UOttawa professor attacks Québec in racial statements on social networks

March 22, 2021

Journal de Montréal reports that Amir Attaran, a law professor at the University of Ottawa, has made racial statements about Québec and Québec’s government on social networks. The articles state that Attaran refers to Québec as a racist province, calls premier François Legault a white supremacist, and accuses Québec of practicing “medical lynching” in the deaths of Indigenous and Black people. Parti Québécois leader Paul St-Pierre Plamondon has told the Montréal Gazette that the party intends to file a complaint with UOttawa over these statements. Journal de Montréal explains that though UOttawa is dissociating itself from Attaran’s comments, it is not able to intervene because of issues around freedom of expression, as the statements were made outside of UOttawa. Journal de Montréal (1) | Journal de Montréal (2) | Journal de Montréal (3) | Montréal Gazette (QC)