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Kelly Block, Conservative MP for Carlton Trail—Eagle Creek, roasted Minister of Health Patty Hajdu over the Liberal's pandemic response, specifically picking apart the failures of the government's ability to maintain a national stockpile.
After pressing Hajdu on the percentage of masks that were pre-purchased from countries like China that were unable to meet Canadian health standards, Block asked how the wasted money spent on those masks would be made up to Canadians and their tax dollars.
"With the government prepaying for PPE to suppliers, mostly with Chinese manufacturing, what guarantee does the government have that we actually receive the PPE at all?" sked Block.
Hajdu responded, "We've been working closely with member partners... to ensure that we have a strong supply chain from China and many other countries."
The Trudeau government previously confirmed that approximately one million face masks that were purchased from China would not be used because they did not meet the standards of Health Canada. Therefore, they will not be distributed for use by health care workers.
According to the Globe and Mail, the masks did not meet the standards required for the appropriate KN95 rating, a rating similar to the more recognizable N95 rating from the United States.