01/15/2014 11:50 EST | Updated 03/17/2014 05:59 EDT

Montreal man arrested for alleged threats over secular charter

Provincial police have arrested a man for uttering threats against Quebec's national assembly.

They say 58-year-old Montrealer Daniel Seniw made the threats on social media.

He allegedly said he could see the debate around the government's proposed secular charter being settled by an AK-47, which is an assault rifle.

The alleged comment was likely a reference to Denis Lortie, who stormed into the National Assembly in 1984, shooting and killing three people.

The Sûreté du Québec said making online threats is a crime, whether or not there is an intention to carry them out.

It said it will investigate any threats or hateful comments.

Seniw is scheduled to appear in court Thursday.