The Montreal campaign office for Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau was the scene of a sit-in protest on Monday, September 30, 2019, where a group called Solidarité Québec-Haïti occupied the space for several hours.
About 15 Haitian Canadians and sympathizers occupied Justin Trudeau’s election campaign office on Parc Ave. to demand the incumbent prime minister withdraw Canada’s support for Haiti President Jovenel Moïse, according to Marie Dimanche, a spokesperson for the group that calls itself Solidarité Québec-Haïti.
With Trudeau campaigning in Ontario Monday, the group didn’t get to meet him. Dimanche said the protesters asked Liberal party employees Monday morning for a phone conversation with Trudeau. The group left the office peacefully around 1:15 p.m. after receiving assurance that they would get a response Tuesday morning.
“Justin Trudeau’s government has provided financial, policing and diplomatic support” to Moïse, Dimanche said. “We want him to make a statement saying that Canada is withdrawing its support.”
Since the campaign began, Solidarité Québec-Haiti members have publicly confronted Liberal candidates including Mélanie Joly, outgoing Francophonie and tourism minister, and Marie-Claude Bibeau, former international development minister, on the issue. New Democratic Party leader Jagmeet Singh has also been asked by the group to weigh on the subject, Dimanche said.