Legault refuses to make public the opinions of the Public Health Department


(Quebec) Prime Minister François Legault closed once and for all, Wednesday, the door to make public the daily notices he receives from the Department of Public Health.

Patrice Bergeron
The Canadian Press

The oppositions, led by the Parti Québécois (PQ), have been asking tirelessly since May for the distribution of these documents, to understand what the government’s decisions are based on, as well as to better distinguish health decisions from political decisions.

Most recently, the director of public health, Horacio Arruda, had been open to disseminating the daily recommendations he made to the Prime Minister’s office, even if they were emails, tables, notes, few. matter the shape.

At a press conference Wednesday afternoon in parliament, Mr. Legault said clearly no to the publication of these opinions for the benefit of the population, “because in practice, it does not work like that”, he said. he argued.

Rather, in his justifications, he referred to the publication of the records of deliberations leading to the day-to-day decisions of the government.

“Most of the decisions have been discussed. […] So these are discussions, it takes place quickly. And we listen to the recommendations, we debate them, we discuss them, but so far we have managed to agree on the measures. ”

He had always said before that there was no time to take minutes.

Pekist leader Pascal Bérubé has always been outraged by the government’s methods, which did not document its management of the pandemic – documentation that could be used for posterity, he said.

“They say they don’t have time,” he said in the press scrum. Yet World War II was pretty intense and Charles de Gaulle found the time to write a lot of notes that are still useful today. An employee of Mr. Legault’s office could take notes and that would be useful. ”

According to Mr. Bérubé, the population has a right to these opinions and decisions. “If there are opinions, let us present them the same day, then we can assess them. If there is not, it is very serious. ”

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