As three areas go into the red zone for almost all of October, Quebec Premier François Legault has not hid his concern about the rising number of cases and on Friday reiterated the possibility that the partial reconfinement in these Quebec regions could be extended.
But he was clear that officials will have to see how the next few weeks go.
To be quite honest with you, we hope it will be just one month. But I've been honest with you from the beginning, it may be more than a month.
Premier François Legault
"It takes two to four weeks before we can see the effects of our measures," he explained.
But he said what's "certain" is that officials will "look at adding measures quickly, if we're going to have a possibility — and I do mean a possibility — that there will be a significant drop by the end of October."
The premier also encouraged people to adhere strictly to the red zone rules.
"Don't ask yourself how you can get around the rules," he said. "Ask yourself how you can make sure you're always at least two metres away from other people."
Quebec reported 1,052 new COVID-19 cases on Friday — the first time since May that there were more than 1,000 in a single day.
"If there was anyone who needed any more proof that the situation is critical, we have it day after day."
While there's a myriad of possible reasons as to why Trudeau is ahead in the province, his handling of the pandemic could be the biggest. Among the Quebecers polled, 46% believed that health care is the most pressing issue in the upcoming election and 53% said the current prime minister "has performed well on pandemic management."
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"We, the undersigned, demand that the Government of Quebec publicly reject, as of now, the idea of a mandatory vaccination passport and that it commit itself to do like the Governor of Florida, Ron DeSantis, has done, that is to say, prohibit the obligation to present a vaccination passport in order to attend certain events and practice certain activities," the petition states.
Samson, a former Coalition Avenir Québec member who switched sides in June, held a press conference about the petition alongside Conservative Party of Quebec leader Eric Duhaime on August 12. They explained that the party had already collected 133,000 signatures on a previous petition that did not meet the criteria of the National Assembly.
"We reviewed the wording [...] So we're going to ask these hundreds of thousands of people to re-sign their petition on the National Assembly website, and we're going to invite Quebecers who don't agree with the vaccine passport to come forward as well," Samson said.
The petition, which was posted to the National Assembly website on August 12, had garnered more than 75,000 signatures at the time this article was published.
Mary Simon's approval rating is lower in Quebec compared to the rest of Canada, a poll released Wednesday showed, because the new governor general can't speak French.
An Angus Reid Institute poll of 2,049 Canadians found only 49% of Quebecers approve of her appointment compared to 74% of respondents in the rest of the country.
"Despite being from Nunavik (the Inuit homeland in Northern Quebec), and having been awarded the [province's] highest distinction, many Quebecers remain unconvinced Mary Simon is the best choice for governor general due to her lack of fluency in French," stated the Angus Reid Institute.
"Support is cleaved along linguistic divides in the only majority Francophone province in Canada," it continued, as only 40% of Quebecers whose first language is French approve of her appointment compared to 81% of English speakers.
Though Simon, the country's first Indigenous governor general, is not currently fluent in French, she has promised to learn, Angus Reid stated.