Lambton-Kent-Middlesex Conservative MP Bev Shipley says this week’s take-down in Strathroy should serve as a wake-up call for his communities and others.
Shipley is the longtime MP of the Strathroy area and says small communities are not immune to these type of threats.
“To have it in your riding, on your doorstep — it’s a wake-up call,” Shipley told AM980’s Andrew Lawton.
24-year-old Aaron Driver was killed during a police encounter while leaving his sister’s home on Park Street in Strathroy on Wednesday.
“We’ve just got to become vigilant,” Shipley told AM980, “This does show the importance that we have to make sure that our security forces have the tools that they needed [sic] to make this happen before something worse happened.”
RCMP officials say they were tipped off by FBI officials to a terror threat in Strathroy early Wednesday morning, leading them to foil a plot by a 24-year-old terror threat to attack an “urban centre” during morning or afternoon rush hour.
Strathroy Police say they were aware of Driver, which they mentioned again during a press conference on Friday.
Strathroy Mayor Joanne Vanderheyden has already spoken on the incident, applauding the work of police officials in the process.
“I had been briefed a while ago that there was a person of interest coming to our area, I did not know who, I did not know if they were male or female, I did not know where they were be living. All I knew was that person had family here, and under privacy legislation they’re allowed to come to visit their family,” said Vanderheyden. “There’s nothing I could do but again, I asked, every other week, how are things going and this shows you how professional our agencies are because as some as everything wasn’t fine they jumped on it and it’s done.”
Driver was ordered to comply with a number of conditions of a peace bond after being arrested in Winnipeg last summer, including wearing a GPS tracking device — a condition that was later lifted.
With files from Tom Fraser, Devon Peacock, Scott Monich, and Andrew Lawton