In Quebec, Family Caregivers are Demanding Real Change. They Just Might Get it

« It could be a sea change, » says Amélie Quesnel-Vallée, the research chair in policies and health inequalities at McGill University. She knows about the toll of being an informal caregiver from personal experience. Quesnel-Vallée says that if Blais manages to persuade the premier to improve conditions for caregivers in concrete ways, it may be because Legault recognizes that Blais has picked up on a profound cultural shift. « Quebec is ostensibly one of the most feminist societies in North America, » says Quesnel-Vallée « This caregiving program might actually be born out of this same need and desire for women to keep being in the workforce and being supported, as well as having a family. »

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