Quebec election: Parti Québécois leader supports candidate who made explicit video

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MONTREAL — Parti Québécois Leader Paul St-Pierre Plamondon says he fully supports a PQ candidate who appeared in an explicit video.

St-Pierre Plamondon described Andréanne Fiola as "committed" and "brilliant" in a post on Twitter, adding that she has raised awareness of issues related to the environment and Quebec independence.

Fiola, who is standing in the Laval-des-Rapides riding, north of Montreal, wrote on Facebook that she participated several months ago in the production of "explicit digital content" distributed on several adult platforms.

She says she had the content taken offline because she no longer wanted to expose herself in that way.

In the post, she apologized for the impact on those around her and said she will continue her campaign.

Fiola, who wore a mask in the video to preserve her anonymity, was identified by a local newspaper because of her tattoo.

This report by The Canadian Press was first published Sept. 9, 2022.

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