Vice.com quotes Toronto/Ottawa lawyer Andrew House in an article on national security concerns in Ottawa.
“If there’s a panic button to be pushed,” said Andrew House, who served as chief of staff to the former Public Safety Minister Stephen Blaney. “Let’s push it.”
Even still, House said, the tempo of threats during their time in office was manageable. He explains the assessment as thus: Lots of people have the intent to harm a public figure, but lack the capability. Similarly, lots of people have the capability to do so, but lack the intent. The overlap of those two factors is where things get dicey.
House said, in his time in government, he recalled just three or four times where the RCMP had to investigate someone who showed intent and capability.