Called “incompetent” by the Liberals, Minister Marguerite Blais feels hurt by the jeers and the harsh attacks she is the subject of regarding her responsibility for the tragedy at CHSLD Herron.
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“I believe that the deputies should be a little more civilized in the chamber, there are words that affect us, we are human beings. Getting called out for all sorts of things…and not just by MPs. When you read the newspapers, I received a lot of jokes, I am a human being and it is hurtful, ”dropped Thursday the Minister responsible for Seniors, very emotional, at the end of a particularly stormy question period in The national assembly.
Hounded by the opposition parties, Marguerite Blais defended her decisions surrounding the tragedy at the CHSLD Herron, at the height of the first wave of the pandemic, where many vulnerable elderly people lost their lives in execrable conditions. Earlier this week, the Liberal Party even called for his resignation.
According to her, the opposition parties are looking for a culprit at all costs. “We are human beings and we all work to improve the living conditions of our citizens. Honestly, I’m going to be 72, if I honestly thought I was wrong, would I get bombarded like this?
During the parliamentary contest, the Liberals accused the minister of having done nothing in the days following the emergency emails received about the situation at the CHSLD Herron.
“The Minister’s responsibility was both to inform the crisis unit, it was to take action and also, it was above all to check what was going to happen. What did the minister do on March 30, March 31, March 1is April, in this crisis unit? What did she do? How could she have been so incompetent?”, even launched his former Liberal colleague Pierre Arcand.
Marguerite Blais wonders if it is the fall election campaign that is raising the tone in Parliament. She recalls that she was a minister in the previous Liberal government for several years. “I worked with these people, why did they keep me for all these years if I was so incompetent?”