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Ruba Ghazal accused of “foreign interference”

Photo: Christine Muschi The Canadian Press The MP for Mercier, Ruba Ghazal, campaigned in Montreal for the New French Popular Front.

Isabelle Porter in Quebec

Published at 2:27 p.m. Updated at 7:02 p.m.

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Politicians of various stripes accuse MP Ruba Ghazal of engaging in “foreign interference” with the campaign she is leading in Montreal for the New French Popular Front. An accusation that Québec solidaire strongly contests.

“Not certain, dear colleague, that this foreign interference on your part is well advised,” indicated CAQ Minister Christopher Skeete on the platform in order to encourage the French of Quebec to block the way of the extreme right and to vote for the New Popular Front.”

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According to the leader of the Conservative Party of Quebec, Éric Duhaime, this is “unacceptable.” “There are many people who are uncomfortable with the fact that an MP paid by Quebec taxpayers is in the Montreal metro distributing leaflets for candidates in the election of a foreign country. By definition, it is interference,” he declared Thursday morning.

Québec solidaire disputes these accusations. The party emphasizes that in France, the law defines interference as a series of actions committed “on behalf of or in the name of a foreign power” which harm “the fundamental interests of the nation”. On Canada's side, he adds, the federal government defines it as the conduct of activities that are “clandestine, deceptive or [constituting] a threat.”

This is not what Ruba Ghazal is doing, the party argues. “This is only about international solidarity and free expression in a democracy. »

The first round of the French legislative elections is due to take place on June 30. In addition to Ms. Ghazal, deputies Etienne Grandmont (Taschereau) and Haroun Bouazzi (Maurice-Richard) also took to social networks to urge French people living in Quebec to support the New Popular Front.

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