09/17/2016 13:25 EDT | Updated 09/18/2017 01:12 EDT

PQ leadership hopeful Alexandre Cloutier calls cops over 'violent insults'

Parti Québécois leadership candidate Alexandre Cloutier says he has alerted Quebec provincial police about violent comments directed his way on social media. 

Cloutier, the current front-runner in the PQ leadership race, told a news conference today that the Sûreté du Québec asked to be informed of his schedule.

He said "violent insults" and "hateful comments" began circulating after his closest rival in the race, Jean-François Lisée, accused him of having ties to the controversial Islamic activist Adil Charkaoui.

In both a tweet and a Facebook post, Lisée suggested that Charkoui supported Cloutier's campaign to become PQ leader.

Cloutier called the suggestion "lies" and said he has never met Charkaoui. 

Lisée has since taken down the two social media posts and denounced the threats made towards Cloutier.

He added that he would like to have a peaceful debate.

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