Liberal MP Says ‘Honk Honk’ Stands for ‘Heil Hitler’

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Liberal MP Ya’ara Saks said that “honk honk” is equivalent to “Heil Hitler,” while testifying in Parliament in defence of her government’s use of the Emergencies Act to oust protesters in Ottawa who oppose the federal COVID-19 mandates.

The protest, which first began in opposition to the vaccine mandate imposed on truck drivers crossing the Canada-U.S. border, expanded into a national movement as large convoys of truckers arrived in Ottawa in a peaceful demonstration starting Jan. 29, with many joining to call for an end to all COVID-19 mandates. Honking was heard constantly throughout the protest.

“How much vitriol do we have to see of ‘honk honk’ which is a new acronym for ‘Heil Hitler’? What do we need to see by these protesters on social media?” Ya’ara Saks said in the House of Commons on Feb. 21.

On Feb. 22, Saks defended her comment, saying that “for those who think that ‘Honk Honk’ is some innocuous joke. I’ll just leave this here” and shared a tweet posted by an account owner titled “Gwen Snyder is uncivil,” who says she is an antifascist.

The tweet says, “it’s easy to miss nazi/’alt-right’ signifiers are if you aren’t swimming in this cesspool all the time.” In a series of Twitter posts, the account owner then shares vocabulary and symbols that “should make you suspicious,” including one that says “’88’ and ‘HH’ for phrases like ‘honk honk’” are “a classic and a new variant.”

This is the latest in a series of references to Nazis and one of the worst tragedies in recent history, in which the Liberals and NDP referred to the protesters as being associated with Nazis.

On Feb. 16, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau said during question period to Conservative MP Melissa Lantsman, who is Jewish, that her party stands with people who wave swastikas.

Lantsman pointed to the contrasting words said by the prime minister in 2015, and his more recent remarks in 2021 when he disparaged the portion of Canadians who didn’t receive a COVID-19 vaccination in a French-language interview.

“‘A positive, optimistic, hopeful vision for public life isn’t a naive dream. It could be a powerful force for change. If Canadians are to trust their government, their government needs to trust Canadians.’ Those are the words of the prime minister in 2015,” Lantsman said.

“These people, ‘very often misogynistic, racist,’ ‘women haters’, ‘science deniers’, the ‘fringe’—same prime minister six years later, as he fans the flames of an unjustified national emergency. So, Mr. Speaker, when did the prime minister lose his way? When did it happen?”

Lantsman repeatedly asked Trudeau to apologize but he did not.

On Feb. 19, a group of 23 Jewish scientists, doctors, and academics issued an open letter to Trudeau, saying they are “deeply concerned” about how he had adopted a “smear-by-association campaign,” portraying the protesters in Ottawa as “‘Nazi sympathizers,’ ‘racist,’ and ‘antisemitic.’”

A couple of flags were seen bearing the Nazi swastika early in the protest in Ottawa, which the Liberals and NDP used to portray the truckers as Nazis.

On Jan. 29, Tory MP Michael Cooper brought a container of coffee for the truckers who just arrived at the capital. As Cooper was doing a TV interview, a demonstrator carrying a flag with a Nazi symbol on it was caught on camera behind him. Cooper later issued a statement saying he wasn’t associated with the person carrying the flag.

Following the incident, Liberal Mayor for Edmonton, Alberta, Amarjeet Sohi said in a post on Twitter that he—along with the mayor for St. Albert, Cathy Heron—was “troubled” to see the photo of Cooper with the flag that has a swastika on it.

“As Mayors of the two cities that straddle Member of Parliament Michael Cooper’s riding, Mayor @CathyHeron and I are troubled by a photo of MP Cooper that is being circulated with an upside down Canadian flag with a hateful symbol of a swastika on it,” he said.

“We want the rest of the country to know that MP Cooper’s presence at this rally in no way reflects the values of Edmontonians and St. Albertans. Our communities are diverse, inclusive and welcoming—hate has absolutely no place here,” Sohi said in another tweet.

Andrew Chen


Andrew Chen is an Epoch Times reporter based in Toronto.

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