Vancouver mayor Kennedy Stewart becomes latest public official to endure abuse

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      There are signs of a growing lack of civility in some people's dealings with high-profile public figures.

      On the same day Victoria's police chief had liquid poured over him at the B.C. legislature, the mayor of Vancouver encountered an abusive tirade in a Yaletown store.

      The Vancouver Sun has reported that Kennedy Stewart was berated by a hostile customer inside the Swirl Wine Store on Saturday (September 18).

      “This guy started to harass me verbally and he started to harass my wife and things started to escalate," Stewart told Postmedia. "It’s very disturbing.”

      The customer was upset about homelessness. Stewart reportedly called the police.

      Victoria police Chief Dal Manak was attending a memorial for Chantel Moore, an Indigenous woman killed by police in New Brunswick, when he was assaulted.

      Meanwhile earlier this month, Surrey mayor Doug McCallum ended up arguing with a citizen collecting signatures in a Save-on-Foods parking lot. McCallum later claimed that a motorist drove a car over his foot—an allegation that was rejected by the person that he was arguing with. Police are investigating.

      Also earlier this month, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau had gravel thrown at him as he was boarding the Liberal campaign bus in London, Ontario.

      A former People's Party of Canada riding-association president has since been charged with assault with a weapon.

      The Straight published a cover story last March highlighting misogynistic bullying targeting female politicians.

      Today, a People's Party of Canada candidate distributed a pamphlet in Vancouver Quadra calling for the immediate arrest of provincial health officer Dr. Bonnie Henry. It was headlined "LOCK HER UP".