MONTREAL —A Canadian Muslim has stopped campaigning in his Quebec City riding after having his election sign shot up last week.
“Since then, I haven’t been sleeping, I’m afraid,” Ali Dahan, who is running as an Independent, told The Canadian Press by phone Wednesday.
“I’m not going out like before.”
Dahan, whose riding of Jean-Talon is home to the mosque where six worshippers were killed in 2017, said police called him in last Friday to inform him of a threat posted online beneath an article about the shooting of his sign.
The commenter said next time it would be Dahan, not his signs, who would be targeted.
“The sergeant-detective told me: ‘This is serious business. It’s a hate crime so you have to file a complaint,’ which I did,” Dahan said.
Quebec City police confirmed an investigation is underway but that no arrest has been made.
The Canadian northern city was the stage where the horrible mass shooting occurred on January 29, 2017, at the Islamic Cultural Centre of Quebec City.
Six worshippers were killed and nineteen others injured when the lone gunman, Alexandre Bissonnette, opened fire after the end of evening prayers.