Prime Minister Justin Trudeau had to wear a bullet proof vest to a campaign rally in Ontario yesterday following an unspecified security threat.
Trudeau's extra security detail was obvious as the Liberal leader was escorted through the boisterous crowd by a large number of plainclothes RCMP officers as well as Mounties dressed in green tactical gear.
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Over the last three days we have had three major polling firms release new surveys showing the Liberals falling below 30% in voter support and the NDP rising. His wife, Sophie Gregoire Trudeau, was expected to introduce her husband but was not present on stage.
Several of Trudeau's political opponents took to Twitter to condemn the threats after the news broke.
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"No matter how you vote or believe, no one should face threats of violence", he tweeted.
"We are seeing, unfortunately, an extremely high level of misinformation, disinformation online and people who are really trying to further polarize and make fearful Canadians".
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CBC cited unnamed sources inside Trudeau's Liberal Party as saying he donned the bulletproof vest after the campaign received a threat. Threats of violence against political leaders have absolutely no place in our democracy.
Prior to Trudeau's appearance, both Foreign Affairs Minister Chrystia Freeland and Economic Development Minister Navdeep Bains addressed the crowd, some of whose members began to express impatience over the Liberal leader's unexplained delay taking the microphone.
Trudeau will go ahead with plans to campaign in the Ontario city of York north of Toronto on Sunday, said a Liberal official who declined to be named given the sensitivity of the situation.
The latest polls put his Liberals in a dead heat with the Conservatives, led by Andrew Scheer.