Reservist who rammed Rideau Hall with truck to ‘arrest’ Trudeau released on day parole


A former Canadian Army reservist has been granted day parole two years after he crashed his truck through the gates of Rideau Hall to confront Prime Minister Justin Trudeau with guns.

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The Parole Board of Canada has agreed to release Corey Hurren to a halfway house in an undisclosed city and also grant him “waiver privileges,” according to documents released Tuesday to Granthshala News.

The 48-year-old former Canadian Ranger has been ordered to find a job, follow counseling and take his prescribed medication. Day parole was granted for six months. His request for full parole was denied.


“The Board is of the view that if you are released on day parole, you will not pose an undue risk to society and that your release will contribute to the safety of society,” the Board wrote in its November filing. 16 decision.

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The Prime Minister’s Office declined to comment.

Hurren, fueled by anger over COVID-19 conspiracy theories and gun laws, drove his van through Manitoba and slammed into the pedestrian gates of Rideau Hall on the morning of July 2, 2020.

Armed with two shotguns and a semi-automatic rifle, they then abandoned their vehicle and drove in search of the prime minister in what a judge called a ‘politically motivated armed attack to intimidate the government elected representative of Canada”.

On March 10, 2021, Hurren was sentenced to six years for eight offenses. At the time, an Ontario judge said he was skeptical, had not given up on his conspiracy theories and posed “continued risk”.

But after 20 months, he was already granted parole on the first day. The decision stated that Hurren identified as Métis and that the loss of his culture as an Aboriginal convict was a necessary factor in the parole decision.

In its nine-page decision, the parole board wrote, “Intergenerational effects and other systemic factors have influenced Indigenous peoples and may be associated with your specific criminal behaviors. A partially redacted copy was obtained by Granthshala News.

The decision was made over objections from the Correctional Service of Canada, which argued that Hurren had shown “limited insight and remorse” and had not learned to cope with the stress he would face upon release.

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CSC also wanted the board to impose internet restrictions on Huron, to deter him from conspiracy theories, but parole officers refused to do so, judging that “given how much our society depends on the internet, it will be very difficult”.

“The Commission is required to make the least restrictive decisions that are consistent with the safety of society and the Commission does not see a sufficient connection between your Internet access and the infringement that would make such a position just and necessary”, reads- we in the decision.

The government’s Integrated Terrorism Assessment Center classified the incident as a “violent act” of ideologically motivated violent extremism involving uniformed personnel.

After passing through the Thomas Gate at Rideau Hall, Hurren abandoned his van and continued on foot with three guns, hoping to disrupt the prime minister as he held a press briefing.

A handwritten note left by Hurren in his truck explained that he was “afraid for the future of Canada and that it is now under a communist dictatorship”. He also made reference to “banning guns” and “putting the county out of business.”

Hurren was quickly confronted by RCMP officers and, during a 90-minute armed confrontation, told police he was angered by guns and COVID-19 restrictions and wanted Trudeau be arrested.

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A search of his phone revealed information about COVID-19 conspiracy theories, including falsely claiming that the COVID-19 pandemic was planned and that the PM’s response ‘equates to communism’, according to his sentencing rulings .

A specialist report found Hurren had no mental illness, or any signs of substance abuse or post-traumatic stress disorder, but said he was depressed. After losing his job, he was facing a financial crisis and his sausage business had failed.

He had decided to drive to Ottawa after receiving a call about his truck being impounded.

He pleaded guilty on February 5, 2021 and was sentenced to five years in prison – in addition to one year credited due to the time he spent in custody awaiting trial.

While the sentencing decision acknowledged that Huron was depressed, the judge said he was motivated by his political views and conspiracy theories that he did not yet believe to be false.

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The judge also said there was no indication that Huron accepted “the injustice of taking armed action to express political views.” I have heard no admission from Mr. Hurren that he acknowledges that what he did was wrong.

However, the parole board’s decision said Hurren had “made progress” during his time in prison and had begun to resolve his mental and emotional health issues, in part with medication.

“Although your parole officer is of the opinion that you have not expressed regret for your offence, you have made it clear to the board that you believe what you did was wrong,” according to the ruling.

“You said it was a bad decision and you are sorry for the loss.”

According to the Ontario Superior Court, the National Capital Commission, which manages the buildings and grounds of Rideau Hall, filed a $350,000 lawsuit against Hurren.

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