Chef Dominique Anglade believes it is time for Quebecers to learn to live with the virus and for the Legault government to stop managing the pandemic as a short-term crisis. To achieve this, it calls for the creation of a special unit which would bear the name of
COVIE-19 and it even submits a logo and slogan to the government that would read as follows:
Let’s work together to live better with the virus.
The purpose of this special unit would be to determine the health measures to be implemented to ensure the rapid and safe recovery of the economy. A plan should be developed for each sector since the business world, restaurants, culture, manufacturing, schools and places of worship do not have the same challenges to meet.
It would also have the mandate to establish supply schedules for medical equipment, drugs, screening tests and ventilation equipment, in addition to setting up a distribution network to homes, schools and businesses. She would also be responsible for planning vaccination campaigns.
The squad would be created
as long as the virus is there.
What must be done is to put an end to a management that means that from press briefing to press briefing we learn what will happen the next day without any foreseeability., launched Dominique Anglade at a press conference on Sunday morning to clarify his plan.
The liberal leader is therefore calling for “dates, criteria and protocols” to allow the different economic sectors to plan when and how they can resume their activities. She also asks that a plan be already determined in advance for how to react when other waves of contamination come to strike.
We must reopen but above all give ourselves the means not to close again, she says.
« We can no longer continue to play yo-yo like that with Quebecers. »
Moreover, the Liberals criticize the government for having only health and communication experts within the current crisis unit. The squad they imagine would therefore be made up of representatives of the various ministries concerned. Officials from the Ministries of Economy, Education, Culture and Tourism, for example, would be brought together to work in collaboration with the main players in the field, for example the Employers’ Council or the Union of Artists.
An independent scientific committee, headed by the chief scientist of Quebec, would also be formed to guide the members of the unit in their scientific decisions.
The Liberal Party is also once again calling for a clear separation between political actors and public health, in particular through separate press briefings and written and accessible recommendations from the second instance.
Dominique Anglade made this proposal to François Legault two days after deciding to no longer participate in the weekly meeting during which the Prime Minister meets with the leaders of the opposition parties to take stock of the situation and to hear their suggestions.
The government has been criticized from all sides ever since it announced that, unlike Ontario, Quebec does not intend to relax health measures for the moment.
The pressure is strong! launched Prime Minister Legault at a press conference last Thursday.
A movement of civil disobedience is taking shape among restaurateurs as some of them threaten to open their dining rooms illegally on January 30. Sports federations are pleading for the rapid resumption of their activities, deemed essential for the morale of young people, and the Table interreligious du Québec is calling for the reopening of places of worship, arguing that, for people of faith, prayer constitutes an important support for mental health.