Prime Minister Justin Trudeau was in Toronto last year to highlight the resilience and perseverance of Ukrainians, but not everything went according to plan.
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In front of a crowd gathered downtown, the prime minister wanted to reaffirm Canada’s support for Ukraine by delivering a message of hope and freedom.
However, in the middle of a declaration, a demonstrator associated with the “Freedom Convoy” insulted Trudeau.
To the applause of the crowd, the head of government did not hesitate to answer him.
“Sir, I think Ukrainians can give you the idea of freedom. So peace! This is a night for Ukrainians, not for you!” He said in English.
Justin Trudeau also called on protesters to support the Ukrainians.
“If you want to stand up and support Ukrainians, do it! If you want to raise the Ukrainian flag, do it! Let Ukrainians celebrate that Ukraine is still free and that Canada supports it,” he concluded before continuing his speech.
There is a large Ukrainian diaspora in Canada. Since the full-scale invasion, some 170,000 Ukrainians have resettled across the country.
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