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'It's not just about me': McKenna cites need to protect politicians from threats

Last Updated Aug 13, 2020 at 12:38 pm EDT

Infrastructure Minister Catherine McKenna says more needs to be done to protect politicians in Canada. McKenna speaks with the media outside her constituency office in Ottawa, Monday, Aug. 10, 2020. Her comments come after a police investigation was launched this week into incidents at her office and also after reports that two other Ottawa-area politicians faced threats recently as well. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Adrian Wyld

OTTAWA — Infrastructure Minister Catherine McKenna says new measures must be taken to protect Canadian politicians from threatening behaviour.

Her comments come after police launched an investigation this week into an incident at her office as well as reports that two other Ottawa-area politicians faced threats recently as well.

McKenna — who has spoken out in the past about being a target — says she’s heard from many politicians, both male and female, who have experienced similar incidents.

She wants a public conversation on how to keep people safe from hateful attacks, both online and off.

Security was visibly present as McKenna made a funding announcement in Ottawa this morning.

She called the need for a security detail “not all that much fun,” saying Canada should be a safe place for all.

This report by The Canadian Press was first published Aug. 13, 2020.

The Canadian Press