Respiratory viruses disrupt New Brunswick Legislative Assembly

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Respiratory-viruses disrupt the ;Legislative Assembly of New Brunswick

Green MP Megan Mitton wore a sanitary mask for most of the legislative session. Several MLAs have fallen ill in recent days.

The respiratory viruses circulating in the population this fall have also spread to the New Brunswick Legislative Assembly. Several MPs visibly had signs of infection during question period on Friday, including coughing fits.

Liberal MP for Shediac-Beaubassin-Cap-Pelé, Jacques LeBlanc, who is recovering from influenza, had a hoarse voice.

The entire family of Liberal MP for Moncton Centre, Rob McKee, fell ill, but he is doing better. It's a reflection of what we see in society now, he said.

Green MP for Memramcook-Tantramar, Megan Mitton, who has the habit of wearing a sanitary mask, expressed the same opinion. It's a reflection of what's happening in schools and hospitals, she said.

A few deputies have stayed home for the past few days. As for those who were present on Friday, very few wore a mask.

Health Minister Bruce Fitch, who also coughed on Friday, was not wearing a mask, but said he does occasionally.

Mr. Fitch added that wearing a mask or not is a choice everyone can make. He advises anyone to wear one if they feel the need.

Ministers Glen Savoie and Tammy Scott-Wallace (left) wore a mask in Room on December 9.

Absent three days, also for health reasons, Prime Minister Blaine Higgs was back in the House, but he did not answer any questions.

Based on a report by Alix Villeneuve

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