O’Toole and Blanchet both test positive for COVID-19, remain isolated


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Conservative leader Erin O’Toole has tested positive for COVID-19.

His positive result on Friday night came hours after Bloc Québécois leader Yves-François Blanchet released a statement that he too had tested positive.

The two men will no longer be able to attend next week’s Speech from the Throne, with Blanchet having to isolate himself at least until September 26 and O’Toole at least until October 1.

O’Toole, who has been the leader of the opposition for less than four weeks, was tested in Gatineau on Thursday after one of his employees tested positive.

According to a statement from the Conservative Party, O’Toole, 47, “feels good”.

His wife, Rebecca, and their children Mollie and Jack, have all tested negative.

Quebec Premier François Legault said on Friday evening he would be tested for COVID-19 because he had met O’Toole earlier this week.

Legault said on Twitter that he would be tested as a precaution and isolate himself at home, adding that no one was safe.


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