Horne Foundry: “Not as Dramatic as Some Say”, According to Legault | Elections Quebec 2022

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Horne Foundry: “ Not as dramatic as some say”, according to Legault | ÉQuebec 2022 elections

The outgoing Prime Minister and leader of the Coalition avenir Québec plans to travel to Rouyn-Noranda on Thursday.

The land of the Horne Foundry in Rouyn-Noranda

As provincial election day approaches, Prime Minister François Legault once again downplayed, on Wednesday, the effects of pollution tolerated by Quebec at the Horne Foundry, a factory treatment and transformation of minerals at the heart of a health scandal for its abnormally high contamination rates.

The day after a public letter signed by a group of doctors from the Rouyn-Noranda region warning that the situation was not safe for local residents, contrary to the assertions of outgoing Prime Minister François Legault, the latter defended himself against a new times, arguing that it [depended] on the definition of security.

“I invite all the people of Rouyn-Noranda to read the report public health, it's not as dramatic as some say. »

— François Legault, leader of the Coalition avenir Québec and outgoing Prime Minister

In an interview at 98.5 FM in Montreal on Wednesday morning, the leader of the Coalition avenir Québec developed the same argument than the one defended on the set of the show Everyone talks about it, Sunday evening.

First economic: 650 well-paid direct jobs – at $100,000 a year, Mr. Legault clarified, before placing the decision-making responsibility on the people concerned: There is a decision to be made by the citizens of Rouyn-Noranda.

It is not up to Gabriel Nadeau-Dubois or us to decide, he added, assuring citizens of full transparency and the availability of information concerning the Horne Foundry.

The outgoing Prime Minister, François Legault

Wednesday morning, a new political argument was brought to the file: mental health.

We were talking sometimes mental health, if tomorrow there are 650 people who lose their jobs, plus indirect jobs, there are consequences too, added the outgoing Prime Minister.

The question of the Horne Foundry has haunted the outgoing Prime Minister since the start of the election campaign. During the Face-to-Face of TVA, François Legault had been brought to specify his priorities in the file, between health and economy. It's health first, but you have to find a balance, he replied.

Public health has recommended that the government lower the pollution standard to 3 ng/m3 of arsenic in the air as quickly as possible.

The outgoing Prime Minister explained on Wednesday morning that this was not feasible, because technically impossible, but an improvement worth noting as the plant is committed to meeting the arsenic emissions target of 15 nanograms per cubic meter in indoor air. five years from now.

The outgoing Prime Minister and leader of the Coalition avenir Québec plans to travel to Rouyn-Noranda on Thursday.

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