Kitchener man sentenced for threats against Justin Trudeau


Thomas Dyer has been sentenced to 60 days of home arrest as a part of a conditional sentence after pleading responsible to uttering a menace to trigger loss of life to Prime Minister Justin Trudeau.

On Thursday morning, Justice Craig A. Parry delivered the sentence in an Ontario Court of Justice, noting in his sentencing he needed to take into accounts the potential these threats might have had within the democratic election course of.

Parry sentenced Dyer to a 60-day conditional sentence with the period spent below home arrest. He is simply allowed to go away for particular causes corresponding to work, authorized, medical and on Sundays, from 12:00 p.m. to five:00 p.m., to buy for important requirements.

Dyer will even be on probation for 12 months and should full 100 hours of neighborhood service.

“Our recourse is not through vigilantism. It’s through the ballot box,” Parry mentioned in courtroom. “This type of conduct aids and abets the rise of authoritarianism, it does not enhance democracy.”

Parry agreed throughout the sentencing that incarceration was not crucial, however was constant in noting the acts from Dyer are anti-democratic and create dangers.

Initially, the Crown and defence have been in settlement {that a} non-custodial sentence with a $2,000 positive and 18 months of probation was applicable.

Parry mentioned it was his perception this sentence didn’t precisely mirror the fees, and a positive might not ship a adequate message of the seriousness of threatening a political determine who’s working for workplace.


The prices stem from an incident in Cambridge, Ont. on Aug. 29, 2021, throughout a marketing campaign cease by the Prime Minister.

According to the agreed assertion of details, the menace occurred when Trudeau and his marketing campaign visited a scrap-metal enterprise on Lindsay Road to make a stump speech to advertise his occasion’s local weather change insurance policies.

The following day, Gabriel Letourneau, a member of the RCMP’s Federal Policing Threat Assessment Section, was reviewing media stories that confirmed one protester –later recognized as Dyer – holding a poster depicting a hangman main Trudeau to a noose.

RCMP reviewed Dyer’s Facebook web page, which was open to the general public, and confirmed Dyer’s identification by evaluating pictures.

“In that video, the video-taker is walking around a tour bus at Lindsay Road in Cambridge and calling for Prime Minister Trudeau to come out. Dyer uses various vulgar terms to describe the Prime Minister, but never mentions any other politician or person by name,” the assertion of details mentioned.

Dyer was arrested and charged with two counts of uttering threats greater than per week after the marketing campaign cease.

One rely was withdrawn at sentencing.


Dyer’s lawyer, whereas agreeing with the non-custodial sentence, mentioned they believed a extra applicable response could be neighborhood service as Dyer thinks it “would be more meaningful than paying a fine.”

Nicholas Wansbutter mentioned there are elements in Dyer’s background which are necessary and salient to the case. He does have a previous legal report that includes threats and violence every now and then – however that’s balanced by considering a number of the very tough circumstances in his life.

From 2005 to 2009, Dyer was convicted in a collection of violent crimes.

These included forcible confinement, legal harassment and a number of other assaults.

“That was a prolific period of violence over a four-year period, which stands as a factor that might increase or aggravate what might be a fit sentence,” mentioned Parry in courtroom Thursday.

Wansbutter referenced a motorized vehicle accident in 2005 throughout which Dyer went ‘through the windshield of a pickup truck in a blinding snowstorm’ and was recognized with post-traumatic mind harm on account of the crash.

“At the time he felt he was exercising his right to free expression – after arrest, court, and reflection at what he did, he’s realized it’s unacceptable to threaten anyone and it’s certainly unacceptable to threaten a political figure and potentially interfere with the way our system works,” mentioned Wansbuter.

He added that Dyer has acknowledged his anger administration and impulse management wanted additional work, ensuing within the completion of counselling. This contains anger de-escalation and the instruments to detoxify adverse pondering.

The defence group additionally famous Dyer is the first supplier of a household of 10 folks.


“This was a serious crime, it would have been serious if committed at a campaign stop of an aspiring politician who has yet to achieve office,” Parry advised the courtroom Thursday. “It is substantially more serious because it was committed against the highest-ranking elected official in our country – our effective head of state.”

“It takes one person to start a wave, and each time a person stands and waves their arms there exists the risk that others will follow and a wave will ensue,” he mentioned later in his handle.

“In our case, we have a threat at a campaign stop that had the potential to interfere with a vital part of electoral politics, which is of course a vital part of the functioning of a liberal democratic society,” mentioned Parry. “So, the offence in question, in this case, is not simply an offence against a particular victim, in this case namely Justin Trudeau, but against the functioning of the electoral process itself.”

During the listening to, Parry briefly stood the matter down to permit the defence and Crown time to mirror on their advisable sentence after saying the menace “had the potential to interfere with a vital part of electoral politics.”

Following extra dialogue, the matter was as soon as once more stood down to permit Parry the chance to contemplate the proof offered.


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