Justin Trudeau wears bulletproof vest on election campaign trail after security threat

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Police wearing backpacks surrounded Mr Trudeau on stage for the first time since the start of a six-week election campaign. The scenes were almost unprecedented in recent Canadian political history, which has been overwhelmingly peaceful. The Canadian Broadcasting Corporation (CBC) cited unnamed sources inside Mr Trudeau’s Liberal Party as saying he donned the bulletproof vest after the campaign received a threat. The Canadian Prime Minister’s close associates remained cagey on the subject, with spokeswoman from the Liberal Party - Zita Astravas - declining to comment on Trudeau’s security arrangements.

Mr Trudeau, who arrived 90 minutes late for the event, addressed the rally without incident.

However, his wife Sophie, who had been due to introduce the Prime Minister to the stage, failed to make an appearance, presumably as a safety precaution.

The Liberal Party leader often embraces crowds personally to shake hands and pose for photos, and even did so yesterday as he was leaving the event, but he was closely surrounded by security, a Reuters photographer said.

Unlike the US, where four presidents have been assassinated since 1865, there is almost no history of serious political violence in Canada.

The one exception came in 1970, when a radical group seeking independence for Quebec kidnapped the Canadian province’s deputy premier and later killed him.

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Mr Trudeau will go ahead with plans to campaign in the Ontario city of York north of Toronto on Sunday, said a Liberal official who declined to be named given the sensitivity of the situation.

Polls show the Liberals are tied with the official opposition Conservatives of Andrew Scheer, who on Sunday said that if he won on October 21, he would quickly move to end what he called government subsidies to rich corporations.

This week also saw Mr Trudeau come under scrutiny for his policy on China.

Leader of the left-wing New Democratic Party Jagmeet Singh condemned Mr Trudeau’s China policy during the final debate before polls open on October 21.

He said: “On the question of relations with China we have to be strong, we have to show we defend human rights. “With Mr Trudeau he swings to the left during the campaigns and says a lot of nice things, then once he is in office he swings back to the right.”

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The central theme of the discussion was the Chinese detainment of former Canadian diplomat Michael Kovrig and businessman Michael Spavor on December 10.

The imprisonment seemed to be an attempt by Beijing to pressure Canada to release the daughter of the founder of tech giant Huawei.

Conservative Party leader Mr Scheer also highlighted his opponent’s involvement in the SNC Lavalin scandal, with Mr Trudeau being found to have improperly influenced then Minister of Justice and Attorney General to intervene in an ongoing criminal case against Quebec-based construction company SNC Lavalin.

Mr Scheer said: “The government’s excuse of not wanting to step in to the Huawei affair is that the government cannot have a say in a criminal investigation.

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“However, for the SNC Lavalin case Trudeau tried to butt in, Trudeau said one thing and then did something completely different.”

Having been neck and neck for much of the campaigning, Mr Trudeau’s Liberal Party are currently projected to be edged out by near rivals the Conservative Party with a majority government for either side unlikely, according to CBC News polls.

That is partly thanks to the emergence of images from 2001 where the Prime Minister, then a teacher, was wearing ‘brown face’ as part of a fancy dress costume.

He apologised for the act admitting that it was racist.

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