Premier François Legault recently announced that unvaccinated Quebecers are going to be charged a "significant" fee if they refuse to get at least their first dose in the next few weeks unless they have a medical reason not to.
The premier began by saying that the Government of Quebec will "reach out one by one" to the 600,000 adults who have not yet received a vaccine dose to inform them about the fee and ensure that the person is not in a vulnerable situation and has good reasons to refuse the vaccine.
"The objective, indeed, is to be able to have a list of people who refuse to be vaccinated, not for medical reasons, not because they don't speak French or because they don't have access to vaccines. And these people, if they really refuse, given that they bring an enormous burden on the health care system, I think it is normal that they pay a contribution," Legault stated
How much such will cost has not been announced yet, nor is it known exactly what form it will take. The "health contribution" was compared on the program to a "fine" received for running a red light.
Guy A. Lepage, one of the show's hosts, asked Mr. Legault how the government was going to get the list of non-vaccinated people, since patients' medical information is supposed to be protected by confidentiality.
Government lawyers are working on this and a bill is expected to be debated with the opposition parties in the National Assembly in early February, which is when we'll find out how much the fee would cost.
According to Legault, if important surgeries are postponed, it is "often because of the non-vaccinated."
"One person going into intensive care can cost up to $50,000. Multiply that [by] a few hundred non-vaccinated people continually adding up, it's a lot of money, but it's mostly a risk for all the people who have their surgeries postponed."
In an alleged letter addressed to Premier François Legault shared by LaPresse, Dr. Arruda wrote “recent commentary about the credibility of our opinions and on our scientific rigour have undoubtedly caused a certain erosion of public trust."
The public health director reportedly requested that he be replaced, stating "In this context, I consider it appropriate to offer you the possibility of replacing me at the end of the term of my mandate, at least in my role of director of public health" in his apparent letter cited by multiple media outlets.
Global News reported that Legault has accepted Arruda's resignation.
On Monday night, Radio-Canada journalist Martine Biron tweeted that the premier will be announcing the fact that Dr. Arruda submitted his resignation during a press conference on Tuesday.
1/2 Le Dr. Arruda a longtemps servi les http://xn--qubcois-cyab.esqu\u00e9b\u00e9cois.es\u00a0. Les deux derni\u00e8res ann\u00e9es de pand\u00e9mie ont \u00e9t\u00e9 charni\u00e8res. Elles l'auront forc\u00e9 \u00e0 mettre de c\u00f4t\u00e9 sa vie ainsi que sa famille pour nous tous.tes et pour cela, on l'en remercie. #polqc\u00a0\u00a0https://www.tvanouvelles.ca/2022/01/10/horacio-arruda-demisionne\u00a0\u2026
Quebec Liberal Party leader Dominique Anglade released a statement about the reported news, saying "Dr. Arruda has served Quebecers for a long time. The last two years of the pandemic have been pivotal. They will have forced him to put aside his life and his family for all of us and for that, we thank him."
Merci au Dr Horacio Arruda pour ses longues ann\u00e9es de d\u00e9vouement envers notre appareil de sant\u00e9 publique, trop longtemps n\u00e9glig\u00e9 et sous-financ\u00e9.\n\nTout au long de cette pand\u00e9mie, il a servi le Qu\u00e9bec avec sinc\u00e9rit\u00e9. C\u2019est le gouvernement de la CAQ qui a pris les d\u00e9cisions. #polqc
— Gabriel Nadeau-Dubois (@Gabriel Nadeau-Dubois)
Gabriel Nadeau-Dubois, co-spokesperson of Québec Solidaire, share a similar sentiment as Anglade on Twitter just minutes after.
"Thank you to Dr. Horacio Arruda for his long years of dedication to our public health system, too long neglected and underfunded. Throughout this pandemic, he served Quebec with sincerity. It was the CAQ government that made the decisions," he wrote.
At the time of writing this article, Legault had not made any public comment on the matter.
MTL Blog reached out to the premier's office for confirmation about Dr. Arruda reported resignation. This article will be updated once a response is received.
This article’s cover image was used for illustrative purposes only.
In the latest turn of events in the mounting national opposition to Quebec's controversial Bill 21, Toronto Mayor John Tory said that Toronto's city council will vote on a motion to help fund legal battles against the law, which bans many public servants from wearing religious symbols while performing their duties.
Tory also voiced his personal opposition to Bill 21 in a statement published on Twitter. "I continue to be opposed to Quebec's Bill 21. Today, I will ask City Council to help fund the legal fight against Bill 21," the mayor wrote.
I continue to be opposed to Quebec's Bill 21. Toronto City Council has also repeatedly voiced its opposition to this bill. Today, I will ask City Council to help fund the legal fight against Bill 21.pic.twitter.com/TyekKVJ2NX
This news follows a recent letter published by Brampton, Ontario mayor Patrick Brown in which he implores mayors across Canada to consider pooling their cities' financial resources to help "fight Bill 21 in the courts."
Mayor Tory said Thursday that he stands with Brown and "[encourages] other cities across Canada to join this fight to uphold the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms."
In the past week, Quebec has been under fire for applying Bill 21 to remove elementary school teacher Fatemeh Anvari, who wears a hijab, from her position in the city of Chelsea. The incident prompted Prime Minister Justin Trudeau to speak out against the law.
"I don't find that in a free and open society that someone should lose their job because of their religion," Trudeau said at a press conference on Monday.
Quebec Premier François Legault clapped back, insisting laws need to be enforced. He said the local school board made a mistake by hiring Anvari.
What will Legault have to say about this latest move by Tory?
This is definitely not why the
Parti Québécois wanted to be in the news after unveiling its new logo, but even it can't escape the power of a good graphic designer armed with social media.
After the PQ presented its new brand image at a caucus meeting in Trois-Rivères on December 4, a few eagle-eyed observers noticed that the party's new logo looks suspiciously like that of another business. In Kazakhstan.
Logo du @PartiQuebecois \u2193\nLes identit\u00e9s de marque, c\u2019est en partie mon m\u00e9tier. Des nouveaux logos \u00abqui ressemblent \u00e0\u00bb / \u00abqui ont l\u2019air de s\u2019inspirer de\u00bb, c\u2019est fr\u00e9quent. Quand on jongle avec des formes simples, les co\u00efncidences sont possibles. Mais ici\u2026 c\u2019est identique #polqcpic.twitter.com/gu6UBNTdmm
The resemblance has certainly raised some eyebrows.
One graphic artist on Twitter showed how the petals of the fleur-de-lys design have just a slightly different orientation in the two logos. Despite that subtle difference, the graphic artist, Vincent Beaudry, opined that "the details are too identical for it to be a coincidence."
Le noue. Logo du @partiquebecois est une copie \u00e0 peine subtil du logo d'un call center au Kazakhstan publi\u00e9 sur Facebook en 2018.\n\nCe n'est pas 100% le m\u00eame logo, mais les d\u00e9tails sont trop identiques pour que ce soit une coincidence. #polqc #cdnpoli #PQ #PLQ #CAQ @PaulPlamondonpic.twitter.com/Scfjyy9G4V
— Vincent Beaudry \ud83c\udde8\ud83c\udde6\ud83c\udf10\ud83d\udc89\ud83d\udc89\ud83c\udff3\ufe0f\u200d\u26a7\ufe0f\ud83c\uddfa\ud83c\uddf3 (@Vincent Beaudry \ud83c\udde8\ud83c\udde6\ud83c\udf10\ud83d\udc89\ud83d\udc89\ud83c\udff3\ufe0f\u200d\u26a7\ufe0f\ud83c\uddfa\ud83c\uddf3)
The Kazakhstani company,
QazContract, calls itself the country's "largest consulting service" on its Facebook page. Its logo, featuring a stylized letter "Q," seems to look like a perfect logo for an upstart québécois political party with its fleur-de-lys-like flair.
tweet, the PQ said, "Our new visual identity speaks as much to our rich heritage as to the momentum we want to give to the Quebec of today and tomorrow." Previous iterations of the party logo featured a "Q" — of course — with a sharp, triangle-shaped tail.
In a statement shared with the
Journal Métro, the PQ insisted that it didn't copy the logo and claimed that it's an original design.
So we ask you, graphic designers of the internet — is this the same logo?