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Calls for Videotron boycott after Peladeau joins the PQ

MONTREAL – It seems Pierre Karl Peladeau’s jump into politics is sparking an unexpected backlash against one of his companies.

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The target of the consumer wrath is Videotron, a unit of Quebecor Media Inc. that provides cable TV, Internet and wireless services.

Many people have taken to social media to grouse about Peladeau’s commitment to creating a sovereign Quebec and to say they can no longer support Videotron.

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Others have gone further and say they’ve cancelled their contracts altogether after Peladeau announced Sunday he would run for the Parti Quebecois and that he is a committed sovereigntist.

At the same time he resigned from a number of companies where he held senior positions, including Quebecor Media and Hydro-Quebec.

Peladeau brushed off the online grumbling on Monday, saying Videotron is a good company with a proven track record.

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