Anti-sanitary measures demonstrations: a cost of $636,000 assumed by the City of Quebec

Demonstrations against health measures that took place from February 3 to 6 in Quebec City cost $636,315 to taxpayers in the municipality. The sum will be entirely assumed by the City, which will ultimately not request any reimbursement from the Legault government.

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This is what the Marchand administration announced on Thursday afternoon in a press release.

The additional salaries of police officers and various administrative units (maintenance of traffic lanes and civil security) represent the lion’s share of the bill with nearly $600,000. Some $38,000 was spent on goods and services.

“After reflection, the City does not consider it relevant to claim reimbursement of these sums from the government, considering the amounts it has already received from the government, i.e. $55.7 million for the years 2020 and 2021 for the additional expenses caused by the pandemic”, we explain.

Other costs to come

On the other hand, the City of Quebec claims not to have yet accounted for the costs of the other demonstration against the sanitary measures which takes place during the weekend of February 19 and 20.

Unlike Ottawa, where the city center was blocked for three good weeks, the demonstrations in Quebec went relatively well. The siege of the National Assembly, announced by certain organizers of the “freedom convoy” and then of the “Woodstock of freedom”, ultimately never took place.


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