Comparisons misleading about death

Comparaisons trompeuses à propos des décès

Each Saturday, the research staff of our investigation agency in Montréal, Québec and Ottawa débusquent the new fake, verify statements and find the real numbers.

The STATEMENT

The prime minister François Legault has attempted to relativize Wednesday, the death rate is high death toll of the COVID-19 in Quebec.

“When you look at the great cities of the North Is north american and most major cities in Europe, it has a number of deaths per million inhabitants, which is comparable to Quebec, even, in some cases, even worse than in Quebec. ”

He then cited examples in New York, Boston, Chicago, Detroit, Philadelphia, Washington DC, London, Paris and Madrid.

“If you’re going to see numbers in these cities, it is comparable or worse to what has been experienced in Montreal “, he added.

THE FACTS

Comparaisons trompeuses à propos des décès

You can’t compare the mortality rate of the province of Quebec with that of other major cities. If we compare Montreal with these cities, the assertion of Mr. Legault is not accurate. According to the most recent official data from each of these cities, two-thirds of them have a mortality rate significantly lower than that of Montreal. The death rate per million population of Montreal (1314) is higher than that of Boston (905), Chicago (762), Philadelphia (794), Washington DC (663), London (878) and Paris (925). Only the cities of New York (2508), Detroit (2019) and Madrid (1442) have much higher rates of mortality.

Ten days off, but not for all

The STATEMENT

Bloc quebecois mp Alain Therrien responded Tuesday in the Room for Justin Trudeau to offer 10 days of paid sick leave per year to help workers who have, for example, symptoms associated with a coronavirus.

“Unfortunately, given that 95 % of workers are not subject to the canada labour Code, one realizes that it is not here that will decide “, he argued.

THE FACTS

Comparaisons trompeuses à propos des décès

Actually, only 6 % of the workforce is subject to federal labour standards, according to Employment and social Development Canada. This represents approximately 900,000 workers in the private sector working in various sectors, such as banks and rail transport. These standards govern, for example, hours of work, holidays, and vacations of the employees.

It is therefore true that the federal government will not be able to give paid vacation time, snapping their fingers, because the work of the vast majority of the population is regulated by the provinces or territories. Justin Trudeau has also stated that discussions were ongoing on this issue with the provinces as it is a shared jurisdiction.

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