Jagmeet Singh says there’s a link between anti-maskers and far-right extremism

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Federal New Democratic Party Leader Jagmeet Singh is the latest to say he believes there’s a connection between anti-mask and anti-lockdown protests and far-right extremism. Singh’s comments come as rallies against COVID-19 health orders are being staged across the country while health professionals battle a deadly third wave of the pandemic. “To brazenly not follow public health guidelines puts people at risk and that is something that we’ve seen with extreme right-wing ideology,” he told reporters Monday. Some Canadians say they’re frustrated with what they see as a lack of police enforcement in response to anti-lockdown demonstrations and a few premiers have promised stiffer fines for COVID-19 rule-breakers. Singh said some of the people being drawn to recent protests are affiliated with far-right groups. He said he sees a link between those refusing to follow public-health advice and the ideologies of the extreme right because both show a disregard for the well-being of others and put people at risk. “There is a connection, certainly,” he said. Singh said refusing to listen to COVID-19 health orders is dangerous and needs to be called out.

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