- A protestor who allegedly tried to egg Justin Trudeau at the Montreal climate strike was swiftly tackled to the ground by the prime minister's body guards.
- Trudeau's participation in the strike was controversial given what some consider a questionable environmental record.
There are definitely mixed sentiments to Justin Trudeau appearing at the climate strike in Montreal. Some applaud the Prime Minister for taking part in the massive Canadian movement, while others believe that if you ok an oil pipeline you have no place at an environmental rally. And then there are others like myself who are altogether confused as to whether he is aware he is marching against himself.
Most of today's march has gone off without too much of a hitch. But a small commotion did break out when one angry protestor allegedly lunged at Trudeau.
Trudeau's security detail quickly incapacitated the man, instructing the protester to, "Stay down."
It has been reported that the man was attempting to throw eggs at the Prime Minister and was caught with a small carton on his person.
The man has since been arrested. No one was hurt in the incident.
Trudeau didn't seem too fazed by the disturbance and continued marching and waving alongside his wife and children.
So far, accounts of the march have been peaceful. As perhaps the largest protest in Quebec history, now estimating a total of 500,000 participants, this is pretty amazing for our city.
Tweets regarding the takedown were mostly positive, saying there is no room for violence against anyone at an otherwise peaceful march.
Though there were a few people who were a bit more cynical about the incident, believing the whole thing was staged.
Trudeau was met with intense criticism at a press conference earlier in the day when another protester had to be forcibly removed by the police after calling Trudeau a "climate criminal."
Environmentalist protester removed by police. After, Trudeau says “I agree with him. We need to do more.” https://t.co/zSuE2FrpaN— Andrew Lawton (@Andrew Lawton) 1569603772.0
After the man was removed, Trudeau said, “I agree with him. We need to do more.”
It will be interesting to see the follow-up on that sentiment with the elections coming up. Trudeau has said he will release a fully costed platform before the leaders' debate on Wednesday.
In a speech before the start of the march, climate activist Greta Thunberg said Trudeau Is "not doing enough" but blamed it on the system rather than the individual.
Stay tuned for more news from the Montreal climate strike.