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Ottawa police lay charges after threats allegedly made against Lisa MacLeod

Last Updated Mar 7, 2019 at 5:57 pm EST

Lisa MacLeod Ontario's Minister of Children, Community and Social Services, looks on during an announcement in Toronto on February 6, 2019. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Chris Young

Ottawa police have laid charges against one person after threats were allegedly made against Ontario Children and Social Services Minister Lisa MacLeod.

Police say one person is facing one count of criminal harassment and three counts of uttering threats.

MacLeod did not attend a protest at the legislature on Thursday by parents of children with autism after receiving the threats. She did not detail the nature of the threats but said the tone of the debate has “caused me some concern with my own personal security.”

CityNews reported Wednesday that threats to the minister and the premier were made online but exactly what was communicated was not revealed.

Families of children with autism protested a new program unveiled last month by MacLeod that they say will leave kids without access to the level of treatment they need.

The Financial Accountability Office also said Wednesday that they will investigate the budget for the autism program, after the Liberals raised concerns about the government’s claims.

MacLeod has said the Progressive Conservative government increased the autism program budget to $321 million from $256 million, but the Liberals, who were previously in power, say their government had also budgeted the larger amount.