Gun violence in Montreal becomes an election issue | Elections Quebec 2022

Gun violence in Montreal becomes an electoral issue | &Elections Quebec 2022

Liberal leader Dominique Anglade chose to meet the media in front of the pizzeria on rue Saint-Denis where 50-year-old Diego Fiorita , was assassinated on Tuesday, targeted by several shots.

At a time when all eyes are on the public authorities to stem the armed violence that is proliferating in Montreal, the Quebec Liberal Party (PLQ) and Quebec solidaire (QS) criticize the Legault government for not having made it a priority. . Conservative leader Éric Duhaime promises 400 more police officers in Montreal.

At a press conference in front of the pizzeria on rue Saint-Denis where a man was shot dead Tuesday in broad daylight, the leader of the Liberal Party of Quebec, Dominique Anglade, criticized Prime Minister François Legault for shining by his absence then that the safety of Quebecers is the absolute priority.

It is time for the indifference towards Montreal to end. We need a premier who takes the issue of gun violence in the greater Montreal area seriously, Ms. Anglade said in a statement released alongside her press briefing.

“I do not accept to see that we manage what is happening at present with blows of tweets and zooms. »

— Dominique Anglade, Leader of the Liberal Party of Quebec

Already in electoral mode, the Liberal leader promises, if she becomes Prime Minister, more prevention and additional means cities to hire more police officers and provide more support to their police forces.

To act upstream, the PLQ promises to invest an additional dollar for community organizations that work in prevention for each dollar invested in Operation Centaur. This currently represents an additional investment of $90 million.

Also challenged by the outbreak of armed violence that is shaking Greater Montreal, the co-spokesperson for Québec solidaire, Gabriel Nadeau-Dubois, and the outgoing deputy for Hochelaga-Maisonneuve, Alexandre Leduc, said they were concerned to note that organized crime is increasingly comfortable acting with impunity, anywhere and at any time in Montreal.

“ Where was François Legault's CAQ throughout his term in the National Assembly? Montreal is not, and never has been a priority for François Legault. »

— Gabriel Nadeau-Dubois, co-spokesperson for Québec solidaire

I understand the concern of the population and I share it: the bleeding must be stopped. The shootings perpetrated in the last few days by organized crime are the straw that broke the camel’s back: we must take action now so that the police are able to do their job properly, further pleads Gabriel Nadeau-Dubois.

Let organized crime feel capable of carrying out these blows in broad daylight, anywhere, anyhow, we are in a situation that is intolerable, has for his part declared Alexandre Leduc in an interview with The Canadian Press.

Stressing that police officers are currently overwhelmed by psychosocial work in the field such as homelessness, mental health crises or family distress, his party proposes to invest massively in psychosocial resources and to adequately refinance the community in order to enable police forces to fight crime effectively.

Québec solidaire also promises, if it forms the next government, to exert all the pressure on the federal government to accelerate the ban on handguns.

The Conservative leader believes that the municipal administration must move in Montreal to quickly increase its police force .

Denouncing the political forces that have been advocating for years the defunding of the police, even the disarmament of the police, an ideology which, according to him, has engendered a neglect of the political authorities vis-à-vis the police forces, the leader of the Conservative Party of Quebec , Éric Duhaime, assured that this was not the case for his party.

What we are proposing is to add 400 new police officers here in Montreal rather than eliminating 72 and on that, the municipal administration will have to move and the pressure will have to come from the government. of Quebec as well, said Mr. Duhaime in reference to the dispute between the City of Montreal which claims to increase its police force while the officers' union claims rather that they are melting visibly.

It is also urgent, according to the Conservative leader, that Quebec collaborate more with the federal government, in particular to impose much harsher sentences for crimes related to illegal arms trafficking. We need to discourage these people, he hammered.

“When someone gets caught with 200-250 carcasses of revolver and he ends up with less than a year in prison, the signal that is sent is the wrong one.

—Éric Duhaime, leader of the Conservative Party of Quebec

Almost a year after the launch of Operation Centaur to combat armed violence and arms trafficking, Quebec's Minister of Public Security, Geneviève Guilbault, defends the results of this new strategy in which 140 million dollars have been invested.

Questioned on the effectiveness of ICI Première's microphone measurement, Ms. Guilbault explained that despite perceptions, Centaure has so far produced 493 arrests and the seizure of nearly 500 firearms.

Yes, it works, she assured, while claiming to understand the growing concern of citizens about the events involving firearms which have multiplied in recent months.

Assurant that the police are at work, the Minister commended their work, recalling that the current situation nevertheless remains a challenge.

“We have been , we have always been there. We never skimp on investments.

— Geneviève Guilbault, Quebec Minister of Public Security

With the federal money that we have just negotiated, we are close to 250 million in investment in repression and prevention for the fight against armed violence, recalled Ms. Guilbault.

But money does not solve everything, recognizes the minister, who explains that discussions are continuing with Montreal and the National Police Academy to ensure the training of more police officers.

In Montreal, Mayor Valérie Plante, who met the media in the morning, defended herself from not supporting the Service de police de la Ville de Montréal (SPVM) as suggested earlier this week by the Brotherhood of police officers of Montreal in a letter to the town hall.

According to the union, some police officers even choose to leave the ranks of the SPVM because they do not feel supported by the SPVM; administration.

Questioned by a journalist on the perception that she and her party do not provide the necessary support to the police forces, in particular by neglecting the hiring of staff, Ms. Plante was visibly offended by these claims.

I'm not perfect. I can be criticized on many things, but to question my dedication, my search for solutions, the way I am always on the ground […] I find it difficult and, for me, it is wrong, she said, carefully measuring her words.

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