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Canada's Trudeau forges ahead with campaign despite security threat

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Published on October 14, 2019 - Duration: 01:10s

Canada's Trudeau forges ahead with campaign despite security threat

Canada's Liberal Prime Minister Justin Trudeau said on Sunday that he will not change the way he is campaigning ahead of the Oct.

21 federal election after a security threat forced him to wear a bulletproof vest at a campaign rally on Saturday.

Zachary Goelman reports.

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Canada's Trudeau forges ahead with campaign despite security threat

If Canada's normally well-tailored Prime Minister Justin Trudeau looked like he was packing a bit of extra padding at a campaign stop over the weekend, he had good reason.

A security threat forced him to wear a bulletproof vest under his suit at a rally outside Toronto on Saturday.

No details of that threat have been provided by the police or by Trudeau's Liberal Party.

By Sunday Trudeau was back in more comfortable attire, with sleeves rolled up to help volunteers pack boxes of food for needy families ahead Canada's Thanksgiving holiday.

He told reporters, "my first concern was for the safety of my family and for all the Canadians in the room," adding, "this will not change at all how I campaign." Trudeau's re-election campaign was upended when pictures emerged of him wearing black and brown face makeup as a younger man.

Polls show him running in a statistical tie with his main rival, Conservative Party leader Andrew Scheer.

Late on Saturday, both Scheer and left-wing New Democratic Party leader Jagmeet Singh condemned the security threat against Trudeau.

Scheer called it "upsetting" that Trudeau had to wear a bulletproof vest.

Singh said any threat to a party leader "is troubling to all of us."

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