OTTAWA | Death threats against MPs, including Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, have skyrocketed since the start of the year, fueling the debate over the safety of elected officials.
Between 1  ;January and June 17, authorities reported 22 such threats, including eight targeting Justin Trudeau.
This is five more reports than in all of 2021 and two more than two years ago, according to Privy Council Office data obtained by Le Journal under an access to information request.
< p>“We unequivocally condemn the intimidation, harassment and threats against elected parliamentarians,” said Public Security Minister Marco Mendicino. There is no place for such conduct or violence in our country.”
This is serious
This kind of threat must be taken seriously, underlines a lawyer expert in criminal law, Alexandra Longueville.
” It's a serious act, since when it gets out of hand, it usually started with threats,” she argues.
“If we allow these gestures, the message from the justice system becomes unclear. We have to take it seriously.
The pandemic and the emergence of social networks have created an explosive cocktail of political polarization, according to Me Longueville.
“A lot of people disagree with the way governments have handled the pandemic. With the advent of social networks, it is much easier to threaten someone. »
« When we are not happy, we don't threaten, we will vote! ;”, she says.
In recent years, threats and harassment of all kinds have are multiplied towards federal elected officials, particularly members of the Liberal deputies in power.
Minister Mendicino maintains that “everything is on the table” to ensure their safety, including the adoption of the Quebec model with bodyguards, according to our information.
Finance Minister Chrystia Freeland was the latest victim of hateful and intimidating remarks last Friday, during a visit to Alberta, her native province.
Minister Chrystia Freeland was questioned by a man in the town hall of Grande Prairie, Alberta.
She flees in the elevator after being called a slut (fucking bitch).
The individual emerges, proud, from his violent verbal altercation with her.
The RCMP confirmed yesterday that they have opened an investigation.
The Prime Minister is the only one to benefit from close protection at all times. Ministers can request it, if they are the subject of a specific threat.
MPs have also recently been equipped with an individual panic button. < /p>
Prime Minister Trudeau's former chief protection officer Pierre Ménard argues that federal cabinet ministers “are not protected enough.”
“If people know they are adequately protected , they'll think twice about making gratuitous moves. But all of this comes at a cost,” says the retired RCMP superintendent. >
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Katrine Johns has been a reporter on the news desk since 2013. Before that she wrote about young adolescence and family dynamics for Styles and was the legal affairs correspondent for the Metro desk. Before joining The Gal Post, Katrine Johns worked as a staff writer at the Village Voice and a freelancer for Newsday, The Wall Street Journal, GQ and Mirabella. To get in touch, contact me through my email@example.com 1-800-268-7128