Quebec Liberals want to grill Arruda on Christmas plan, rapid tests

Liberal Leader Dominique Anglade noted that elected officials have never been able to interact directly with Quebec’s director of public health.

CP-Web. Horacio Arruda, Quebec director of National Public Health responds to reporters during a news conference on the COVID-19 pandemic, Tuesday, November 24, 2020 at the legislature in Quebec City. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Jacques Boissinot ORG XMIT: JQB113

Liberal MNAs want to question Dr. Horacio Arruda, Quebec’s director of public health, in a hearing of the National Assembly’s health and social services committee.

At a press conference at the National Assembly on Tuesday, Liberal Leader Dominique Anglade noted that elected officials have never been able to interact directly with Arruda.

She said she wants to question him about, among other things, Quebec’s Christmas plan, which has been clarified several times, and on the possibility of deploying rapid tests to try to minimize the spread of COVID-19.

Anglade said she would also like Arruda to clarify what he meant when he said he wanted to explain to Dr. Anthony Fauci, a highly respected scientific figure in the United States, that in Quebec it would not be necessary to test asymptomatic people before the holiday season.

Premier François Legault and his ministers proclaim that they support transparency, Anglade said.

“Well, today, we give them the opportunity to prove it.”

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