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VIDEO: Foothills MP tells prime minister to 'grow up' and 'listen to Canadians'

'If ever there was a time for inspired leadership it is now.'

Foothills MP John Barlow's question went unanswered in the House today when Prime Minister Justin Trudeau allegedly left in the middle of his asking it. 

His early exit was immediately met with an outpouring of boos and heckles from the opposition, cutting Barlow's question short. 

When the Speaker called on him once more, Barlow said Canadians, including senior Liberal caucus members, are "looking for pandemic leadership."

"Canadians are standing up right now, grabbing this moment in our history, because they know there is something fundamentally wrong when a prime minister refuses to listen."

"Countries around the world are changing direction, but here in Canada, our prime minister resorts to playground antics and calling names," he said. "If ever there was a time for inspired leadership it is now.

"Will the prime minister grow up, will he do his job, will he listen to Canadians?" 

READ MORE: Get out of your office, cottage and speak to convoy: Foothills MP to prime minister

In an interview with the Wheel last week, Barlow said protesters in Ottawa want to be heard but Trudeau refused to speak to them. 

Trudeau confirmed last week he wouldn't be meeting with protesters in the same press conference he announced he tested positive for COVID-19.

He said Canadians were "shocked and disgusted" by some of the protesters' behaviour. 

"I want to be clear, we are not intimidated by those who hurl insults and abuse at small business workers and steal food from the homeless," he told reporters. "We won't give in to those who fly racist flags. We won't cave to those who engage in vandalism or dishonour the memory of our veterans." 

Barlow said the prime minister's labels, such as racist, misogynistic, paints thousands with a "broad brush." 

"They're up here with their families in many cases," he said last week. "These aren't Neo-Nazis or white supremacists. Are some of them here? Yes. If one person had a Nazi symbol, it doesn't make every person a racist. The prime minister wore blackface, does that make every liberal racist?

"Put things in perspective. Get out of your office or cottage and have a frank conversation. These are regular Canadians trying to do their job." 


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