Friday , January 15 2021

The opposition can also be “inconsistent”

The Legault government is often accused of being inconsistent in its rules and sanitary measures.

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There are good reasons. Announce on December 2 that it will be announced on December 11 whether or not two gatherings will be allowed at Christmas. After announcing 12 days earlier that four days of rallies would be allowed (“if” the infection curve was downward). Then, on Thursday, December 3, eight days earlier than expected, announce that Christmas is being canceled.

But the opposition can also be “inconsistent”.

Ask for a day to apply a precautionary principle in a strict way, say in residences for the elderly. And the next day, to be indignant that our old people are not allowed to receive visitors.

COVID-19 makes us all pass more or less difficult consistency tests.

Liberal Monsef Derraji has a particular challenge: he is an opposition critic for SMEs. He must therefore be the voice of the concerns and grievances of entrepreneurs hard hit by health measures; without repeating the discourse of those among them who come to contest these same rules.

Derraji has an additional difficulty: he is a doctoral student in public health. And he saw the COVID horror up close when in April, he even went to help out at CHSLD Herron in Laval.

But he was attacked last week by the Minister for Regional Economic Development, Marie-Ève Proulx. She criticized him in the bedroom for “going on the radio to tell people not to take sanitary measures”.

The statement, unsubstantiated, had sparked an uproar in the Blue Salon. Request an apology. Refused. Finally, on Tuesday, the minister withdrew her remarks. Without offering an apology.

Yesterday, the Prime Minister, in a bad mood, reactivated the affair, even quoting in the text the borderline remarks of Derraji on the airwaves of a radio known to be skeptical of health measures.

One would have said that Legault was once again becoming this formidable elected member of the opposition who found a loophole: “who must we believe, the member for Nelligan who thinks that we are too severe or the leader of the official opposition who says that we is not severe enough? “

The Prime Minister is not entirely wrong. In wanting to play his role, Monsef Derraji almost found himself embracing the grievances of Entrepreneurs in Action (EEA). In videos, they claim that the measures are “excessive”. With the slogan “It’s going to do!”, They raise money to contest tickets and plead in court for the invalidity of government decrees.

When I received Mr. Derraji for an interview with QUB radio on November 24, I had also followed him: are you telling me that restaurants must be reopened? Was Quebec too severe? Admittedly, the deputy answered clearly that one must respect the sanitary measures: “I told it to the entrepreneurs, I said it to a lot of people”. But at other times, he argued that EEA “asks questions like we do about public health advice.”

But who is and has always been perfectly consistent in the face of this protean beast that is COVID-19?

No one. Not even you who read me.

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