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Paul St-Pierre Plamondon accuses the media of not having respected his private life

Photo: Christine Muschi The Canadian Press Paul St-Pierre Plamondon concluded his publication on social networks by calling for “to take an avenue more respectful of the private sphere” of elected officials.

The Canadian Press

March 17, 2024

  • Quebec

The leader of the Parti Québécois (PQ), Paul St-Pierre Plamondon, attacked the media on Saturday, accusing them of not having respected his privacy regarding the threats that he and his family have received.

The PQ leader confirmed Friday that he and his family were the subject of death threats and that a person was arrested by the Sûreté du Québec.

The cancellation of his presence at the general council of the Bloc Québécois, Saturday in Quebec, was then announced.

His speech and his press scrum were canceled, the PQ indicated in a press release Friday evening without further details.

In a publication on the social network Facebook, broadcast Saturday morning, Mr. St-Pierre Plamondon deplored that journalists had questioned him about these threats, the existence of which was made public in a way he was unaware of. .

“The journalists present were informed by my team that I did not want to address the issue of the threats I received because it was still very difficult for my family and I was not in a position to add anything it would be. They did it the same, regardless of my situation,” he wrote, saying he became “very emotional” when first responding to the matter.

“We explicitly agreed with the journalists that only my second response where I managed to finish my sentences would be retained,” the PQ leader continued in his publication. I told them it was my private life and it was difficult enough as it was, they told me they understood. »

Mr. St-Pierre Plamondon said he was “disappointed” to see that this request was not respected, accusing certain journalists of having wanted to make their report “even more sensationalist” by posting images of him when he removed to regain his composure, so as to formulate a second response.

“I therefore do not believe that anyone at this press briefing had the obligation to expose to 9 million Quebecers the anguish that these threats may have caused us. It is a lack of sensitivity, of respect for my private life, a lack of ethics, but above all a great lack of humanity, which I did not believe was possible in politics, in Quebec”, we can read in the message of the leader of the PQ.

Mr. St-Pierre Plamondon concluded his publication by calling for “to take an avenue more respectful of the private sphere” of elected officials.

The leader of the Bloc Québécois, Yves-François Blanchet, greeted the PQ leader during his party's general council, emphasizing that Mr. St-Pierre Plamondon is a “courageous man”.

“He experienced a serious intrusion into his personal life, which affected his family. Cr… that I would become smart,” said Mr. Blanchet, referring to the threats that the PQ leader received.

“We must change our morals as a society, put an end to this slide towards the worst. Intimidation is the weapon of cowards. Insult is the argument of those who have none,” he added.

During the afternoon, Saturday, Bloc activists unanimously adopted a proposal stating that the party “manifests all its solidarity and support” to Mr. St-Pierre Plamondon .

The co-spokesperson for Québec solidaire, Gabriel Nadeau-Dubois, also expressed his support for the PQ leader in a publication on the social network X, Saturday.

“Threats have no place in politics. Period ! What [Paul St-Pierre Plamondon] is experiencing is unacceptable. This is a situation I have already found myself in with my partner. Thinking of him and his family,” he wrote.

Teilor Stone

By Teilor Stone

Teilor Stone has been a reporter on the news desk since 2013. Before that she wrote about young adolescence and family dynamics for Styles and was the legal affairs correspondent for the Metro desk. Before joining Thesaxon , Teilor Stone 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 teilor@nizhtimes.com 1-800-268-7116