Liberal federal candidate Nickel Belt in northern Ontario was assaulted in his campaign office, and a 56-year-old woman was arrested and charged, Greater Sudbury police said.
Incumbent Marc Serré was in the office when the incident occurred around 10 a.m. ET on Monday, police said.
A woman entered the office and started yelling at Serré and his staff. Police said they pushed a table against him, pinning him against the wall.
Serré recorded the incident on his cell phone, but the woman clapped his hands twice to slide the phone off.
The staff asked the woman to leave the office. Police said she initially refused, but eventually left.
A little while later, according to police, the woman confronted Serré in the parking lot of his office and kicked him in the hood of his car while yelling at him.
The woman then attempted to enter the campaign office to retrieve some of her personal belongings, but the door was locked. Police said she kicked the door then.
The police arrested her and charged her with assault with a weapon. She was then released, with a court date of November 17 to answer the charge.
Serré describes the incident as “concerning”
“My house has not been immune to this type of behavior,” Serré told TBEN after news of the incident in his campaign office.
“It’s worrying for my wife, it worries me for myself, and I don’t understand why people even come to my house to intimidate and intimidate.”
Serré declined to go into details of Monday’s incident, but said the climate for that election was different from his last two campaigns in 2015 and 2019.
“There is definitely a different tone,” he said. “A very small number of people think they could use bullying, violence or, you know, vandalism and harassment to get their point across. And I’m sorry, that’s not the way to go. things.”
To ensure the safety of his campaign staff and volunteers, Serré said his campaign office will remain locked. In addition, he said, members of his team have been doing group canvassing for their own safety.