In Quebec City, Canada, the state has the ability to force people who test positive for the coronavirus into isolation at a secret location if they are deemed “uncooperative,” according to Dr. Jacques Girard, who heads the Quebec City public health authority.
During a portion of a press conference exclusively translated by RAIR Foundation USA, Girard discussed an instance where patrons from a particular bar were told to wait for test results for the coronavirus. The patrons disregarded the orders and went to other bars before the test results came back positive, which led to them being taken and forcibly placed into isolation by the state.
Girard presents as a mixture of being proud of his power to force citizens who are “uncooperative” into isolation, and coy about the details of that isolation.
“[W]e may isolate someone for 14 days,” Girard explained during a press conference. “And it is what we did this morning…forced a person to cooperate with the investigation…and police cooperation was exceptional.”
Girard explains that if a person is told to stay in isolation, public health officials have the right to go to their home to make sure they comply. If not, the state can pick them up and force them to comply.
“Because we have had people isolated at home. And then, we saw the person was not at home. So, we went to their home, and then told them, we are isolating you where we want you to be.”
Watch a local news report on Bar Kirouac, which is being blamed for dozens of positive coronavirus cases:
Six other Quebec City bars “known to have been frequented by Kirouac regulars” are now being examined by public health officials. It should be noted that it is not being claimed that anyone is actually sick from the coronavirus. But the state has the power to force a citizen into isolation anyway.
Watch Dr. Jacques Girard discuss his tyrannical powers:
Thanks to Sassy for the Translation:
Dr. Girard, before we finish, a question for a reporter who is not here: briefly, for risk assessment, were orders issued for uncooperative clients?
Thank you, Dr. Girard. Can you answer in French, please?
—Yes. The order targeted two people who were not cooperating. And it is great that we can finally work with that provision. You know, before, if we were not in a health crisis, the Public Heath Director could use this provision for 72 hours while waiting for the judge’s confirmation of such a provision. In the Covid-19 case, we may isolate someone for 14 days. And it is what we did this morning, and we have done in the past, and, such as this morning, forced a person to cooperate with the investigation, and we’ve done it in the past with success, and police cooperation was exceptional. Thank you all, have a great day. When you order someone to not leave home for 14 days, does it happen in their home…
—it is not at home… 14 days at home…
—it is in a prison… Do you feel like you are in a prison? Because that’s it. Often, it is what we do. It is a location; we at the CIUSS [Government agency] have the power to provide for preventative isolations. It’s happening. Finally, it is a much easier provision when someone is not cooperating, and it becomes more difficult.
Are they under watch?
Where exactly are they isolated?
It is not at home. It depends on the person. Because we have had people isolated at home. And then, we saw the person was not at home. So, we went to their home, and then told them, we are isolating you where we want you to be.