Spitting, stalkers, and death threats: a ‘routine’ part of being a politician, say MPs
There's a growing toxicity against public figures. Harassment and hate have been on the rise against federal MPs for years now. MPs have been harassed, threatened, stalked, sworn at, accosted, spat at, and worse. Many MPs have formed informal support groups across party lines to share their stories. This is the first of a three-part series looking into the increasing anger towards modern-day federal politicians, why it's happening, and what can be done to stop it. Exclusive feature story.
Some of the MPs that have experienced hate and harassment. Clockwise from top left: NDP Leader Jagmeet Singh, Finance Minister and Deputy Prime Minister Chrystia Freeland, NDP MP Jenny Kwan, NDP MP Charlie Angus, Liberal MP Arielle Kayabaga, Liberal MP Judy Sgro, Liberal MP Yasir Naqvi, Independent MP Kevin Vuong, and Liberal MP Jenica Atwin. The Hill Times photographs by Andrew Meade and file photographs