“Insensitive”, Legault “lacks compassion” says Nadeau-Dubois



THETFORD MINES | Gabriel Nadeau-Dubois criticizes François Legault for having lacked “compassion” by implying that those close to Joyce Echaquan and the Atikamekw community prefer to debate the issue of systemic racism instead of tackling the problems on the ground, at Joliette.   

“It's insensitive, it lacks compassion, it's cold, it's unworthy of words”, denounced the spokesperson in solidarity, Sunday.&nbsp ;

During Face-à-Face TVA, last Thursday evening, François Legault repeated that the problems at the Joliette hospital, which were brought to light by the tragic death of Joyce Echaquan, are resolved. In addition to mandatory training on the Aboriginal reality, an Atikamekw from Manawan, Guy Niquay, has been appointed to the position of assistant director of the CISSS de Lanaudière. 

The Atikamekw community and Mrs. Echaquan's family consider despite everything that the problems of racism which Ms. Echaquan suffered before her death are far from being resolved. They were amazed to hear Mr. Legault say the opposite. 


During a press briefing in the riding of Lotbinière-Frontenac, Gabriel Nadeau-Dubois was surprised to see that the chief caquist had still not corrected the situation. According to him, François Legault must explain himself.

“Because in 2022, what we need is a Prime Minister who reaches out to indigenous peoples, not who points them finger then who blames them, said Mr. Nadeau-Dubois. That's exactly what François Legault did. I find it unworthy, then I expect him to explain his words. I'm surprised it hasn't been done yet. » 

The supportive spokesperson did not want to go so far as to ask the outgoing Prime Minister to apologize. He prefers to leave it up to the family and his community to claim them or not. 

“It is not for me to ask for an apology, (but) I will tell you one thing: if I had said the same thing, it would have taken half an hour and then I would have apologized, ”dropped Mr. Nadeau-Dubois.