Protestors were set to rally outside a pro-life discussion hosted by Saskatoon-University MP Brad Trost Saturday afternoon at the Sandman Hotel.
But they didn’t ended up showing up because the hotel is on private property.
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However they didn’t set up on the sidewalk outside the hotel like other groups have done in the past.
“I’m getting tired of the civil discourse in North America on political issues,” Trost said. “Doesn’t matter if it’s environmental issues, or even abortion, we need to have the discussion. Don’t try and throw things at people or shut down the other side.”
Over 100 people attended the federal Conservative leadership candidates event throughout the day.
Originally these discussions were supposed to be held at the Alice Turner public library, but they canceled it because of the protest concerns.
Now Trost feels he deserves an apology.
“Where is the disruption, where is the security threat, where is our apology?” tweeted Trost.
Trost wasn’t concerned about the protests and didn’t hire security.
“We put it at a good time so protests could have some fun,” he said Saturday morning. “They’ve done us some good advertising and it’s sparked our interest even more.”
Other discussions Trost hosted through the day included parental education rights and gun ownership.
Event organizers said only one person who opposed Trost’s views showed up.
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Trost believes he’s a darkhorse in the leadership race with 14 candidates that includes businessman Kevin O’Leary and Regina MP Andrew Scheer
“I think we have an actual shot to win this thing,” he said.
Trost said we still need social conservative ideals in Canada.
“It helped us win the new Canadian vote in the 2011 election in the Great Toronto area,” he said.
Protest organizers didn’t respond to interview requests, nor did the Saskatoon Public Library regarding an apology.