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Mayor Valérie Plante Asserts That The Death Threats She Receives Are 'Not Part Of The Job'

"I won't hide that it's difficult for me, but it's also hard ... for my kids — they worry about their mom."
Mayor Valérie Plante Asserts That The Death Threats She Receives Are 'Not Part Of The Job'

During a press conference on October 21, Montreal Mayor Valérie Plante was asked about death threats that she has recently apparently received in an email from a 63-year-old man from Verdun.

Plante stated that this is not the first time that she has received threats and while she knows that not everyone will always agree with her, she thinks the threats are taking it too far.

"It's part of my job to be disagreed with or to be criticized or if people don't like me, it's totally fine but to threat[en] my life … is totally unacceptable."

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[Receving death threats] is not part of [my] job.

Mayor Valérie Plante

"I do want to say that in a democracy like ours, and we should be so proud to live in a democracy where freedom of speech is possible … but we cannot allow, as a population, … that someone people feel that it's okay to threat[en] some people," she continued.

This issue does not only affect her either. "I won't hide that it's difficult for me, but it's also hard for my family, for my kids — they worry about their mom," she reminds locals.

Other Quebec politicians, including Premier François Legault and Quebec Public Health Director Horacio Arruda, have also received threats from citizens. 

The mayor invites anyone who sees people making threats online to remind them that it's wrong to do so. 

"It's our responsibility to people to say 'What the hell? What are you doing?'," Plante told citizens.