The opposition parties do not understand how the Minister of Seniors, Marguerite Blais, and the former Minister of Health Danielle McCann could say that they learned of the crisis at the CHSLD Herron on April 10 in the newspaper The Gazettewhereas they had a very worrying state of the situation on March 30.
In an “URGENT” email, filed in evidence at the coroner’s inquest, which had never been made known to the public, we read that
there are almost no staff left to care for the 154 residents.
The Prime Minister’s office says that this information never came back to him, because the message also contained a reassuring aspect: the CIUSSS indicated that it was taking control of the private CHSLD.
They take us for suitcasesreacted the liberal leader Dominique Anglade. She does not believe it possible that the information did not reach the ears of François Legault.
” It can’t be that the Prime Minister’s Office didn’t know. I, as a minister, called my Prime Minister for much less than that on a weeknight, for much less than that. »
During her testimony before the coroner on January 14, Ms. Blais said:
Herron, we learned that mostly from the newspaper article, we didn’t know the extent of the situation.
As for Danielle McCann, she has already claimed that she was never aware of the departure of the staff before the text of The Gazette.
Parti Québécois MP Pascal Bérubé accuses the two ministers of having lied to the National Assembly and to coroner Géhane Kamel, who is investigating deaths in CHSLDs that occurred during the first wave of the pandemic.
The government has
based on this information for 10 days, he exclaimed, before adding:
I don’t know if anyone is making their boxes today, but I invite people to think.
” Listen, this is serious. […] Imagine the impact if we had acted quickly on what happened in Herron. »
For his part, the parliamentary leader of Québec solidaire, Gabriel Nadeau-Dubois, invited Ms. Blais to make a
examination of conscience.
She has been in Quebec politics for years and repeats on all platforms that she wants to defend seniors. Well how come she found out what was going on at CHSLD Herron, then she did nothing?
It’s hot during question period
On Tuesday, the Liberal leader returned to the charge at the National Assembly.
What they did to us, well, they made us a lieshe asserted.
François Legault deemed the liberal leader irresponsible in her remarks. He recalls that he and his colleagues have
worked day and night to minimize damage in CHSLDs during the first wave.
” Honestly, does anyone think that if we had been aware of what was terrible [au CHSLD Herron]we would have done nothing? »
As for the Minister of Seniors, she recalled that she and her team had been reassured by the takeover of the CHSLD by the CIUSSS de l’Ouest-de-l’Île-de-Montréal. Information also contained in the famous email she received on the night of March 29 to 30.
I don’t have to be defensive, I did everything I could dosaid Marguerite Blais.
When an establishment [le CIUSSS] tells us that he supports a private CHSLD, we believe him.
The coroner will judge the responsibility of the CIUSSS, said the premier, appointing CEO Lynne McVey.
It is important to remember that the vast majority of deaths recorded at the CHSLD Herron occurred after March 29, so after the takeover by the CIUSSS.
Documents filed with the coroner as well as testimonies indicated that the elders continued to lack care for at least a week.
Why has the information not reached the government’s ears? Why was there no follow-up from the ministers to check whether the situation continued to be alarming? These questions remain unanswered.
With The Canadian Press