Former Deputy Minister of Health Yvan Gendron, who was in post at the time of the events at the CHSLD Herron, confirmed to TVA Nouvelles on Friday that he asked for the establishment to be placed under guardianship on March 29.
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“And in addition to the status reports, and there were several over several days, I asked that we intervene quickly from the very moment,” he said in a telephone interview.
Mr. Gendron insists on the fact that the chiefs of staff of the Minister of Health, Danielle McCann and the two delegate ministers, Marguerite Blais and Lionel Carmant, were made aware of the situation on the night of March 29 to 30.
“At the very moment, we informed, of course, the chief of staff. After that, they do their job, and at around midnight, I officially send the status report. We always put the three heads, by the way, even if it does not affect Mr. Carmant, ”explains the former deputy minister.
However, the latter is not in a position to say whether the Prime Minister’s Office was also informed of the situation on March 29.
“Me, I do not know. Because it’s not up to me to do it,” he said.
The former deputy minister confirms that the CIUSSS de l’Ouest-de-l’Ile-de-Montréal called the police because communications with the owners of Herron were more than difficult.
“We still spoke regularly during the week. By noting the existence of elements, at some point, when we suspect certain problems, which I will not list because I was not on the ground, it may be necessary to call the police. The police must be able to intervene quickly to take into account or not the elements that there could be subsequently, let’s say, elements of prosecution and other than as such, it does not matter one way or another, “says- he.
On Friday, Ministers Blais and McCann confirmed that they will not seek re-elections in next October’s elections.
On Wednesday, the Quebec Liberal Party (PLQ) called for the resignation of the former Minister of Health and the Minister responsible for Seniors and Caregivers.
– based on information from Alain Laforest