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Today, readers are discussing news that the RCMP is monitoring a Yellow Vest Canada Facebook page in light of threats made there against Prime Minister Justin Trudeau. Multiple post within the group call for Mr. Trudeau to be hanged, while others celebrate the prospect of his death. Readers are also responding to the results of Tuesday’s by-elections, including Jagmeet Singh’s victory in Burnaby-South.


It's a lot of work for the RCMP tracking down these people who make online threats to determine how serious they might be. One hopes that most such threats are venting by immature persons who feel compelled to express their anger, but experience shows that those who do commit violence often signal their intent via social media. It's too big a risk to ignore.

Mark Shore:

Of course the RCMP doesn't have to identify and charge every single person who makes death threats against prime ministers or premiers or cabinet ministers. Just a few high profile cases of hotheads losing their jobs, draining their assets on legal costs, and spending a few months in prison would be enough to (re)set clear boundaries for acceptable vs. unacceptable behaviour.


For those who think the threats against the Prime Minister are just words, remember that a British Member of Parliament was shot and killed nearly two years ago following the divisive Brexit vote.


Dr. Sylvain Faucher, a forensic psychiatrist, testified during the sentencing hearing for Alexandre Bissonnette, that the young man who opened fire in a Quebec City mosque wasn't inherently islamophobic, but that "his attention centred on Muslims due to the “colour of the times." ("la couleur du temps"). That's what I think of now when I read about this kind of inflammatory language. It doesn't have a one on one effect; it poisons the atmosphere.

Bavius in response:

You're right Alceste. And nobody has done more to poison the atmosphere than Justin Trudeau and his Liberals. For example, anyone who dares to criticize or even question Trudeau's immigration policy is instantly branded as a "racist" or "white nationalist" or as "unCanadian". The result is that it's impossible to have a discussion on immigration anymore thanks to Trudeau. It is Trudeau and his Liberals who have done more than anyone to poison the atmosphere by using their identity politics and cheap political smears. They are the ones who are responsible. And now they're pretending to be the victims.

Don227 in response to Bavius:

Have you forgotten the last (failed) Harper campaign? "Canadian values" anyone? Identity politics pre-existed the Trudeau government. Attributing it solely to this government betrays your ideological bent.


Is the threat to common sense being taken seriously? Does anyone really believe that “I want you to roll over every Liberal left in the country” was an incitement to *literally* drive a truck over anyone? Because that is the accusation. Similarly, if someone posts something on Facebook saying a politician “should be hanged”, the odds of a mob forming at 24 Sussex are precisely zero.

Jeff_Calgary in response:

You are correct when talking sane, stable people -however it just takes one disturbed individual to try to do the unthinkable. I am all for the RCMP charging people that are stupid enough to make threats. It is against the law!


It is amazing to me how strong many of the anti-Trudeau comments are among commenters at the Globe and Mail. To me Trudeau is a moderate, decent individual - a politician who strives for compromise but at the same time tries to make sensible choices for the country. In short, we are lucky. Yet at the same time we have these groups who see everything in black and white, heros and villans, continuously promoting an atmosphere of extremism. The "yellow vests", at least in Canada, are part of this as in trying to blame Trudeau for the troubles Alberta finds itself in currently. Even when the pipeline is built there is unlikely to be a return to previous levels of prosperity and this is due to fundamental changes the world economy has to undergo, namely, reducing the use of carbon-based fuels. Maybe the people who blame -- (substitute some kind of childish insult like "junior" of your choice) would be better off facing up to reality and begin to think (now there's a word) about how to deal with that.

Readers are also discussing Jagmeet Singh’s victory in Burnaby-South and John Ibbitson’s column on the two other by-elections that were held on Tuesday: What the by-elections tell us about Ottawa politics (and who should watch his back)

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NDP leader Jagmeet Singh celebrates his Burnaby South byelection win in Burnaby, B.C., Monday, Feb. 25.JONATHAN HAYWARD/The Canadian Press


Behind closed doors in the federal NDP caucus, how much support does Singh actually have? I bet, next to none. Would not be surprised if a NDP caucus member asks for a caucus vote on Singh's leadership, and Singh garners less than 50 per cent. Then what?


The Orange Wave was nothing but a fad. Quebecers temporarily supported the NDP as a protest vote against the Liberals. This is clear considering the NDP under Mulcair were bleeding seats as people's memories and disgust towards the Liberals faded. To put the fall of the NDP in Quebec on Jagmeet Singh is just plain wrong. Let's face it, the Orange Wave is like any other wave. It comes and goes. I think the NDP will make more longer lasting inroads in the 905 and British Columbia.

Thales in response:

I think it unlikely that the NDP will make gains in the 905 and in British Columbia. In the by election they were able to concentrate all of the resources of the national party in one constituency. As well, the Liberals screwed up their campaign badly, the new People's party took away votes from the Conservative party, and most importantly, the Greens did not run a candidate. With all of those advantages NDP was only able to muster 39 per cent. This should worry them indeed.

William Lyon Mackenzie 1:

Listening to Jagmeet's speech last night, one could not but be impressed by his natural, engaging, talks-like-a-normal person speaking style. More so than Justin, who always seems mannered, scripted, and like he is practicing his elocution lesson. Jagmeet will give Justin a run for his money.


He better have some progressive ideas or no one will listen to anything he says. Harping on the SNC-Lavalin fiasco is a big mistake, that is a loser and should be left to the Conservative party.

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