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“Health contribution”: Trudeau awaits details to decide

Justin Trudeau and Jean-Yves Duclos prefer to wait for the details surrounding the “health contribution” from the Legault government before giving their opinion on the issue.

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“Obviously, the details will be important in Quebec because we want the principles of the Health Act to be respected,” said Mr. Trudeau, who did not want to comment on the legality of the proposal.

At a press briefing on Wednesday, the Prime Minister indicated that “very harsh” measures have been put in place by the federal government to increase the vaccination rate in the population.

“We have demonstrated rigor and a very firm approach to vaccinations,” he said, recalling that the presentation of his vaccination passport has been compulsory for months to board the country’s transport services, for example.

Health Minister Jean-Yves Duclos said that restrictions put in place since last summer by the provinces have helped increase the vaccination rate by more than 6%.

Extended CUEC repayments

Ottawa is extending the repayment deadlines for loans made through the Canadian Business Emergency Account (CUEC) until the end of 2023.

The repayment period was initially set for the end of 2022, but many private sector players have asked for more flexibility due to the Omicron wave.

The program, set up at the start of the pandemic, has provided aid to 898,254 businesses, for a total of $ 49.17 billion in loans and increases from the federal government.