CAPTION: The prime minister is defending his treatment of a Quebec heckler he accused of racism and intolerance.
Justin Trudeau says he will always speak up when the “politics of division” cause harm.
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SOUNDBITE: Justin Trudeau, prime minister PLACELINE: Ottawa CREDIT: The Canadian Press STORYLINE: Prime Minister Justin Trudeau is defending his treatment of a Quebec woman he accused of racism, calling hate speech and the politics of division a "dangerous path" for Canada.
At a news conference today outside Ottawa, Trudeau was asked whether he went too far when he told a woman heckling him at a rally Sunday in Quebec that her "racism has no place" in Canada.
During the rally, the woman was shouting questions in French at Trudeau, asking him when the federal government would repay Quebec for costs it has incurred as a result of an influx of "illegal immigrants" coming over the Canada-U.S. border.