A public commission of inquiry into the management of the pandemic in Quebec is becoming essential, after 10,000 deaths, claim the opposition parties in the National Assembly.
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At a time when the number of new cases of COVID-19 per day appears to be on the decline, the time has come to announce “a retrospective examination of the crisis”, according to the leader of the Liberal Party of Quebec, Dominique Anglade.
“Ontario and France have already undertaken this fundamental exercise and the very nature of the health crisis should require us to have some openness,” said Mr.me Anglade.
She added that she did not have confidence in the investigations already announced by the government to shed light on Quebec’s record, including that of the Commissioner for Health and Welfare, Joanne Castonguay.
Mme Castonguay was given the mandate to examine the performance of the health network in the care of the elderly during the first wave of COVID-19.
“Clearly, she does not have all the tools to conduct an independent public inquiry and her mandate is very limited, very, very, very limited,” explained Mme Anglade after meeting with the commissioner.
For the leader of the Parti Québécois, Paul St-Pierre-Plamondon, the idea that it is “because of our faulty management of CHSLDs during the first wave that we have statistics like these” does not hold water .
“This is why I reiterate this morning that with the gravity of the figures, with the suffering caused, for tens of thousands of families, the crisis, there is absolutely a need for an investigation which is complete, independent, free. interference, ”he said.
If he says he is in favor of a public and independent inquiry “when the crisis subsides”, Gabriel Nadeau-Dubois, co-spokesperson for Québec solidaire, maintained that “there are lessons that can already learn from our very Quebec failure ”.
“In terms of the protection of nursing staff, Quebec was the only place in Canada where the wearing of the N-95 mask was prohibited. Is this a factor that explains our record? The question arises, ”he added.
Quebec crossed the sad threshold of 10,000 deaths from COVID on Sunday since the start of the pandemic.