Trudeau BLASTS Anti-vaxxers For Throwing Asphalt at Protest

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London, Ont. lawyer subpoenas Justin Trudeau in stone-throwing case
Shane Marshall, 26, of St. Thomas, is charged with assault with a weapon for allegedly throwing stones at the PM

Author of the article:Dale Carruthers
Published Dec 22, 2022 • 3 minute read
Mounties remove Shane Marshall after stones were thrown at Liberal Leader Justin Trudeau during a Sept. 6, 2021, campaign stop. A lawyer for Marshall, who was charged with assault with a weapon, has subpoenaed the PM to testify at Marshall's trial in March. (Free Press files)
Mounties remove Shane Marshall after stones were thrown at Liberal Leader Justin Trudeau during a Sept. 6, 2021, campaign stop. A lawyer for Marshall, who was charged with assault with a weapon, has subpoenaed the PM to testify at Marshall's trial in March. (Free Press files)
Prime Minister Justin Trudeau has been served.


London lawyer Phillip Millar has subpoenaed the prime minister to testify at the March 7 trial of Shane Marshall.


Marshall, 26, of St. Thomas, is charged with assault with a weapon for allegedly throwing stones at the prime minister during a Sept. 6, 2021, campaign stop in London.

London lawyer Kevin Egan confirmed he was retained to receive the subpoena on behalf of the Prime Minister’s Office, but declined further comment.

Millar announced plans in August to subpoena Trudeau, but said it took longer than expected to get a judge’s approval.

“It’s not surprising because it is the prime minister of Canada and they want to make sure they’re not frivolously burdening the elected leader of our country,” Millar said of the nearly four-month process.


On the day of the alleged assault, Trudeau was leaving a campaign stop at London Brewing Co-op when small stones were thrown in his direction. Video of the incident shows the prime minister turn as he appears to be struck with gravel before boarding the bus as a crowd of demonstrators – many holding People’s Party of Canada signs – yell at him.



Trudeau told reporters on the bus he wasn’t sure whether the stones struck him. “Does it matter?” he said to a reporter asking if he’d been hit.

But the next day, Trudeau said gravel struck him and condemned the “unacceptable” incident, adding he was more worried about Canadians being targeted by individuals opposing COVID-19 vaccinations.


Millar’s subpoena says the defence will rely on two videos of Trudeau speaking about the incident.

“Additionally, since the PM’s evidence has changed, Mr. Marshall’s right to . . . defence necessitates the ability to cross-examine the PM on his prior inconsistent statement,” reads the subpoena dated Dec. 19.

The four-page document states the subpoena for Trudeau is an “absolute necessity” because no other person can provide the same evidence.

“The PM’s testimony is material because it connects the facts of the incident to the elements of the charges,” it reads.

Millar said he hopes Trudeau will testify in person at the one-day trial, rather than by video link, but added a virtual trial would let people across Canada watch the proceedings.


The Prime Minister’s Office didn’t respond to a request for comment Thursday.

Marshall, who’s had a series of run-ins with police since his involvement in demonstrations against COVID-19 restrictions, was profiled in a police intelligence report prepared during the “freedom convoy” protests earlier this year.

Redacted copies of the OPP’s intelligence bureau reports were released in October by the Public Order Emergency Commission, the inquiry into the federal government’s justification for invoking the Emergencies Act in response to the convoy protests.

The 13-page report flags Marshall as “violent” and known for carrying weapons and drugs. He’s associated with the Church of God in Aylmer, the site of frequent protests against COVID restrictions, and the far-right group Diagolon.


Marshall’s name was redacted from the report, but the charges against him and a social media post showing him at the Ottawa protest, where he was later arrested, confirm he is the subject of the profile.

Marshall was a People’s Party of Canada riding association president at the time of the alleged attack on Trudeau, but the party turfed him after online reports linked him to the stone-throwing incident.

Millar said police “overcharged” his client and called it an attempt to silence a political opponent.

“Assault with a weapon is a very serious charge (involving) a prime minister,” the lawyer said. “He’s exposed to serious jeopardy if convicted.”

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“Assault with a weapon is a very serious charge (involving) a prime minister,” the lawyer said. “He’s exposed to serious jeopardy if convicted.”
Assault with a weapon, yes. Assault with a pebble... not so much.
 

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"Trudeau told reporters on the bus he wasn’t sure whether the stones struck him. “Does it matter?” he said to a reporter asking if he’d been hit."

Yeah, it does matter. I'm no legal expert but I don't think attempted assault is in the Criminal Code. Lord knows attempted arson isn't.

Also, "I'm not sure if the stones struck me" is another way of saying "No, they didn't."

Trudeau is just a fucking whiny little pussy.
 

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If some Yahoo threw gravel at the PM, that’s wrong. If the same Yahoo throws like a girl….that’s on him & not Trudeau.

If someone is able to pelt you with rocks, I’m assuming that’s something that you would know…and adrenaline aside, that’s something for a judge to figure out I guess if JT claims he doesn’t know if he was hit or not. Still doesn’t make the fact that it happened (hitting his target or not) something that is acceptable by any means.

“Assault with a Weapon” is a real charge. I have no idea where things would stand legally if he didn’t actually hit his target? It’s still pretty juvenile though to try.

if somebody spits on you that’s assault. It doesn’t matter that you’re not going to be physically harmed from that spittle, so the fact that it was only a handful of gravel is irrelevant. What may be relevant is whether or not JT was or wasn’t actually hit, but that’s outside of my very limited knowledge base so I don’t have an opinion on that one.

The fact that this guy threw a handful of gravel at the PM & probably missed, might not actually be Assault, but I could definitely be thought of as a “Threat to Assault” I’m going to assume, but again, it’s not like I know what I’m talking about.
 
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If some Yahoo threw gravel at the PM, that’s wrong. If the same Yahoo throws like a girl….that’s on him & not Trudeau.

If someone is able to pelt you with rocks, I’m assuming that’s something that you would know…and adrenaline aside, that’s something for a judge to figure out I guess if JT claims he doesn’t know if he was hit or not. Still doesn’t make the fact that it happened (hitting his target or not) something that is acceptable by any means.

“Assault with a Weapon” is a real charge. I have no idea where things would stand legally if he didn’t actually hit his target? It’s still pretty juvenile though to try.

if somebody spits on you that’s assault. It doesn’t matter that you’re not going to be physically harmed from that spittle, so the fact that it was only a handful of gravel is irrelevant. What may be relevant is whether or not JT was or wasn’t actually hit, but that’s outside of my very limited knowledge base so I don’t have an opinion on that one.

The fact that this guy threw a handful of gravel at the PM & probably missed, might not actually be Assault, but I could definitely be thought of as a “Threat to Assault” I’m going to assume, but again, it’s not like I know what I’m talking about.
You are correct in that it was uncalled for . Politicals and all citizens should be able to move freely without the threat of violence held over them .