The DPCP launches a campaign to counter threats against candidates | Elections Quebec 2022

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The DPCP is launching a campaign to counter threats to candidates | ÉQuebec 2022 elections

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The DPCP calls for calm on the media by recalling that certain comments, criminal, can lead to “real sanctions”.

The Director of Criminal and Penal Prosecutions (DPCP) warns Quebecers against all forms of threats, harassment and intimidation towards those who aspire to become their next deputies.

Certain statements may constitute criminal offences, the public prosecutor reminds in a social media campaign launched on Thursday.

As a public institution independent of any influence of a political nature, the DPCP recalls that comments posted on social media, or in any other form, about elected officials or candidates for election may constitute criminal offenses, he wrote on his Twitter account.

Such offenses, depending on their seriousness, can lead to a sentence of up to 10 years in prison, with the consequence in particular of a criminal record, specifies the public prosecutor's office.

Among the examples presented, the DPCP submits that of a man who received a criminal record and six months of detention for having written on Facebook about a senior official: It's over for you. You're dead, my [censored]. They discovered the pot of roses.

He also mentions the case of a young woman with no criminal record who wrote on Facebook that she would break both legs to an elected official. In addition to a criminal record, the defendant was given 18 months probation with several conditions to meet.

These examples are taken from real causes, real files that are now over and real convictions, real sanctions [having been] imposed on people, explained DPCP spokesperson Audrey Roy-Cloutier in an interview with Radio-Canada on Thursday.

Such remarks are criminal on their face, she pointed out, regardless of the real intentions of whoever makes them.

You can [defend yourself by saying you] didn't really intend to do it, but it's still an offense. It is not necessary, as a prosecutor, to demonstrate that the person who is accused intended to take action. It is simply the intention to be taken seriously [that counts for there to be] sufficient evidence.

Election campaign The current one, which arrived halfway through Thursday, was marked by several noteworthy violent incidents, which notably prompted the Sûreté du Québec to reinforce the security apparatus around party leaders.

In addition to the inevitable ransacking of election signs, some candidates, such as the Liberal Enrico Ciccone in Marquette and the Parti Québécois Jeanne Robin in Taschereau, saw their electoral premises vandalized.

Precinct of eight months, the outgoing MP for Saint-Laurent, Marwah Rizqy, also received death threats.

She criticized the Conservative Party of Quebec for fueling the tensions. The accusation also greatly displeased Éric Duhaime, who did not hesitate to recall that even before the start of the campaign, two of his activists were threatened with a knife while installing electoral signs, in Montreal and Port-Cartier.

On the evening of September 8, in Victoriaville, around thirty motorists also demonstrated loudly in front of the home of the outgoing MP d'Arthabaska, Éric Lefebvre, notably causing a panic attack in his 16-year-old daughter-in-law living with a moderate intellectual disability.

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