PQ leader accepts Sandro Grande’s apology after tête-à-tête

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Parti Québécois Leader Paul St-Pierre Plamondon formally accepted Sandro Grande’s apology on Sunday after the two men spoke for over an hour at the PQ offices in Montreal.

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Montréal CF had hired Grande as head coach of the reserve team, but he was quickly booted after a Twitter post from 10 years ago resurfaced.

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In the post, he expressed support for the shooter who attempted to assassinate former premier Pauline Marois and lamented he had missed his target.

“I found in Sandro Grande a man sincere in his apology and I was able to discuss the situation with his family, which has obviously lived a very difficult situation in recent weeks,” said a Facebook post from St-Pierre Plamondon.

Grande publicly apologized on Thursday and sent a letter to Marois. St-Pierre Plamondon shared some of her response. “I am sure you want to pass on good values to your children, but all public people — that includes you of course — have a responsibility to contribute to a respectful debate and to pass on the importance of that respect to younger generations,” Marois wrote.

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“I am told that you and members of your family are receiving hurtful messages in the wake of recent events. This is totally contrary to my values. If you believe that publishing your letter and my response can help bring closure, I encourage you to do so,” she continues.

St-Pierre Plamondon said he and Grande agreed to work together to organize hate-prevention efforts.

“To the extent that Ms. Marois does not wish to see Mr. Grande ostracized or ‘cancelled,’ I feel comfortable, as leader of our political party and our movement, accepting her apology and thus allowing Mr. Grande to turn the page, so that he can contribute as positively as possible to our society in the future,” St-Pierre Plamondon said.

“This difficult episode will have allowed the whole of Quebec society to agree on the fact that independentists deserve neither contempt nor intimidation; and that collectively, we refuse violence, regardless of the political party or political idea in question,” the PQ leader said. “To the extent that Mr. Grande adheres to these principles and is sincere in his approach, which I have sensed from him, we wish him reintegration into society in a role in which he apparently excels, that of teaching youth soccer.”

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