New Details Suggest Man Accused in Rideau Hall Attack Wanted to Harm PM

July 7, 2020 Updated: July 7, 2020

New details are emerging about the attack on Rideau Hall last week, suggesting the intruder may have been attempting to harm Prime Minister Justin Trudeau

Court documents released July 6 outline the allegations against Corey Barclay Hurren, who was arrested on July 2 and charged with 22 offences after he crashed his truck through the gates of Rideau Hall. 

Hurren, who was allegedly armed with two shotguns, a rifle, and a revolver, has been charged with uttering threats against Trudeau. The court documents don’t specify how the threat was communicated, but some media reports say a note was found in his truck.

Hurren “did knowingly utter a threat to Prime Minister Justin Trudeau or convey a threat to Prime Minister Justin Trudeau or cause Prime Minister Justin Trudeau to receive a threat to cause death or bodily harm to Prime Minister Justin Trudeau,” the charge sheet states, according to media reports.

The other 21 charges all relate to Hurren’s firearms and ammunition.

Trudeau was not at home when the incident occurred on the morning of July 2. He and his family live in a house on the grounds of Rideau Hall, which sits on an 88-acre wooded estate.

Police said Hurren, 46, had driven 2,000 km from his home province of Manitoba to Ottawa. His truck broke down after he hit the gates and he was later arrested without incident. RCMP officers spoke with Hurren for about 90 minutes during the low-key armed standoff.

Hurren, who is an active-duty reservist with the Canadian Rangers, is next due in court on July 17.

Last year, in an unrelated incident, Trudeau donned a bulletproof vest for an election campaign rally in October after officials detected an unnamed security threat.