New variants: QS urges Legault and Trudeau to act

Québec solidaire urges Québec Premier François Legault and his federal counterpart, Justin Trudeau, to take action to ensure that the new variants of COVID-19 are kept at bay, by controlling the arrival of travelers and ensuring that they respect their quarantine.

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Faced with inaction from both levels of government on the matter, the party’s co-spokesperson, Gabriel Nadeau-Dubois, expressed his impatience on Wednesday.

“The issue of screening travelers shouldn’t be a bullet in a political ping-pong match between two prime ministers. It should be a priority for everyone. We should stop throwing the ball, then find solutions, because the variants of the virus, they are more contagious, they worry all the experts of Public Health ”, he hammered on the occasion of the closing of the Quebec solidaire pre-sessional caucus.

“That Mr. Trudeau stop sitting on his hands and that Mr. Legault do what he can do within his fields of competence,” added Gabriel Nadeau-Dubois.

On Tuesday, the Prime Minister, François Legault, expressed his frustration at the limited means put in place by the federal government so far in this file. Earlier, the Prime Minister of Canada, Justin Trudeau, had said that new measures to screen travelers would soon be announced, without revealing more.

Quebec does not seem to know exactly what powers are at its disposal, however.

The national director of public health, Dr Horacio Arruda, said he would need to “consult his lawyers” to see if Quebec’s Public Health Act allows him to force travelers to quarantine in hotel rooms.

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