NDP leader Jagmeet Singh spoke out against recent anti-lockdown protests, claiming a link between them and far-right extremist points of view.
These comments come as anti-lockdown protests are becoming more and more frequent across Canada and are purported to be drawing larger and larger crowds each time.
According to City News, Singh said:
"To brazenly not follow public-health guidelines puts people at risk and that is something that we’ve seen with extreme right-wing ideology. There is a connection, certainly."
Singh went on to claim that people that ignore the advice of public health "experts" do so because they show a "disregard" for the well-being of others, and this is why people affiliated with far-right groups are drawn to these protests.
Calgary's mayor, Naheed Nenshi, appeared to agree with Singh's sentiments, calling the demonstrations "thinly veiled white nationalist, supremacist anti-government protests."
Regardless of the above, lockdown protests are being seen in a more positive light by many as the lockdown drags on. In one incident, Toronto police refused to arrest people at a recent anti-lockdown protest.