Protesters have been gathering at Queen's Park in Toronto in front of the legislature for well over a year, and the protest on Saturday, May 15, was the largest showing since the demonstrations began in 2020.
Tens of thousands took to the park and streets to rally against the continuing lockdowns in Ontario. Neither the demonstrators, nor the residents in Toronto seem to be adhering to the recently-extended 'Stay-at-Home' order issued by Premier Doug Ford, as protesters gathered over the weekend for all types of events.
Whether it was pro-Palestine, pro-Israel or anti-lockdown demonstrations, no tickets appeared to be given in Toronto over the weekend for violating the government order. Simply looking around, the average person wasn't adhering to the 'rules' either.
On May 16, 2021 Prime Minister Justin Trudeau (when talking about Israel/Palestine protests) mentioned that all have the right to protest; something that provincial orders have contradicted for many months:
However, Canadian politicians have recently been chiming in on pro-freedom demonstrations, with Calgary's Mayor Nenshi claiming they are “thinly veiled” in “white supremacy.”
NDP leader Jagmeet Singh also believes this is part of “extreme right-wing ideology,” connecting such viewpoints due to protesters "brazenly not follow[ing] public-health guidelines,” as he recently told reporters.
The overwhelming response from protesters was that this is likely an attempt to divide while diminishing the true meaning behind the protest.
None of the demonstrators interviewed mentioned they had ever heard any race-related discussions at the events, nor did they believe that to be the thesis of anyone or anything they experienced since attending the get-togethers.