BC’s legislature warned of Ottawa security threats days before shooting
The BC government “received information there may be a problem” from Ottawa earlier this week, BC legislature clerk Craig James told reporters Wednesday.
Legislature in Victoria is restricting visitors following the multiple shootings in Ottawa at Parliament Hill
"The legislature is not in lockdown today," said James. "The public will have very limited access to the legislative assembly."
The regular legislative assembly planned for this afternoon will go ahead as scheduled.
Additional security has been posted on the grounds at Victoria as a security precaution. The building is closed to the public, unless they have a prearranged appointment or pre-scheduled tour. Only staff and government officials are allowed to enter. The legislature normally opens to the public at 9 a.m.
BC isn’t the only one taking precautions; legislatures across the nation are under lockdown. More Toronto Police officers have been deployed to the Ontario Legislature at Queen’s Park.
Premier Christy Clark is expected to make a statement later, but she tweeted earlier today:
BC stands with all of Canada against the violence in Ottawa, and with the brave men and women keeping our capital safe.— Christy Clark (@christyclarkbc) October 22, 2014
BC legislature lowered its flag to half mast following the shooting.