Before retiring from politics, ministers Marguerite Blais and Danielle McCann must tell Quebecers the truth about the tragedy at CHSLD Herron, argues Liberal leader Dominique Anglade.
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Mme Anglade accuses the two women of having lied about the circumstances surrounding the tragedy which led to the death of about fifty residents of the private CHSLD of Dorval in inhuman conditions.
“They must tell the truth to Quebecers (…) before their departure, the leader of the PLQ reacted on Friday. What we want to know is what happened.”
Listen to Geneviève Pettersen’s interview with Joël Arseneau, MP for the Îles-de-la-Madeleine of the Parti Québécois and spokesperson for health, on QUB radio:
Radio-Canada revealed earlier this week that they had been informed of a serious staff shortage at the Herron residence, ten days before the shocking report by The Gazette, which uncovered the horror story.
Since the beginning of the week, the Liberals have been calling for the resignation of ministers Blais and McCann. “It’s been a long time since these ministers should no longer be in office,” insists Dominique Anglade. They knew and they did not act!”.
The observation is the same in the Parti Québécois. “It is now that they must leave!”, Launched Friday the PQ parliamentary leader, Joël Arseneau. He asks for their resignation from the Council of Ministers for having failed in their ministerial responsibility.
Solidaire deputy Andrés Fontecilla is not at all surprised that the two ministers have decided not to apply for a new mandate in the autumn. “Given their record as Minister for the Elderly and as Minister for Health, it was heaven written that these two MPs were not going to run again.”
According to him, this also demonstrates that the thousands of deaths during the first wave of the pandemic in CHSLDs are proving to be a “real ball and chain” for the CAQ.