Track­ing P.E.I.’s MLAs

Po­lice re­quest MLAs’ Canada Day plans in light of Ot­tawa ter­ror­ist at­tacks

The Guardian (Charlottetown) - - FRONT PAGE - BY TERESA WRIGHT THE GUARDIAN twright@the­guardian.pe.ca Twit­ter.com/GuardianTeresa

Cit­ing con­cerns over re­cent ter­ror­ist at­tacks in Canada and abroad, po­lice and public safety of­fi­cials in Prince Ed­ward Is­land took spe­cial pre­cau­tions to mon­i­tor the safety of the province’s 27 MLAs and their fam­i­lies on Canada Day this week.

On June 30, an email was sent to all mem­bers of the P.E.I. leg­isla­tive assem­bly from the pro­vin­cial of­fice of public safety, no­ti­fy­ing them that po­lice agen­cies wanted to know the Canada Day cel­e­bra­tion plans for all MLAs and their fam­i­lies.

The email stated this was the re­sult of the na­tional se­cu­rity threat as­sess­ment sur­round­ing July 1st and July 4th cel­e­bra­tions.

“It is noted that no spe­cific se­cu­rity threat is iden­ti­fied in Canada or P.E.I. and no spe­cific tar­get is iden­ti­fied around these dates,” di­rec­tor of public safety Aaron Camp­bell wrote in the June 30 email.

“That be­ing stated, there re­mains ad­vice from the RCMP and se­cu­rity or­ga­ni­za­tions that, due to the terror at­tacks of re­cent months in Canada and in­ter­na­tion­ally, uni­formed mem­bers and of­fi­cials ex­er­cise dili­gence re­gard­ing per­sonal safety and se­cu­rity.”

MLAs were asked to re­lay in­for­ma­tion about their Canada Day plans to the public safety of­fice, which was then for­warded to the RCMP.

“Po­lice agen­cies will be in at­ten­dance or mak­ing pa­trols at var­i­ous cel­e­bra­tions across P.E.I. and in­for­ma­tion re­gard­ing elected of­fi­cials par­tic­i­pa­tion will be help­ful for their plan­ning pur­poses,” Camp­bell wrote.

RCMP Sgt. Leanne But­ler says this was merely a safety pre­cau­tion and stressed there was no di­rect threat to MLAs or their fam­i­lies in P.E.I.

“It’s a new mea­sure be­cause of what hap­pened in Ot­tawa last year, with no spe­cific threat,” she said, ref­er­enc­ing the Par­lia­ment Hill shoot­ings last Oc­to­ber.

“It was a sit­u­a­tional aware­ness and just a pre­ven­ta­tive mea­sure for Canada Day cel­e­bra­tions across Canada.”

She added no di­rect se­cu­rity was pro­vided to the MLAs, po­lice were sim­ply made aware of where they would be through­out the day.

HEATHER TAWEEL/ THE GUARDIAN

Premier Wade MacLauch­lan walks past the se­cu­rity desk in the P.E.I. leg­is­la­ture Fri­day. In­creased se­cu­rity aware­ness was im­ple­mented to pro­tect all P.E.I. MLAs on Canada Day.

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