CALGARY (660 NEWS) – A man has been arrested after trying to break into the McDougall Centre in downtown Calgary while the Premier was inside for a committee meeting.
The office for Premier Jason Kenney confirmed he was attending a meeting of the Priorities Implementation Cabinet Committee when it was cut short just before 12:00 p.m. because someone was attempting to get in.
The man had reportedly scaled the building and was trying to get in from a ledge outside.
The Premier’s office confirms with me that there was an incident at the McDougall Centre when Jason Kenney was inside during a committee meeting. Reports say a protestor had scaled the building and was trying to get inside. #ableg #yyc pic.twitter.com/E0oBs7gz4b
— Tom Ross (@Tommy_Slick) January 28, 2021
Alberta Sheriffs were called and took action to ensure the security of the Premier and members of Cabinet.
Police say they believe the act was random and the man was not targeting anyone.
Mental health concerns are believed to be connected.
The Premier’s office said not all members of the committee were at the McDougall Centre in person but participating virtually.
A protestor has been arrested trying to break into McDougall Centre in #yyc while the Premier Jason Kenney was inside attending a committee meeting. Apparently the protestor used the scaffold to try and gain access. @660NEWS @citynewscalgary #calgary pic.twitter.com/Wg6EDPMnXH
— Nick Blakeney (@CameraGuyNick) January 28, 2021
Kenney will be speaking at the latest COVID-19 update with Chief Medical Officer of Health Dr. Deena Hinshaw at 4:30 p.m. Thursday.