End of the health emergency | Dubé behaves like an intimidator, accuses a Liberal MP

(Quebec) The Minister of Health, Christian Dubé, behaves like an intimidator within the framework of the study of Bill 28, accuses the Liberal MP for Nelligan, Monsef Derraji.

Posted at 10:10 a.m.

Caroline Plante
The Canadian Press

This piece of legislation aims to end the state of health emergency, but extends certain exceptional powers of the government until December 31, 2022.

On Wednesday, Mr. Dubé worked to interrupt an exchange that he did not like between Mr. Derraji and the acting national director of public health, Dr.r Luc Boileau.


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Monsef Derraji

Mr. Boileau, who is also a deputy minister of health, came to testify in favor of the bill.

According to Mr. Derraji, a climate of intimidation settled within the group, with the impression that he was going to receive a slap in the face from a CAQ member whom he did not want to name.

“I felt the intimidation in the parliamentary committee,” he said Thursday at a press briefing. I just want to tell them that I will continue to ask my questions. »

COVID, a “cold”?

At the heart of the exchange, the recent statement by Prime Minister François Legault that COVID-19, if we were vaccinated, was ultimately only “a cold, more or less”.

A comment “completely counterproductive”, lamented Thursday the spokesperson for Quebec solidaire in health, Vincent Marissal.

“I had a thought for the nursing staff. These people have been sweating blood and water for two years, often in pitiful conditions.

“And there, the Prime Minister, after two years of fierce battle against the virus, comes to tell us essentially that it is a cold. It wasn’t his best,” he said.

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