Security update to the national Assembly

Mise à jour sécuritaire à l’Assemblée nationale

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In addition to devote $ 60 million to the construction of a new visitors ‘ centre and new halls of the parliamentary commission, the leadership of the national Assembly ordered the “modernization” of systems of access control and video surveillance in the hotel of the Parliament and of the adjacent buildings, erected at the end of the Nineteenth century and at the beginning of the Twentieth century.

The national Assembly completed a vast project aimed at strengthening the security on parliament hill. The Duty has obtained information on the measures adopted in order to cover a armor this “potential target for anyone who would like to destabilize democracy,” according to former president Jacques Chagnon thanks to documents obtained under the Act respecting access to public documents.

In addition to devote $ 60 million to the construction of a new visitors ‘centre and new halls of the parliamentary commission, the leadership of the national Assembly ordered the “modernization” of systems of access control and video surveillance in the hotel of the Parliament and of the adjacent buildings, erected at the end of the Nineteenth century and at the beginning of the Twentieth century. “Since then, the needs of parliamentarians and of the population have evolved considerably. In this sense, the infrastructure in terms of security and home are outdated, ” she wrote in a public tender, dating from the spring of 2016.

In August of the same year, the national Assembly has instructed the firm Logic Control to proceed to the replacement of approximately 230 cameras, relocation of intercoms, as well as the dismantling and replacement of the access control system, in order to include approximately 320 gates. Less than two years after the shooting at the Ottawa Parliament had passed.

This is a list “or exhaustive, nor is it limited to” the work to be performed, specifies the national Assembly.

In fact, it has also commissioned over the last few months, Logic-Control monitoring equipment such as doors, automatic revolving doors, X-ray equipment, and arches of metal detection.

In the inner court and in the new visitor centre, about 50 new cameras, 70 new gates to control, and a new intercom system will also be installed before the opening, which is scheduled for next spring.

The security officers will be able to follow the comings and goings in the hotel of the Parliament, from a position of unified control (PCU).

The former president of the national Assembly, Jacques Chagnon, was called for a strengthening of security measures on parliament hill. He quoted from a report of the Surêté du Québec, produced in 2011 and then updated in the aftermath of the shooting in the federal capital, according to which there are several gaps in the protection device.

The national Assembly is left for a bill of about $ 3.3 million only for Logic Control.

The Parliament has waved the Law on access to public bodies to refuse to transmit the information ” the disclosure would have the effect of reducing the effectiveness of a program, a plan of action or a safety device for the protection of property or person.”

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A bomb in irish?

On October 11, 1884, the parliament of Québec is the target of a double bombing that results in the collapse of a portion of the wall of the facade. “The shock was so violent that most of the windows of the various public offices and residences nearby shatters into splinters “, one reads in The Mail from Canada. “This was a real panic, and many believed that it was the end of the world. “We do count, however, that a casualty of the workers responsible for the construction of the legislative building.

According to some, this terrorist operation would be sponsored by a rival to the contractor responsible for the construction of the parliament. For other, rather, it would be the work of the Raids the irish fighting for independence of their island home. The attack is claimed by the Fenian Brotherhood of New York. The mystery endures.

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