Quebec Premier François Legault centered on a post-pandemic future as he set out his authorities’s priorities, starting from fixing the health-care system to bolstering the French language, in his inaugural speech Tuesday after proroguing the province’s legislature.
The COVID-19 well being disaster has been devastating — particularly when it tore by long-term care properties within the deadly first wave — and compelled folks into the “battle of their lives,” he mentioned. It has killed greater than 11,400 Quebecers so far.
However Legault famous the province dealt with the final 19 months with “audacity, perseverance and braveness.” He mentioned the scenario is enhancing after an extended 12 months and a half, with the introduction of vaccination and the gradual easing of sanitary measures.
“I’m extra assured than ever because the begin of the pandemic that the worst is behind us,” Legault mentioned. “I’m satisfied that is the time for Quebec to look to the longer term.”
The federal government will put an finish to its pandemic-induced state of emergency as soon as kids between the ages of 5 and 11 are vaccinated in opposition to the novel coronavirus. Legault mentioned he hopes that can be by the start of 2022.
In his tackle, Legault mentioned he desires to desires to deal with fixing the health-care system. He pointed to the accelerated coaching and hiring of 9,400 orderlies final 12 months to repair pressing staffing shortages in embattled long-term care properties for example of constructive change.
“We’re in a position to change issues in Quebec,” he mentioned.
The premier mentioned he additionally desires to repair how work is organized within the well being community and to make sure that all Quebecers have entry to a household physician. Quebec should additionally deal with providing improved dwelling look after seniors, he added.
The federal government additionally desires to cut back on it dependence on non-public businesses to fill within the gaps in relation to an absence of sources and health-care employees within the public system, in line with Legault.
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Apart from the health-care system, Quebec must deal with its youth, he mentioned. This consists of bolstering areas in daycares and placing forth an motion plan for psychological well being later this fall. The federal government will even implement extra suggestions from the Laurent fee, which investigated the shortcomings of youth safety companies.
Citing the rise of working from dwelling because of the pandemic, Legault mentioned his authorities will even prioritize its plan to supply high-speed web in all areas.
The premier, who led his social gathering to energy for the primary time with a transparent majority in 2018, says his authorities’s priorities are nonetheless much like these earlier than the emergence of COVID-19. This consists of defending the French language and tradition, in addition to demanding extra management over immigration within the province.
Quebec will even proceed to push forth on the Legault authorities’s secularism regulation, often known as Invoice 21. The laws, which bars some public-sector staff from sporting spiritual symbols on the job, is at present being challenged in courtroom.
Legault has argued the regulation has widespread assist — although it has additionally been roundly criticized inside and outdoors the province — and his authorities will proceed to battle for it.
Legault’s tackle comes after he introduced prorogation on Oct. 7, chopping the final session brief. It put an finish to work on all payments earlier than the nationwide meeting, however the authorities can deliver again laws it considers important and decide up the place it left off.
The following provincial election is lower than a 12 months away. Quebecers head to the polls on Oct. 3, 2022 below regulation.
—with recordsdata from World Information’ Raquel Fletcher and The Canadian Press
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