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A man arrested for threatening to kill Paul St-Pierre Plamondon

Natasha Kumar By Natasha Kumar Mar15,2024

A man arrested for threatening to kill Paul St-Pierre Plamondon

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The threats targeted the leader of the Parti Québécois and his family.

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A man in his forties was arrested on March 8 after making death threats against the leader of the Parti Québécois (PQ), Paul St-Pierre Plamondon.

Questioned about this on Friday during an impromptu press briefing, Mr. Plamondon confirmed the information which was first revealed in the Newspaper from Montreal.

Visibly upset, since the threats targeted him and his family, Mr. St-Pierre Plamondon specified that four days passed between the moment he received the death threats and the arrest of a suspect.

It's my private sphere, but everything that is [already] public, I confirm, he concluded.< /p>

The man in question sent an email to Paul St-Pierre Plamondon making racist remarks, particularly in relation to the party's position on immigration. He also threatened to exterminate the party leader's family.

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A complaint was formally filed with the Sûreté du Québec (SQ) on March 4, who arrested the suspect on March 8 as well than a search of computer equipment.

The man in question has since been released with a promise to appear in court. He has several conditions to respect between now and his trial scheduled for June.

The leader of the PQ confirmed Friday that the investigation is still ongoing. The file was also transferred to the Director of Criminal and Penal Prosecutions (DPCP).

Vincent Marissal, solidarity MP for Rosemont, who was also present at the press briefing, showed his support for the leader of the PQ. He considered it important to send a message to the population to denounce the increasing violence suffered by elected officials at all levels of government.

We cannot, in a democracy, present ourselves to represent the world when we have the impression that we have a target painted on our back. There are plenty of ways to express discontent in society; violence and death threats are not part of it.

A quote from Vincent Marissal, solidarity deputy for Rosemont

The Minister of Public Security, François Bonnardel, for his part, believes that no one should be the victim of intimidation or be the target of threats in 2024. The SQ is leading the investigation and has our full confidence.

These are not the first threats against elected officials. Marwah Rizqy, Liberal MP in Saint-Laurent, was the subject of death threats while she was pregnant during the 2022 election campaign.

She therefore wanted to show her support for the leader of the Parti Québécois. I have a very sincere thought for the leader of the Parti Québécois and his family, a rather troubling time for them. No elected official should go through this type of moment. I have a special thought for his partner and their three children. And, dear Paul, Greg [Kelley] and I are with you.

The marked increase in threats made against elected officials during the 2022 electoral campaign had prompted the SQ to deploy a more imposing system around party leaders and their campaign caravans. PQ leader Paul St-Pierre Plamondon said in August 2022 that he had to try on bulletproof jackets.

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For her part, Catherine Fournier, mayor of Longueuil, was placed under police protection in November 2023 after receiving death threats in connection with the decision of the City of Longueuil to cull overpopulated white-tailed deer in the Michel-Chartrand park.

To believe that this is a new reality within the political world, we are seeing more and more departures because of the toxic climate. We can think in particular of the recent resignation of the mayor of Gatineau, France Bélisle. These departures reflect a sad reality, according to the resigning mayor, since hundreds of departures of elected officials generate so little substantive questioning.

With information from The Canadian Press, Jacaudrey Charbonneau and Alexis Tremblay

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Natasha Kumar

By Natasha Kumar

Natasha Kumar has been a reporter on the news desk since 2018. Before that she wrote about young adolescence and family dynamics for Styles and was the legal affairs correspondent for the Metro desk. Before joining The Times Hub, Natasha Kumar worked as a staff writer at the Village Voice and a freelancer for Newsday, The Wall Street Journal, GQ and Mirabella. To get in touch, contact me through my 1-800-268-7116

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