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The involuntary but controversial “like” of the Quebec Solidire candidate for Marie-Victorin

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Another sympathetic candidate is in trouble this morning over the “unfortunate” and “really unintentional” “like” of a tweet that broadcasts racist comments towards Quebec and Quebec.

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A “like” mention on a controversial tweet made by the candidate in solidarity with Marie-Victorin, Shophika Vaithyanathasarma, has aroused the discontent of many Internet users.


The candidate from Quebec Solidire, Shophika Vaithyanathasarma

Twitter screenshot.

In this tweet, the user @maDuchesse, with 90 “likes” and 24 retweets since yesterday, explains that “it is a possibility that the ethnic vote has prevented a country from being racist with this beautiful province”.


The candidate from Quebec Solidire, Shophika Vaithyanathasarma

Twitter screenshot.

While the positions taken on social networks are being examined as never before in this campaign, the solidarity candidate, and former candidate of the Québécois Bloc, wanted to shed some light on this topic. This “like” is “absolutely and totally involuntary”.

“I absolutely disagree with these racist and outrageous remarks,” he explains.


The candidate from Quebec Solidire, Shophika Vaithyanathasarma

Screenshot, TVA Nouvelles

“Yesterday, while scanning social networks, I accidentally pressed on this tweet to see the comments. This is where I accidentally hit the “like” button. I have since removed it and I don’t approve, but not really these outrageous comments and I apologize if this mistake could have shocked, “she adds.

A contrary approach

M.myself Finally, Vaithyanathasarma would like to point out that this type of comment is absolutely against the campaign he is conducting on Marie-Victorin and his approach and his way of doing politics.

“This type of message is the opposite of the unifying discourse that I promote to the inhabitants of the Marie-Victorin stables,” he explains.

Reached today by telephone, Quebec Solidire also dissociates itself from the observations of this tweet and supports with the utmost force the explanations of its candidate.

“We called her immediately last night to ask for information. He immediately assured us of his mistake and his mistake in handling the demand “, says the party.

However, Québec Solidire would like to highlight the consequences of this event. Because if there was a mistake, the party apologizes for the intimidation and scornful comments the solidarity candidate may have received since last night, through the following two tweet examples.


The candidate from Quebec Solidire, Shophika Vaithyanathasarma

Twitter screenshot.

“In a campaign marked by the seal of intimidation, it is scary,” adds the party.


The candidate from Quebec Solidire, Shophika Vaithyanathasarma

Twitter screenshot.

Comments with racist overtones made headlines in the last week of the election campaign, between an anti-Muslim candidate from Parti Québécois and controversial comments on the Muslim religion and visible minorities, and the controversy over the Minister of Labor’s comments on immigration, leaving Jean Boulet.

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The importance of being careful on social media for politicians

For UQAM doctoral student in communication and professor at UQAM’s School of Media Laurence Grondin-Robillard, “We all make accidents, making mistakes is human.”


The candidate from Quebec Solidire, Shophika Vaithyanathasarma

Screenshot Inter-university research center on communication, information and society (CRICIS).

“The problem is that to make themselves known to other non-subscribers, users have to be very active. Then imagine at the end of the campaign! It’s challenging and mistakes are frequent, ”she adds.

However, the specialist wishes to conclude that in the case of M.myself Vaithyanathasarma, a certain racism may have colored the reactions of users.

“Misogyny and racism are not lacking these days. Above all, we must remember that Vaithyanathasarma is a woman of Sri Lankan descent, ”she comments.

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