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OTTAWA -- NDP Leader Tom Mulcair found himself in trouble Thursday after repeatedly blowing through RCMP stops on his way to Parliament Hill.
Police say Mulcair is in the habit of simply waving himself through security checkpoints on the Hill, where security guards generally recognize him and allow him to pass.
Thursday, however, media reports say a new officer was working the gate and did not recognize the party leader.
So when Mulcair failed to stop then continued to drive through four or five stop signs, the RCMP swiftly pursued his vehicle.
When Mulcair finally stopped, he asked the officers: "Don't you know who I am?" CTV reported.
Mulcair also reportedly made other threats to security personnel, along the lines that their jobs may be in danger after the confrontation.
He then reportedly apologized for the misunderstanding.
Mulcair's office released a statement, calling the ordeal a misunderstanding.
"Once notified of the misunderstanding, he had a very respectful discussion with an officer," according to George Smith, Mulcair's press secretary. "He then immediately went down to clear up the misunderstanding with the commanding officer. Mr. Mulcair apologized ... no warnings or citations of any kind were issued."
Mulcair's absence during question period later Thursday was helpful for the Conservatives, who used it to shield questions about the RCMP's confirmation of a criminal investigation into the $90,000 cheque Stephen Harper's former chief of staff Nigel Wright wrote for former Conservative Sen. Mike Duffy to repay inappropriate housing expenses.
"I always wondered why the NDP opposed our street-racing bill," Heritage Minister James Moore joked, to laughter from the right side of the House.
Parliamentary secretary for public safety, Tory MP Candice Bergen, said Mulcair had "disrespected the RCMP".
Mulcair's "Don't you know who I am?" was the subject of a joke as well.