Ottawa

Arrest made in threats against MPP Lisa MacLeod

An Ottawa woman is facing charges of criminal harassment and uttering threats against Nepean MPP Lisa MacLeod, Ottawa police confirmed Thursday afternoon.

Suspect charged with criminal harassment, uttering threats

Lisa MacLeod, Ontario's Minister of Children, Community and Social Services, said she did not attend a rally on Thursday due to "credible threats" against her. (CBC)

An Ottawa woman is facing charges of criminal harassment and uttering threats against Nepean MPP Lisa MacLeod, Ottawa police confirmed Thursday afternoon.

On Wednesday, MacLeod said she decided against attending a rally at Queen's Park about changes to autism funding because she had received "credible threats" against her.

Minister for Children, Community and Social Services Lisa MacLeod will not attend a rally about changes to autism funding on Thursday for safety reasons, she said. 0:39

Ottawa police have arrested the 41-year-old woman in relation to that complaint.

She has been charged with:

  • Criminal harassment, alleged to have occurred between Feb. 8 and March 1, that caused MacLeod "to reasonably fear for her safety," according to court documents.
  • Uttering a threat to cause bodily harm, allegedly by email, on Feb. 26.
  • Uttering a threat to cause bodily harm, allegedly by email, on March 1.
  • Uttering a threat to cause death, allegedly via a telephone message between Feb. 8 and March 4.