Skip to main content

“I am a Canadian, free to speak without fear, free to worship in my own way, free to stand for what I think right, free to oppose what I believe wrong, or free to choose those who shall govern my country. This heritage of freedom I pledge to uphold for myself and all mankind.” ~~ John G. Diefenbaker

Leona Alleslev, Conservative Deputy leader and Foreign Affairs Shadow Minister, amongst group calling on government to take further action on critical COVID-19 medical equipment shortages

Leona Allesley, Deputy leader of the
Conservative Party of Canada

The following statement was issued earlier today by:

  • Leona Alleslev ... Deputy Leader of Canada’s Conservatives and of the Official Opposition and Shadow Cabinet Minister for Foreign Affairs
  • Matt Jeneroux ... Shadow Cabinet Minister for Health 
  • Kelly Block ... Shadow Cabinet Minister for Public Services and Procurement ... and
  • James Bezan ... Shadow Cabinet Minister for National Defence, issued the following statement:

In February 2020, the Government of Canada sent Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) including 50,118 face shields, 1,101 masks, 1,820 goggles, 36,425 medical gowns, 200,000 nitrile gloves and 3,000 aprons overseas. At the same time, the World Health Organization was warning countries, including Canada, to prepare for a COVID-19 outbreak.

“Now Canadian doctors and nurses in Canada are facing an urgent shortage of PPE, with some Provinces stating that they will run out of essential supplies within 5 days. These shortages are not limited to PPE but also include ventilators and other critical and complex equipment required to stop the spread of the virus and treat those affected by it.

“Global competition for this much needed medical equipment is at an all time high, with countries around the world doing whatever they can to procure it. Recent media reports have indicated that medical equipment, which had been shipped to Canada, was then redirected to the United States. Furthermore, Conservatives are deeply concerned with President (Donald) Trump’s direction to companies such as 3M that they are not to supply Canada with critical medical equipment.

“While we support the Government of Canada’s efforts to purchase new equipment, with borders closed, supply chains under strain and countries around the world grappling with their own shortages of medical equipment, we believe more needs to be done to protect Canadians.

“Conservatives are calling on the government to immediately take the following actions to ensure that Canada’s healthcare system has the necessary medical equipment to fight the COVID-19 pandemic:

  1. Publish the full list of COVID-19 critical medical equipment and related supplies and add them to the Controlled Goods List governed by the Controlled Goods Program. This will provide much needed clarity to industry. 
  2. Work with the provinces and territories to contract with suppliers, guarantee order quantities, ensure that the listed items can be manufactured in Canada, and protect supply chains to ensure a continued availability of raw materials and all sub – component elements 
  3. Allocate these critical items at a fair price, and appropriately across the country by priority and need ... and 
  4. Formally negotiate a reciprocal agreement with the United States for critical medical items and related supplies to ensure Canada’s requirements are fulfilled on a relative priority basis. Canada must ensure that our contribution to the North American supply chain for these critical items also preserves and protects the health and safety of Canadians.

Conservatives will continue to use our strengthened Opposition to ensure that healthcare workers have the critical supplies they need to keep themselves and all Canadians healthy and safe.”


Popular posts from this blog

THE SIDEWINDER -- Just quit your constant damned whining and do something positive about it

  Living in a democracy is a wonderful thing, but it comes with responsibilities such as voting and being involved. When the dust settled on Saturdays (October 24 th ) BC election, less than two thirds of the eligible voters * took the time to vote - but the loudest bitchers will probably be among the more than one third of voters who sat on their asses and complained about how all politicians are crooks, etc. How many of you constant whiners have ever done anything close to becoming involved; or do you just like sniveling to hear your own voice? Are you one the arseholes who likes to take advantage of everything our democracy has to offer, without ever contributing anything? And I don't want to listen to your crap about paying taxes, blah, blah, blah. There's more to making democracy work than simply voting and then sitting back and let others carry the ball for you. Too many people seem unwilling to get involved - and follow-up - to make sure elected po

The stats clearly demonstrate the need for professional and impartial advice at the time of purchase, renewal, and refinancing of mortgages

REPRINTED WITH PERMISSION : Canadian Mortgage Trends   Canadians need guidance with their mortgages ... t hat’s the takeaway from a national survey released this week by, which found half of Canadians aren’t aware of the mortgage options available to them. Not only that, but Canadians are lacking in some other basic mortgage trivia, with an astounding 9 out of 10 respondents not knowing that mortgage interest is charged semi-annually: 28% think interest is compounded monthly; 17% think it’s bi-weekly; 17% think it’s annually; 28% just have no idea. Should we be concerned? Dustan Woodhouse, President of Mortgage Architects, and a former active broker who has written multiple educational mortgage books, thinks so. “ Sounds about right. We know about what we pay attention to, i.e., The Kardashians ,” he wrote to CMT. “ The material concern in this is how easy it makes it for the government to over-regulate the industry, with c

AARON GUNN -- He is, at his core, an ideologue, meaning the facts of any particular issue don’t actually matter

Ben Isitt - City Councillor and Regional Director Victoria City Council and its resident-genius Ben Isitt is back with another dumb idea. Introducing a motion to ban the horse-drawn carriages that have coloured Victoria’s downtown streets for decades, calling them “an outdated mode of transportation”. Are you serious?   No one is actually commuting by horse and carriage. They are here for tourists and residents alike to interact with world-class animals and discover the magic and history of our provincial capital. It’s part of what gives Victoria its charm. And the truth is these horses are treated better than anywhere else in the world. They probably live better lives than many British Columbians.   And talk to anyone who works with these horses and they’ll all tell you the exact same thing: this is what the horses love to do. This is what they were bred for and trained for. This is what gives their lives purpose and meaning. But maybe we shouldn’t be su


Show more