Kitchener, Ont., man charged after Justin Trudeau threatened during campaign stop

A 32-year-old man from Kitchener, Ont., is facing charges for uttering threats against Liberal Leader Justin Trudeau during a campaign stop in Cambridge, Ont., last month.

Investigation tied to video posted on social media, police say

Liberal Leader Justin Trudeau announces green incentives toward climate change at a campaign stop during the federal election campaign in Cambridge, Ont., on Aug. 29. The Waterloo Regional Police Service confirmed Friday a man had been charged for threatening Trudeau during the campaign stop. (Nathan Denette/The Canadian Press)

A 32-year-old man from Kitchener, Ont., is facing charges for threatening Liberal Leader Justin Trudeau during a campaign stop in Cambridge, Ont., last month.

Trudeau was forced to delay his appearance Aug. 29 due to the protest, which involved between 150 and 200 people, according to estimates from the Waterloo Regional Police Service.

People at the protest shouted obscenities and uttered death threats against Trudeau, and hurled racist and misogynist insults at people of colour and women in his protective detail.

Police had previously said no one was arrested or charged in connection with the event.

But two days after the protest, police said they launched an investigation into alleged threats, based on information from the RCMP, witnesses and video posted to social media.

"The alleged threats were verbal and they relate to a live video that was posted on social media that described harm and/or death toward the prime minister," said police spokesperson Cherri Greeno.

On Friday, police said the Kitchener man had been arrested and charged with two counts of uttering threats.

He is due in court later this month.