Peterborough-Kawartha MPP Dave Smith closes post after “credible threat of bodily harm” – Peterborough | The Canadian News

The Peterborough-Kawartha MPP Dave Smith constituency office has been closed following what the politician called a “credible threat of bodily harm.”

Late Wednesday afternoon, Smith said that, on the advice of the Peterborough Police Service, his office in a plaza at 1123 Water St. would be closed to traffic while police investigate a recent threat.

Smith said the threat was related to the Ontario government’s response to the COVID-19 pandemic.

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“While I encourage people to reach out and share their views regarding the Ontario pandemic response, I have zero tolerance for violence or threatening behavior,” he said.

“Recently, a credible threat of physical harm was made to me.”

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Smith says voters can still reach him by phone at 705-742-3777 or Via email. He thanked the public for making “tremendous strides” in the fight against COVID-19.

“Rest assured that no amount of threats directed at me will deter me from my efforts to help our community,” he said. “I am confident that you will understand my desire to ensure the safety of my staff and those who need my help during this difficult time.”

Global News reached out to the Peterborough Police Service for comment on Wednesday night.

On Thursday morning, the service issued a press release, confirming that Smith’s office had contacted them regarding alleged threats.

“The Peterborough Police Service provided MPP Smith with safety and crime prevention information, as well as different options to address any concerns for the safety of their constituency personnel,” said police. “The Peterborough Police Service will continue to follow up as new information comes to light and will seek advice from the Crown office if necessary.

“Threats against those in public office are taken very seriously and we ask that people, although their opinions may differ, treat each other with respect,” police said.

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