Facing "vocal sexism and hateful comments," Environment Minister Catherine McKenna has said she now sometimes needs a security detail. Climate change promises to be a key issue in Canada's October election.
As the climate debate intensifies ahead of Canada's federal election in October, the country's environment minister has been assigned a security detail.
"There are places, yes, that I have to have security now and I don't think that's a great situation," Catherine McKenna, a member of the governing Liberal Party, told the Canadian Press on Saturday. "I'm someone who is trying to do my job, live my life, and talk and engage with people, and it makes it harder. I'm not going to let this stop me but I wish it would stop."
In Ottawa, Canada's capital, where locals mingle with federal ministers and politicians, it's nearly unheard of for a top official to use a security detail.
However, abuse against McKenna has intensified to such an extent that she now sometimes requires a security detail. Details regarding the new measure were not made public.