François Choquette condemns hateful speech against the french fact

Following the publication of hateful comments against francophones on the CBC website and complaints by a group of prominent New Brunswick francophones, Member of Parliament and NDP Critic for Official Languages underscored the seriousness of the remarks and criticized the lack of decisive action by the public broadcaster.

Ms. Choquette sent a letter to CBC management, in which he took to task Brodie Fenlon, senior director of digital news, to signal the importance of “taking preventive action respecting the publication of hate speech on the CBC website.”

Although CBC said the situation was unfortunate but unavoidable given the high volume of comments published every day on its website, the MP said it was no reason not to act to ensure it doesn’t happen again.

“Hateful comments must be condemned at all times, and it’s the responsibility of the CBC network to enforce its policy against this type of hateful speech and ensure the quality of its content,” said Ms. Choquette.

On March 9, 2016, more than 120 signatories, including former Supreme Court justice Michel Bastarache and former NDP MP Yvon Godin, demanded the retraction of hateful comments against the francophone and Acadian communities published in the comments section on the Crown corporation’s website.

Look below the letter from Mr. François Choquette to Mr. Brodie Fenlon, director of digital media at CBC/Radio-Canada: