Justice Minister Rob Nicholson Adds Personal Security

Canada’s Justice Minister Rob Nicholson says he hopes the beefed-up security presence following him lately is a “short-term” measure, but the Niagara Falls MP wouldn’t say much else about why he has a police escort tailing him.

“We’re always concerned about issues of security,” Nicholson said Monday, when asked about what appeared to be a plainclothes police officer travelling with him to a funding announcement in Niagara Falls.

A woman in a black suit and wearing dark sunglasses was with Nicholson when he arrived at the Bridge St. train station Monday to announce Ottawa will contribute $700,000 toward upgraded GO Train platforms.
The woman did not appear to be part of the minister’s office staff. She didn’t interact with others at the event and she stayed close to the Conservative cabinet minister.

Last week, a man also wearing a dark suit and wearing sunglasses accompanied Nicholson to Fort Erie for the re-enactment of a 19th-century military battle.

“When all this is over, I’ll talk to you more about it,” Nicholson said, though he wouldn’t expand on what he meant by “all this.”

He wouldn’t say if the security was added as part of the lead-up to the G8 and G20 summits in Huntsville and Toronto later this week or due to some other issue.

In June, Nicholson’s St. Paul Ave. office was targeted for protests by marijuana activists angry over the federal government’s extradition of Vancouver activist Marc Emery to face drug charges in the United States, where he is accused of selling marijuana seeds to Americans over the Internet.

As justice minister, Nicholson’s signature is required on any Canadian extradition order.

Two men were charged at a June 10 protest — one with assault against a police officer and the other with obstruction of justice — following a confrontation with Niagara Regional Police officers outside Nicholson’s office. Those charges have not yet been dealt with in court.

A June 17 article on Cannabis Culture’s website said Mounties visited a 22-year-old Stoney Creek man earlier this month after a call was made to Nicholson’s home from the man’s home.

“They told me that the minister’s house has been receiving hundreds if not thousands of calls, from Vancouver to Halifax and everywhere in between, and apparently some of them were threatening,” Steve Shakeshaft of Stoney Creek was quoted as saying by the magazine.

Tight security around some Conservative cabinet ministers is normal, but it’s out of character for Nicholson.

When Prime Minister Stephen Harper was in Niagara Falls in May to break ground on the expansion of a local museum, security was noticeably tight, even for a visit by the prime minister.

After Harper and Nicholson spoke at a formal announcement at a Fallsview Blvd. hotel, there were marijuana activists protesting on the street.

“We will not be ignored,” they shouted from the sidewalk.

– Article from The Tribune.

Comments

18 Comments

  1. Anonymous on

    Harper and Tricky Nich are paranoid enough to build five billion dollars worth of prisons. I don’t think that’s the proper sort of Canada that anyone had in mind. It’s very un-Canadian. The influence isn’t Canadian.

  2. Anonymous on

    and we’re just getting started…

  3. Brian on

    I mean really. How much do you get paid to be a shill? Its kind of a thankless job…..nobody takes you seriously, everyone hates you and you have to lie all the time. Why did you choose this profession?

  4. Anonymous on

    “…How is Marc supposed to control what Jodie, a free Canadian citizen, chooses to record? …”
    IIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIII

    Marc specifically _asked Jodie to tape record his jailhouse flashes of oral wonderfullness…He asked her to, she complied and she did it/ Thats the problem right there- deliberate action to break Hail security ..and here is Jodie leadinfg squads of stoner goofs into a series of annoying trespass protests in public servant offices across the Canada that lead to arrest. That adds up to triuble

    Marc is a Canadian citizen, but where he is now that adds up to
    ” incarcerated alien “- he has no tights as a confessed international drug criminal prisoner, including the right to privacy= that’s why the toilets in jail are in full view of everybody on prisonplanet.. as a extradited prisoner Marc has no more freedom of movement= no more freeedom of choice = no more freedom of expression/speech = no more freedom of association.

    Thats what anybody gets when they willingly broke the law and got caught, especially repeat offenders.
    You might want to ask yourself why is it we never hear of Mrs Martin Luther king, Mrs Nelson mMndella or Mts Ghando being a pest and making her old mans time in stirr even worse.. Those women were pillars of strength,, we never saw them cry and complain on cue.

    Jodie might be free to mess up , but Marc is no longer free. He already messed up

  5. V420 on

    AMEN!

  6. Anonymous on

    thats funny. and true.

  7. Dave on

    That’s what the Harperites are all about; their contributors are private security, private prisons, arms dealers and lets not forget the police. Why don’t they release a full list of their contributors? Probably because it would reveal their agenda! Do you think, without Zacardeli’s comments and actions, Harper would have won anything? And they’ve kept Canadian fearful, of one thing or another, ever since! Can’t other Canadians see they’re just slimy worms?

  8. Anonymous on

    What about all those prisoner interviews we see on shows like 60 Minutes where they go right into the prison and do a sit down on camera interview with a convicted murderer? They didn’t seem to have a problem with that, but now Marc can’t even do a phone interview with his own wife? Welcome to Russia!

  9. Anonymous on

    The law is that anybody can record any phone conversation with anyone, as long as the person doing the recording is one of the two people on the phone. How is Marc supposed to control what Jodie, a free Canadian citizen, chooses to record? Now if Marc himself was recording the conversation from inside prison then I could see why they might have grounds to object. As it is, they just made up a new rule on the spot and punished Marc for it before they even told anyone about it. There is nothing at all proper about that. They just flat out segregated an inmate because they felt like being cruel.

    Protesters tried the letter sending route for a very long time and they were simply ignored. What do you suggest they do, just accept the fact that the government screwed a Canadian citizen over because they didn’t like the message he publicized about their laws being stupid?

  10. G McIntyre on

    I also believe in peacful protests, we are not terrorists! And no one should have to live in fear.
    Are power is in numbers, getting heard and by our right to vote.

  11. Anonymous on

    The head of the secret service and his closest aides were blown to bits in an explosion in Greece on June 24 yesterday. People could be nervous for many reasons.

  12. CanadaIsaPrison on

    Thanks for the Canadian Law Enforcement opinion. Not only has the Justice Minister hired a bunch of bodyguards, but he has also hired a bunch of Internet Trolls.

    http://www.propagandamatrix.com/articles/may2010/052410_troll_forums.htm

    And if your’re not paid – you should demand a cheque from the government! You seem to know a lot about our movement, but intentionally confuse the details and inject pure lies to try and disrupt and fracture.

    Nice technique trying to plot Vancouver activists vs. Toronto activists, but it won’t work. HASH MOB, who has been at every single protest in Ontario, is from Ontario – and all of the protestors are very peaceful.

    This movement is so NOT ANGRY, but those who are against it and Troll on CC have an violent tone and purpose. We know you are a cop, so you are wasting your time. You only make us sharpen our ideas and arguments – so please keep it up – we love seeing the moronic opinions of the knuckle-dragging neanderthals who staff the majority of positions in law enforcement and corrections in this country (and all countries). Thanks Troll!

  13. MOTFA on

    poor robbie has to have security because he is a ignorant douchebag.
    poor baby.

    it just means we win! ha ha ha

  14. Anonymous on

    Big mouth crybaby Jacob got cuffed and hauled away. Mission accomplished.

  15. Anonymous on

    You are so wrong!!! Why don’t you watch the you tube video and then you would see for yourself that they were just trying to get into the office which is public space paid for by taxpayers and is their right to be there. The staff locked the doors, the cops showed up. Then the officer proceeded to tell Jacob Hunter that his camera was a weapon, which is ridiculous. The officer then grabs his camera and throws it and pushes him and then arrests him and claims that Jacob assaulted him. It’s all on video of the cop assaulting him, and the cop is going to get torn apart in court by Jacobs lawyer.

  16. The BallyHoo on

    Actually asswipe, the protests @ the offices were all peaceful. The guy who was charged with assaulting a pig was actually assaulted BY THE PIG. Why not do some research before you post crap? Also, the justice minister received phone-calls, but only a few were threatening.

    I always find it amazing that someone would post their opinions, when they haven’t a clue as to what their opinions really are!!!!!!!!!!

    You are an idiot. Plain & Simple.

  17. Anonymous on

    What ever happened to the peaceful part of protesting?
    Call it what you want but invading the offices
    of the Federal Justice Minister to protest Marc Emery in a US prison
    got people busted. The RCMP noted that there were hundreds, maybe thousands of threatening calls to the Justice ministers offices. We all know they were egged on by the Cannabis Culture staff. That sort of orchestrated pushy action adds up to a deliberate attempt to disrupt everybody elses right to Peace.
    Pot people are now just another flavor of hostile demonstrators, ready to explode. The angry militant part of marijuana law reform has become dangerous, ineffective & greatly unwelcomed. Instead of convincing the Justice Minister to freeing Marc Emery-all that happened was pot protesters were arrested, expensive special security for the Justice Minister necessary. Jodie breaking prison rules tape recording marcs phone calls to share with the pot strike forces got him put into solitary confinement. All this bad form direct action by his stoned followers is going to cost Marc even lore of his liberty when he gets sentenced, and just make it easier to pass laws crushing cannabis culture

    Nobody but hard core stoners cares about the Prince of Pot anymore. Why? because his angry irrational front line supporters are a hair away from erupting into revolution. The Pot freedom movement is now just the antics of weirdo cartoon pot puffing villans creating more bad vibes and generating more bad news.

    Sorry to be hard, bWhat ever happened to the peaceful part of protesting?
    Call it what you want but invading the offices
    of the Federal Justice Minister to protest Marc Emery in a US prison
    got people busted. The RCMP noted that there were hundreds, maybe thousands of threatening calls to the Justice ministers offices. We all know they were egged on by the Cannabis Culture staff. That sort of orchestrated pushy action adds up to a deliberate attempt to disrupt everybody elses right to Peace.
    Pot people are now just another flavor of hostile demonstrators, ready to explode. The angry militant part of marijuana law reform has become dangerous, ineffective & greatly unwelcomed. Instead of convincing the Justice Minister to freeing Marc Emery-all that happened was pot protesters were arrested, expensive special security for the Justice Minister necessary. Jodie breaking prison rules tape recording marcs phone calls to share with the pot strike forces got him put into solitary confinement. All this bad form direct action by his stoned followers is going to cost Marc even lore of his liberty when he gets sentenced, and just make it easier to pass laws crushing cannabis culture

    Nobody but hard core stoners cares about the Prince of Pot anymore. Why? because his angry irrational front line supporters are a hair away from erupting into revolution. The Pot freedom movement is now just the antics of weirdo cartoon pot puffing villans creating more bad vibes and generating more bad news.

    Sorry to be hard, but Jodie and her friends are making a bad time worse by bringing their BC pot anarchy circus to Ontario.We here fear what Nicholson means when he says he will tell us later what the special security was all about. That ‘later’ the Justice Minister is referring to will happen to us here in Ontario, not to the BC pot attack club who retreated to the safety of Vansterdam. Thanks alot for spreading your heat here and then running off when your party was over. Maybe next time, ask first before you wreck other peoples peace. ut Jodie and her friends are making a bad time worse by bringing their BC pot anarchy circus to Ontario.We here fear what Nicholson means when he says he will tell us later what the special security was all about. That ‘later’ the Justice Minister is referring to will happen to us here in Ontario, not to the BC pot attack club who retreated to the safety of Vansterdam. Thanks alot for spreading your heat here and then running off when your party was over. Maybe next time, ask first before you wreck other peoples peace.

    [The above is a federally sponsored Conservative Goverment message from Harper’s Internet Troll Army!}

  18. Anonymous on

    That’s why you don’t harass the Justice Minister from your home phone. You harass him from various payphones. Sure, it costs more, but you avoid the home visits by the Gestapo. As for Nicholson’s “bodyguard”. I think somebody should tell him that the dark suit/sunglasses outfit isn’t really blending in with the general public, unless Canada is one big Blues Brothers movie. He might as well have them dressed in neon orange with a sign on their backs saying “undercover bodyguard”. My god Nicholson is a jerk. BTW, the fact that a woman is more capable of defending him than he is himself pretty much says it all about Nicholson’s manhood.