After O'Toole confirms he has COVID-19, Quebec Premier Francois Legault will get tested

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Premier François Legault, who met one-on-one with new Conservative leader Erin O'Toole on Monday -- and went on to meet with a host of Canada's other political leaders -- says he'll get a COVID-19 test now that it's clear O'Toole has the virus.

The two sat down together during O'Toole's first official visit to a sitting premier. They had a substantial meeting in downtown Montreal. 

Two days later, when O'Toole learned that one of his staffers had the virus and said he and his family would all get tests, Legault said he wouldn't do the same.

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He changed his mind, he said on Twitter on Friday night, after O'Toole tested positive.

In his tweet he said, in French, that "since Mr. O’Toole tested positive for COVID-19, I will, as a precaution, get tested and self-isolate at home."

"No one is immune from contagion. Take care of yourself."

Earlier this week, Legault said that he didn't need a test, according to public health guidelines, because the contact with O'Toole only required that he monitored himself for symptoms.

Since Monday, Legault has also been in contact with a who's-who of political figures in and outside of Quebec -- sometimes without a mask, especially when giving press conferences.

He attended Quebec's legislature after the session reopened on Tuesday, and was in the Salon Bleu for Question Period.

He participated in various press conferences, including an hour-long one, also on Tuesday, alongside Quebec's health minister and the province's director of public health. 

Legault also met with three other premiers today in Ottawa: Ontario's Doug Ford, Manitoba's Brian Pallister, and Alberta's Jason Kenney. The other premiers joined the meeting virtually.


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