06/25/2015 10:42 EDT | Updated 06/25/2016 01:12 EDT

Montreal-area mayor says she's received threats over language spat

MONTREAL - The mayor of a predominantly francophone city near Montreal says she's received threats over online comments she made about an opposition politician using English during council meetings.Caroline St-Hilaire said in a Facebook posting today she's been subject to hateful insults and bullying relating to a June 23 post on the social media site about the use of English.In that post, she explained why she was irritated by Opposition Leader Robert Myles' insistence on translating everything he said in French into English.St-Hilaire says Longueuil is legally a francophone city, adding citizens are always served fairly and that language has never been an issue.But the former Bloc Quebecois MP says she's been the victim of intimidation and she is calling on citizens to avoid disrespectful and hateful comments.St-Hilaire says all elected officials have a responsibility to respect the French language and she is adamant that no amount of intimidation will stop her from serving citizens and protecting the French language.