Security threats: Canadian Ministers, MPs to get “panic buttons”
“I have been the subject of death threats on social media,” says Marco Mendicino, Canada’s Public Safety Minister
Toronto: If six incidents of shooting at different public places in Toronto last Sunday are any indication, the gun mafia has not taken well to the recent measures the Canadian government has taken to reinforce gun controls.
Canadian MPs will now be getting “panic buttons” that they can press in an emergency for immediate response and protection. It is one of several steps taken by the Canadian Parliament to protect its members.
Various MPs, including serving Ministers, are feeling threatened. They have been expressing their deep concerns over increasing threats to them on social media channels.
The Canadian Public Safety Minister Marco Mendicino in a recent interview revealed that he has been the subject of death threats on social media.
Security concerns have gone alarming, says Public Safety Minister, after he presented a bill curbing gun ownership in the House of Commons.
He also quoted the case of the NDP leader Jagmeet Singh who underwent verbal harassment during the Ontario election campaign last month
A video that went viral shows that as Singh left a campaign office, he encountered protesters who could be heard shouting expletives at him and calling him a “traitor.”
Singh has said the experience in Peterborough, Ontario, was one of the worst incidents of aggressive behaviour he’s experienced in his political career.
The video also shows protesters shouting at Jagmeet Singh and following him to a vehicle after a campaign event in Peterborough,(Freedom Through Unity – Peterborough/Kawartha/Facebook).
While providing security cover to politicians and public servants has become a subject of animated discussions the world over, governments have been imitating actions to boost their protection.
“Panic buttons” or “mobile duress alarms” that are being provided to MPs are among the immediate measures taken by the Canadian government to boost protection for MPs. These small devices can be carried by MPs all the time. On pressing these buttons, they will be alerting the Parliamentary Protective Service or local police for an immediate rapid response. This has been necessitated in response to threats and rising concerns about harassment of Parliamentarians.
In an interview, Public Safety Minister Marco Mendicino revealed he has been the subject of death threats on social media in recent weeks after presenting a bill curbing gun ownership.
Mendicino said he, police and the Parliamentary Protective Service are reassessing the security of MPs after a series of threats and intimidating incidents.