SQ notes a spike in online threats against politicians
The Surete du Québec is reminding people that making online threats against politicians — or anyone — is a very serious offence.
They've noticed a spike in online threats against politicians at all levels — federal, provincial, and municipal — ranging from damage to property to bodily harm. Many of those who make the threats do so with the belief that they can remain anonymous online.
Daniel Thibodeau with the SQ says that's wrong.
"There are some people that are under this impression that they can use a pseudonym and they can get away with it," Thibodeau says, "and we have ways of tracking them down with our specialists."
He adds the penalties are serious, too — up to and including prison time.
"It's a criminal offence, it's not an offence that's punishable just by a fine or a ticket," he says. "It could lead to a criminal record and various restrictions as far as the Internet use of the person who is arrested."