Quebec’s state of emergency will remain in effect until early 2022


Legault said the key to easing the state of emergency is vaccinating children aged 5 to 11.

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Quebec Premier François Legault said on Thursday he had no plans to lift the province’s state of emergency until the start of 2022, when children between the ages of 5 and 11 will have been vaccinated against COVID-19.

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Speaking to reporters in Montreal, Legault said a state of emergency was needed to make certain decisions.

“Right now we are paying an extra $ 4 an hour (for staff) because there is a shortage of people working in health facilities,” he said. “To do this, which is not provided for in the collective agreement, we are obliged to use the state of emergency.

“We need a state of emergency to pay the premiums and we still need these premiums to make more people work in health facilities.”

Legault made no reference to the province’s opposition parties, which have been calling for weeks for the state of emergency to be lifted in order to debate government decisions in a democratic manner. He also remained silent on legal and rights experts questioning why the emergency measures remain in place.

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The Premier did not hesitate to mention the unions in the public sector in the province: “The unions don’t like it. It’s like the world is turned upside down. They’re suing us for paying them bonuses. I have never seen anything like it.

Legault said the key to easing the state of emergency was immunizing children.

“Adding young people aged 5 to 11 will massively increase the percentage of the population that will be vaccinated. This will give us perspectives on the abandonment of many of the regulations that we have throughout Quebec.

“The vaccine passport, the masks, whatever we have as regulations, we need a state of emergency to do it. Once we have, say, 80 percent of 5-11 year olds vaccinated, that opens up the prospect of many regulations disappearing. … It happens – early 2022. “

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Legault made it clear that he was eager to receive the green light from Health Canada to proceed with the vaccination of young children.

“We’ve been ready for weeks. … This will completely change the situation of COVID-19 in Quebec, ”he said, adding that he hoped that the vaccination of children will be completed“ at the latest ”by January.

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