On Monday, September 13th, 2021, at approximately 10:00 a.m., we received a call regarding a disturbance at the campaign office of local Member of Parliament Marc Serré, where a woman had entered the premises and began yelling and behaving in a hostile manner toward MP Serré and his staff members.

MP Serré had been standing between a table and wall when the woman began pushing the table against him, pinning him against the wall. As he began recording the incident with his cellular phone for evidence purposes, she proceeded to swipe at MP Serré’s hands with her own cellular phone in-hand, striking his hands twice. She continued to yell at MP Serré and his staff members, claiming that she had been injured by one of his election campaign signs.

Staff repeatedly asked the woman to leave. Initially, she refused, but then eventually left the premises.

A while later, as MP Serré was leaving the parking lot in his vehicle, the woman jumped out in front of him and began striking the hood of his vehicle and yelling. She then re-attended the campaign office to retrieve belongings that she had left behind; however, the door had already been locked. She then proceeded to kick the door.

As a result of the incident, the 56-year old woman has been charged with Assault with a Weapon contrary to Sec. 267(a) of the Criminal Code of Canada.

The woman was released on an undertaking with a court date of November 17th, 2021, to answer to the charge. Her name cannot be released as the information has not yet been sworn to through the Court process.

We remind community members that violence and harassment toward election candidates will not be tolerated and that offenders will be held accountable.

We also remind community members that damaging or defacing an election sign is a criminal offence.

To report vandalism of an election sign, please file a Mischief to Property report via our online reporting system.

Please note that the following vandalism CANNOT be accepted online:

  • Someone has entered your business or home and has vandalized or damaged your property.
  • If the graffiti or vandalism is motivated by bias, prejudice or hate based on colour, race, religion, nationality or ethnic origin, age, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity or mental or physical disability.

If any of these apply please call the Greater Sudbury Police Service at 705-675-9171 to file a report.

To report a stolen election sign, please file a Theft report via our online reporting system.

Political figures are human beings and deserve to be treated with dignity and respect, just like anyone else. Regardless if you agree or disagree with a political party, there are appropriate methods to voice your questions or concerns that do not include violence, harassment or vandalism. Please remember that you will be held accountable for your criminal actions and choices.