After the Liberal government prorogued Parliament, it resulted in Parliamentary Standing Committees needing to be reformed.
Erin O’Toole has asked me to sit on the Health Committee alongside my Conservative colleagues.
I am excited to be back working with Michelle Rempel Garner, the Conservative Shadow Minister of Health.
The importance of the Health Committee in reviewing the Liberal government’s response to the pandemic cannot be understated.
Because Justin Trudeau shuttered Parliament for absolutely no reason other than to distract from his involvement in the WE charity scandal, we have lost valuable time in trying to get answers and to rectify a series of critical failures that led to the spread of COVID-19 in Canada.
I am specifically looking for answers on why the Liberal government failed to develop new systems in Health Canada to efficiently review rapid and at home testing systems that our allies have already deployed and why they shuttered the federal early warning system for public health dangers.
I will also be pushing the Health Committee to review and examine the Government of Canada’s vaccine development and approvals process, procurement schedules and protocol for distribution.
It is clear the Liberal government did not take the necessary precautions to deal with the pandemic, as evidenced by the fact that the Canadian military informed the Minister of Defence in a memo back on January 17th of the seriousness of COVID-19 and yet didn’t take action at that time.
In upcoming Health Committee meetings, I will investigate why the Liberals shutdown the early warning system Global Public Health Information Network and did not replace the stockpile of personal protection equipment they discarded, which lead to Canada being unprepared to distribute supplies.