Ottawa is threatening to act unilaterally to protect caribou in Quebec, a move that Premier François Legault said on Tuesday, April 12, 2022, would be interference in an area of provincial jurisdiction.
"Even though the blockades are lifted across border openings right now, even though things seem to be resolving very well in Ottawa, this state of emergency is not over," Trudeau said at late morning news conference.
Quebec Premier François Legault says the number of daily COVID-19 cases in Quebec appears to have peaked, allowing him to lift the curfew on Monday, January 17, 2022, that he imposed to protect hospitals from a record surge in infections.
O'Toole, who encourages vaccinations but opposes vaccine mandates, called Quebec's proposal unfair, predicting that it won't persuade those who are hesitant to get a shot to finally roll up their sleeves.
Quebec's announcement that it would tax unvaccinated residents sparked strong reaction and pushed Canadian premiers to take a position on it, but the province's official Opposition says it's unconvinced the government will go ahead with its threat.
Prime Minister Justin Trudeau said on Wednesday, January 12, 2022, he needs more information before he can say whether he supports Quebec’s anti-vaccination tax, as Ottawa struggled to make good on its promise to deliver COVID-19 rapid tests.