Quebec watchful, extends condolences after van attack in Toronto
'There are no additional measures that need to be taken for the moment,' public security minister says
Quebec officials are monitoring events in neighbouring Ontario, where 10 people are dead and 15 others injured after a van struck a number of pedestrians Monday in Toronto.
One suspect is in custody.
CBC News has confirmed that Alek Minassian, a 25-year-old Richmond Hill, Ont., man, is the alleged driver in the attack. His LinkedIn profile identifies him as a student at Seneca College.
Government officials briefed on the investigation so far say the suspect is not associated with any organized terrorist group and he does not represent a larger threat to national security.
Quebec's Public Security Minister Martin Coiteux said the province is "always vigilant" but there's no reason to believe it's under an elevated threat level.
"There are no additional measures that need to be taken for the moment, for the simple reason that the risk level has not been elevated by the federal government according to what they have at their disposal," he said.
"If that should change, we would advise and take the necessary measures."
Coiteux said he would follow the lead of Ottawa, where his federal counterpart, Public Safety Minister Ralph Goodale, said he has no evidence to suggest Canada's national threat level needs to be raised.
Coiteux offered his condolences on behalf of the province.
Mes pensées accompagnent les victimes et leurs proches. Nous exprimons toute notre solidarité envers la communauté de Toronto.—@CoiteuxMartin
Montreal Mayor Valérie Plante said her administration has been in contact with the City of Toronto.
"All our thoughts are with the families of the victims, the whole community in Toronto," she said.
"We offered our collaboration to Mayor [John] Tory if necessary, and on our side we're following the situation closely.
City councillor Aref Salem announced on Twitter Monday evening that the City of Montreal's flags will be put at half mast in solidarity with Toronto.
We are united when tragedy strikes. At this difficult moment, I offer our full support to my friends and colleagues in Toronto. Rest assured, Mayor <a href="https://twitter.com/JohnTory?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">@JohnTory</a>, that Montréal is there by your side when and if you need us. Be strong! We stand with you. We are one.—@Val_Plante