Quebec City attack highlights need for discussion on mental health: Legault

Francois Legault

Quebec Premier Francois Legault says his government will announce new mental health investments after a fatal sword attack in the provincial capital on Halloween night.
     
Legault said this morning that the attack raises ``all kinds of questions'' about mental illness, adding his junior health minister would make an announcement on the subject this afternoon.
     
However, Legault said it's unrealistic to think all violent tragedies can be avoided.
     
Two people were killed and five others wounded in the attack in Quebec City's historic neighbourhood, allegedly carried out by a man wearing medieval garb who travelled there from Montreal's north shore.
     
A 24-year-old suspect has been charged with two counts of first-degree murder and five of attempted murder.
     
The attack prompted Quebec City Mayor Regis Labeaume to call for a wider societal debate on mental health, which he described as the biggest security issue facing Canada's major cities in the coming years.