Justin Trudeau has not exactly had an easy campaign so far. He's faced criticism over a number of issues, including his involvement in the SNC-Lavalin scandal. The outrage finally came to a head when Justin Trudeau visited Hamilton on Labour Day to speak to union members and march with them. There, he was met by protesters who had a bone to pick with the current Prime Minister.

A video posted by The People For Jagmeet Singh shows Trudeau being confronted by protesters as he attempted to march with members of the Laborers' International Union of North America (LIUNA). The hecklers loudly chant, "Hey hey ho ho Justin Trudeau has got to go." Some of the protesters also brought up the Grassy Narrows mercury issue in their chants.

Eventually, Trudeau had to exit the march for a block as the protesters continued their chants, including one where they seemed to attack all of the other candidates (and one former Prime Minister) by shouting, "Harper, Trudeau, Scheer. Same s**t, different year." Trudeau did, however, rejoin the march further on. The protesters were there to meet him again.

There were both negative and positive responses to Trudeau's presence at the Labour Day parade in Hamilton. Janet Creet, a Ford Worker with Unifor Local 707 told the Hamilton Spectator, "It's nice to see him take part in issues pertaining to the labour class." However, Hamilton Centre NDP federal candidate Matthew Green said at a party picnic nearby, "Justin Trudeau is no friend of labour."

NDP Leader Jagmeet Singh was also at the Hamilton event and marching with union members. The protests appeared to be in support of his candidacy. Several replies to the video posted on Twitter shared criticisms of Trudeau, while others painted Singh as an ineffective politician.

Still, despite the protests, there were reportedly plenty of people happy to shake hands with Justin Trudeau and even get a selfie with him. The federal election will take place on Oct. 21.


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