Protestors Chant outside Quebec Liberals Convention in Laval

The general council meeting of the Quebec Liberal Party was held in Laval on Saturday while several protestors outside the venue demonstrated against health-care cuts and austerity measures. The protestors chanted “Barrette barres-toi, Couillard dehors” as they expressed their disapproval to various recent reforms that are “threatening the quality of public services.” In his remarks, union leader Dominique Daigneault alleged that “they’re destroying our public system of health and social services and we say that it’s enough.”

Whereas on the other hand, the Liberal council discussed over 38 topics including school board elections and sexual violence but not health care was not part of the agenda at all. However, Health Minister Gaetan Barrette later mentioned that “health care is still a priority for our government and there is no doubt that it will be a priority for the next election,” adding that “we are working very hard to improve things out and frankly, we are improving things out as we speak.”

The list did not include corruption either, even though a recent poll conducted by Leger Marketing and ordered by the Coalition Avenir Québec showed that it’s a top issue for Quebecers. In response to the poll results, Quebec’s Minister of Finance, Carlos Leitao, explained that “I don’t think we should mix what happened before with our current government,” adding that “I think we are absolutely in touch with the people.” Barrette elucidated that “I can tell everyone that today in this era there is absolutely no corruption whatsoever in the Liberal party.”

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