Bloc leader Yves François Blanchet says he wants to bring a vaccine factory to Quebec
MONTREAL – A new Moderna vaccine manufacturing plant is more likely to be built in Quebec if voters choose the Bloc Québécois over Justin Trudeau’s Liberals, Bloc leader Yves-François Blanchet said on Saturday.
Massachusetts-based drugmaker Moderna said the company will build an mRNA vaccine manufacturing facility in Canada – its first facility outside the United States.
Liberal candidate François-Philippe Champagne, in his capacity as Minister of Innovation, announced the news with Moderna CEO Stéphane Bancel in Montreal on August 12, without giving a specific location.
Blanchet said many Liberal candidates in Quebec would not press for the facility to be built in the province if their party formed government again.
But the Bloc would feel no pressure to follow the party line and could advocate for the facility to be built in his province, Blanchet said at a press conference in his riding of Beloeil-Chambly, Que.
“When these Liberals speak in the House of Commons, it will be to ask questions already written by the minister who will answer them,” said Blanchet.
The Liberals did not have it.
“The Bloc is trying to claim the achievements of the Liberal government. They say that if things were done, it was because of them. No, it’s because of the strong presence of Quebeckers around the table, ”said Pablo Rodriguez, Liberal candidate for Honoré-Mercier.
Blanchet also attacked the NDP, accusing the party of being against the values of the province for the past 22 months.
According to the leader of the Bloc, every time Quebec has spoken out in defense of the French language and secularism, the NDP has accused the Bloc of racism.
“There is no society more generous than Quebec in America,” said Blanchet. “We say French is the common language … but someone tells us it’s xenophobic. These are repeated and twisted accusations.”
This report by The Canadian Press was first published on August 21, 2021
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