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MP apologizes for ignoring security station on Parliament Hill

In Canada on October 7, 2010 at 21:24

MP apologizes for ignoring security station on Parliament Hill

Conservative Member of Parliament Pierre Poilievre.

Conservative Member of Parliament Pierre Poilievre.

Photograph by: Chris Wattie, Reuters

OTTAWA — The parliamentary secretary to Prime Minister Stephen Harper was involved in a “security breach” after the impatient MP refused to wait at a security station on Parliament Hill as he rushed to a meeting this week.

Nepean-Carleton MP Pierre Poilievre said he waited in his car behind a delivery truck to get to his office Tuesday morning but decided he’d bypass the stop and push a button himself to lift the entrance gate so he could get back to work.

“Usually the gate opens so MPs can make their way up to their offices. On Tuesday . . . I waited a while and tried to get the security’s attention so they could let me in but after some time, I just opened the gate myself to drive up the hill,” Poilievre told Postmedia News.

Poilievre said he didn’t receive any calls or complaints from RCMP or security officials regarding the incident, but apologized to them in person on Thursday.

“I told them I regretted opening the gate,” he said.

A spokesman for the prime minister’s office said Poilievre was “a bit” impatient but the incident is now a “closed matter.”

“He was in a rush and what he did was wrong but he recognizes that, he apologized for it and we think that’s appropriate,” said Harper’s spokesman Andrew MacDougall.

“When they say security breach, it’s not like he smuggled in explosives or something,” he said.

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