Justin Trudeau's Ottawa home broken into with family asleep inside
'We're extremely troubled by this,' Liberal leader says about break-in
Ottawa police and the RCMP are investigating after vandals broke into the home of Liberal Party leader Justin Trudeau.
Trudeau confirmed on Saturday his home in Ottawa’s Rockcliffe neighbourhood was broken into overnight while his wife, Sophie Grégoire-Trudeau, and their three young children — Xavier James, Ella-Grace and Hadrien — were asleep inside.
Trudeau was in Winnipeg before travelling to Montreal on Saturday for the city’s gay pride festivities. He told media his family was shaken by the break-in.
They travelled on Saturday to join him in Montreal because they were afraid to be at home on Saturday night, he added.
"While my family was sleeping somebody broke into our house while I was away in Winnipeg. Obviously we're extremely troubled by this," he said on Saturday.
We are a little bit rattled, but we are hoping that investigation and security will keep us safe.—Justin Trudeau
"Everybody's safe, but the idea of someone getting into the house while my family was sleeping, while I'm away working is very distressing, to say the least."
Nobody was hurt in the incident.
Media reports also state nothing was stolen from the home.
On Saturday, RCMP and a locksmith were also seen parked at Trudeau's home.
Prime Minister Stephen Harper's office issued a statement about the break-in on Saturday.
"This is obviously concerning news," wrote Jason MacDonald, the prime minister's director of communications. "People expect and should feel safe in their homes. We're glad to hear that everyone is safe and that the police are investigating."
According to the RCMP, it is "mandated at all times, during both private and official functions, for the personal protection of the governor general of Canada, the prime minister, their families and residences."
The RCMP say they are "responsible for the safety" of Supreme Court and federal court judges, as well as federal cabinet ministers. Its Protective Policing unit also provides security for Parliament Hill, Rideau Hall and the Supreme Court of Canada.
However, its website does not mention mandated protection for any additional politicians.