A self-professed 'total anti-Islamist" who made Facebook threats against a prominent spokesperson for Montreal's Muslim community will not be going to jail.
Instead, 47-year-old René Daoust will be on probation for a year, and will get a criminal record — though he says he doesn't regret his actions.
In September of last year, just as the then-PQ government unveiled its secularism charter, he addressed Adil Charkaoui, a spokesperson for the Quebec Collective Against Islamophobia, saying "your hours are numbered, filthy terrorist." A month later, he took to Facebook again, warning anti-Charter demonstrators to "watch for snipers", because "people will show up armed."
Daoust pleaded guilty to uttering threats late last month — though he says that he's the victim, and Charkaoui is one who's causing trouble.
"It's unfair because [Charkaoui] is disturbing the peace and there are no charges against him," Daoust told the Journal de Montréal, also insisting that he is "not a racist."
Charkaoui, for his part, told CJAD News he's disappointed with the sentence, noting Daoust sent him and his group a string of messages, many threatening violence and killing.
"I don't think it's a strong message to the racists and the Islamophobes, especially in this debate for the Charter," he says. "After this very sad debate about values and the charter...we found the Islamophobia and anti-Semitism has grown."