Police say woman threatened McGuinty staffer
Police have charged a Brampton woman who sent hundreds of rambling e-mails to Premier Dalton McGuinty with threatening a member of his staff — but she contends it’s all a cultural misunderstanding.
Neelam Vir is also prohibited from contacting McGuinty, his family, staff or any politician and barred from Queen’s Park.
"I never meant to harm anyone," said a tearful Vir, 40. "My Canadian dream is shattered. I just want to go back to India."
The charge follows an incident on Sept. 30, when Vir sent a packet of mix for making gulab jamun, an Indian sweet, to McGuinty to express her "love and affection," dropping it off to staff member Monica Masciontonio.
The same night, she e-mailed McGuinty, asking whether Masciontonio had given him the mix.
"I said, ‘If she didn’t give it to you, I’ll kill her.’ It’s just slang," Vir said. "I use this term all the time with my husband and my kids. In Hindi, it’s, ‘Mein tumarhi jaan nikal dungi.’"
In desperation and in breach of the conditions of her release, Vir sent McGuinty another e-mail, apologizing profusely and trying to explain the remark. A few days later, police rearrested her. This time, the court ordered her to see a psychiatrist, pending a hearing.