One day before the event was set to happen, the Ottawa Conference and Event Centre (OCEC) cancelled a booking for a November 29 speaking tour stop featuring German Member of European Parliament Christine Anderson and Dutch activist Eva Vlaardingerbroek.

Anderson is famous for giving a speech in 2022 where she told Prime Minister Justin Trudeau to “please spare us your presence” during his visit to the European Parliament. Vlaardingerbroek is notable for speaking up for Dutch farmers when the previous Mark Rutte government tried to expropriate 3,000 farms to meet climate goals.  

“Today, it has been brought to our attention that your event features two speakers, Christine Anderson and Eva Vlaardingerbroek, commonly associated with hate speech and beliefs that are antithetical and completely unwelcome to OCEC, its management, employees and others who use our Conference and Event Centre,” reads a November 28 email sent from catering director Claudio Dinardo to the event organizers, Trinity Productions.

“In these circumstances, we are terminating the Function Agreement… and shall return your deposit in the amount of $5,844.22.”

The event organizers say they have found another venue for tonight’s presentation, but have not yet released the location. 

Among the other featured speakers planned for the event are Save Canada activist Josh Alexander – a former Catholic high school student who protests gender ideology in schools – and pastor Henry Hildebrandt, known for his defiance of Covid-19 lockdown rules.

The Ottawa Conference and Event Centre and its catering director Claudio Dinardo did not return True North’s calls requesting comment. 

Previous tour stops in Greater Vancouver, BC at Westwood Community Church and Winnipeg, MB at The Metropolitan Entertainment Centre went on without a hitch. 

Anderson will also be stopping in New York City on December 1 and Bridgewater, New Jersey on December 4.


  • Lindsay Shepherd

    Lindsay holds an M.A. in Cultural Analysis and Social Theory from Wilfrid Laurier University. She has been published in The Post Millennial, Maclean’s, National Post, Ottawa Citizen, and Quillette.