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Trudeau's Public Health Agency pays non-refundable $300,000 deposit during global pandemic for ski resort trip

The bill being shouldered by the Canadian taxpayer totals $319,157, including $28,250 for "conference space and facilities" for a ski trip that did not happen.
Roberto Wakerell-Cruz Montreal, QC

The Public Health Agency of Canada has confirmed that they paid over $300,000 to host a private convention during the start of COVID-19 lockdowns throughout the country.

According to Blacklock's Reporter, the convention, which included meetings at a ski hill, was held "at the same time it ordered cancellation of hockey games, church services and other public events, records show."

The convention's deposit is unable to be refunded, she went on to say.

“The payment is a non-refundable deposit,” said Natalie Mohamed, a spokesperson for the Health Agency. “We are in discussions with the vendor to renegotiate dates.”

In all, the bill being shouldered by the Canadian taxpayer totals $319,157, including $28,250 for "conference space and facilities" for a ski trip that did not happen. That payment was made a full day after the World Health Organization declared a worldwide pandemic.

“The meeting in question was the biannual Canadian Immunization Conference,” said Mohamed. “A deposit was to be paid by March 31. The process to award the contract and pay the deposit was already underway when the pandemic was declared.”

The payment was also made after Prime Minister Justin Trudeau told Canadians to take the pandemic "extremely seriously," urging Canadians to stay at home to "prevent from overburdening the health care system."

Dr. Theresa Tam, Canada's top doctor, urged Canadians on March 11 to cancel all public events.

“Now is the time for organizers to be cancelling, postponing or modifying events where many people gather,” added Tam. “This includes concerts, conferences, large social or religious gatherings. We need to help prevent transmission of the virus.”

Inexplicably, the government did not listen to its own guidance.

Roberto Wakerell-Cruz
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