Ottawa-area Trudeau event cancelled due to ‘size and composition’ of protest group

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau’s day of whistle stops in the Ottawa area ended early today as anti-Liberal protesters gathered outside a brewery before he arrived.

Trudeau was on his way to the Brasserie Étienne Brûlé Brewery in Embrun, Ont., about 30 minutes east of Ottawa, when the event was called off.

About a dozen protesters gathered across the street from the brewery, including one who was carrying a flag emblazoned with a profanity directed at Trudeau, and another who was recording the establishment on their phone.

“Due the size and composition of the protest group and for the safety of all attendees, it was decided that it was not safe for the prime minister to attend the location,” the RCMP National Division said in a statement to CBC News.

The Prime Minister’s Office said in a statement that the event had to be “unfortunately” cancelled. “The Prime Minister is looking forward to being back soon.”

Trudeau arrives to speak with a family about the Climate Action Incentive Payment in their backyard in Ottawa on Friday. (Justin Tang/The Canadian Press)

Earlier in the year, a “Freedom Convoy” base camp was set up in Embrun during the blockades that seized Ottawa for three weeks.

During the election campaign last year, a handful of gravel was thrown at Trudeau outside a political rally in London, Ont.

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