Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau isn’t one to take things lying down, especially when they’re matters pertaining to his family. In what appeared to be a rather emotionally volatile moment, a heckler triggered Trudeau by calling his wife a wh**e during a campaign trail interview.

“Where’s your wife? I heard she’s a w***e,” the protestor hollered, adding, “Where’s she at? Smell (inaudible) from here.”

While Trudeau initially maintained his calm as the protester attempted to trigger him with nasty threats, he hit straight back after the abuser hurled a misogynistic slur at his wife, Sophie Gregoire Trudeau. “Isn't there a hospital you should be going to bother right now?” Trudeau shot back at the abusive man, the Independent reported. The Liberal leader defended his stance Tuesday and maintained that he had to snap back at the heckler because the man went after his family.

The incident occurred outside the Global News network in Burnaby, British Columbia, where Trudeau was reportedly preparing for a media appearance. He quipped that Canadians were aware of his thick skin, and the capacity to let different kinds of abuse, but that didn't mean he would allow a naysayer to get away with hassling frontline health workers, vulnerable Canadians, or his family.

Trudeau maintained that he was aware of the heckler’s intent and that he “signed up for this”. But, the prime minister claimed that everyone had their limits, and the abuser in question overstepped his. Trudeau also slammed the ongoing protests that forced frontline workers, patients, and paramedics to wade through crowds that were unvaccinated.  

During his address on Monday, Trudeau slammed anti-vaxxers who put millions of lives at risk, and assured citizens that he’s criminalizing protests of this kind, if he got re-elected as the prime minister in the next term, during a campaign stop in Vancouver, reported GlobalNews

Trudeau cited how unfair it was to put people devoted to the service of keeping the society safe exposed to hatred, fear, and violence during a raging pandemic. He also averred that the angry mob of anti-vaxxers couldn’t stop him from campaigning for what’s right and what he staunchly believes in.

Justin and Sophie Trudeau Canadian Prime Minister and Liberal leader Justin Trudeau looks on as his wife Sophie makes a speech during a campaign stop on September 13, 2021 in Vancouver, Canada. The Canadian federal election will be held one week from today on September 20. Photo by Jeff Vinnick/Getty Images