Ottawa: Following an abusive verbal attack on its deputy prime minister and finance minister, Chrystia Freeland, the government of Canada is considering to bolster the security of its ministers in the country.
Public Safety Minister Marco Mendicino said the government is considering to strengthen the security of politicians as many politicians are being harassed or threatened and it is nothing but a threat to democracy.
He said that as the security situation is getting complicated, there’s need to bring the temperature down.
The government of Canada is discussing strengthening the security of politicians following a video of Freeland being harassed in Alberta surfaced online
In the video, a man was seen abusing and threatening Freeland and staff before climbing into an elevator at City Hall in Grand Prairie, Alberta.
Mendicino said that such harassment and threats to ministers is not a partisan issue.
“We are witnessing an increase in such incidents against women, Canadians belonging to other races and Indigenous people. Such an incident with Freeland was condemned by leaders of all parties, and many even described such incidents with themselves,” Public Safety Minister Marco Mendicino said.
Meanwhile, Minister of Women and Gender Equality Marci Ien agreed to increase the security of politicians and said,”I was a journalist. I’m a Black woman. And now I’m a politician. My family have been receiving various threats.”
Minister of Families, Children and Social Development Karina Gould, corroborated the government’s concern over receiving such threats. “It is very sad that in a country like Canada, we have to talk about such an issue.”
Former Minister of Fisheries, Oceans and the Canadian Coast Guard Bernadette Jordan said, “What is more scary to see this kind of attitude, that it’s ok to harass someone like that, without repercussions.”
Recently, NDP leader Jagmeet Singh was also falsely implicated by protesters during the Ontario election campaign.
PM Justin Trudeau also condemned an abusive verbal attack on Freeland and termed the it an “extremely disturbing harassment” that was not an isolated incident.