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The incident is currently under police investigation
The People’s Party of Canada is trying to distance itself from a pebble-throwing brouhaha in London, Ontario.
CTV National News has reported that the alleged perpetrator, Shane Marshall, is no longer president of the People’s Party of Canada’s Elgin-Middlesex-London riding association.
Video taken of the event on September 6 showed a man who looked like Marshall – and carrying a flag like the one in the photograph above – bending over into an area with gravel. This occurred as Justin Trudeau was returning to his campaign bus.
Eyewitnesses have claimed that he’s the one who threw the pebbles, hitting the Liberal leader on the back.
In addition, the pebbles struck a couple of people in the media, according to reporter Annie Bergeron-Oliver. Nobody was injured.
Police are investigating. None of the allegations have been proven in court.
Marshall attended the event with Tyler Russell, who’s an admirer of 20th-century Italian fascist dictator Benito Mussolini, acccording to the Canadian Anti-Hate Network.
2/ Witnesses who were there report aggressive behaviour from them, and say they were the ones throwing rocks at Trudeau. https://t.co/efbxJLPTlx— Canadian Anti-Hate Network (@antihateca) September 7, 2021
Russell sometimes sports a “Make Canada Great Again” red cap and hosts the Russell Report, an online livestreamed show that was the subject of a damning article on the Antihate.ca website.
On June 30, he hosted a panel discussion on YouTube with People’s Party of Canada candidate Mark Friesen and former candidate Laura-Lynn Tyler Thompson.
Canadian nationalists to host Canada First Political Action Conference (CFPAC) June 30 – mimics America First Political Action Conference led by white nationalist Nick Fuentes. Read about CFPAC speaker Tyler Russell's admiration of U.S. white nationalists: https://t.co/Ikpd40vQtF pic.twitter.com/XHzOI3xeGL— IREHR (@IREHR) June 28, 2021
This story originally appeared in the Georgia Straight. With files from NOW staff