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'Lock Her Up' Chant Spreads to Canadian Politics

MP criticized for not halting chant at rally in Alberta
By Arden Dier,  Newser Staff
Posted Dec 5, 2016 11:17 AM CST
'Lock Her Up' Chant Spreads to Canadian Politics
The Alberta Legislature in Edmonton.   (AP Photo/The Canadian Press, Jason Franson)

(Newser) – The "lock her up" chant most often associated with Hillary Clinton has gone international. As the CBC reports, right-wing neighbors to the north adopted the phrase during a rally held by the Rebel Media group in Canada on Saturday. Conservative Member of Parliament Chris Alexander was speaking out against a carbon tax Alberta Premier Rachel Notley of the New Democratic Party plans to implement when a crowd of 1,000 gathered at the Alberta Legislature began shouting "vote her out," per the National Post. The phrase soon morphed into "lock her up." Alexander—who is in the running to lead to the federal Conservative party—is seen in a video smiling and nodding in response.

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Apparently that was no sign of agreement. "I totally disapprove of that particular chant. I don't think it's fair. I don't think it's the right thing to say at a rally or elsewhere, and that's why I didn't join it," Alexander says. "I was smiling because I was trying to think of a way to change the chant." Alexander adds he then purposefully changed the subject to voting, but an Edmonton city councilor says that was "irresponsible." "When you hear chants like that ... it's your responsibility as a publicly elected official, in my opinion, to call that out immediately," he says. Adds another, "We don't suggest jailing somebody we disagree with." (A politician swore in the Alberta Legislature and received a standing ovation.)

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