Quebecers’ taxes should not finance porn, says Christine St-Pierre

Liberal MP Christine St-Pierre is urging Quebec to stop granting subsidies to companies working in the field of pornography, such as the giant Mindgeek, which has received nearly $ 200,000 from the provincial government for ten years.

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“We do not want Quebecers’ taxes to be used to produce porn,” she ruled in light of information reported by our Bureau of Investigation on Monday.

The MP urged the Minister responsible for Public Security, Geneviève Guilbault, to entrust experts with the mandate to examine the presence of child pornography on sites linked to companies registered in Quebec and to propose measures to prevent and repress.

The establishment of such a committee of experts was one of the recommendations contained in the report of the Special Commission on the sexual exploitation of minors tabled in early December and of which Christine St-Pierre was vice-president.

The case of Pornhub, one of the flagship sites of MindGeek, headquartered in Montreal, has made the headlines several times in recent weeks. An investigation by New York Times had shown that it was possible to find videos of minors and women visibly raped.

The Quebec state has extended over the past ten years at least $ 96,152 in various financial aid to MindGeek, which claims to be established in Luxembourg, a tax haven, but whose senior management and the majority of employees are in Montreal, reported our Office of ‘investigation.

However, according to details provided by the Ministry of Labor, Employment and Social Solidarity on Monday, all the subsidies granted on its side to Manwin (the former name of MindGeek) would rather amount to $ 189,215, more than double of what was first reported.

Thus, 17 wage subsidy contracts were awarded to the company between 2010 and 2018 to support positions in technology such as web developer or software developer, a spokesperson for the ministry said by email.

“In 2018, as soon as we became aware of the nature of the company’s activities, which is adult entertainment, the Ministry ceased all forms of financial assistance to this company,” it was assured.

However, to this sum is added an amount of $ 7,332 granted in 2019-2020 by the Legault government, which drew on the Green Fund for the company’s “deployment of electric vehicles”.

If the federal government can act to modify the Criminal Code and make illegal the distribution of content of this kind, the “only hand” that Quebec has with regard to Mindgeek remains to cut it the subsidies available to it, said Christine St. -Pierre.

And while a significant portion of the subsidies granted to the company were under the former Liberal governments of Jean Charest and Philippe Couillard, Christine St-Pierre argues that she knew nothing about it.

“If these things had been brought to my attention when I was a minister in a government, I would have moved heaven and earth. […] These are unacceptable business, ”she hammered in an interview.

– With the collaboration of Jean-François Cloutier, Bureau of Investigation

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