Conservative leader Erin O'Toole and Bloc Quebecois leader Yves-Francois Blanchet have tested positive for COVID-19. O’Toole got the news late on September 18th, mere hours after Blanchet issued a statement that he too had tested positive.
Both men will now be unable to attend next week’s throne speech.
O’Toole, who has been the Opposition leader for less than four weeks, was tested in Gatineau, Quebec, after one of his staffers tested positive.
The party said in a statement Wednesday that O’Toole, 47, was experiencing no symptoms. However his spokeswoman, Melanie Paradis, later said O’Toole had started to experience a sore throat on Wednesday. His symptoms are said to be mild, and the party said he is “feeling well.”
Blanchet had no symptoms as of September 18th and will follow Quebec guidelines, the party said.
Carol Scott, Local Journalism Initiative Reporter, Grizzly Gazette