Murders in Montreal and Laval: “You have to know what happened”, asks Legault

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Murders in Montreal and Laval: “We need to know what happened”, asks Legault

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Prime Minister François Legault was questioned about the three homicides that occurred in the Montreal region, when he left a clinic vaccination.

The three homicides committed this week in Greater Montreal and the death of the alleged perpetrator of these crimes did not leave the Premier of Quebec indifferent.

Guest to react to these events during a press scrum upon leaving a vaccination clinic, where he had just received his second booster dose against COVID-19, François Legault offered his condolences to the families of the victims of these three gratuitous murders, committed on Tuesday and Wednesday.

The Prime Minister also referenced the suspected psychiatric disorder of the suspect, Abdulla Shaikh, and his release from a hospital center in 2021.

“You have to see what happened, since it was someone who was targeted. Why was he released? Do [something] need to be tightened?

—François Legault, Premier of Quebec

I'm glad we're rid of this individual, also mentioned François Legault – a comment badly received by the opposition, in Quebec.

Dominique Anglade, at Prime Minister, will never rejoice over the death of someone, said Jeremy Ghio, director of communications for the Liberal leader, in a written reaction sent to Radio-Canada.

PQ leader Paul St-Pierre Plamondon also deemed the Prime Minister's statement to be inappropriate.

Being in politics is not just about accounting, it's about first and foremost caring about people, his team stressed by email. The scourge of gun violence has shown no improvement in Montreal over the past four years, and this will be one of the important topics of the campaign.

Québec solidaire, for its part, did not want to react directly to Mr. Legault's comments. But on social media, Gabriel Nadeau-Dubois said the tragedy raises serious questions about the flaws in the system, the blind spot of mental health [and] the means given to prevention.

Shot by police authorities on Thursday morning, Abdulla Shaikh had been declared not criminally responsible on account of mental disorder following a series of misdeeds at Montreal-Trudeau airport committed in 2018 and had been diagnosed with schizophrenia.

A decision by the Mental Disorder Review Commission (CETM) rendered in January 2021 allowed him to leave the hospital center where he was treated, under certain conditions.

In a review of its case, last March, the CETM had maintained that Abdulla Shaikh could continue to follow his treatment in the community. However, the administrative judges had recognized that he could pose a significant risk to public safety because of his mental state.

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