The deployment of RCMP resources are dictated by operational requirements, including public and officer safety considerations, and a threat assessment of the events/environments," said Cpl. Lucy Shorey in the statement. "For security reasons, details on the security plans will not be discussed." Ray Boisvert, former assistant director of intelligence with the Canadian Security Intelligence Service and now president and CEO of I-Sec Integrated Strategies, said the RCMP's threat assessment would be carried out in cooperation with other agencies such as CSIS and Indian police — and that elements flagged in the "threat matrix" likely warranted enhanced security measures. While it is a democratic country, India has a long history of deep religious and ethnic strife and has been the location of many bombings in past, he said.
Fair enough, but in a place where the threat environment is apparently so severe, not much else screams 'high-value target' to the crazies like a shiny car festooned with flags and surrounded by a large escort. They watch the news too.
If you're still not convinced this is less about security and much more about a flashy ride to another World Stage(tm) gala, recall not long ago when the PMO wanted to repaint the RCAF's tactically garbed CC-150 longhaul multipurpose transport aircraft in flashier colours and designate them VIP only.
Despite the crew-cut babble about threat-matrices and required security measures, such a bold footprint may actually increase risk not only to Harper but also his security entourage. It is the latter who are likely to get wounded or killed in any attempt to harm the former.
Lastly, the heavy visible Canadian security presence is an insult Harper's Indian hosts. It says in high-explosive font "Canada believes India is unsafe and can't handle visiting VIP security."