The federal government will analyze Quebec's “health contribution”
The Prime Minister of Canada and Leader of the Liberal Party of Canada awaits his turn to vote at the polling station on election day federal.
While Quebec has chosen to tighten the screws against the unvaccinated by announcing a “health contribution”, Ottawa says it will analyze this measure to be sure it does not stand in the way of it. the Canada Health Act.
By the Prime Minister, Justin Trudeau's own admission, it is far too early to comment on the Quebec measure and caution is in order. However, he indicates that Quebec has assured him that the details of the “health contribution” will be in accordance with the Canada Health Act. Justin Trudeau adds that he is not in opposition to strong measures from a government, but it specifies that it wants to take the time to analyze it in order to be able to make a decision.
“We are awaiting more details on this proposal from Quebec. [& # 8230;] These details will be important because we want the principles of the Canada Health Act to be respected and to see which incentives are the most effective. This is why I cannot comment. These are extremely complex issues, we must respect fundamental rights while continuing to encourage people to be vaccinated “
The Minister of Health, Jean-Yves Duclos, highlighted that certain strong measures taken in recent months have had real effects. “What we have known since the summer, that is to say since the Canadian government, the provinces and territories have implemented mandatory vaccination measures to go to gyms, restaurants, bars, vaccination rate increased by 6-10%. So 6 to 10% more Canadians have protected themselves because of these obligations. [& # 8230;] We are in a situation with Omicron which is complicated but which would be even more complicated if we had two to three million additional unvaccinated Canadians. ”
The Prime Minister provided an update on the COVID-19 pandemic and the spread of the Omicron variant accompanied by federal ministers of health, Jean-Yves Duclos, public services and supply, Filomena Tassi and commerce, Mary Ng.
Support to healthcare workers and employers
Justin Trudeau made a gesture with the employers and thus extends the reimbursement period for the Canadian Business Emergency Account (CUEC) at the end of 2023.
The Prime Minister has had a special message for health care workers and thanks them. “I want to thank the health heroes for all the work they have been doing over the past two years.”
As support, he asks those who are still hesitant to go for the vaccine. “I can assure you that if you show up to a clinic, the workers will be happy to welcome you for the vaccine. We prefer to administer the vaccine rather than taking care of you in intensive care, ”explains the Prime Minister of Canada.