Newspaper article The Canadian Press

Parti Quebecois Seeks Injunction to Close Website Spreading 'Racist' Statements

Newspaper article The Canadian Press

Parti Quebecois Seeks Injunction to Close Website Spreading 'Racist' Statements

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PQ seeks injunction to close 'defamatory' site

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MONTREAL - Pawning off immigrant health care costs on the federal government and a "racist" website displaying embarrassing comments from Parti Quebecois members were some of the highlights from Day 37 of Quebec's election campaign.

Entering the final weekend before Monday's vote, the PQ went to court to try to shut down a website the party said was using its logo to spread racist messages online.

Ironically, the website also includes authentic quotations from PQ Leader Jean-Francois Lisee about burkas and from one of his candidates using an offensive term for black people on Twitter.

The website, serieusement.fun, uses the PQ's logo, and the site's background colour is similar to the party's signature blue.

Visitors to the site are invited to type in a message above the party's official slogan, "Seriously," and to share the meme they create on social media.

It also gives visitors examples of messages to type into the program as "inspiration."

One of the examples is a quote Lisee gave to Le Devoir in 2016 when he was running for his party's leadership: "AK-47s under burqas, it's proven."

Lisee was criticized heavily at the time for his words, which suggested Islamic women could hide weapons under their religious clothing.

Another source of "inspiration" is an old tweet by Blanc in which she used the French-language term for the N-word to describe a man who sounded "African" on the phone: "Your voice is African and I don't call you my little 'N-word'."

Blanc, who is a trans woman, has said she tweeted that in anger because the phone operator kept referring to her as a man.

In an email to The Canadian Press, a PQ spokesperson confirmed the party filed a request for a court injunction to have the site -- whose creator is unknown -- shut down.

"This internet site -- to which we don't want to give visibility -- uses without authorization our image and logo in order to ties us to statements that we estimate are racist and defamatory. …

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