Obtaining information on fines distributed to COVID-19 violators is no small feat.
“It's a bit like the house that drives you crazy in Asterix “, summed up one of our researchers.
Judge by yourself :
- We first requested statistics from the Director of Criminal and Penal Prosecutions (DPCP), responsible for laying the charges. The DPCP told us that it does not have any statistics on this subject. A spokesperson was not even able to tell us whether a single ticket had been issued throughout Quebec.
- At the National Directorate of Public Health, we did not have this information either and we were referred to each of the 15 regional directorates.
- At the same time, the office of the Minister of Public Security, Geneviève Guilbault, instead suggested that we call all the police forces in Quebec, responsible for enforcing the orders of the directors of public health.
- The Sûreté du Québec, the Montreal police and the Quebec city police then told us that they had no information on cases of people who did not respect their isolation. They then referred us … to the public health departments!
- In Laval, Public Health tells us that it has issued two orders to enforce the law … but the Laval police, who must nevertheless transmit these orders, had no information on this subject.
- The Montreal Public Health Department, contacted Monday morning, is still not able to provide a number of police interventions.
At a time when the Minister of Health, Christian Dubé, asks everyone to avoid social contact for a month to prevent a catastrophic second wave, Quebecers are entitled to have clearer information on how the law.