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The event was disrupted by protesters  Baptism of fire for the “Santi Quebec rifle”

The event was disrupted by protesters Baptism of fire for the “Santi Quebec rifle”

Minister Christian Dube and Santé Québec's new CEO Geneviève Biron, from the private health sector, were forced to leave an event in Montreal after protesters against the private health sector disrupted the opening speech.


Minister Dube was giving the opening remarks at the First Line in Health event, held at the Palais des Congrès, when about two dozen CSN demonstrators appeared in the room carrying trumpets and whistles.

“No special health,” they chanted, throwing hands. The minister received them politely. “We didn't know when they would arrive, but here you are!” Mr. Dube launched. Security quickly evacuated the minister from the stage, just like the new CEO of Santé Québec who was attending her first public event since her appointment on Monday.

Finally, the organizers asked the participants to leave the room quietly. The event was able to resume after about twenty minutes. The minister wanted to continue his speech.

Photo by Jacques Boissinot, Canadian Press Archives

Christian Dube and Genevieve Perron

“We respect the right to demonstrate. We are currently implementing a major change management in order to provide Quebecers with a strong network of public health and social services,” Minister Dube announced on the social network X after the event.

It's a baptism of fire for Santé Québec's new CEO, Genevieve Peron, who was present at the event. The “chief executive” of the health network held various positions at Biron Groupe Santé, a family company. MI In particular, Perron launched “the largest network of medical imaging clinics” in Quebec, Imagix.

Since then, she has founded Propolia Capital, a venture capital investment platform that “engages in the growth of startups,” particularly in the health and life sciences space.

His arrival also raised eyebrows among the opposition in Quebec and among unions who fear seeing increased use of private health care. “It is more subtle that they want to privatize the entire network, which is what worries us very much,” said Second Vice-President of the Central Council of Metropolitan Montreal (CCMM-CSN), Ariane Carmel Pelosi.

Against private health

“We are against the privatization of the network, and this is an event that calls for a little privatization. We wanted to give Mr. Dube a book by Anne Plourde,” said M.I Carmel Pelosi. It was the book Santé Inc: Myths and Bankruptcy in Private Health.

Photo by Alain Roberge, Press

Moreover, the work was handed over to the minister's team, the event organizer confirmed.

M adds:I Carmel Pelosi.

the event Front line in healthWhich is held on Thursday and Friday at the Conference Palace, and brings together hundreds of players in the health network.

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