Republican Rep. Bob Good (R-VA), called Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau the leader of an "oppressive government" akin to China.
The congressman made the comments during a debate in the US House of Representatives on Federal Extreme Risk Protection Order Act of 2021, which saw Democrats attempting to put a limit on who can buy firearms in the US.
"Democrats simply do not believe in the inalienable rights of American citizens to life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness. They believe that your rights come from government, and they, therefore, have the right to take them away," Good said.
"The guarantee provided by our Founders to ensure we remain free from foreign invasion and, yes, as our Founders clearly warned us, from an oppressive government like we see in Canada, Australia, and the Democrats’ beloved Communist China is the constitutional right of law-abiding citizens to be armed as they choose."
Good said that Trudeau was also guilty of enforcing vaccine mandates and cracking down on religious communities during the height of COVID.
"Our most precious freedoms to assemble together, to go where you want, to worship as you choose, to earn a living or operate your business, to keep your job or your employees, what you have to wear on your face, and whether or not you are required to receive a vaccine that you may not want or may not need all trampled upon by Democrats in power," Good said.
Last year, Senator Josh Hawley (R-MO), put forward a request to the US Commission on International Religious Freedoms to consider adding Canada to the national watchlist after pastors were arrested for practicing and holding service during the pandemic.
Notable pastors or church leaders who were arrested included James Coates of Edmonton, Alberta and Tim Stephens of Calgary, Alberta. Other churches have been subjected to harassment, including Artur Pawlowski, whose video went viral following an incident at his church.
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