Liberal Leader Dominique Anglade Blasted François Legault's Response To The 5th Wave

"How can we ask citizens to follow rules if they are constantly changing [...] based on political intuition or popular pressure?"

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Liberal Leader Dominique Anglade Blasted François Legault's Response To The 5th Wave

Quebec Liberal Party leader Dominique Anglade released a statement on January 5 slamming what she suggested was Premier François Legault's lack of control on pandemic management. The Liberal leader didn't pull any punches, imploring the government to trust science rather than "political intuition."

"For some weeks now, the government has abdicated its responsibilities. It has let its guard down and the fifth wave has hit us hard," Anglade said.

The Liberal leader bemoaned that "the screening strategy is no longer working, the vaccination effort is behind schedule, schools are ill-prepared to receive students, childcare services have seen their guidelines change three times in the space of a few hours."

"In short, it's like being back at the beginning of the health crisis."

As the Omicron variant runs amok in the province, case counts are skyrocketing, new hospital admissions are at a pandemic all-time high and daily death tallies are hitting numbers unseen since January 2021.

The Legault government, in response, has reintroduced extreme health measures, including the closure of restaurant dining rooms and, controversially, a new nightly curfew.

The premier, meanwhile, has insisted he's doing the right thing.

At a press conference announcing the curfew, Legault said that "experts tell us there's a risk that [our hospitals] won't be able to treat all those who need it in the coming weeks. I know we're all tired, but it's my responsibility to protect ourselves from this. [...] I know the restrictions are difficult. I know there's a lot of anxiety."

Since the start of the most recent curfew, Quebec has installed a dizzying array of new rules and regulations, leaving a lot of people wondering where we're actually going — not least, the leader of the official opposition party.

"How can we ask citizens to follow rules if they are constantly changing, not for logical or scientific reasons, but rather because they are based on political intuition or popular pressure?" said Anglade.

"We feel like we are on a rudderless boat without a compass. I am asking François Legault to take back control of the management of the pandemic. I also ask him to consolidate the scientific and medical depth in the crisis cell by adding new independent players. Scientific expertise must now prevail over trial and error against a background of political strategy."

Legault Elaborated On The Quebec Tax For The Unvaccinated

The 600,000 unvaccinated people will receive a call from the government.

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.

On Sunday, January 16, Legault appeared on the Quebec TV show on Tout le monde en parle to discuss the new "health contribution" that non-vaccinated adults will be required to pay.

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The Latest Quebec Curfew Is Officially Over

But there's too much snow to go anywhere...

Rejoice! We can officially go on nightly walks again (if you can handle the cold) because Quebec's curfew was lifted as of Monday, January 17. That means no rushing to get home on time while risking fines.

During a press conference on Thursday, Premier François Legault said, "The reason we did this was to stop the exponential growth of the number of infections and then the number of hospitalizations. So given that we seem to have reached a peak, that permits us to remove the curfew."

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Quebec Bill 21 Won't Apply To Parents Who Volunteer In Schools & Wear Religious Symbols

Parents who supervise classes due to COVID-related staff shortages can wear hijabs, kippahs, crosses and turbans.

As a contingency plan to deal with a high number of staff shortages expected at schools in the coming weeks, Quebec's Ministry of Education has said parent volunteers might be asked to supervise classes if too many teachers get sick with COVID-19 and need to isolate. But, unlike teachers who are subject to Bill 21, volunteer parents can wear religious symbols in the classroom.

Quebec's controversial Bill 21, also known as Quebec's secularism law, prohibits public service workers — from police officers to teachers — from wearing hijabs, kippahs, crosses, turbans and other forms of religious symbols while at work. In fact, an elementary school teacher in Chelsea was removed from her position last month for wearing a hijab.

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On December 30, 2021, François Legault announced a handful of restrictions across Quebec, which included the closure of indoor dining and places of worship, and the postponement of a return to in-person learning at schools in the new year. In a January 13 Facebook post, Legault confirmed elementary and high school students would be returning to class as of Monday, January 17. But what about university students?

Montreal CEGEPs and universities also reverted to remote learning, however, things are looking a little different for students returning to in-person classes at post-secondary institutions. Premier Legault stated in a January 12 post that while universities could reopen their doors as of the 17th, they are being given extra leeway to determine the exact date in which in-person classes could resume.

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