Atlantic premiers condemn harassment of deputy PM in Alberta

By Chris Halef

Nova Scotia's premier is joining his provincial counterparts in condemning an incident where Canada's deputy prime minister was harassed during a visit to Alberta.

Last week, Chrystia Freeland was visiting Grande Prairie when she was confronted by a man who yelled profanities, calling her a traitor and telling her to get out of the province.

The video circulated online over the weekend and has prompted backlash from politicians of all stripes.

Nova Scotia Premier Tim Houston tweeted on Saturday, saying no one should be treated like this and that verbally harassing a politician and her staff because you disagree has no place in politics.

“If you don't agree with your representative, vote, get involved in a campaign, knock on doors, exercise your right to peaceful protest,” said Houston.

His provincial counterparts in New Brunswick and Newfoundland and Labrador echoed similar sentiments.

New Brunswick Premier Blaine Higgs also took to Twitter to say the conduct displayed in the video is unacceptable and “as a society we must do better.”

While Newfoundland and Labrador Premier Andrew Furey said the intimidation and harassment experienced by Freeland and her staff was inexcusable and appalling.


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