Some politicians in Poland have taken a swipe at Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau during his recent visit to Warsaw, where he engaged in discussions with Polish Prime Minister Donald Tusk on matters relating to international security.

The criticism stemmed from Trudeau’s handling of the Freedom Convoy protests in 2022. 

As Trudeau and Tusk shared a handshake in what was meant to symbolize diplomatic rapport, opposition figures aired their grievances on social media. 

Witold Tumanowicz, a member of the Polish Sejm representing the Konfederacja party, quipped about whether Trudeau offered advice on tactics to suppress protesters. 

“Did he advise on how to block bank accounts of protesters?” asked Tumanowicz. 

The Freedom Convoy protests, which saw truckers and supporters voicing opposition to vaccine mandates and pandemic-related restrictions, were met with forceful measures by Canadian authorities after Trudeau invoked the never-before-used Emergencies Act. The Act gave authorities sweeping powers, including the freezing of certain individuals’ bank accounts.

Joining the chorus of disapproval, political liberal activist Jacek W. Bartyzel also weighed in, suggesting a shared approach between Trudeau and Tusk in potentially targeting citizens.

“What they can do together is to take something from retirement or bank accounts?” commented Bartyzel. 

A recent ruling by the Federal Court found that the Liberal government had violated the constitution with their invocation of the Emergencies Act.

While speaking in Warsaw, Trudeau denounced the rise of “authoritarian populism” and people opposing left-wing governments. 

“In every democracy around the world, we are seeing a rising movements of either authoritarian populism or skepticism about democracy itself,” said Trudeau. 

Trudeau also faced slight criticism from Tusk himself who denounced NATO members that have not stepped up to the plate with their defence spending.

“I recognize Poland stepping up significantly in its own military spending. But so will Canada,” said Trudeau.