Insulting a police officer or municipal official on the internet has been made illegal in the town of Granby, Que., after the council voted unanimously tonight in favour of beefing up an already controversial bylaw.
In Granby — a town situated about 80 kilometres east of Montreal — it was already illegal to insult a police officer and other municipal officials. Offenders could face fines ranging from $100 to as high as $1,000.
Tonight, the town council strengthened that bylaw to include online insults.
“In my opinion, if I threaten you via my keyboard, it’s as though I am making that threat right in front of you.… For me, it’s the same thing,” said Robert Riel, Granby’s deputy mayor.
The move comes after town officials discovered a Facebook page called Les policiers zélé de Granby — The Zealous Police of Granby.