The opposition deplores the presence of the national director of public health alongside the Prime Minister, while François Legault listed parts of his electoral program that he hopes to achieve by the end of his mandate.
The leader of the Parti Québécois, Paul St-Pierre Plamondon, said he found it “frankly uneasy” to see the scientist sitting alongside the leader of the Coalition Avenir Québec when the latter broached the subject of his party’s back-to-school caucus.
“Once again, the government is taking advantage of an exceptional forum, that of press briefings on the pandemic, to play politics, make partisan announcements, and promote it,” he lamented.
He reiterated his call on the government to separate public health press briefings from those held to express political opinions.
After months of denouncing what is perceived as a mixture of genres by the Legault government, between partisan politics and crisis management, Thursday’s event is “a climax”, said the co-spokesperson for Québec solidaire, Gabriel Nadeau-Dubois.
“This is not to the advantage of crisis management, it is detrimental to the fight against the pandemic,” he explained. Communication during a pandemic is one of the most effective weapons. We need clear scientific communications, distinct from partisan communication so that when we talk about the fight against the pandemic, everyone knows that it is not partisan interests that are at stake, but the common interests of all. ”
The spokesperson for the Prime Minister’s office had still not responded to questions from the QMI Agency on this matter at the time of this writing.