Tough security measures were in effect as Soviet Prime Minister Kosygin arrived in Toronto on Sunday evening (24 October).
Tough security measures were in effect as Soviet Prime Minister Kosygin arrived in Toronto on Sunday evening (24 October). More than half of the thirty-six hundred man Toronto police force were called in to protect the visiting leader amid reports of an assassination plot. Police guarding the luxury hotel housing Mr. Kosygin frisked guests and searched under the bonnets and in the boots of all cars arriving at the hotel. On Monday, (25 October) police seized a variety of arms in raids throughout the city. Two arrests were made, including Mr. James Doyle, a member of the militant Edmund Burke Society, who had been previously detained in Ottawa, where the Soviet Premier was attacked. Amid this security activity, Mr. Kosygin visited a nuclear power plant, and chatted casually with workers and officials.
SYNOPSIS: In an atmosphere of tension created by some reports of an assassination plot, Soviet Prime Minister Alexei Kosygin arrived in Toronto on Sunday on the last leg of his Canadian tour. More than half the thirty-six hundred man Toronto police force were called up for security duty and police guarding the hotel where the Prime Minister was staying frisked guests and searched all cars arriving at the hotel. The stringent security measures in Toronto were the toughest during his Canadian tour.
On Monday police raided several houses throughout the city and seized a number of arms.One of the men arrested in the raids was James Doyle, a member of the militant Edmund Burke Society. He had been previously detained for a time in Ottawa, following an assault on the Soviet leader by a Hungarian immigrant.
Amid all the security activity, the Soviet leader visited a nuclear power station. Mr. Kosygin chatted casually with the staff and asked workers technical questions. Before leaving he told workers that he wished to see Canada and Russia exchange technology and materials.