QUEBEC – There will be between 8,000 and 9,000 police officers on hand to provide security for the G7 Summit, Quebec City’s police chief said Wednesday.
The police presence includes officers in Quebec City, where many international reporters will be stationed, as well as at the official site of the summit, the Manoir Richelieu hotel in La Malbaie, about 140 kilometres north.
Police chief Robert Pigeon said the security threat for the summit is considered “moderate.
“The level is normal, meaning there are people who want to express their opinion in public,” he said, referring to the protesters who are expected to gather in both Quebec City and La Malbaie.
“However, we expect these groups to be infiltrated with people with bad intentions.”
Pigeon wouldn’t go into details about the types of threats the summit’s security teams are assessing.
Lt. Jason Allard with the provincial police said there is a security team trying to determine how many protesters will be gathering in Quebec City and La Malbaie.
“We have no numbers (now),” he said. “We’ll know closer to the day and we’ll have a better idea of the crowds coming.”
The G7 Summit takes place June 8-9. The leaders of Canada, the United States, the UK, France, Italy, Germany and Japan as well as other dignitaries are scheduled to participate.