Ant-Man star Evangeline Lilly urged Canadian Prime Minister Justin Tredeau to treat protesting truckers “with respect,” instead of smearing them as “racist terrorists.”
The former Lost actress addressed Tredeau’s refusal to meet with leaders of the Freedom Convoy purposefully clogging up the inroads of the country’s capital, Ottawa.
“I want to speak to you today about your current approach and treatment of our fellow Canadians who are protesting your federal vaccine mandates,” she said in a video released over the weekend.
“If you are so convinced of your own reasons for the mandates, sit down and walk the leaders of a group of 2.3 million protesters across the country who represent many millions more across the nation and explain it to them,” Lilly admonished. “And ask them to listen with open hearts and minds and then reciprocate.”
She advised Treadeu to have an “open mind” about their opinions, and he might find some solutions to bringing Canadians together that he may not have considered.
“You unify people by finding solutions together,” she stressed. “Not by vilifying those who say there is a better way. What we need right now from our leadership is unification and that requires being willing to see, recognize, and hear from the people sitting out in the cold at your door.”
Lilly pointed out that despite what the liberal media has said about protestors, they’re protesting peacefully, yet the Canadian government has vilified them.
“You as a group have gone from ignoring these protesters to dismissing them as a fringe minority, to smearing them as racist and misogynistic, to now attacking them as terrorists,” she continued.
Lilly noted that as an elected official, Trudeau has the “civic duty to care about all Canadians,” not just the ones he agrees with.
“Protesting something that deeply, deeply concerns you in our society is not terrorism, it is the civic duty of every Canadian,” she added, “It is our job as the people to hold our leadership accountable.”
“There are no riots. This is not a violent protest,” the actress concluded. “There is only a mass of deeply concerned citizens at your doorstep who you refuse to acknowledge for what they are – your people.”