Jolin-Barrette says opposition wants to obstruct bill ending state of emergency


“There is no dark conspiracy,” said Quebec solidaire health spokesperson Vincent Marissal, who countered that the government was spreading “all kinds of false, vaguely conspiratorial rumours.”

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Opposition parties in Quebec are plotting to obstruct the province’s Legislative Assembly, House Leader Simon Jolin-Barrette charged Wednesday.

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Jolin-Barrette accused Conservative Quebec MP Claire Samson of letting the cat out of the bag with a video shot ‘live from her bed’ in which she told ‘her people’ that she had contacted each of the parties opposition party and that they had agreed to “take their time” on Bill 28.

Bill 28 is a bill that would end the state of emergency in Quebec triggered by the pandemic, but allow the government to retain certain extraordinary powers until the end of 2022.

It has been harshly criticized by the opposition, but work on the bill is progressing at a brisk pace. After specific consultations, the members are now ready to adopt the principle of the bill before undertaking a clause-by-clause study.

“There is no dark plot unfolding,” said Quebec solidaire health spokesperson Vincent Marissal, who countered that the government was spreading “all kinds of false rumours, vaguely conspiratorial, about the opposition quietly working together to create a systematic blockage of proposed legislation.

“That says more about the CAQ’s obsession with the Conservative Party of Quebec than it does about our position on the (bill),” Marissal said.

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