Michaud defends controversial comments

Affaire Michaud 2000-2011

MONTREAL -- A longtime Quebec sovereigntist who made controversial remarks about Jews says he is ready to take his case all the way to the Supreme Court if necessary.
The Quebec legislature censured Yves Michaud in 2000, for saying Jews believe they are the only ones who have suffered in the history of humanity.
A Quebec superior court judge has ruled that the National Assembly's reaction falls within its mandate of monitoring government activity.
But Michaud says he doesn't think the legislature -- or Parliament -- has the power to condemn a private citizen for expressing an opinion.
He calls it a question of freedom of expression.
Michaud, who's 74, originally made the comments before a legislature committee on the future of the French language.
But he insists he has never made any anti-Semitic statements.
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