A mental health assessment has been ordered for an Ontario man charged with making threats against Prime Minister Justin Trudeau's family as well as female MPs.
James Martin Platts, 57, of Chatham-Kent was charged with uttering threats to kill after VIA Rail passengers allegedly overheard him on his cellphone, CTV News reported.
The man reportedly threatened to kidnap Trudeau's children and kill 10 female MPs, according to the Northumberland News.
A fellow passenger on the Toronto-bound train Tuesday alerted train staff. At a bail hearing in Cobourg, Ont. Wednesday, the court heard that a VIA Rail employee notified police after the man allegedly said, "What about the bomb and anthrax?"
At the hearing, Platts reportedly claimed he was in charge of Canada's secret service agency, and that he was an agent for U.S. presidential candidate Hillary Clinton.
The court heard that Platts, who has a violent history, also visited the prime minister's residence at 24 Sussex Dr. on Christmas Eve before taking a train to Ottawa some days later.
The Prime Minister's Office told CTV News that it has "complete faith in the police authorities and the RCMP Protective Policing Service when it comes to the security of the Prime Minister and his family."
Platts has been ordered to undergo a physical and mental health assessment, and told not to make contact with the prime minister or his family, nor with former prime minister Stephen Harper, or any female MPs.
He is expected in court on Jan. 13.
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