The National Capital Commission is suing Corey Hurren for thousands of dollars to cover the cost of repairing the door he damaged when he stormed the grounds of Rideau Hall in the summer of 2020.
According to a statement filed in Ontario Superior Court last week, the NCC – the guardian of the official residences in Ottawa – is seeking $350,000 to fix the door and repair surrounding property, plus $100,000 in punitive damages. and copies.
News of the lawsuit was first reported by Frank Magazine.
Hurren is serving a sentence of six years less time served for driving his van into the front doors of Rideau Hall on July 2, 2020 and walking through the grounds with loaded firearms.
The former Canadian Armed Forces reservist – angered by the federal government’s COVID-19 restrictions and its ban on assault-style firearms – told police he wanted to arrest Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, who is not was not at home that day.
In its claim, the NCC – which retained law firm Conway Baxter Wilson LLP – said the damage to Rideau Hall property was caused by Hurren’s negligence.
“He has created a situation of danger and urgency,” the statement read.
“As a result of the collision, the property was severely damaged and required extensive repairs.”
A spokesperson for the NCC declined to comment further on the claim, citing the ongoing court case.
Sentencing judge called it ‘assault with a weapon’
Hurren pleaded guilty last year to seven weapons-related charges, including possession of firearms “for any purpose dangerous to the public peace.”
The Manitoba resident also pleaded guilty to one count of mischief causing damage to the gate of Rideau Hall.
The court heard how Hurren, who had lost his business during the pandemic and was ineligible for the emergency allowance, told the police who arrested him that he felt ‘betrayed by his government’ .
Imposing the sentence, Judge Robert Wadden called the July 2 incident “an assault with a weapon against the government which must be denounced in the strongest terms.”
“Corey Hurren committed a politically motivated armed assault intended to intimidate the elected government of Canada,” he said.
Hurren is serving his sentence at Joyceville Institution in Kingston, Ontario.