Quebec public health director Horacio Arruda swore multiple times in a press conference on October 8, using the word "bullshit" during an exuberant rant about critics judging Quebec's handling of the coronavirus.
He said he wouldn't be guiding the province's response to the virus if he didn't believe in the decisions that public health officials have made thus far.
"The day I feel it's bullshit, well, Director Arruda, he won't be there, because Dr. Arruda doesn't have credibility to lose," he said, speaking about himself in the third person.
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I won't play the political game if I'm not comfortable with [their decisions].
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The public health director immediately apologized to health minister Christian Dubé, who was sitting to his left.
"The day they do bullshit . . . excuse me for using those terms, Minister [Dubé], I apologize."
Arruda responded to critics by clarifying the process around decision-making with regard to COVID-19 in the province.
He said that coronavirus numbers change from day to day, and that his team makes decisions based on expert recommendations moment to moment.
"It's going so fast that we don't have time to sit down . . . We give the broad outlines, we adjust the elements," he said.
"Our directors make recommendations, and you can believe me or not believe me, but I can say it because I'm an honest guy — we always went a little further than what we had sometimes [been] recommended."