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Legault also denied allegations by the three opposition parties that the government is being too secretive in its handling of the pandemic and that is eroding popular support in the measures.
Liberal leader Dominique Anglade went so far as to say Legault’s policies are putting in danger social peace.
“We are going in the wrong direction when people start challenging the government’s rules and say they won’t respect them,” Anglade told reporters.
“The cards are on the table,” Legault responded. “There’s absolutely nothing being hidden.”
But Legault had harsh words for his federal counterpart, the prime minister.
“The first thing that is important is that Mr. Trudeau does not open the borders,” Legault said. “He waited too much last March to close the borders. This time we have to take no chance and leave the borders closed at least until the end of the year.
“We know Mr. Trudeau, who wants to manage the CHSLDs (a reference to Ottawa’s desire to impose national standards on senior residences), should instead better manage the borders. It’s very important Mr. Trudeau keeps the borders closed for a long time.”
Legault made the remarks a day after announcing Quebec’s 28-day pandemic challenge is now going to be a 56-day challenge.