Partial confinement in the red zone


(Quebec) The opposition parties demand that the public health opinions which led the Legault government to close bars, restaurants and several cultural sectors in the regions on red alert be made public.

Hugo Pilon-Larose
Hugo Pilon-Larose

In the eyes of the Liberal Party, Québec solidaire and the Parti Québécois, Quebec can no longer silence the official opinions that emanate from the public health department for a question of consistency and citizens’ support for the required containment measures.

“We don’t have more information than the public. So, systematically, the Prime Minister and the director of public health have to speak. We have no more information, we are not involved in the discussions, and it is too important for us to continue to ask us to accept without questioning measures that have such an impact on the life of Quebec society, ”said interim PQ leader Pascal Bérubé on Tuesday.

“It’s over, the time when we ask the oppositions to share the message without having any indication of how the decisions were made,” he added.


Dominique anglade

The leader of the Liberal Party, Dominique Anglade, also demands that the opinions of Public Health be systematically published, but also that François Legault now make press briefings separate from the Dr Arruda. The Prime Minister will again be accompanied by the National Director of Public Health at a press conference at 1 p.m.

“To ensure more coherence, more ensure more cohesion, there is clearly a need for a separation between the comments made by Public Health and the comments made by the politician”, demanded Anglade.

“It is high time that Public Health issues its opinions, gives a very clear perspective of what is happening and that the politician, if he decides not to follow the recommendations, […] [qu’il] explain to the population why, ”she added.


Manon Massé

The head of Québec solidaire, Manon Massé, is also calling for more transparency. She is also concerned about the impact of the closures on the cultural sector and deplores that no measure has yet been announced to help artists.

“Mr. Legault must explain to us why he is closing city centers across Quebec rather than shopping centers. We want to know on what basis it confines culture when we have no indication that there are outbreaks in our theaters, our museums, our cinemas, our libraries. As far as I know, there aren’t many library parties. But, for many people, it’s the only place where they can go to connect to the internet, ”she said.

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