In March, 2017, New Brunswick RCMP notified the RCMP National Security Enforcement Section about alleged threats made by an adult male against Prime Minister Justin Trudeau on social media. The file was linked to Saskatchewan and an investigation began.
As a result of the ongoing investigation, on May 24, 2017 around 5:30 p.m., 34-year-old Derek Hurrell from Borden, Saskatchewan was arrested without incident after members initiated a traffic stop on a roadway near Borden. He is charged with:
- One count, uttering threats, section 264.1 of the Criminal Code
In addition to charges, a residence in Borden was searched on May 24. Several electronics items were seized from this residence.
"This is the second charge of this nature laid within the past ten months. Both instances involved the use of social media. It's important for the public to know that criminal charges may be laid if evidence is obtained to support them. We do not take these investigations lightly and we cannot speculate whether or not someone may or may not act on alleged threats made." – Supt. Rob Cameron, "F" Division Assistant Criminal Operations Officer, Federal Policing
There was no direct contact between Hurrell and the Prime Minister and the investigation is ongoing. The Warman RCMP and the RCMP Serious and Organized Crime Unit North assisted in this investigation. Hurrell appeared in Saskatoon Provincial Court on May 25 at 9:30 a.m. His next court appearance is June 1, 2017 at 2:00 p.m.