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Bill 15 on health reform adopted in Quebec

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Quebec Minister of Health and Social Services, Christian Dubé, during the CAQ assessment on Friday.

The Canadian Press

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Bill 15 concerning The vast health reform was adopted on Saturday morning, under a gag order.

The debates continued all night at the National Assembly. The Legault government imposed a gag order (its fifth since it came to power) to force the adoption of this bill.

Bill 15 on the Act to make the health and social services system more efficient was adopted at 5:15 a.m. Saturday morning, after the announcement of the results of an electronic vote in the National Assembly having collected 75 votes for, 27 votes against and no abstentions.

Parliamentary proceedings have been adjourned until January 30, 2024.

The member for Québec solidaire and spokesperson for the second opposition group, Gabriel Nadeau-Dubois was the last to oppose the x27;adoption of this bill before the vote.

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It's a bad idea for our democracy, for our health system, for the Quebec to impose under gag order the biggest reform of public services in the history of Quebec. This government has chosen confrontation. This government has chosen a gag order, deplored Mr. Nadeau-Dubois, shortly before the vote.

During the evening on Friday, the oppositions were pugnacious and demanded that the minister explain each of the articles or amendments he adopted.

The deputies could ultimately only have worked on around ten articles.

Bill 15 notably creates the Santé Québec agency, which will be responsible for coordinating the network's operations. The ministry will mainly focus on defining the main directions.

Santé Québec will become the sole employer; the CISSS and CIUSSS will be integrated into it. Union certifications will be merged. We are also introducing a single seniority list, which will allow staff mobility from one region to another.

The government had proposed to the oppositions to extend the detailed study of Bill 15 next week, an implicit “admission” that there remained a lot of work to be done, according to Quebec solidaire (QS) MP Guillaume Cliche-Rivard.

The offer was rejected, among other things, because it included a deadline, i.e. that the government was insisting that the work be completed by December 15 at the latest, even though not all 2,000 items had been scrutinized.

The gag order was triggered around 3 p.m. Friday, cutting short the debates, for express adoption of the bill on Saturday.

The Minister of Health, Christian Dubé, maintains that his reform will give Quebecers better access to a health professional, particularly in emergencies and in surgery, but Liberal Leader Marc Tanguay argued quite the opposite at a press briefing after the vote on Saturday morning.

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