Statement from Minister Goodale Following National Security Threat


OTTAWA, August 10, 2016 - Today, the Honourable Ralph Goodale, Minister of Public Safety and Emergency Preparedness, made the following statement:

“With respect to the police and security actions taken in Canada today, I have discussed the situation with the Prime Minister to confirm that public safety has been and continues to be properly protected.

There is no greater responsibility of the Government than to keep its citizens safe. Earlier today, the RCMP received credible information regarding a potential terrorist threat and took action to ensure public safety.

The Government of Canada monitors all potential threats and has robust measures in place to address them. However, Canadians should always remain alert to the danger of terrorism and report any suspicious activity to the National Security Tip Line (1-800-420-5805) or by contacting their local police.

Any comments on operational details will be made at the appropriate time by the RCMP.

Canadians can be confident that whenever credible information is obtained about a potential terrorist threat, the RCMP, CSIS and other police and security agencies take the appropriate steps to ensure the safety of this country and its citizens. These agencies conducted themselves effectively in the circumstances that developed today.

Taking all relevant information into account, the National Terrorism Threat Level for Canada remains at "medium" where it has stood since the fall of 2014.”

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Scott Bardsley
Office of the Minister of Public Safety and Emergency Preparedness

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