François Legault has been hammering home for nine months the importance of respecting health rules, but his deputy Denis Tardif still had not understood the lesson. Filmed without his knowledge in the process of multiplying the accolades during a drunken evening, he was excluded from his caucus on Thursday.
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A video obtained by TVA Nouvelles shows the member for Rivière-du-Loup – Témiscouata seated at a table Wednesday evening at the local brasserie Aux Fous Brassant with at least three other members of his constituency office.
The population then took advantage of the bars and restaurants for one last time, before falling into the red zone on Thursday.
Visibly tipsy, Mr. Tardif and the members of his team seem to have relegated basic health rules to oblivion, like some covidiots who have made headlines in recent months.
No mask and braces
At several times, the member touches his colleagues and leans towards them to talk to them or hug them without respecting the two meters distance.
In addition, Mr. Tardif gets up several times without wearing a mask, against public health directives.
Faced with these images, the Legault government says it has “accepted” the MP’s request to temporarily withdraw from the Caquist caucus.
“At a particularly critical moment in this second wave, during which we are asking for additional efforts from the entire population, we are of the opinion that our elected representatives must be the first to behave according to the established rules”, declared the chief whip government, Éric Lefebvre, in a written statement.
His cabinet was unable to say when – and if – Mr. Tardif will be able to return to caucus.
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” A mistake “
“Last night I made a mistake. I sincerely regret it and it is for this reason that I decided to withdraw from the CAQ caucus, affirms Mr. Tardif in the same press release. I should have set an example, limited my contacts and respected known distancing rules, as recommended by the government and public health. ”
With this exclusion, Mr. Tardif gives up his position as chairman of the session – where he is called upon to replace committee chairmen – which represents a loss of salary of approximately $ 15,000 annually.
On the side of the Prime Minister’s office, there is talk of a “serious error in judgment”.
François Legault again asked Tuesday not to organize office parties in the midst of the resurgence of the COVID-19 pandemic.
Particularly lively evening
At Les Fous Brassant, the co-owner points out that Wednesday’s evening was particularly lively, since the microbrewery was open for the last time in 2020.
“So there was still life, despite the 50% restriction. So maybe [le député Tardif] was able to walk around no mask and that employees did not see him. We are not infallible, ”notes Éric Viens.
Good news, however, the four men left by taxi, assures Mr. Viens.
– With the collaboration of TVA Nouvelles
What they said
“It’s not like he’s passed a red light. It is as if he is a policeman and the whole police station has passed a red light. “
– Gaétan Barrette, Liberal MP
“This is a monumental error in judgment. I have a thought for the workers of the health network who have been on the front line for months and who put their health at stake. ”
– Gabriel Nadeau-Dubois, spokesperson for Québec solidaire