Fines for citizens who harass elected officials

Citizens who intimidate municipal officials to the point of making them fear for their safety could within a few months be liable to fines, under a new bill.

The Minister of Municipal Affairs, Andrée Laforest, tabled Bill 57 on Wednesday aimed at protecting elected officials.

The text makes liable to a fine “anyone who obstructs the exercise of the functions of a deputy by threatening him, intimidating him or harassing him in such a way as to cause him to reasonably fear for his integrity or his safety”.

The fine amounts will be between $500 and $1500.

It also provides a mechanism allowing the filing of an injunction in Superior Court to put an end to situations of intimidation.

More details will follow.

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