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Kitchener, Ont., man pleads guilty to threatening prime minister at 2021 campaign stop

A Kitchener, Ont., man has pleaded guilty to threatening Prime Minister Justin Trudeau during a campaign stop in nearby Cambridge last summer, court documents confirm.

Incident happened at a federal election campaign stop in Cambridge, Ont., last Aug. 29

Protesters scream as police secure the property while Liberal Leader Justin Trudeau gets ready to announce green incentives towards climate change at a stop during the federal election campaign in Cambridge, Ont., on Aug. 29, 2021. (Nathan Denette/The Canadian Press)

A Kitchener, Ont., man has pleaded guilty to threatening Prime Minister Justin Trudeau during a campaign stop in nearby Cambridge last summer.

An assistant crown attorney with the Waterloo Region Crown Attorney's Office confirmed Thomas Dyer was charged with uttering threat to cause death and uttering threat to cause bodily harm.

Last week, Dyer pleaded guilty to the threatening death charge, court documents confirm.

On Aug. 29, 2021, Trudeau visited a business in Cambridge to make a speech. Police at the time said he was forced to delay his appearance due to a protest, which involved up to 200 people.

During the protest, people shouted obscenities and uttered death threats against Trudeau. They also hurled racist and misogynist insults at people of colour and women in the Liberal leader's protective detail.

On Sept. 10, 2021, Waterloo regional police said a 32-year-old Kitchener man was arrested and charged with two counts of uttering threats.

Court documents show a similar rally was previously held in Barrie, where it is believed that Dyer attended.

Investigation details 

Following the August incident, local police initially said no one was arrested or charged. However, an investigation was launched soon after based on information from the RCMP, witnesses and a video posted to social media.

Court documents show Dyer was identified in media reports and a video posted online during the Aug. 29 campaign stop. A Liberal Party staff member also captured video. Footage shows Dyer holding a poster depicting a hangman leading the prime minister to a noose.

During the video, Dyer "expresses violent, anti-government thoughts," court documents said.

Court documents said that following his arrest in September, Dyer admitted to attending the rally and reiterated his political positions. 

Dyer has been released on his own undertaking and is set to be sentenced on Oct. 20, 2022. 

The assistant crown attorney confirmed his second charge will be withdrawn following sentencing.

Dyer's legal representative did not respond to a request for comment in time of publication.

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