Colin Perkel The Canadian PressHillary Clinton speaks to an audience in Toronto promoting her new book "What Happened" on Thursday, September 28, 2017. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Christopher Katsarov CKL
TORONTO - Former American presidential candidate Hillary Clinton told an appreciative crowd on Thursday that more women in politics is the way to overcome the sexism that pervades the political world, and that democracy is under assault.
The Democrat was in Toronto to promote her new best-selling memoir, "What Happened," in which she describes her stunning loss in last year's election to political newcomer, Republican Donald Trump, a man often criticized as a misogynist.
"The only way to get sexism out of politics is to get more women into politics," Clinton, 69, said. "I want more women in politics so our politics is more representative."
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Hillary Clinton spoke to an audience in Toronto Thursday promoting her new book, What Happened. She said democracy is under assault around the world. (Christopher Katsarov/Canadian Press)
Hillary Clinton warned Canadians that "democracy is under attack" not just in the United States, but in Canada and around the world, and she told a Toronto audience Thursday night that she will do everything she can to fight against the forces trying to undermine it.
"Democracy is under attack everywhere. It's not only my country," Clinton told a packed hall of an estimated 5,500 at the Enercare Centre. She pledged to use her voice and platform to encourage people to get involved and help tackle the things that are challenging democracy in the U.S. and globally.
"I'm not going anywhere except right into the middle of the debates about our future," she told the sellout crowd.
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‘We are living through an all-out assault on truth and reason,’ Hillary Clinton warns Toronto audienceBy Victoria GibsonStaff ReporterHillary Clinton revved up an enthusiastic crowd of about 5,000 at the Enercare Centre in Toronto on Thursday, as she promoted her new memoir, What Happened. (Steve Russell / Toronto Star)
The event itself was tightly locked down. Men and women in black suits, many with telltale earpieces snaking up their necks, led media to a cordoned-off area and audience members to their places.
RCMP officers were embedded for Clinton’s protection, and maintained a low profile. Instead of their usual scarlet uniforms, they wore suits that blended easily with the crowd of about 5,000 — most of them women, who howled and applauded above Clinton’s comments, which ranged in topic from Donald Trump to HGTV.
After a musical opener warmed up the crowd, playing songs such as “Sway” and “Hold On,” Clinton’s appearance began with a set of opening remarks, which brought the crowd to their feet.
From the back of the room, one woman called out: “We love you!”
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