O’Toole, Blanchet both test positive for COVID-19, remain in isolation

Clay Curtis
September 20, 2020

Conservative Leader Erin O'Toole says the federal government is causing a COVID-19 disaster by not moving more quickly to approve rapid testing methods that are already in use in other countries.

They went on to say that the new leader is in "self-isolation and is feeling well".

O'Toole, his wife Rebecca and their children Mollie and Jack are all in isolation after an O'Toole staff member he was travelling with tested positive for COVID-19 this week.

The party didn't disclose how O'Toole was exposed to the virus.

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This comes just days before the start of the new session of Parliament, which will kick off with a throne speech and lead to what's shaping up to be a series of key confidence votes in the weeks ahead. Trudeau was found to be healthy following a significant time in quarantine.

On Friday morning, Bloc Quebecois leader Yves-Francois Blanchet was diagnosed with the disease. The family was tested on Thursday in Gatineau, after attempting to get tested on Wednesday. They will remain in isolation at his residence in Shawinigan, Que., until September 26.

Shortly after the statement was issued, Quebec Premier Francois Legault, who met O'Toole face-to-face on Monday, said on Twitter that had self-isolated out of precaution.

Each had had close contact with staffers who tested positive for the Covid-19 illness.

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