MONTREAL — Quebec is marking the 10th anniversary of its fatal election night shooting amid renewed calls for the safety of political candidates on the campaign trail.
Ten years ago today a gunman opened fire outside the venue where then-woman Pauline Marois was giving her victory speech, killing one person and seriously injuring another.
Richard Henry Bain was convicted in 2016 of one count of second degree murder and three counts of attempted murder and sentenced to at least 20 years without the possibility of parole.
Although Bain did not enter the Metropolis nightclub, testimony at his trial revealed he told a forensic psychiatrist he wanted to set the venue on fire and ‘kill as many separatists as possible’ , including Marois.
The anniversary comes as politicians campaigning for the provincial election have faced threats of violence that have raised concerns for their safety.
Liberal candidate Marwah Rizqy has gone public with death threats she has received, while another Liberal candidate’s constituency office was vandalized and burglarized last week. On Saturday, Quebec provincial police announced they had arrested a person suspected of altering the campaign poster of a Coalition Avenir Quebec candidate to show it dripping with blood.
This report from The Canadian Press was first published on September 4, 2022.
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