QUEBEC – A well-known left-wing activist suggested Wednesday he can’t be tried fairly in Quebec City because people there are too racist.Jaggi Singh is facing a charge of obstructing justice after his arrest in connection with an Aug. 20 demonstration in the city.He was also charged with impersonation after he jokingly identified himself to police as former NHL star Michel Goulet.Singh asked a judge for his legal proceedings to be conducted outside Quebec City because he was a visible minority and, as such, wouldn’t be tried fairly in the city.He also requested a third-party investigator determine whether any links existed between Quebec City police officers and far-right groups.“I want a third-party investigator to confirm there is no link, either current or past, between these extreme groups and members of the police, or even municipal employees,” he said.“These extremist groups boast of their connection with different police services.”Several hundred people had gathered to oppose a demonstration Aug. 20 planned by La Meute, a far-right group.The counter-protest was organized by anti-fascist and pro-refugee groups after at least two Quebecers were identified participating in a white supremacist rally in Charlottesville, Va.Singh is due back in court Nov. 30.
TADOUSSAC, Que. — One of the two people seriously injured when their recreational vehicle crashed into a Quebec ferry has died.Quebec provincial police said 40-year-old Eric Belec wasn’t able to stop the RV, which careened down an embankment and off a launch ramp before crashing in a heap on the ferry that was just pulling away from the dock in Tadoussac, Que.Belec died in hospital Monday evening. A 40-year-old female passenger remained in hospital in critical condition Tuesday morning.The accident at the Tadoussac pier, about 250 kilometres northeast of Quebec City, cancelled ferry crossings to Baie-Sainte-Catherine for several hours before service resumed late Monday evening with a single ferry.Sgt. Hugues Beaulieu of the Quebec provincial police said mechanical issues with the RV were likely to blame for the crash.The year-round service is in operation 24 hours a day to ferry vehicle traffic across the Saguenay River.The Canadian Press