The CRA employee that Nipawin resident David Petersen was speaking to via telephone last winter testified at Petersen’s trial on September 4 that the man was even more depressed and upset than the multiple other times the two had communicated previously.Petersen, 53, is being tried on charges of threatening to shoot Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and with threatening to blow up Parliament stemming from a February 12, 2019 conversation with a CRA employee.“We spoke quite a bit,” said CRA employee Paul Sveinson, testifying by closed circuit television from Winnipeg, MB. And while Petersen often seemed to be tired and depressed in the multiple other conversations they had, that day was worse than normal, he said.“It sounded quite desperate. The magnitude of this depression had escalated quite a bit from previous conversations,” Sveinson said. “He was saying that he wanted this to end. He felt like a dog that was backed in a corner.”None of their previous conversations had included any political statements so Sveinson said he was surprised when Petersen asked him his opinion on the Prime MinisterStory continues belowThis advertisement has not loaded yet,but your article continues below.Sveinson said that Petersen brought up the topic of the Prime Minister and said that ‘Between you and me, he would like to take a shot at Trudeau’.He said that Petersen then further commented that ‘I don’t want to be the guy that goes and blows up Parliament’.“He said he felt like lashing out, and he felt again like a dog backed in a corner.”When questioned by Crown Prosecutor Lori O’Conner about what he was concerned would happen, Sveinsen said “I was concerned that Mr. Petersen would commit suicide.”As part of his job with the CRA he took a one day training course on suicide, Sveinson said. He took steps to ask Petersen if he was OK and if he was talking to anyone about his stress and depression.“I was concerned for him. I was concerned for his wellbeing and I didn’t want to end the conversation like that,” he said. “I wanted to make sure he was OK.”Svinson then reported the conversation to his supervisor, who called the RCMP.In a follow up interview in Nipawin with RCMP Constable Tanner Gillies, a member of the Saskatchewan RCMP National Enforcement Section, which provides security to VIPs such as the Prime Minister, Petersen said that he meant take a shot with his fist or ‘poke him in the nose’.In the interview, Petersen said to Gillies he had no recollection of any comments about blowing up Parliament.At one point, Petersen was talking to Gillies about stress and discussed how, in his job as building inspector, he was asked to inspect the home of a man who was suffering frostbite to his fingers and toes, facing amputation. Petersen’s investigation was to show that the home was not inhabitable because of the lack of running water and heat (with the only heat provided by electric heaters around the home).When the recording got to the point of seeing blood on the doorknob, Petersen tried to leave the court room, visibly upset, saying he could not continue.Petersen is representing himself and told Judge H Harradence that he would like to testify on his own behalf.The trial will resume Sept. 10 at 10 am in Nipawin Provincial Court for Petersen to present his defense, expected to be his testimony on his own behalf.