Harassment against Freeland: RCMP have launched an investigation

Harassment against Freeland: RCMP have launched an investigation< /p> UPDATE DAY

The Royal Canadian Mounted Police (RCMP) has launched an investigation into the verbal harassment suffered by Deputy Prime Minister Chrystia Freeland last Friday at City Hall in Grande Prairie, Alberta.

The police force confirmed everything in an e-mail on Monday, saying that it “takes seriously the threats made against officials”.

“The physical acts and statements made in person or online can have serious repercussions and violate the law. When the conditions justifying a criminal investigation are met, the RCMP or the competent police service can make arrests and lay charges,” it explains.

Ms Freeland was apostrophized by an imposing man calling her a “traitor” and repeatedly insulting her as she and a few members of her entourage entered an elevator. A woman also told her that she was not welcome in Alberta.

The incident, picked up by a telephone and circulating on social networks in the last few days, aroused the indignation of the Canadian political class.

These behaviors are “not just threats to individuals, but to our democracy,” Federal Public Security Minister Marco Mendicino said Monday.

“Federal ministers have the right to receive the RCMP protection in Canada and abroad if required, in accordance with section 14 of the RCMP Regulations. For security reasons, the RCMP does not provide details on the security measures taken for the Deputy Prime Minister,” the police force said.

The RCMP has the mandate to ensure the protection of federal parliamentarians. In Quebec, the Sûreté du Québec is responsible for the physical security of elected officials.

To protect elected officials, the RCMP says that it works in concert and continuously with other federal agencies specialized in security risk assessment, including the Integrated Terrorism Assessment Center (ITAC).

“The RCMP continually reviews its practices and safeguards to ensure a safe and secure environment to the people they protect.”

– With the collaboration of Guillaume St-Pierre