The federal government is considering whether to extend security protections to cabinet ministers as a growing number of them express concern for their safety and that of their families.
Public Safety Minister Marco Mendicino would not discuss the idea on Wednesday but said the “threat context” for MPs and staff was worrying.
A senior government source confirmed that a request for funding has been sent to Finance Minister Chrystia Freeland to help the RCMP arrange additional officers for the VIP security service.
There are security details specific to the Governor-General and the prime minister, but other cabinet ministers are protected only on specific occasions or when addressing specific concerns.
Mendicino’s letter of authorization from Prime Minister Justin Trudeau in 2021 guides his efforts to increase security for both ministers and MPs.
Family Minister Karina Gould says she has needed protection from the RCMP several times and the threats are much worse now than when she was first elected eight years ago.
This report by The Canadian Press was first published on May 31, 2023.