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Pissing off democracy, a dangerous game

Curfew, cancellation of a majority of surgeries, fear of triage patients in intensive care, the list of plagues of the 5e wave is long. However, none of this deserves to remind the National Assembly, as demanded by the liberal leader, Dominique Anglade.

At most, the Prime Minister will give his opposition counterparts a weekly appeal.

This is not the first time that the pandemic has served as a pretext to put the exercise of democracy on hold.

This is a dangerous game.

Brittle

This democracy that we take for granted remains fragile. Its strength is based on citizens’ respect for their institutions.

What good is a parliament if no one takes it seriously? What good is the election if the opposition is reduced to whining and the government to laugh at?

Do you think I’m exaggerating? Yet this is the sad spectacle we were treated to this fall on the pandemic front. A dialogue of the deaf, futile and partisan, between an opposition mounted in the curtains and a government protected by decrees which give it free rein.

Vaxi-tax

The Legault government has reached the point of imposing a new “health contribution” We understand, it is a tax to punish the unvaccinated, a vaxi-tax.

However, the basic principle would be that any new tax must be voted on by the elected representatives of the people. But in this case, nothing is less certain, the analysis has not yet been done, I am told.

Acting quickly seems to be the only thing that matters.

In fact, that will not change anything, the CAQ has the majority. And yet, an important debate over an extreme measure (which I fully support) will be evacuated with as little fuss as possible.

Will the vaxi-tax pass the charter test? Where will the money go? What will be the modalities, the risks, the advantages (beyond pleasing the majority)?

We leave the debate in the public space, rather than with elected officials, marginalized.

It should come as no surprise, the vaccination passport was imposed, then modulated by decree as well.

But if in France, each of these liberticidal measures is put to a vote, why should Quebec do without?

Moreover, whenever the Legault government has taken the trouble to collaborate with the opposition, its bills have been improved, and then ended up reaching a consensus. Why would removing the pandemic and its share of extreme measures be an exception?

The pandemic has a broad back

We will invoke the health emergency. But perhaps we should think about the impacts on social cohesion.

Politics is too seldom a work of compromise. But it should not become a tool of extreme polarization. A pandemic even less.

Moreover, it is a question of seeing the significant drop in support for health measures, to understand that being right at all costs has not served the government so well in recent months.