“There is absolutely no question” of allowing the police to enter private homes without a warrant, at least “for the moment”, assured Deputy Prime Minister Geneviève Guilbault, trying to correct the message launched by watch by Horacio Arruda and Christian Dubé regarding compliance with sanitary rules.
“I want to make sure that everyone understands that we are not at all considering allowing our police officers […] to besiege our homes overnight, regardless of the rights of owners or tenants” , hammered the Minister of Public Security.
“Under no circumstances are we considering, at this time, to allow the police to enter people's private homes, unless we have the consent of the landlord or tenant of the place or have a warrant. in due form issued, therefore, by the judicial authorities, ”she insisted.
A communicational misstep?
During a press briefing on Tuesday, the national director of public health had nevertheless advanced to say that this solution was coming “eminently”.
“In a context of health emergency where we are talking about life and death for some […] I think we must give ourselves the means to crack down”, he said, before withdrawing his words a little. later, recalling that he is a doctor and not a lawyer.
Present at his side, the Minister of Health, Christian Dubé, had in turn increased as to this possibility.
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“This is the last solution and we don't want to do that, but if we have to go there, if the figures do not correct themselves […] we will not allow our health system to be damaged again for the wrong reasons, ”said Dubé.
Recalling that “there is no manual” to manage a pandemic, the Deputy Prime Minister admitted from the outset on Wednesday that it sometimes becomes necessary to make “adjustments in the message”.
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The oppositions leap
The declarations of MM. Dubé and Arruda made the opposition parties jump, which in turn deplored the resulting confusion.
“Before sending the police to people without a warrant, the government will have to demonstrate that it is the last resort,” warned Liberal leader Dominique Anglade.
On his side. the parliamentary leader of the Parti Québécois, Pascal Bérubé, is firmly committed to fighting any regulation or legislation that would allow the police “to use force in the homes of Quebeckers”. Such a prospect would otherwise be “frightening for our democracy”, he worried.
The co-spokesperson for Quebec solidaire, Gabriel Nadeau-Dubois, pointed out the “danger of abuse” that such a power granted to the police could engender.
A motion presented by the solidarity member for Hochelaga-Maisonneuve, Alexandre Leduc, to ask the government to exclude this possibility was later adopted by the National Assembly.
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