Gatineau city councillor Nathalie Lemieux has issued an apology for comments she made about Muslims and quit her job as the city’s deputy mayor. Her apology for “offending or hurting anyone” didn’t stop there. She punished herself before the anti-Islamophobia brigade could attack her for offending Muslims and Islam.
There has been a brouhaha in Quebec over the idea of implementing a national “Islamophobia Day” in response to a mosque shooting rampage in Quebec in January 2017. Alexandre Bissonnette pleaded guilty to six counts of first-degree murder. The murders were found not to be terrorism, because no doctrine or ideology was underlying the attack. Bissonnette’s hatred was the underlying factor. The Premier of Quebec, Francois Legault, in response to the idea of declaring a national “Islamophobia Day” stated that there would not be a day against Islamophobia in Quebec because it wasn’t an issue.
Enter councillor Nathalie Lemieux.
“’This word doesn’t even exist for me’, Lemieux said of the term Islamophobia. ‘Quebecers aren’t as racist as people would have you believe. When a group of people wants to integrate, they do. And this group doesn’t. These people do a lot of bad things, with their trucks and things. It’s normal to be scared of them.’”