Kevin Vickers is as rugged as they come.
The former sergeant-at-arms already won the respect of Canadians everywhere after he shot Michael Zehaf Bibeau–the same man who opened fire in the halls of Parliament in 2014–and then showed up to work to a standing ovation the very next day. Now the Canadian ambassador to Ireland, Vickers just proved yet again during a recent trip to Dublin that he’s the most badass politician to ever grace The Hill.
During a ceremony to commemorate British soldiers who died in 1916 during the Easter Rising, a protester came running over yelling that honouring the troops was a disgrace to Ireland.
Vickers, 59, was not having it. Almost immediately, the public official grabbed the protester with both arms, ushering him away from the proceedings.
Once word of the international incident started appearing on social media, Canadians were quick to cheer on their favourite ambassador:
Kevin Vickers is so tough, he could walk to the North Pole with his sleeves rolled up. https://t.co/DF8T9kEi3h
— John Ivison (@IvisonJ) May 26, 2016
— Anthony Furey (@anthonyfurey) May 26, 2016
Listen world, don’t mess with Kevin Vickers. https://t.co/QZYNriYg3T
— Michelle Rempel, MP (@MichelleRempel) May 26, 2016
— Joe Rayment (@Joerayment) May 26, 2016
Vickers, who spent 29 years as an RCMP officer, was not injured in the scuffle. As for the protester, he told the CBC that he holds no grudge against the Canadian politician, adding “things are grand.”