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The day after the explosion of a car on the Rainbow border bridge in Niagara Falls, the leader of the Conservative Party defended himself for having described the incident as an incident of violence. “terrorist attack” too hastily. Pierre Poilievre instead blamed the reporting of certain media outlets, notably CTV, to justify his statements.

Wednesday, around 11:30 a.m., a car inexplicably drove into on a border crossing on the Rainbow Bridge, on the American side, killing the two occupants and injuring a border guard. At 1:57 p.m., the FBI announced on social network X that it was investigating the incident.At 2:24 p.m., during question period in the House of Commons in Ottawa, Pierre Poilievre spoke about the car explosion.

We just heard media reports of a terrorist attack on the Niagara border, he said. There are perhaps two people who are dead and a third who is injured. Can the Prime Minister give us information about this terrorist attack?

If the first information suggested that he could being a terrorist attack, the American and Canadian authorities did not confirm this thesis. They then indicated that this scenario could not be ruled out until proven otherwise.

On the Canadian side, government sources told several media outlets, including CBC and Radio-Canada, that it was standard procedure to consider the possibility of a terrorist act in such cases.

Late Wednesday, New York State Governor Kathy Hochul finally affirmed that the The preliminary investigation was inconclusive on this subject: there was no indication that the vehicle explosion was of a terrorist nature.

Thursday morning, at a press conference, Pierre Poilievre had to defend himself for having jumped to conclusions too quickly by describing this incident as terrorist.

I said yesterday that there were media reports [concerning] an incident that was presumed to be terrorist at our border. It was CTV that made a tweet indicating that it was suspected to be terrorist, according to Trudeau government officers.

A quote from Pierre Poilievre, leader of the Conservative Party of Canada

However, the CTV message on social network at 2:50 p.m. Moreover, the Conservative leader never used the word presumed in his statements.

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In addition to the American network Fox News which reported for several hours on Wednesday that the explosion was the result of a terrorist act , the media, including CTV, instead reported that the incident was presumed terrorist, in accordance with the explanation of various Canadian government sources.

Pierre Poilievre is the only party leader to have described the accident as an attack. Others, including Justin Trudeau, said they wanted to exercise caution and avoid drawing conclusions without having all the information.

In a press scrum on Wednesday at 2:17 p.m., before question period in the House, the federal Minister of Public Safety, Dominic LeBlanc, emphasized that this was a serious situation. However, he indicated that he did not have sufficient information to establish whether it was an act of a terrorist nature.

The Liberals and the Bloc did not hesitate Thursday to evoke a flagrant lack of leadership on the part of the Conservative leader.

This is not something a leader does. This is extremely irresponsible and plays with the emotions and safety of Canadians. This is not responsible, said the leader of the government in the House, Karina Gould.

Bloquist Christine Normandin added. Mr. Poilievre missed a great opportunity to be rigorous, to give the right information and also to make sure he had it.

Former Deputy Commissioner of the Royal Canadian Mounted Police (RCMP), Pierre-Yves Bourduas, described Mr. Poilievre's statement in the House as regrettable.

When an elected person, who is the leader of the official opposition, makes a statement like that, the public is sure to listen.

According to Mr. Bourduas, this type of comment can have serious consequences and fuel already high tensions in the country. Sweeping statements as important as the one made yesterday in the House can obviously trigger retribution against certain minority groups in the country and who have been targeted by violence.

With information from Valérie Gamache

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