Lifting of the state of emergency: Dubé wants to keep certain powers
The Minister of Health and Social Services, Christian Dubé./Josie Desmarais/Métro
Even if the state of emergency ends, the measures specific to it can still be deployed by Quebec until December 31. A bill will be adopted to this effect in the National Assembly.
The Minister of Health presented it in the chamber on Wednesday. It provides that “the measures provided for by decrees or orders” which are “taken under the Law on public health and which are in force at the end of the state health emergency remain in effect until December 31, 2022″.
All decrees adopted by the government may be repealed or modified. “This bill is necessary to maintain certain operational measures, which are temporary but essential,” said Christian Dubé at a press conference.
“Masquerade” and “deception”
Seeing the CAQ have powers specific to the state of emergency until the end of the year constitutes a problem, denounces the leader of the liberal party Dominique Anglade. “I find it appalling,” she says. We are going to an election period, and they are still arrogating all the powers today. It’s a masquerade.
Québec solidaire considers that the bill is misleading, since it allows to maintain the state of emergency, but if it appears to be lifted. “It's nothing but a deception to deceive people and opposition,” said health spokesperson Vincent Marissal. If the government refuses to put in place measures to ensure accountability and a seamless transition out of the pandemic, it will cross paths with us. It's not true that we're going to let François Legault pass a Christmas tree to Quebecers, who want us to get out of the state of emergency.”
“It’s a diversion, it’ is a corruption of the notion of urgency that we are witnessing, and that is enough,” commented Parti Québécois leader Paul St-Pierre-Plamondon.