As the Canadian federal election draws closer, candidates are doing everything they can to reach potential voters. On October 12, Justin Trudeau was in Mississauga for a rally. However, after a security threat, the Prime Minister was surrounded by a heavy guard detail, and was even sporting a bulletproof vest.

The rally, which took place in front of about 2000 people, experienced a 90-minute delay due to the potential security threat. When Trudeau took the stage, he was closely surrounded by armed security guards. His wife, Sophie Grégoire Trudeau, was set to introduce him but did not end up appearing at the event.

It was confirmed to CBC News by Liberal Party sources that Trudeau was also wearing a bulletproof vest under his shirt and suit jacket.

Threats of violence have been an ongoing concern during the election. According to CBC, the RCMP has been compiling daily threat reports by examining online hate toward any of the federal Party Leaders.

Conservative Leader Andrew Scheer denounced the threats toward the Prime Minister, writing on Twitter, "Very upsetting to hear that Justin Trudeau had to wear a bulletproof vest tonight at a campaign event. Threats of violence against political leaders have absolutely no place in our democracy. Thank you to the RCMP for taking these threats seriously and keeping us safe."

NDP Leader Jagmeet Singh also denounced the threats made against Trudeau on Twitter, writing, "Any threat made against
@JustinTrudeau, or any leader, is troubling to all of us. No matter how you vote or believe, no one should face threats of violence. To the officers who protect all of us – thank you."

Both leaders also took the opportunity to thank the RCMP for their service and protection.

This is not the first time Justin Trudeau has faced a potential security threat. During the Montreal climate strike, a protester was apprehended before potentially throwing eggs at the Prime Minister.

Trudeau was at the rally mainly to try and swing potential NDP voters to the Liberal Party. "If you want progressive action, you need a progressive government, not a progressive opposition," Trudeau said at the event, according to CTV News.

The Canadian federal election will take place on October 21, with early voting still taking place on October 13 and 14.

Narcity has reached out to the Liberals for comment, and we will update this story should we receive relevant information.


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