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Canada Trudeau says security threat ‘will not change’ how he conducts campaign

06:55  14 october  2019
06:55  14 october  2019 Source:   globalnews.ca

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“Any threat made against Justin Trudeau , or any leader, is troubling to all of us. Trudeau will go ahead with plans to campaign in the Ontario city of York north of Toronto on Sunday At the Saturday rally, Trudeau still plunged into the crowd to shake hands and pose for photos as he usually does, but

Justin Trudeau standing in front of a mirror posing for the camera: RCMP in tactical gear look on as Liberal Leader Justin Trudeau speaks at a Thanksgiving food drive in Toronto on Sunday, Oct. 13, 2019.© THE CANADIAN PRESS/Sean Kilpatrick RCMP in tactical gear look on as Liberal Leader Justin Trudeau speaks at a Thanksgiving food drive in Toronto on Sunday, Oct. 13, 2019.

Security around Justin Trudeau was visibly increased on Sunday, but the Liberal leader said the extra measures will not change how he campaigns as Canada's federal election looms.

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Trudeau was also forced to don a bulletproof vest at a campaign event in Mississauga Saturday evening due to an undisclosed security threat.

Trudeau’s wife, Sophie Gregoire Trudeau, was to introduce the Liberal leader, however, she did not appear or take the stage during the rally.

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He was delayed by 1.5 hours and much heavier security around him once on stage. Although the campaign event went smoothly, such security concerns are almost unheard of in Canadian politics. Very upsetting to hear that Justin Trudeau had to wear a bulletproof vest tonight at a campaign event.

JUSTIN TRUDEAU wore a bulletproof vest for an election campaign rally on Saturday, after fears of a security threat against the Canadian prime minister. Police wearing backpacks surrounded Mr Trudeau on stage for the first time since the start of a six-week election campaign .

The campaign won’t comment on why the plan was changed.

"My first concern was for the safety of my family and for all the Canadians in the room," Trudeau told reporters when asked about the incident at a campaign event in Toronto on Sunday, but added the incident "will not change at all" how he campaigns.

Trudeau continued, saying he is as motivated as he has ever been to "get out and connect with people every chance I get so people really understand what is at stake in the choice in this election."

Liberal officials did not reveal the nature of the threat, but sources later confirmed to the Canadian Press that Trudeau wore a suit jacket during Saturday's rally rather than his usual rolled-up sleeves and loosened tie, because he was wearing a protective vest.

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The main rivals to Canada's Liberal Prime Minister Justin Trudeau said a threat that forced him to wear a bulletproof vest at a campaign rally on Saturday was a concerning sign for the country's democracy ahead of the Oct. 21 federal election. Trudeau arrived 90 minutes late to a rally outside.

Justin Trudeau donned a bulletproof vest to speak at an election rally on Saturday night after an unspecified security threat . Mr Trudeau ’s wife, Sophie Gregoire Trudeau , was expected to introduce him , however she did not appear on stage during the event in Mississauga, near Toronto.

The vest was noticeable in photos taken during the rally.

When asked by reporters why the event on Saturday went ahead despite the threat and a more than 90 minute delay, Trudeau said he took the advice of the RCMP.

While the event in Liberal candidate Ahmed Hussen's riding of York South-Weston on Sunday saw an increased security presence, Trudeau did not appear to be wearing a vest on that occasion.

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In a tweet on Saturday, Conservative Leader Andrew Scheer said it was "very upsetting" to hear that Trudeau had to wear a bulletproof vest.

"Threats of violence against any political leaders have absolutely no place in our democracy," he wrote. "Thank you to the RCMP for taking these threats seriously and keeping us safe."

Speaking to reporters in B.C. on Sunday, NDP Leader Jagmeet Singh said it is "totally wrong" that Trudeau is facing threats and has had to increase security.

"I want to let Canadians know you can have all sorts of opinions and it’s OK to disagree, but there should never be fear for any leader from any party to feel like there’s any threat to themselves," he said.  "I want to let Mr. Trudeau know directly that I’m sorry that he has to ramp up his security and that it shouldn’t be that way."

Singh said he trusts the work of the RCMP, and that he, himself, has felt "safe and good" while on the campaign trail.

-With files from the Canadian Press

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