PQ candidate accused of spreading KKK anti-Semitic conspiracy

Louise Mailloux
La Presse

The Parti Quebecois' candidate in Gouin is being accused of propagating an urban legend that, one Jewish group says, was originally drafted by the Ku Klux Klan.

The candidate, Louise Mailloux, has written in several publications that rabbis are raking in money by imposing a tax on food certified as kosher, and that the proceeds are being sent to fund religious fighters.

The centre for Israel and Jewish affairs says this is an anti-Semitic conspiracy theory that was created by the KKK and is being distributed by Neo-Nazi groups.

"We are extremely troubled by the candidacy of Louise Mailloux," says the Centre for Israel and Jewish Affairs. It says the candidate is contributing to unfounded resentment toward Jewish Quebecers and is calling on the PQ to reject Mailloux's declared beliefs.

"The absurd and profoundly defamatory statements of Louise Mailloux toward Quebec Jews is not befitting a major political party like the Parti Quebécois," it says.

The group says food producers and the company Metro have already declared during Bouchard-Taylor that the certification has no impact on their selling price, and that the certification does not include any type of blessing.

"In 1997, the Government of Canada refuted the conspiracy theory of 'the kosher tax' after citizens were encouraged by racist groups to demand tax deductions," says the groups.

Mailloux stands her ground

The candidate, Mailloux, has also compared baptism and circumcision to rape in her writings.

In an interview published yesterday, she told La Presse she "absolutely" still stands by her statement.

She also deflected the question of whether a "kosher tax" is paying for religious wars, saying that her aim now is to support the secularism charter.

Yesterday, a different Parti Quebecois candidate running in LaFontaine pulled out of the race after admitting to sharing an obscene photo of a shirtless woman that said "F___ Islam."

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  1. JohnH- posted on 03/14/2014 09:59 AM
    And now the real stories come out. Who are these people? And how do they get this far in the election?
  2. wluis posted on 03/14/2014 10:45 AM
    Wow....I can't believe in Quebec, we still have people who think this way.
    This is backwards!! These are the messages that are being told to our population?
    And once again "very sad"
  3. George73 posted on 03/14/2014 12:07 PM
    And where is Mme Marois during all of this? No words of condemnation. Her silence suggests she supports the views of this candidate. If not, then kick the candidate out of the party.

    The PQ does itself no favours by tolerating people such as Mme Mailloux within its ranks. It just confirms what many have suspected for a long time.
  4. Grant posted on 03/14/2014 02:00 PM
    You know, usually when I talk to Canadians about politics they're the ones saying how insane American politicians are and how crazy people are to elect some of our representatives and senators.
  5. Dorothy posted on 03/14/2014 02:45 PM
    They are NOT asking her to step down. This must mean that they agree with her "Personal opinions". Is this who you want to represent you?
  6. Geoff Stephenson posted on 03/18/2014 11:58 PM
    Is anyone surprised that The PQ would not say anything towards Maillouxs rant? Did the PQ or any Quebec party for that matter ever condemn the actions of the FLQ? never! Did the PQ condemn Pierre Curzi when he wanted to put an identification code on English speaking Quebecers health cards? To track their usage? Never! If this were in the reverse, in other words, if this had been going against Separatist freedom of expression (sic) then there would have been an outcry like you have never heard. Racist policies you say? This would be what is called, The tip of the iceberg.
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