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Wernick’s warning of political violence reflects increasing polarization, say politicos, experts

By Samantha Wright Allen      

There’s been a normalization of hateful language online, says terrorism expert Jessica Davis, who noted a ‘Trudeau effect’ in the extreme animosity voiced by some online.

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau was allegedly the subject of threats by Corey Hurren, who is facing 22 charges for breaking through the gates of Rideau Hall while armed. The Hill Times photograph by Andrew Meade

In the wake of an armed man crashing his truck through Rideau Hall gates and threatening Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, some are recalling the stark warning of political violence more than a year before from then-Privy Council Clerk Michael Wernick. And while the timing of the former top public servant raising his concerns in the midst of a scandal still seems oddly chosen to some political watchers and security experts, they say the sentiment was true then and rings truer now.

Samantha Wright Allen

Samantha Wright Allen is a reporter for The Hill Times.
- swallen@hilltimes.com


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