Daniel Seniw, 58, made a brief appearance at the Montreal courthouse on Thursday, before Quebec Court Judge Manon Ouimet, where he learned the Crown does not object to his release and that he will be charged in Quebec City, the court jurisdiction where the threat was directed.
His wife, Janet Seniw, was present for the hearing.
"Dan is a very charitable and giving guy. He volunteers in hospitals. He was just making a statement on the Internet," she later told reporters. She described her husband as a retired Bell Canada employee who used to coach youth football.
"I'm very surprised. He's a church-goer, he volunteers at palliative care at St.. Mary's Hospital. He volunteers at the mental health ward and this was just one little glitch that he did."
"He is not violent at all, at all. It was an error. Just be careful, people, of what you write on the Internet. You could end up in the same position."
Daniel Seniw, a Cote des Neiges resident, appeared calm as his lawyer, Louis Philippe Roy, explained what he would have to agree to in order to be released. It included the unusual condition that Seniw supply the court with proof that he will cancel any contract he has with an Internet provider.
Seniw, who does not have a criminal record, is also required to make a $2,000 deposit, call the police two times per month, and is not allowed to possess any weapons. Seniw told the court that he does not possess any.
He is also not allowed to be at Internet cafes, use a computer to connect with the Internet or use an electronic device for the same purpose. He also is not allowed near the National Assembly and he agreed to be present for his first court date in his case, at the courthouse in Quebec City, on Feb. 18.
Seniw faces one charge of uttering threats toward "personnel at that National Assembly."
Reportedly, Sinew posted a comment on Facebook attached to a Huffington Post article that suggested the Quebec government is poised to turn the heated charter debate into an election issue.
The Facebook group has a set rules of conduct it won't tolerate posted on its page, including a note stating: "Allusions to violence of any kind — verbal physical, metaphoric. We're all about peaceful coexistence, let's keep the rhetoric toned down."