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Armed Canadian man arrested after driving truck through gates near PM Trudeau's Ottawa residence

By David Ljunggren

 

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A police officer guards the front gate to Rideau Hall, and the grounds where Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau lives, after an armed man was apprehended on the property early this morning in Ottawa, Ontario, Canada July 2, 2020. REUTERS/Patrick Doyle

 

OTTAWA (Reuters) - An armed member of the Canadian military drove a truck through gates protecting an exclusive part of Ottawa where Prime Minister Justin Trudeau lives on Thursday but was quickly arrested, police said.

 

Trudeau was not home at the time. He and his family are based in a large house on the grounds of Rideau Hall, the residence of Governor General Julie Payette, the official representative of head of state Queen Elizabeth. Rideau Hall sits on an 88-acre (0.35 square km) wooded estate.

 

The Royal Canadian Mounted Police (RCMP) said the man's truck broke down after he smashed it through two gates at 6:30 a.m. Eastern Time (1030 GMT).

 

"The armed suspect then proceeded on foot on the grounds of Rideau Hall ... where he was rapidly contained by RCMP members who were on patrol," it said in a statement.

 

"(He) was apprehended shortly before 8:30 a.m. without any incident and he was brought into police custody for questioning," it added, saying charges were pending.

 

The Canadian Broadcasting Corp cited a source as saying the man had driven his truck from the central province of Manitoba, some 2,000 km (1,240 miles) east of Ottawa.

 

Trudeau, 48, who is married with three children, also has access to a summer house about 22 miles (35 km) northwest of Ottawa. Payette was not at Rideau Hall when the incident occurred, police said.

 

Unlike the United States, where four presidents have been assassinated since 1865, there is little history of serious violence targeting officials in Canada.

 

The one exception was in 1970, when a radical group seeking independence for Quebec kidnapped the Canadian province's deputy premier and later killed him.

 

Trudeau donned a bulletproof vest for an election campaign rally in October last year after officials detected a security threat.

 

(Reporting by David Ljunggren; Editing by Bernadette Baum and Aurora Ellis)

 

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-- © Copyright Reuters 2020-07-03
 
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Guess he wasn't happy about Canada Day. 

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An off topic post and reply removed, also a troll post

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Pretty poor editing in this article. Even I, a non-Canadian, know that Manitoba, a central province is WEST of Ottawa, not EAST. 2000km east of Ottawa and you're somewhere out in the North Atlantic.


Doubtful this guy came on a boat from the frigid waters halfway between Canada and Iceland to go to Trudeau's house.

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This may be pure speculation on my part (it is), but the soldier who attempted to have a face-to-face conversation with the guy who is (temporarily) the PM of Canada may well have been disgusted by all the hypocrisy coming out of Ottawa about Trudeau's "take a knee" solidarity with the BLM movement, when all of Canada knows that their "inclusive" PM was once a happy Black-Face-camper when he was a young guy and didn't know better.

 

From Wokeville to Pukeville....enough to make any red-blooded Canadian angry beyond reason.

 

 

 

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2000kms is a long way, for me, anyway. Perhaps not for a Canadian. It does smack of some element of planning though. And it does seem that Manitoba is around northwest of Ottawa.

 

Having said that, I think he was lucky to have just been arrested....

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12 minutes ago, JCauto said:

No, you do however condone institutionalized racism and police brutality. And you're always happy to give a wink and a nod to the perpetrators of violence on the far Right, who by the way are the main sources of both domestic terrorism and in the setting off of the looting. And yes, you care much more about the property of wealthy people than the lives of the poor.

 

You're a close friend of Canuckamuck are you?  You seem to know an awful lot about his inner thought processes.

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