Trudeau dons bulletproof vest for campaign event in Mississauga – Toronto Sun

Trudeau dons bulletproof vest for campaign event in Mississauga - Toronto Sun
Trudeau wears bulletproof vest after security threat delays campaign rally
Liberal Leader Justin Trudeau wore a bulletproof vest on stage amid heavy security at a campaign rally after a security threat, senior Liberal sources tell CBC News.

His appearance at a crowded rally of about 2,000 supporters in Mississauga, Ont., on Saturday evening was delayed by 90 minutes and featured a much heavier security detail around Trudeau once the Liberal leader took the stage.

Uniformed tactical officers wearing heavy backpacks surrounded the Liberal leader as he addressed the crowd. His wife, Sophie Grégoire Trudeau, was initially supposed to introduce him but did not appear on stage. 

Liberal officials would not reveal the nature of the threat, which resulted in a 90-minute delay before the incumbent prime minister appeared before the roughly 2,000 party supporters who had turned out to a convention near Pearson airport as the election campaign enters its final week.

Trudeau delivered the speech without incident and shook hands with numerous supporters lining the stage and in the crowd as he left the venue. 

The Liberals will hope to get back on track Sunday when Trudeau campaigns in the Toronto area as the federal election campaign heads into its final week with the Liberals and Conservatives running neck and neck with the New Democrats and Bloc Quebecois also picking up some steam.

Saturday's extra security measures came amid heightened fears of violence on the campaign. Last month, sources told CBC News the RCMP were compiling daily threat reports on online hate targeting federal political leaders during the election campaign, fearing it could spill over into real-world violence. 

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Government sources close to the file confirmed an increase in online posts condoning violence during the campaign.

Liberal officials would not reveal the nature of the threat, which resulted in a 90-minute delay before the incumbent prime minister appeared before the roughly 2,000 party supporters who had turned out to a convention near Pearson airport as the election campaign enters its final week.

Just two weeks ago, Trudeau's security detail arrested a protester who approached the Liberal leader during the climate change strike march in Montreal.

In February, ahead of his testimony in front of the justice committee on the SNC-Lavalin affair, Michael Wernick, then-clerk of the Privy Council, warned of the dangers of rising hate on the campaign trail.

There have been very few political assassinations in Canadian history, though there was an attempt against Pauline Marois on the night she was elected premier of Quebec in 2012. The gunman killed lighting technician Denis Blanchette and seriously wounded stagehand David Courage.

Canadas PM Trudeau wears protective vest after unspecified threat

"I worry about the rising tides of incitements to violence when people use terms like 'treason' and 'traitor' in open discourse. Those are the words that lead to assassination," Wernick told committee members. 

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TORONTO — Liberal Leader Justin Trudeau was surrounded by police officers Saturday as he appeared 90 minutes late to campaign rally due to an unspecified security concern.

More than 2,000 Liberal supporters turned out for the crowded rally, which was delayed by 90 minutes before Trudeau took the stage wearing a suit jacket rather than his usual rolled-up sleeves and escorted by both his plainclothes RCMP detail and Mounties in tactical gear.

Trudeau, who is known to wear rolled-up shirtsleeves during speeches, wore a blue suit jacket on stage that visibly bulged from what appeared to be protective gear underneath.

MISSISSAUGA, Ont. – Liberal Leader Justin Trudeau wore a protective vest and was surrounded by heavy security during a large rally in the Toronto suburb of Mississauga on Saturday due to an unspecific security threat.

His wife, Sophie Grégoire Trudeau, was scheduled to introduce him at the Mississauga, Ont. event but did not appear on stage.

Any threat made against JustinTrudeau, or any leader, is troubling to all of us, he wrote. No matter how you vote or believe, no one should face threats of violence. To the officers who protect all of us – thank you.

Canadas PM Trudeau wears protective vest after unspecified threat

The intense security detail was unusual for a campaign rally, reported CTVs Glen McGregor, who has been following the Liberal campaign.

Any threat made against @JustinTrudeau, or any leader, is troubling to all of us. No matter how you vote or believe, no one should face threats of violence. To the officers who protect all of us – thank you.

Canadian PM Justin Trudeau Wears Bulletproof Vest Amid Reported Threats – Photos

Trudeau met with an estimated 2,000 supporters in the Ontario riding as he hopes to motivate supporters to head to the polls. It was the biggest crowd of his campaign so far.

Prepared remarks had indicated that Mr Trudeaus wife, Sophie Gregoire Trudeau, was to introduce the Liberal leader. She did not appear or take the stage during the rally.

In his address, Trudeau tried to convince left-leaning voters to support the Liberals rather than the NDP after recent polls showed a spike in support for Jagmeet Singhs party.

"If you want progressive action, you need a progressive government, not a progressive opposition," Trudeau said.

MISSISSAUGA, Toronto (Reuters) – Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau donned a bulletproof vest for an election campaign rally on Saturday, a Reuters eyewitness said, and the Canadian Broadcasting Corp. cited sources saying a security threat had been received.

BULLETPROOF VEST: Trudeau puts on protection at rally due to security threat

Any threat made against @JustinTrudeau, or any leader, is troubling to all of us. No matter how you vote or believe, no one should face threats of violence. To the officers who protect all of us – thank you, Singh tweeted.

Polls show the Liberals are tied with the official opposition Conservatives of Andrew Scheer, who on Sunday said that if he won on Oct. 21 he would quickly move to end what he called government subsidies to rich corporations.

Justin Trudeau Wears Protective Vest In Toronto Area Due To Security Threat

Liberal Leader Justin Trudeau speaks at a campaign rally in Mississauga, Ont. on Saturday, Oct. 12, 2019.