Erin O’Toole warned supporters Saturday that they’re not welcome on the Conservative campaign if they engage in harassment and intimidation of other party leaders.
The leader’s warning came one day after several Conservative campaign workers were spotted among a crowd of raucous protesters who forced the cancellation of a Liberal event featuring Justin Trudeau in Bolton, Ont.
At least four volunteers for local Conservative MP Kyle Seeback were photographed among the angry, obscenity-spewing crowd, wearing blue “Team Seeback” T-shirts.
Seeback issued a statement late Friday saying those individuals are no longer welcome on his campaign.
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NDP Leader Jagmeet Singh also condemned the protesters, saying no one should have to cancel an event over safety concerns.
O’Toole insisted Saturday there’s no room in the Conservative campaign for negativity.
“We’re running on a positive campaign for the future of this country,” he said during a stop in Fredericton.
“I strongly condemn any form of harassment and protest the like we’ve seen. We’re a democracy, we should be having a healthy and respectful debate of ideas and we have no time for people who bring in negativity to campaigning.”
O’Toole appealed to everyone to “put the country and our democracy first” and said that’s the behaviour he expects from “every single member of our team, from the leader to the first time someone’s volunteering.”
Published by Mira Endura