31 arrests for threats against elected officials during the Quebec election campaign

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31 arrests for threats against elected officials during the election campaign in Quebec

A CAQ poster vandalized during the last election campaign.

Thirty-one people were arrested during the election campaign in Quebec following threats made against candidates, the Sûreté du Québec (SQ) said on Friday, confirming figures first published by Noovo.

Overall, 217 reports were made to the police during the last campaign. Of these, several turned out to be unfounded, or not retained since they could represent derogatory but not criminal remarks, explained to The Canadian Press the spokesperson for the SQ, Nicolas Scholtus.

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Among the substantiated cases, there are 66 criminal offenses, including 47 crimes against the person and 19 crimes against property.

Others arrests could be made due to ongoing investigations, Constable Scholtus noted.

The problem of threats made against candidates took up a lot of space at the start of the last election campaign in Quebec.

The Liberal MP for Saint-Laurent, Marwah Rizqy, had notably received death threats, and many candidates had their election signs vandalized.

The electoral office of the deputy for Marquette, Enrico Ciccone, had also been vandalized and robbed.

In Estrie and Centre-du-Québec, CAQ candidates had also been victims of threats. In the riding of Orford, Gilles Bélanger had received increased protection from the SQ following certain events. As for Éric Lefebvre, in Arthabaska, about thirty cars had chanted insulting messages in front of his residence.

The seriousness and frequency of the threats had prompted the outgoing Prime Minister, François Legault, to set up an emergency line for candidates.

With information from La Presse canadienne

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