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MONTREAL: Jean Carriere aiming for political comeback in next federal election

JEAN CARRIÈRE, FORMER PQ CANDIDATE Credits: PIERRE-PAUL POULIN/QMI AGENCY

Controversial ex-PQ candidate aiming for political comeback in next federal election

1:39 pm, December 28th, 2014

SARAH-MAUDE LEFEBVRE | QMI AGENCY

MONTREAL – Jean Carriere, a former PQ candidate who found himself in the middle of a media maelstrom last April, is entering politics once again.

The candidate in Quebec’s provincial election for the Parti Quebecois was the centre of controversy over some of his Facebook postings. One featured a picture of a young, blonde woman with “F–k Islam” written on her back. In another post, Carriere expressed support for Marine Le Pen, the leader of France’s extreme right-wing Front National.

When the posts circulated, Carriere was forced to step down as a candidate.

Carriere announced on Twitter his intention to run for the Bloc Quebecois in the riding of Argenteuil-La-Petite-Nation in the 2015 federal election. He says he is over the controversy and doesn’t hate Islam, though he maintains the right to question the religion.

“I’ve practiced Islam myself in the past,” he said. “It’s my opinion, a lot of inhumane actions have been done in its name. Even if it’s practiced by three billion people, few of them denounce these actions.”

He defends other social media posts he has made on the subject, such as claiming that Islam encourages bestiality and pedophilia.

“Why did I post that? Because there’s a certain amount of truth,” he said.

Carriere claims he has the full support of BQ leader Mario Beaulieu.

“He knows I’m not a racist or Islamophobe,” he said. “He supports me.”

BQ spokesperson Simon Charbonneau said he could not confirm Carriere’s candidacy.

“Mr. Beaulieu doesn’t support any candidate,” he said. “Carriere is simply an activist. Aside from our criminal background checks, if someone makes mistakes, it’s up to the citizens to decide whether to vote for them.”

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