Canadian Liberal Leader, Justin Trudeau, Wears “Unprecedented” Bulletproof Vest
Earlier this month Liberal Canadian leader, Justin Trudeau, appeared at a scheduled election rally 90 minutes late with an obvious increase in security. It was later confirmed by multiple news outlets that Trudeau was donning a suit jacket with a bulletproof vest under his shirt instead of his normal “rolled up sleeves” casual appearance.
As reported by the Washington Examiner, “Sources familiar with Trudeau’s security called the precautions “unprecedented.” Normally the security units protecting the prime minister are also hidden around him in the crowd and not in plain sight, as was the case Saturday. The officers were seen wearing knapsacks containing firearms. One officer also wore a ballistic shield on his back to cover Trudeau in case he would have been attacked.”
The news reports prompted comments and opinions from many on social media, including Canadian Conservative Leader Andrew Scheer on Twitter, “Very upsetting to hear that Justin Trudeau had to wear a bulletproof vest tonight at a campaign event. Threats of violence against political leaders have absolutely no place in our democracy. Thank you to the RCMP for taking these threats seriously and keeping us safe.”
The Royal Canadian Mounted Police (RCMP) took the threat against Trudeau seriously enough to provide military clothed officers in near vicinity of the official while normally remaining behind the scenes in standard business attire. I imagine this increased level of security also prompted questions and concerns from citizens attending the rally regarding their personal safety in the event of an active shooter scenario.
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