Curfew: the oppositions cry scandal

Curfew: the oppositions are crying scandal

The leader of the Liberal Party, Dominique Anglade

In reaction to the revelations of Radio-Canada on the lack of scientific studies justifying the establishment of a curfew in the province, the various opposition parties in Quebec castigate the government of François Legault for its lack of transparency in the management of the fifth wave.

A few hours before the announcement of the imposition of a second curfew in Quebec, on December 30, 2021, the former national director of public health, Horacio Arruda, was still looking for studies to justify this decision. . 

Indeed, according to exchanges between public health and the National Institute of Public Health of Quebec (INSPQ), Horacio Arruda was still trying to obtain studies and a portrait of what is was done elsewhere in order to build a tight argument, and this, six hours before the press conference of December 30, 2021. 

“Horacio would like you and your teams (!) to provide him with an argument in connection with the curfew in anticipation of questions from journalists at the 5 p.m. press conference this evening”, we asked.

Less three hours before the announcement, he was told that it was impossible. However, at the end of January, the Prime Minister's Office told Radio-Canada that the curfew was a public health recommendation and that Prime Minister François Legault had reluctantly imposed it.

The curfew, which lasted two weeks, prohibited Quebecers from going out between 10 p.m. and 5 a.m. on pain of receiving a fine ranging from $1,000 to $6,000. Quebec is the only province to have imposed this measure during the pandemic.

“Scandalous”, according to the oppositions

Opposition groups in the National Assembly, which have been demanding for weeks that the government reveal scientific advice related to the curfew, reacted on Wednesday morning.

Liberal Party leader Dominique Anglade called “scandalous” the revelations of Radio-Canada. According to her, it is an “instrumentalization of public health”. On the phone with Métro,its communications director, Jeremy Ghio, also mentions that there is “no longer any justification to maintain the state of emergency in Quebec.

For the spokesperson for Québec solidaire, Manon Massé, measures that are not based on science are political measures. “How many other decisions like this are hiding in François Legault’s wardrobe? This revelation adds to the long list of reasons for which a public inquiry has been demanded for months into the entire management of the pandemic,” she said.

The solidarity leader in terms of health, Vincent Marissal, believes that these revelations confirm “the improvisation and lack of transparency that characterized the management of the 5th wave” by the government.

On Twitter, the leader of the Parti Québécois, Paul St-Pierre Plamondon, deplores that public health is “subordinate to the political interests”. According to him, the government has imposed governance “without transparency or accountability”, he wrote.

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