Pit Bulls: It Isn’t Time for Discussion, but for Legislation

 

 9 June 2016

“It isn’t time for discussion, but for legislation”; raged the CAQ critic for agriculture, fisheries and food, Sylvie D’Amours. It was following an announcement made by the Minister of Municipal Affairs, Martin Coiteux, about the creation of a committee that will study the regulations pertaining to pit bulls.

Once again, the Liberal government chooses to improvise and to hide behind a smokescreen, instead of assuming its responsibility and implementing the proper actions; criticizes Sylvie D’Amours. According to her, it is time to ban the dog’s ownership, in order to avoid tragedies like the one lived by the family of the 55 year old Montreal woman, who died yesterday after being attacked by a pit bull.

“The Liberals are stalling. There are hundreds of tragic stories, much like the one that happened in Montreal yesterday. Meanwhile, the Minister’s only response is that he will study the matter. Why wouldn’t he take real corrective measures for once, instead of buying time? There are more and more such cases; the public is expecting its elected officials to act. It is regrettable to see that the government is engaged purely in the theoretical! Our citizens require concrete action, and are expecting the government to table a bill”, stated the CAQ member.

Martin Coiteux cannot say that he didn’t see this problem coming. For many weeks now, more and more entities have been demanding to ban pit bulls. “Last session, all political parties agreed to legislate for the well-being of animals. Great! But when will we do so for the well-being of our children?” concluded Sylvie D’Amours.

Medical Evacuations: Future Tragedies Must Be Avoided at All Costs

 

 10 May 2016

Sunday, the Journal de Québec revealed that Quebec’s non-organized territories have no emergency response plan outside their road networks; causing MNA François Paradis to fear for the worst. “It is the beginning of the summer season, in which events often take place in off-road areas. We must avoid any further ambiguous situations that may put human life at risk. It is now evident that the rules remain unclear. Who is responsible for acting? In which instances? In what manner?” he states.

Recall that last March, an emergency medical team failed to respond to a snowmobile collision in the Laurentian Wildlife Reserve region, which led to the death of an American tourist. Upon this incidence, François Paradis urged the Health Minister, Gaétan Barrette, to launch an independent investigation.

“We are still at the beginning of a very long road; nothing has been rectified. I am certain that if some major incident was to happen tomorrow, the same uncertainties would arise. Who needs to act? How to intervene. What are the rules?” he regrets.