Ex-Justin Trudeau security guard may have leaked PM's schedule
The individual unidentified resigned from the RCMP in connection with the vaccination campaign, according to a police report.
Prime Minister Justin Trudeau surrounded by his close guard. (Archives)
A former member of Justin Trudeau's security team may have leaked the Prime Minister's schedule, according to an intelligence document filed with Ottawa before the Commission of Inquiry into the State of Emergency set up last winter by the federal government.
A person of interest profile prepared by the Ontario Provincial Police (OPP) quoting the Royal Canadian Mounted Police (RCMP) indicates that a former federal police officer is suspected of x27;leaking the Prime Minister's schedule a few months ago.
The document in question, dated January 30, 2022, indicates that the individual – whose name has been redacted – resigned from the RCMP in 2021 following the introduction of a vaccination policy. mandatory within the federal police by the government. This requirement came into effect on October 6, 2021.
The document – again quoting the RCMP – indicates that the individual was also a sniper and a police officer. information. The document does not specify who received the leaked information.
[The individual] has been very outspoken on social media to say he believes vaccination requirements violate the Canadian Constitution, the document reads.
The Emergency Commission of Inquiry is holding its hearings in Ottawa. She looks at the federal government's decision to invoke the Emergencies Act to end a protest against health measures that paralyzed downtown Ottawa for weeks, last winter.
The profile says the former RCMP officer is part of the group Mounties For Freedom, comprising former and current members of the Federal Police who oppose public health measures in connection to the COVID-19 pandemic.
Although the person is not named, his redacted photo is taken from an interview on the YouTube platform of Daniel Bulford, a former agent of the RCMP whose professional history and activities after employment with the RCMP correspond to the profile.
In this interview, published on November 9, 2021, Mr. Bulford told Julie Ponesse, a former philosophy professor, that he was disenchanted with protective services and that Justin Trudeau's policies contributed to his disillusionment.
I believe what made the difference was who was in power,” Mr. Bulford said in the video. No because I don't care about his safety. It's just that I knew my heart wasn't really in it anymore and that I was lying to myself if I remained in this position.
Mr. Bulford said he had been on leave since around the time the vaccination requirement came into effect, but added that he was still technically an RCMP employee.
The person of interest profile indicates that the RCMP officer who leaked the prime minister's schedule was the self-appointed head of the Freedom convoy command post 2022.
Mr. Bulford did not respond to a CBC News request for comment. He told The Globe and Mail daily last week that he had never revealed any sensitive information or material that would be protected by the Privacy Act. information.
The Prime Minister's Protective Platoon (PMPP), a unit of the RCMP, is responsible for protecting prime ministers and their families around the clock, 7 days a week.
The RCMP did not respond to questions from CBC regarding why it suspects a former officer leaked the schedule or the alleged date of the leak and who was involved. who this information would have been transmitted.
Mr. Trudeau adopted a number of important security measures during his tenure as prime minister. He notably canceled a rally and wore a bulletproof vest.
The prime minister also had rocks thrown at him as he rode a bus in London, Ont., last year during the federal election campaign. Police have charged Saint Thomas, Ontario native Shane Marshall with assault with a deadly weapon following the assault.
Mr. Bulford is expected to testify at the State of Emergency Inquiry Commission.
During the last election campaign, demonstrators waited for Justin Trudeau's caravan in several places.
Wesley Wark, a research fellow at the Center for International Governance Innovation and a security and intelligence expert, finds the alleged leak troubling.
The Prime Minister must have confidence in the RCMP's police protection unit to not only protect him, but also to keep information about his whereabouts secure, Mr. Wark told CBC News.
Leakage of such sensitive information could also tarnish Canada's security reputation with other countries, he added.
“States are rightly concerned about the reputation they may have for protection of secrets, be they the secrets of the intelligence services or those relating, for example, to their ability to protect well-known personalities.
—Wesley Wark, Research Fellow at the Center for International Governance Innovation and Security and Intelligence Specialist
For a country like Canada that prides itself on its international engagement and the various roles it plays within the international community, it must be able to welcome, and of course protect against any threat, heads of state, for example, or key ministers who may be visiting Ottawa or elsewhere in Canada.
Pierre-Yves Bourduas, a former assistant deputy commissioner at the RCMP, said the profile does not indicate that more than one person may have been involved in the leak of sensitive information. He added that the profile cites only one potential leak that allegedly happened months before the profile was written.
There does not appear to be any; recent information from the Prime Minister's Security Service, Bourduas said.
According to the expert, it should also be noted that the profile describes the individual as seemingly cooperative and open, with peaceful intentions.
But according to the former assistant deputy commissioner, a leak of sensitive information would still be alarming and potentially damaging to the officers tasked with protecting the Prime Minister.
We should really dig deeper and try to determine the source of this leak, said Bourduas.
< p class="e-p">Based on a report by Richard Raycraft, CBC News