Quebec government to table bill banning anti-vaccine protests near schools and hospitals

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Francois Legault says he will introduce a bill Thursday to ban anti-vaccination demonstrations near schools and hospitals.

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The Quebec premier told reporters he would introduce the bill at his caucus this afternoon.

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Earlier today, the three main opposition parties said it was unacceptable that protesters were approaching children in an attempt to influence them to comply with health orders and against vaccination. They say that they are ready to work closely with the government to get the law adopted soon.

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Québec Solidaire Party spokesman Gabriel Nadeau-Dubois says he supports the bill, but warns that he does not want it to ban other types of protests outside schools, such as demonstrations by parents Support public education.

There have been five protests outside elementary and secondary schools in Montreal since school reopened last month. There have also been protests outside hospitals.

In 2016, Quebec banned protests within 50 meters of abortion clinics.

This story was produced with financial support from Facebook and the Canadian Press News Fellowship.

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