People who harass or threaten Quebec politicians could soon be hit with a court injunction or a fine of up to $1,500, if a new bill tabled in the provincial legislature on April 10 is adopted.

Municipal Affairs Minister Andrée Laforest presented the proposed legislation, which aims to put an end to the often-toxic climate faced by elected officials.

She told reporters in Quebec City the measures in the more than 40-page omnibus bill are designed to stop threatening behaviour, and that she isn’t worried it will be used to muzzle political opposition.

“No, not at all,” she said in response to the question. “What we want is to stop situations that persist, threatening comments, violent comments.”

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