Mayor de­nounces graf­fiti

‘Ville Blanche’ (White Town) writ­ten in red spray paint on the wel­come sign

The Western Star - - Canada -

For Mayor Bruno Trem­blay, the lat­est case of hate­ful graf­fiti in his Que­bec town is the fi­nal straw.

Some­time on Wed­nes­day, “Ville Blanche” (“White Town”) was writ­ten in red spray paint on the wel­come sign in Sain­tHonore, a few hun­dred kilo­me­tres north of Que­bec City.

It is the fifth such in­ci­dent in the com­mu­nity since July 18.

Trem­blay said in an in­ter­view Thurs­day he de­cided to file a com­plaint with Que­bec pro­vin­cial po­lice.

“Yes­ter­day (Wed­nes­day) morn­ing was the worst of the worst,” Trem­blay said. “That’s mis­chief on pub­lic prop­erty and I said: ‘enough is enough.’”

It all started in July when the Is­lamic as­so­ci­a­tion in the Sague­nay-Lac-Saint-Jean re­gion an­nounced it would re­visit a plan to have a Mus­lim ceme­tery in­side a Catholic burial ground in Saint-Honore.

A few days later, some­one at­tached a sign read­ing “Sague­nay, Ville Blanche” (“Sague­nay, White Town”) un­der one for the ceme­tery be­fore it was re­moved by au­thor­i­ties.

In an­other in­ci­dent, a sign was posted near a lo­cal church stat­ing there was a change of ad­min­is­tra­tion and that an Is­lamic cul­tural cen­tre would open in its place.

Trem­blay said he thought the in­ci­dents would die down af­ter the first one, but they con­tin­ued in Au­gust.

No cit­i­zens in the town of 6,000 have told him they were against the ceme­tery plan, Trem­blay said.

In any case, there’s a ceme­tery in place, so there’s noth­ing to be op­posed to, he added.

“Whether its some­one who is Chi­nese, Ger­man or Arab, there’s al­ready a ceme­tery there,” Trem­blay said. “In 2017, we must be more open than this.”

Trem­blay said he com­plained in case po­lice can tie the events in his town to oth­ers in the prov­ince.


Graf­fiti read­ing “White Town” is shown in this im­age pro­vided by Saint-Honore Mayor Bruno Trem­blay. Trem­blay says he’s called the po­lice af­ter a fifth in­ci­dent of hate­ful graf­fiti in his town.

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