Virus

The feds are concealing close to a million records that show pandemic mismanagement, says Blacklock’s Reporter.

And what records have been disclosed by the Privy Council Office show favouritism in contracting and attempts to hide supply shortages.

“Who in government is responsible?” asked New Democrat MP Don Davies (Vancouver Kingsway), to the Common’s health committee.

The Commons last October 26 passed a Conservative motion by a 176-152 vote that compelled the release of all “memoranda, emails, documents, notes and other records” on pandemic management.

“The Clerk of the Privy Council put in writing to this committee there were over a million documents,” said Davies.

“To date — that’s going on seven months — this committee has received about 8,000. That’s about 992,000 documents that have yet to be delivered.”

The internal e-mails and briefing notes disclosed to date revealed:

  • a Liberal lobbyist contacted cabinet seeking a contract for his son;
  • a Liberal lobbyist won a $118 million contract for a client after boasting of “getting things done;”
  • a former Liberal aide and ex- Liberal riding president lobbied for millions in contracts;
  • a former Liberal MP’s firm won a $237 million contract before his ventilators were approved;
  • a Montréal contractor received a $282.5 million contract though its devices twice failed testing;
  • a failed Ottawa contractor received a $149 million contract after “good meetings” with aides;
  • Prime Minister Justin Trudeau made inaccurate claims of boasting of preparedness;
  • agencies were instructed to stress “success stories” and conceal supply shortages;
  • cabinet considered invoking the Emergencies Act to seize pandemic-related factory production;
  • cabinet knowingly shipped date-expired medical supplies to provinces.

“Is the government delaying delivery of documents to this committee?” asked Davies.

“We have worked to gather up documents,” replied Dr. Stephen Lucas, deputy health minister.

“The work continues.”

Staff had no explanation for the delay in complying with the House order and did not comment on the contents of 992,000 documents that justified the delay.

Privy Council Clerk Ian Shugart wrote in a letter to the committee last December 7: “Please be assured we are committed to making best efforts to complete the work as soon as possible.”

Dave Naylor is the News Editor of the Western Standard

News Editor & Calgary Bureau Chief

Dave Naylor is News Editor & Calgary Bureau Chief of the Western Standard based in the Calgary Headquarters. He served as City Editor of the Calgary Sun & covered Alberta news for nearly 40 years.

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