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February 12, 2020
Prime Minister Justin Trudeau was asked Wednesday what he had to say protesters who are halting trains, occupying buildings, stopping traffic, and demonstrating across the country.
He called the actions “an issue of concern,” and said he plans to address his cabinet about it.
“I’ve had regular briefings and updates, and will be speaking with ministers a little later today on exactly this issue. We recognize the important democratic right, and we will always defend it, of peaceful protest,” he said.
“This is an important part of our democracy in Canada, but we’re also a country of the rule of law and we need to make sure those laws are respected. That is why I will be – I am – encouraging all parties to dialogue, to resolve this as quickly as possible.”
Trudeau stressed the rule of law again in response to a follow up question.
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