The decision was made in connection with concerns about the increased harassment of legislators.

Deputies of the Canadian Parliament will be given “panic buttons” to call security or police in emergency situations in connection with the increased cases of harassment, intimidation and threats of violence.

The Minister of Public Security, Marco Mendicino, who announced this in recent weeks, has himself received death threats on the Internet in response to a legislative initiative to restrict the possession of firearms.

“The situation is very alarming,” he said, referring to the “very negative and toxic rhetoric that we see on the Internet and which can lead to violence” and has already led to dangerous clashes.

“We need a space where we can have an active debate without witnessing such anger and almost physical confrontation, as well as incitement to violence and death threats,” he said.