The parliamentary leader of the Parti Québécois, Pascal Bérubé, had once again to contact the police after a conspirator posted on Facebook that he deserved “the death penalty”, like the Prime Minister.
The individual in question, a man named Billy Gagné who, on his Facebook page, proudly displays alongside certain leaders of the Quebec anti-mask movement, published an unequivocal comment in reaction to an interview granted by Mr. Bérubé at the microphone of QUB radio.
“You still believe that Pascal Bérubé works for the people, the left has had more than 200 million Billes Gâtes to shut its mouth and divide us, Pascal Bérubé, you are worse than worse, you will deserve the same punishment as your mentors François Legault, crime against humanity, you are war criminals, it is indisputable = death penalty, I hope that justice will be done [sic] », Wrote Billy Gagné.
The SQ takes the matter “seriously”
Questioned by our Parliamentary Bureau, the PQ member for Matane-Matapedia confirmed that this publication was immediately reported to the Sûreté du Québec (SQ).
“I do not accept to be threatened because of my political positions, lamented Mr. Bérubé. In a democracy, we have the right to disagree and to express it, but not to threaten with death a person with whom we disagree. That’s enough ! “
At the time of this writing, no formal complaint has been filed.
“We are aware of threatening comments made against an elected member of the National Assembly […] and the appropriate actions will be taken, ”SQ spokesperson Hugo Fournier said on this subject.
“All situations like this are taken very seriously and people who say this kind of thing expose themselves to consequences,” added the lieutenant.
“Any type of threat to our elected officials is unacceptable. We must denounce them, ”commented for his part the press secretary of François Legault, Ewan Sauves.
- LISTEN to Varda Étienne’s column about trolls on social media, at QUB radio:
Earlier this week, the interim PQ leader had to file a complaint with the police after another user, under the pseudonym “Lys Patriote”, launched on Twitter that he and his wife could soon “no longer walk. [sic] in the streets “.
The prime minister has also been the target of threats in recent weeks, as has the national director of public health, Horacio Arruda.