Over the weekend, Premier François Legault posted a statement on Facebook that condemned hateful social media comments towards him and said that his team would report any threatening comments to the police.
"Every time I make a post now, I get a barrage of aggressive, sometimes even violent, comments, insults, obscenities and even threats," said the statement, "we have to do something about it."
Legault likened hateful comments from who he calls "virtual cowards" to bullying and explained that "what affects me the most is the bullying you get when you leave me a comment that is encouraging or just positive or constructive."
What Legault plans to do is to "clean up" his social media accounts and "try to curb all the messages that we consider aggressive, violent, threatening, obscene and also lies like conspiracy theories. And the threats will be transferred to the police."
"Show your support or opposition using the emoticons and, if you wish, with a comment, positive or critical, but respectful," the premier added.