Another Sask. man charged with threatening PM Trudeau on social media
Prime Minister Justin Trudeau stands in the House of Commons during Question Period on Parliament in Ottawa, May 8, 2017. (Fred Chartrand / THE CANADIAN PRESS)
Another Saskatchewan man has been charged with uttering threats against Prime Minister Justin Trudeau on social media.
RCMP say an investigation was launched after Mounties in New Brunswick notified the force’s National Security Enforcement Section in March about alleged threats made by a man against the prime minister on social media.
A 34-year-old man was arrested without incident during a traffic stop near Borden, Sask. on Wednesday evening. Investigators seized several electronic items from a home in the community.
On Thursday, Derek Hurrell of Borden, Sask. appeared in Saskatoon Provincial Court on a charge of uttering threats.
It’s the second time a Saskatchewan resident has been charged with threatening Trudeau on social media in the past 10 months.
In February, Christopher Hayes of Grayson, Sask. was found guilty of uttering threats against the prime minister after saying Trudeau should be shot in Facebook posts. Hayes was fined $500 and given nine months of probation, which included a ban on attending events with Trudeau.
“It’s important for the public to know that criminal charges may be laid if evidence is obtained to support them,” RCMP Supt. Rob Cameron said in a news release.
“We do not take these investigations lightly, no matter who the victim is.”
Mounties say there was no direct contact between Hurrell and the prime minister, and the investigation is ongoing.