Showing that Internet threats over politics are being taken seriously and possibly setting the stage for future cases, a Saskatchewan man has been found guilty of uttering threats against Prime Minister Justin Trudeau.
It started in March of last year with a Facebook post saying that he wanted to shoot Trudeau and "cut off the head of the snake myself". That got 41 year old Christopher Hayes of Grayson, Saskatchewan a meeting with RCMP who explained he had crossed the line. But charges were not laid because they felt he understood that he'd made a mistake.
A second post July saying that he'd thank the person who would shoot the Prime Minister, resulted in charges. Hayes was found guilty this week and was fined $500. He was also given nine months of probation and has been banned from attending events with Justin Trudeau.