FORT ST. JOHN, B.C. – Recently, a quote from Justin Trudeau surfaced from the election when answering a question about unvaccinated Canadians.

“They are extremists who don’t believe in science, they’re often misogynists, also often racists. It’s a small group that muscles in, and we have to make a choice in terms of leaders, in terms of the country. Do we tolerate these people?”

To call fellow Canadians who choose to make their own health care choices these kinds of vile names is not only unbecoming from neighbour to neighbour, it’s reprehensible for a sitting prime minister to Canadians.

The great part of being Canadian is that we have personal freedoms in order to make choices surrounding issues like religion and our health.

For a sitting prime minister to offensively label fellow Canadians as”anti-science,” “misogynists,” and “racists,” and then inferring that they shouldn’t be tolerated is unacceptable. Such comments from Prime Minister Justin Trudeau should be offensive to all of us and deserving of an unequivocal apology.

In contrast, here are some recent comments from Erin O’Toole:

“Trudeau suggested that people who were not vaccinated (regardless of the reason why) were also racist or misogynists. Name calling and division from the prime minister, rather than a serious plan to address hesitancy and also work with employers on some reasonable accommodations for the unvaccinated. Accommodations that many labour tribunals and experts have confirmed in recent months are both legally and morally required. Canada’s Conservatives want to see an end to lockdowns, restrictions to your liberty and the ongoing impact on the mental wellness of our society.”

Justin Trudeau is clearly attempting to divert attention from his many missteps over the last few years, and his method of sidestepping is to simply insult Canadians. Whether it’s Canadians in general, or Opposition MPs in the House of Commons, Justin Trudeau repeatedly avoids answering for his bad behaviour by calling people names. So much for the person who promised “sunny ways” and the person who was supposed to be a unifier and bring our country together.

As Erin has so aptly put it, “Canadians deserve a federal government that actually delivers and can give the provinces, communities, schools and workplaces the tools they need to manage COVID-19. Conservatives will ensure that Canada is self-sufficient, prepared and on the path back to a balanced life.”

Now that is a hopeful and positive plan I support and am behind, and without name calling.