Coronavirus: Quebec federal inmates file application for class-action lawsuit

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By Staff The Canadian Press

Posted April 21, 2020 12:50 pm

A federal inmate in Quebec who contracted COVID-19 has filed a proposed class-action lawsuit over Correctional Service Canada’s handling of the pandemic.

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The application for a lawsuit for plaintiff Joelle Beaulieu, an inmate at the federal women’s prison in Joliette, Que., was filed at the Montreal Courthouse on Monday.

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It’s on behalf of all federal inmates in Quebec incarcerated since March 13, and says officials acted too slowly in implementing measures at institutions.

Beaulieu says in a court filing that she believes she’s “Patient Zero” at the institution northeast of Montreal.

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Her action is seeking $100 per day for all federal inmates since the pandemic was declared,

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