Gatineau deputy mayor makes Islamophobic comments

Gatineau, Que.'s mayor wants a city Councillor removed from her role as deputy mayor after she said Islamophobia does not exist and that Muslim immigrants failed to integrate into society.

Gatineau City Councillor Nathalie Lemieux told newspaper Le Droit that she does not believe Islamophobia exists and that she does not recongize the word.

Her comments were made in support of Premier Francois Legault's stance that there was no need for a day to fight Islamophobia.

Legault made those comments following the two-year anniversary of a Quebec City mosque shooting that left six people dead and 19 others injured.

Legault has since walked back on those comments, his office said the Premier had meant to say that Islamophobia exists it just isn't widespread.

Lemieux added that Quebecers aren't as racist as some people say.

Several reports indicate that Maxime Pedneaud-Jobin, Gatineau's mayor, wants Lemiuex removed from her position as deputy mayor.