Even the premier of Quebec has something to say about the wildly popular — and extremely violent — Netflix show Squid Game. Asked about his thoughts on schools banning Squid Game Halloween costumes, Premier François Legault said the move was "extreme" and "not acceptable," linking it to cancel culture.
Legault was asked the question at a press conference on Friday, following a Journal de Québec report that an elementary school in the Charlesbourg borough of Quebec City banned Squid Game Halloween costumes because they do not "correspond to the values and rules of life of the school."
"We are now in a society where soon we will no longer have the right to do anything," Legault said.
He said this is why Quebec's minister of education wrote an open letter with France's minister of education. Their joint opinion piece in Le Devoir, "The school for freedom, against obscurantism," calls acts of cancel culture "assaults on freedom of expression and civic sense."
Legault also recalled the Halloween costumes he wore when he was growing up.
"When I was young, we dressed up as witches, we dressed up as monsters. But it's not because we wanted to support witches and monsters," he said. "To me, we need to have a balance."
Premier François Legault is standing firm on his government's decision to maintain Quebec's health emergency state. While opposition parties have called on the CAQ to end the emergency and even accused it of using the status to "abuse power," Legault said Tuesday that it's still necessary to enable the government "to take certain actions that they would not normally be able to take."
The premier claims that things like mandating masks in elementary school classes and enforcing a vaccine passport are only possible with the exceptional powers that come with the emergency declaration.
Section 123 of the law gives the government broad power to order vaccinations for parts of the population, lock down parts of the province, freely spend to address a health crisis and "order any other measure necessary to protect the health of the population."
Legault has said the government would end the emergency once five to 11-year-olds are largely vaccinated against COVID-19. On Tuesday, he reiterated that commitment.
"I'm the first person to want to stop the health emergency," he said.
"We are quite convinced that once the children have had their two doses, which means somewhere in late February, early March, we will be able to remove" it.
"But at the moment we need it to keep certain instructions in place."
Quebec is diving into its campaign to vaccinate children between the ages of five and 11 against COVID-19. The government announced that vaccinations for this age group will begin on Wednesday, November 24 in the province's vaccination centres.
Appointments are available through Clic Santé.
Next, the vaccination campaign will take to the school system.
Starting on November 29, elementary schools will begin facilitating vaccinations.
While some schools will host vaccination clinics, others will be able to organize transport to another vaccination site.
The announcement of Quebec's campaign for five to 11-year-olds comes after Health Canada's approved the Pfizer vaccine for the age group. The government says there should be at least eight weeks between doses.
In a statement, the premier's office and the Ministry of Health and Social Services said vaccinating the estimated 650,000 Quebec children between the ages of 5 and 11 will further reduce the number of COVID-19 infections and hospitalizations.
Premier Legault also previously stated that Quebec will end its health emergency, which has been in place since March 2020, once the age group had been largely vaccinated.
He said in October that that would be sometime at the beginning of 2022.
On Tuesday, Legault sought to reassure hesitant parents.
"It's normal to ask questions, to want to protect our children," he said. "but if the vaccination of our children comes much later than that of adolescents and adults, it's because scientists have taken the time to study the issue."
Quebec Premier François Legault wasn't looking for a negative reaction when he announced his hockey plan, which plays directly to one of the province's passions, but that's exactly what he got.
Late Thursday afternoon, Legault announced the creation of the Comité québécois sur le développement du hockey, a committee that will aim to "restore our national sport to its former glory, to instil a love of hockey in young people and to properly develop Quebec talent in a positive and safe environment," according to the premier.
But Legault is being dragged over his plan that some have called a "populist" distraction from more important issues.
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Allan Walsh, a well-regarded hockey agent who represents several Quebec-born players like Jonathan Drouin and Marc-André Fleury, took to Twitter to comment that growing hockey in Quebec is "not rocket science."
"Start with developing players at the QMJHL level instead of exploiting them. There [are] a few teams that do a great job, the majority will do anything to maximize profits to the detriment of players' futures."
Somebody may want to tell Legault and Plante that Belzile and Ouellet are in the lineup tonight, so a provincewide cataclysm as been averted and they can get back to that pesky little pandemic that's killed thousands of the same people they want to see on the hockey team so badly
The committee is tasked with addressing several major issues — including athlete development, the development of women's hockey, coaching, accessibility, safety and integrity — with a final report due on March 31, 2022.
For now, though, it's mostly rhetoric. In a statement, Legault exclaimed that hockey "is part of our identity, our pride and also part of the pleasures of life."
"This is how we are going to become a breeding ground for talent again. This is how Quebec will once again become a powerhouse in hockey."
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Several more people criticized Legault for announcing this plan while his administration is in the middle of an inquest into the number of deaths during the peak of the pandemic at the province's CHSLDs. Over 4,000 elderly people died in CHSLDs during the first wave of COVID-19.
"When will you have a conference to explain your catastrophic management of CHSLDs?" inquired one Twitter user.
The premier was mum on that issue during his hockey press conference.
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Premier François Legault took to Facebook on Sunday, November 14 to show his love for the Coalition Avenir Québec party (CAQ) on its 10th birthday.
"It certainly hasn't always been easy. We have had our ups and downs. At times, not many people would have bet on our victory. Some people quit, but there were also people who kept believing," Legault wrote in a heartfelt message about the party.
The premier explained how it took seven years for the CAQ to get in power, and since then he believes they "have completely changed the political landscape of Quebec."
On his list of the CAQ's achievements, Legault said the party helped in stopping the divide between Quebecers who want independence and those who do not.
He further said they "managed to bring together nationalism and the economy."
"For me, being a nationalist means first of all putting aside our differences to put Quebec first. It's not just about protecting our nation, our language, our values. It is also about being ambitious for the future. To be a nationalist means not accepting that we are less wealthy than our neighbours," the premier's message read.
Legault ended his Facebook post with a hopeful note about the future.
"We've come an incredible distance in the last 10 years, but you know what interests me most? It's not the past, it's the future," Legault said. "For me, it all starts with pride. Pride is what drives a people to excel. Pride is another way of looking at the future. Pride is the foundation of a winning Quebec!"