Posted on June 10, 2021 at 9:00 a.m.
Whatever you do, you’ll always be wrong, François Legault and Horacio Arruda sometimes have to say to each other. On the advice of Public Health, the government initially banned graduation balls. Faced with general disappointment and the epidemic which is deflating faster than expected, Mr. Arruda agreed to reconsider the issue. On Tuesday, the government therefore thought to announce good news by allowing outdoor balls from July 8. But that was without counting the school principals, who said they were “stunned” and called the announcement “unrealistic”. We understand that this forces us to review the plans. We also understand that after a hard year, the school environment is exhausted. But what exactly do we expect from our leaders? The government does not force schools to hold balls: it only allows them! If you find it so complicated to rent a marquee and mobilize a few parents and students to organize this important rite of passage, skip your turn. It is still not the role of Mr. Legault to plan the logistics and to mix the punch (without alcohol). The government has been accused a lot of paternalism during the pandemic. We will also have to ask ourselves if we do not sometimes act like children by grumbling even though he gives us permission.