Ontario Heritage Sport, Tourism and Culture Industries Minister Lisa MacLeod is once again under police protection after receiving threatening e-mails and a mischievous incident to her personal vehicle.
“Minister MacLeod thanks the OPP, the Ottawa police and the broader public for their concern over her safety and security,” spokesperson Derek Rowland wrote in a statement Thursday afternoon.
The statement went on to say following an interview on a local Ottawa radio station regarding the harassment faced by female politicians, “I can confirm that Minister MacLeod is once again receiving police protection.”
During the interview on 580 CFRA, MacLeod condemned an offensive and misogynistic video posted to social media targeting MP Catherine McKenna.
Earlier this week, a police investigation was launched after someone yelled obscenities at a member of McKenna’s staff. Footage of the incident was posted on social media.
After being told the constituency office in downtown Ottawa was closed due to COVID-19, the individual could be heard yelling expletives and insults at the employee about McKenna and Prime Minister Justin Trudeau.
McKenna tweeted Thursday a statement in solitary with Macleod after learning of the threats against the MPP, saying she is “standing with @MacLeodLisa and politicians across party lines who face this.
“We need better measures to stop the threats and abuse. From more security to holding social media platforms responsible for spreading hate and lies.”
Ontario NDP Leader Andrea Horwath also released a statement on Thursday.
“The recent string of attacks and harassing behaviour against Minister Catherine McKenna, Minister Lisa MacLeod and Ottawa Deputy Mayor Laura Dudas is a disturbing reminder that woman leaders in every sector are still subjected far too often to violent, abusive behaviour,” she wrote.
Dudas, an Ottawa city councillor, was asleep with her children last week when someone tossed a rock through her window. Her vehicle was also damaged and broken into.