Justin Trudeau hit by stones on campaign trail


Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau has been hit by gravel thrown by protesters during a campaign stop.

Trudeau was returning to his bus after visiting a brewery when he was struck by small stones. He was not injured.

The prime minister called a snap election in mid-August, in the hope of gaining a majority government for his left-of-centre Liberal party.

But his campaign has been disrupted by demonstrations against Covid-19 vaccine mandates and other restrictions.

Just over a week, Trudeau was forced to cancel an election rally after a crowd of angry protesters ambushed the event.

Speaking to media on his campaign plane after the incident in London, Ontario, Trudeau said he may have been hit on the shoulder and compared the incident to when a woman threw pumpkin seeds at him in 2016.

A reporter with Canada’s CTV National News said two people travelling on a media bus were also hit by the gravel, although they did not sustain any injuries.

Leader of the opposition Conservative Party, Erin O’Toole described the incident as “disgusting”.

“Political violence is never justified and our media must be free from intimidation, harassment, and violence,” he tweeted.

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