Legault Wants You To Remember That Our Sacrifices Aren't As Bad As Those During WW1
With Remembrance Day right around the corner, Premier François Legault took the time during a press conference on Thursday to contrast Quebecers' sacrifices during the pandemic and those made during WW1.
"You know, currently, restaurants, gyms, theatres are closed," the premier began.
"Perhaps we should remember the sacrifices that were asked of previous generations to protect our rights and then our democracy," he said, calling those sacrifices "more demanding" than current pandemic restrictions.
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It was more demanding than what we have now.
Premier François Legault
His comment came amid debate in the province about the government's COVID-19 response plan and mounting criticism from businesses in some sectors about continuing closures in Quebec's red zones.
Earlier in the week, a coalition of 200 Quebec gyms, fitness centres and studios announced plans to open on October 29, against government orders.
The coalition later backed down from the original plan but promised to hold protests on Thursday outside their facilities' closed doors.
On Tuesday, Quebec Liberal Party leader Dominique Anglade said that a lack of transparency from the Legault government threatened "social peace."
Deputy Premier Geneviève Guilbault fired back on Wednesday, saying it was "not responsible" to "question the adherence of Quebecers to the health measures that are in place."
On the same day, Health Minister Christian Dubé promised fines of between $1,000 and $6,000 for anyone who visits closed establishments, like gyms and restaurant dining rooms, in red zones.