A month after the suspension of parliamentary business in the national Assembly, the opposition parties stamp their feet and demand the resumption of the debate, if only virtual, as early as next week.
In a letter sent Monday to their vis-à-vis the parliamentary wing of government, Simon Jolin-Barrette, the three leaders of the opposition propose to take, by may 5, “four periods of virtual exchanges and public of a few hours.”
Behind the scenes, we glide that discussions were already underway with a view to the possible resumption of the work, but a statement in the press briefing of the prime minister has pushed the opposition parties to raise the tone.
Asked Monday about this, “I don’t think it is a good idea,” was first dropped François Legault.
The premier of Quebec, François Legault
“It is necessary to focus the energies of our ministers to resolve the crisis rather than address the issues,” continued the chief caquiste, recalling that it meets all of the day to questions from the press.
“I am certain that the opposition leaders could spend a few more”, he mocked.
This last reply has clearly gone wrong on the other side of the room.
“We want the journalists, of course, to do their work. But we also, we want to do our work for us”, pleaded the leader of the parliamentary wing liberal Marc Tanguay, in an interview with the Journal.
Revival of the democratic debate
If the elected officials have many questions, including those from citizens, they also have the proposals, argued the member for LaFontaine.
“It’s a bit to describe our work of deadening”, regretted his counterpart, the parti québecois, Martin Ouellet, returning also on the statement by Mr. Legault.
“This is not because the national Assembly never sat more than it has stopped to reflect,” said from his side, Gabriel Nadeau-Dubois, in Québec solidaire.
The mp solidarity Gabriel Nadeau-Dubois
On the protection of elders or the recovery of the economy, the societal debates to have are numerous, and must have place, consider the leaders of the opposition parties.
“We are entering a new phase of this crisis,” says Mr Nadeau-Dubois, who believes that “time is of the essence”. “It is time to revive the democratic debate, he insisted. We are in the process of reopening gradually some sectors of economy. It is well. It should also be déconfiner democracy, which was also put on pause since 17 march.”
Legault demonstrates the opening
Raised on this issue by the parliamentary press Tuesday, the prime minister has shown more openness than the day before.
“I had a discussion Monday, as I do every Monday and every Thursday, with the three leaders of the opposition. We discussed how we could do that after the 21st of April, he reported. […] It is in the process of finding a solution, and I have good hope that we will hear.”
It has, however, accused some of his ministers, as Danielle McCann Health, will have “less time to give” for this kind of exercise.