Quebec man who blamed wildfires on government pleads guilty to setting 14 fires

By Jacob Serebrin
Canadian Press in CTV News Montreal
January 15, 2024
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada, Canada East

A Quebec man who posted conspiracy theories online that forest fires were being deliberately set by the government has pleaded guilty to starting a series of fires himself that forced hundreds of people from their homes. Brian Paré, 38, pleaded guilty Monday to 13 counts of arson and one count of arson with disregard for human life at the courthouse in Chibougamau, Que. Prosecutor Marie-Philippe Charron told the court that two of the 14 fires set by Paré forced the evacuation of around 500 homes in Chapais, Que. 425 kilometres northwest of Quebec City. …Paré had been seen in the area around where a fire had started and was considered a witness. While he denied causing the fires, she said Paré “demonstrated a certain interest in fires” during the interview, which led police to suspect him. …Paré’s ideology and behaviour — including Facebook posts — matched a profile of the suspect developed by provincial police specialists.

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