SAINT-HONORÉ, Que. — For Mayor Bruno Tremblay, the latest case of hateful graffiti in his Quebec town is the final straw.
Sometime on Wednesday, "Ville Blanche'' ('White Town'') was written in red spray paint on the welcome sign in Saint-Honore, a few hundred kilometres north of Quebec City.
It is the fifth such incident in the community since July 18.
That's mischief on public property and I said: 'enough is enough.'Bruno Tremblay, Saint-Honore mayor
Tremblay said in an interview Thursday he decided to file a complaint with Quebec provincial police.
"Yesterday (Wednesday) morning was the worst of the worst,'' Tremblay said. "That's mischief on public property and I said: 'enough is enough.'"
It all started in July when the Islamic association in the Saguenay-Lac-Saint-Jean region announced it would revisit a plan to have a Muslim cemetery inside a Catholic burial ground in Saint-Honore.
A few days later, someone attached a sign reading "Saguenay, Ville Blanche'' ("Saguenay, White Town'') under one for the cemetery before it was removed by authorities.
'We must be more open than this'
In another incident, a sign was posted near a local church stating there was a change of administration and that an Islamic cultural centre would open in its place.
Tremblay said he thought the incidents would die down after the first one, but they continued in August.
No citizens in the town of 6,000 have told him they were against the cemetery plan, Tremblay said.
In any case, there's a cemetery in place, so there's nothing to be opposed to, he added.
"Whether its someone who is Chinese, German or Arab, there's already a cemetery there,'' Tremblay said.
"In 2017, we must be more open than this.''
Tremblay said he complained in case police can tie the events in his town to others in the province.
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