The embarrassing "pilgrimage" of the
government in its quest for vaccines

pelerinage genant vaccinsGatineau ( Sunday, February 14, 2021 ) - "We must all stand together in this historic pandemic period and it is very important that everyone respect the distancing measures and other health constraints. We accept these sacrifices because the health and safety of all are at stake. We also do so out of respect for the health care workers who bravely face this virus on a daily basis," said Michel Gauthier, Conservative Party Critic for the Outaouais region and candidate in the Pontiac riding.

However, it is difficult to remain indifferent to what he calls an "embarrassing pilgrimage" when talking about the Trudeau government's most recent efforts to ensure an adequate supply of vaccines for the entire country.

"We all hope with all our hearts, regardless of political will, that Canada can find a solution to its vaccine supply and that the provinces can begin their massive immunization campaign," said Mr. Gauthier.

However, it is clear that current efforts have produced results that are "seriously flapping in the wind”.

The Conservative critic's statements were made in the context of the announcement by the region's Centre intégré de santé et de services sociaux (CISSSO) that it is ready to begin its massive vaccination campaign in the Outaouais.

"The CISSSO only needs the vaccines to set a date for the start of its campaign in the six vaccination centers spread across its territory. Every effort has been made to be ready," says Mr. Gauthier.

To compensate for its inability to ensure the necessary vaccine deliveries, Ottawa turned to COVAX, a facility created primarily to ensure that low- and middle-income countries have access to vaccines, to purchase 1.9 million doses of AstraZeneca's vaccine, which is not yet approved. "Rather embarrassing," says Michel Gauthier.

The government's failure to date in its quest for vaccines can also be explained by its lack of strategic vision and its indifference to the situation of the pharmaceutical industry, one of the major vectors of economic development in Quebec.

"Last year, the Prime Minister's Office declined a request to meet with Merck's international CEOs to discuss, among other things, the company's research and innovation objectives," noted the Conservative spokesperson. And when the CEO of Merck in Canada wanted to meet with former Industry Minister Navdeep Bains, the same indifference and radio silence, wrote La Presse last week.

To reach the goal of vaccinating 70 to 75% of the population by September, about two million vaccines would have to be administered each week. But Canada received only 75,000 doses of Pfizer last week. And Ottawa expects to receive an average of less than half a million doses per week over the next month.

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Storming the Greenhouses

What a great weekend to storm the region's garden centers. Flower baskets and baskets of cherry tomatoes and strawberries, tomato plants, cauliflower, lettuce and cucumber plants. I took another day off from politics and did my spring shopping. Throughout Pontiac County and the Outaouais region, our garden centers people and horticulturists, like Yves, Jocelyne and Chantal, of La Pépinière Haute-Gatineau in Egan-sud, are working hard to get our vegetable gardens or landscaping going again. On my side, I will have to make the difference between a tomato plant and a tomato box. I needed three plants and I left with three boxes... which contained four plants each. So, if you stop by my place this summer, you'll probably leave with a small basket of tomatoes.


Two heroes who saved lives

(April 29) Kevin Simonneau and Isabelle Gilbert, two police officers from the Gatineau Police Department, who were then working for the Service de police de la MRC des Collines-de-l'Outaouais, received the Croix de bravoure from the Quebec government, the highest decoration awarded to a police officer. In January 2018, these two heroes saved a mother and her four-month-old baby trapped in a house fire. For this act of bravery, they deserve our admiration. We have a police officer in our family and I know how difficult it can be for them. So, when their courage allows them to save lives, we can only mention it with admiration.

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What is Canada Revenue Agency waiting for ?

(April 16th) Taxpayers and accountants need a delay in filing tax returns again this year. Yet the Canada Revenue Agency is currently ignoring this need. Accountants in the Pontiac and Outaouais are overwhelmed and many will not be able to file personal income tax returns on time. Despite repeated requests, the Canada Revenue Agency has not yet agreed to extend the April 30 deadline for filing returns and making payments for the year 2020. Accounting firms would like to see the deadline extended to May 30, as Revenu Quebec has just done, and even to June 30. Because of COVID-19, client documents are coming in slowly and, in addition, many employees have to perform their duties from home, not to mention those who have tested positive for COVID-19. Difficulties in recruiting new employees are also adding to the picture.


About the photo of Will Amos naked in his office

michel gauthier2(April 14th 2021)  The rather unusual news spread like wildfire in the evening throughout the media and on social networks: a photo of the liberal MP for Pontiac, naked in his office in the House of Commons. Despite the absurdity of the situation, I do not intend to comment on this event. I agreed to run as a Conservative candidate in order to offer the citizens of Pontiac and the Outaouais a new voice and serious leadership in Ottawa. I remain committed to that goal. What we are most concerned about at this time is defeating the COVID-19 pandemic, getting the region's economy back on its feet and offering all our citizens hope that we can put forward viable solutions for our future.


Health before election

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PONTIAC ( Tuesday, March 9th 2021) - "I'm ready to start campaigning today across the Pontiac, but the health and safety of the citizens is more important at this time than a hasty election call. Vaccinations before the votes," said Michel Gauthier, the Conservative Party candidate in Pontiac and spokesperson for the Outaouais region.

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Bravo to CISSSO and APTS

The vaccination campaign has started off on the right foot in the Pontiac and Outaouais and the feedback is very positive. Congratulations to CISSSO for its preparation work. The reservation system is giving excellent results. Congratulations also to the Alliance du personnel professionnel et technique de la santé et des services sociaux (APTS-Outaouais) and to the CEO Josée Filion for their joint communiqué in the hope of encouraging more health care workers to be vaccinated against COVID-19. That's what we call putting priorities in the right place. And my message remains the same: health and vaccination before the election.

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March 8th: Tribute to the women who make a difference in our political life

Did you know that the three MRCs of the federal riding of Pontiac and three of the six electoral districts of the City of Gatineau that are also part of the riding, have elected women to head them? And that 19 of the municipalities are headed by women mayors? Through their involvement, they are a reflection of the progression of women's place in politics.

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11 marsNational day of remembrance for victims of covid 19

On March 11, it will be exactly one year since the World Health Organization declared a pandemic. The Government of Québec will take advantage of this national day of commemoration to honour the deceased and highlight the dedication of the staff of the health network and priority services, who accompanied the families in their mourning.

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A lack of respect for public service workers

The Liberal administration is showing a flagrant lack of good faith towards federal public service workers. This government is taking back with one hand what it pretended to give with the other.

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Vaccination Campaign : this is no time for petty politics

Quebec's vaccination strategy against VIDOC-19 was necessitated by the federal government's inability to provide sufficient doses to the provinces in a timely manner.

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Statement at the announcement of the candidacy

I was born, raised and lived in Pontiac County and I am a citizen of the Outaouais.

When Gatineau Valley, Pontiac and the Collines de l'Outaouais MRCs are calling for high-speed Internet, it concerns me. I am living this situation myself.

When the residents of the Plateau sector or the Limbour district in Gatineau are wondering about the planning of public transit and the link between Gatineau and Ottawa, or about jobs in the public service, it concerns me. I have experienced the same situation.

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