What on Earth is going on with Canada?
First, Canadian-based socialist group Adbusters declared an intent to lay siege to the White House for 50 days, only to ultimately think better of it (probably a smart move) and morph their siege into 50 Days of Improv Jazz. Because those things are related in some strange way to Canadian socialists, I guess.
Now comes word that a Canadian woman who had been living in Texas but was deported back to Canada after overstaying a visa sent the poison ricin to Donald Trump (thankfully intercepted off site) and was arrested at the New York-Ontario border on Sunday.
CTV News has confirmed Quebec resident Pascale Ferrier is the suspect alleged to have sent letters containing the poisonous substance ricin to U.S. President Donald Trump and different locations in Texas, including a police department.
The letters were intercepted before reaching their destination and the exact number is “in flux,” officials say. Ferrier was arrested at the New York-Ontario border on Sunday, hours after the letters were intercepted.
Ferrier was expected to appear in court later this afternoon in Buffalo, N.Y., facing federal charges in the U.S. Sources tell CTV News the appointment has been postponed to tomorrow.
Ferrier is apparently a computer programmer who had been employed by a few defense contractors, says Vice. She was also in possession of a firearm at the time of her arrest.
This September, a Twitter account that appeared to belong to Ferrier—which had been dormant—began tweeting threatening anti-Trump messages. Responding to a tweet that recommended someone shoot the president in the face, Ferrier replied: “I just read this tweet. I agree… Nobody did anything… It’s time to change! #killtrump.” She also liked other anti-Trump tweets. The only accounts Ferrier follows are law enforcement agencies, including the U.S. Secret Service.
According to her LinkedIn, Ferrier has previously worked for several defence contractors, including French aerospace companies Thales and Airbus—her current employer is listed as American defence firm Pratt & Whitney.
An unnamed U.S. law enforcement official told CNN that the woman had a gun on her at the time of her arrest. The official told CNN that authorities are investigating if the woman may have sent similar letters to Texas addresses. VICE News has not independently verified those claims.
She also is suspected of sending ricin letters to Mission, TX, where she had been residing.
A source confirms the Canadian suspect who allegedly sent a letter containing ricin to the White House also sent a letter to the Mission PD in Mission, Texas. The letter was intercepted before it reached them. The suspect was arrested by Mission Police in 2019 on visa issues.
— Annie Bergeron-Oliver (@AnnieClaireBO) September 21, 2020
The FBI is working with Canadian officials in searching a residence in Quebec linked to the suspect. Hopefully the incident is isolated because funding and building a northern wall was not in anyone’s game plan.