At a meeting of the Parliamentary operations committee, NDP MP Matthew Green posed a question to Dr. Tam about whether the national stockpile was not properly funded or if it was mandated to store the PPE necessary for the coronavirus pandemic—a question Canadians would like answers to.
However, before Dr. Tam could answer, she was interrupted by Health Minister Patty Hadju who told the committee that cabinet discussions are confidential.
This moment was captured by the Globe's Marieke Walsh in a tweet on Friday:
"At gov't operations committee NDP MP Matthew Green asks Dr. Tam if she ever advised the gov't that the national stockpile was underfunded or not properly mandated to stock PPE, Health Min Hajdu interjects before Dr. Tam answers, says cabinet discussions are confidential."
The lack of response by the Trudeau government caught the eye of Conservative MP Pierre Poilievre who simply tweeted "Cover-up."
MPs have vowed to get to the bottom of the woeful mismanagement of the national stockpile of pandemic medical supplies.
The shortages led to the Trudeau government having to purchase billions of PPE from China. The vice-president of the Public Health Agency Sally Thornton had previously refused to disclose just how much equipment was discarded before the pandemic.
Two million N95 masks and 440,000 medical gloves were thrown out by the Trudeau government after one emergency stockpile warehouse was shut down in Regina.
The silence on the part of Dr. Tam and Hadju on Friday raises even more questions as to the totality of the mismanagement of the Canadian stockpile.