Prime Minister Justin Trudeau released a statement on Friday, wherein he gave himself a self-congratulatory pat on the back, calling the trip "successful."
The prime minister was criticized by European politicians over his record on human rights abuses after he delivered a low-energy speech to a quarter-full auditorium of European politicians.
"The Prime Minister, Justin Trudeau, today successfully concluded his trip to Brussels, Belgium. The Prime Minister addressed the European Parliament, and participated in an extraordinary North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) Summit and a G7 Heads of State and Government Meeting," the statement says.
It would continue: "... On March 23, the Prime Minister addressed the European Parliament where he condemned President Putin’s war of choice and reaffirmed Canada’s steadfast commitment to Euro-Atlantic security, including by calling for further coordinated strong support for Ukraine in response to Russia’s aggression. He spoke of the need to continue working together to promote international peace and security and defend democracy. During his address, the Prime Minister highlighted the close partnership between Canada and the European Union based on our shared values."
The prime minister's speech also included criticism of Canada's Freedom Convoy organizers, calling them populists who preyed on Canadians' anxieties.
"Even in Canada, where 90 percent of people are vaccinated, and our motto as a country 'peace, order, and good government,' we saw anti-vaccine and anti-government protest evolve into illegal occupations of our communities and blockades of our borders," said Trudeau, who added that the leaders of the convoys were "effective in turning citizens with real anxieties against the system best suited to allay those concerns."
Following Trudeau's speech, European politicians criticized the prime minister to his face, saying he was acting like a dictator.
Mislav Kolakusic from Croatia accused Trudeau of conducting "a dictatorship of the worst kind," specifically calling out Trudeau for figuratively trampling on the rights of Canadians, as well as literally having horses trample women during the Freedom Convoy protests.
MEP Christine Anderson of Germany told the prime minister that he was a "disgrace to any democracy." Anderson criticized Trudeau for violating "democracy, human rights, and the rule of law."
"A prime minister who openly admires the Chinese basic dictatorship, who tramples on human rights, by persecuting and criminalizing his own citizens as terrorists, because they dare stand up to his perverted concept of democracy, should not be allowed to speak in this House at all. Mr. Trudeau, you are a disgrace for any democracy, please spare us your presence," said the MEP, to applause.
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