Rideau Hall attacker granted day parole

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Rideau Hall attacker granted day parole

Manitoban Corey Hurren drove into a gate at Rideau Hall in Ottawa in July 2020 to denounce political decisions by Justin Trudeau.

The former Canadian Forces reservist Canadian Armed Forces who smashed through the gates of Rideau Hall in Ottawa in July 2020 to confront Prime Minister Justin Trudeau was granted day parole.

In March 2021, Manitoban Corey Hurren was sentenced to six years in prison, less a year in custody, after crashing through the gate of the pedestrian entrance with his truck.

He wanted to arrest Mr Trudeau, who lives at Rideau Cottage on the grounds of Rideau Hall. The Canadian Prime Minister and his family were not at Rideau Cottage at the time. Then-Governor General Julie Payette was also not at the scene on July 2, 2020.

Corey Hurren pleaded guilty to seven charges related to the weapons, including possession of firearms for a purpose dangerous to the public peace. He also pleaded guilty to mischief for willfully causing $100,000 in damage to the gate of Rideau Hall.

The damaged gate of an entrance leading to the grounds of Rideau Hall, July 2, 2020. (archives)

< p class="e-p">Global News first reported that Corey Hurren was granted this parole.

The Parole Board of Canada denied full parole. However, it grants Corey Hurren six months of day parole, which would allow him to be released earlier.

This kind of parole requires him to report to a community residence or halfway house each night.

Corey Hurren is also required to undergo psychotherapy and must take the medications prescribed for him.

The Board wrote that he does not pose an undue risk to society if granted day parole.

His Aboriginal background (M Hurren identifies as Métis) were considered in the decision.

Intergenerational effects and other systemic factors negatively impacted peoples natives and may be linked to Hurren's criminal behavior, the parole report states.

During his plea, Corey Hurren told the court that he had lost his business during the pandemic and was not eligible for the emergency benefit. He mentioned feeling betrayed by his government and angry.

Under the terms of his sentence, Corey Hurren is banned for life from owning firearms , ammunition or explosive substances.

With information from Darren Major

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