweeted that he had held talks with US governors who share his concerns.
“We are working on a joint letter to the President and Prime Minister urging them to use common sense and end the policies that have taken thousands of trucks off the road,” Kenney tweeted.
But the majority of truckers are vaccinated.
“Nearly 90 percent of truckers in Canada are vaccinated,” Trudeau told reporters in French on Monday.
“I regret that the Conservative Party and conservative politicians are stoking Canadian fears about the supply chain. The reality is we will get through this through vaccination.”
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– with files from Amy Judd and Rachel Gilmore, Global News and The Canadian Press.
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