The premier of Quebec is defending a candidate in next month’s election who is accused of spreading anti-Semitic propaganda.

At a news conference held Friday in Montreal, Premier Pauline Marois said she stands by Parti Quebecois candidate Louise Mailloux, and said her party is not anti-Semitic.

In previous writings, Mailloux, who teaches philosophy at a Montreal college, called kosher certification “robbery” and a hidden “tax.”

In a 2012 newspaper article, Mailloux said Christians “missed a great opportunity to make lots of money” when they decided that all food is permissible. “Ding, ding, ding! You can imagine the trick, getting paid to bless bottles of Coke,” she wrote. “There are even rabbis who bless an entire truck (of Coke) in one go. It is more profitable, and it can bless the truck at the same time.”

She called for kosher slaughter to be banned, and for the government to provide rules to “secularize” food and no longer “promote religious accommodation” in food.


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