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Le Journal de Quebec reported that 73 year old Senator Céline Hervieux-Payette is "waging war against Scientology".  She calls it a cult which she feels separates it from the label "religion" which gives it tax exemption on properties it owns.  A prime example is their property at 4489 Avenue Papineau in Montreal - photo below.  It seems that Scientology is advertising on cable channel Musique Plus - which aims at a young demographic - so the Senator asked the owner, Bell Media, to "undertake not to disseminate advertisements of the Church of Scientology."

Senator Céline Hervieux-PayetteLe Journal de Quebec reports that she said:

"You cannot put these ads available to young people and they made me a promise that they would no longer accept these ads," She also said she would not hesitate to make the same request to the three major Montreal newspapers.

"I would like a commitment from you to reject any form of advertising from the so-called Church of Scientology. Otherwise, I reserve the right to file a complaint with the Canadian Advertising Standards," she wrote in a letter to the Journal de Montreal.

"We need Quebec broadcasters to be accountable to young, impressionable customers," she adds.

Céline Hervieux-Payette said she keeps "a large open eye" on the activities of the Church of Scientology.

In the past, she lobbied the Quebec government about the bad practices of rehab Narconon Trois-Rivières. Linked to the Church of Scientology centre, it was forced to close its doors in 2012.

Scientology Church on PapineauIn Canada, the senator says that Canada Revenue does not recognize Scientology as a "religion", but the Quebec government granted it the status of "church."

"Scientology is not a church or a non-profit organization. This is a printing of money that makes billions of dollars. Our governments are lax, "believes Ms. Hervieux-Payette.

However, since it is considered a church, the "Church" of Scientology can issue charitable receipts and does not pay school or municipal taxes on their building on Papineau Street.

"If we had done a thorough analysis of the situation, we would not have granted it the status of Church of Scientology. This is an opportunity for the Government of Quebec (which) is looking for money, "says the Liberal Senator.

Translated from the French original at Journal de Quebec