Quebec transport minister accuses union after riding office vandalized

"Vandalism is not a way to negotiate," François Bonnardel said after his Granby office was covered in union stickers and paint.

Quebec Transport Minister François Bonnardel.

Quebec Transport Minister François Bonnardel said Friday he had contacted Granby police after his riding office was vandalized by unionized public sector workers.

Bonnardel accused the Syndicat de la fonction publique et parapublique du Québec (SFPQ) in a tweet that depicted the exterior of his office covered with union stickers and its entrance blocked by slit sandbags.

“For the second time in one month the SFPQ have vandalized my riding office in Granby. A technique of intimidation better suited to the ’70s! Slashed sandbags, paint on the windows, stickers everywhere. Vandalism is not a way to negotiate.”

“Taxpayers will not pay for this,” Bonnardel said.

SFPQ president Christian Daigle was not slow to react to Bonnardel’s accusations.

“He says we’re using tactics that date from the ’70s. … We’d say that we’re paid salaries that date from the 1970s,” he said.

“If Mr. Bonnardel thinks this was a heavy pressure tactic, he doesn’t know my workers, because the ones I’ve met are angry and this was a pressure tactic that is light. We are restraining our members right now from pressure tactics that are much heavier.”

Daigle said further tactics could be expected.

Bonnardel and other Legault government ministers have been targeted by union demonstrators protesting the slow pace of negotiations.

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