The Legault government on Thursday tabled a bill that aims to ban demonstrations “in connection with the COVID-19 pandemic” within a perimeter of 50 meters from hospitals, schools and childcare centers.
The legislative piece aims to prohibit “anyone from being within 50 meters” of these places to “demonstrate, in any way whatsoever, in connection with sanitary measures, […] vaccination against COVID-19 or any other recommendation relating to the COVID-19 pandemic issued by public health authorities ”.
The bill provides for fines ranging from $ 1,000 to $ 6,000 for protesters. These amounts increase from $ 2,000 to $ 12,000 for anyone who “threatens or intimidates a person who surrenders [dans les lieux visés], tries to access it or leaves it ”.
It also provides that a judge of the Superior Court can grant an injunction to prevent this type of demonstration.
The measures of the bill “will cease to have effect when the state of health emergency declared on March 13, 2020,” Quebec also wrote in the legislative piece. From Thursday morning, however, the Prime Minister, Francois Legault, said he was ready to limit this period to 30 days.
“We are open to making adjustments if necessary,” he said. “What is important is that we adopt this today. I think our children, our nurses and our patients deserve this, ”he also said.
More details will follow.