Updated: Both Bloc Québécois and Conservative leaders test positive for COVID-19

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      Update (September 22): Erin O'Toole's wife Rebecca O'Toole has tested positive for COVID-19. She had previously tested negative but after she began developing symptoms, her second test on September 20 was positive. 

      Update (September 19): Quebec Premier François Legault tested negative for COVID-19 after he met with O'Toole (who tested positive) on September 14.

      Update (September 18):

      Conservative Leader Erin O'Toole has been reported to have received positive test results for COVID-19. His wife and children have tested negative. 

      O'Toole is in isolation and reportedly feeling well. He had been travelling in Quebec with a staff member who tested positive on September 16. 

      O'Toole had met with Quebec Premier François Legault on September 14. In response to O'Toole's test results, Legault is now isolating and getting tested as well.

      Today (September 18), Legault had met with Ontario Premier Doug Ford, Alberta Premier Jason Kenney, and Manitoba Premier Brian Pallister in Ottawa.

      Original article (September 18):

      The first federal party leader in Canada has tested positive for COVID-19 while another party leader is awaiting test results.

      Bloc Québécois announced in a news release issued today (September 18) that its leader Yves-François Blanchet tested positive. He is following Quebec’s public health instructions by remaining in isolation in Shawinigan, Quebec.

      He and several caucus members had gone into isolation after a staff member tested positive on September 14. Blanchet’s wife, Nancy Déziel, began developing symptoms and tested positive on September 15.

      The Bloc Québécois news release stated that Blanchet is reminding Québécois to follow health guidelines if they develop symptoms or have been in close contact with confirmed cases.

      Blanchet stated on Twitter that he and his wife are doing well at the moment, and that he will return on September 26.

      Accordingly, he won’t be able to attend, in person, the throne speech in the Senate when Parliament returns on September 23. 

      Meanwhile, Conservative Leader Erin O’Toole and his family have also gone into isolation as O’Toole awaits test results, after one of his staff members tested positive on September 16.

      O’Toole, who was elected leader on August 24, criticized the state of COVID-19 testing after he and his family waited for hours to get tested in Ottawa on September 16, but were unable to receive testing due to capacity limitations. Consequently, he had to go to Gatineau, Quebec, on September 17 to get tested.

      Early on in the pandemic, Sophie Grégoire Trudeau tested positive for the coronavirus on March 12 after a speaking engagement in London, England. Consequently, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau went into isolation for 14 days. According to a statement from the Prime Minister’s office, he was not tested, based upon medical advice, as he did not develop symptoms.

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