NDP calls for independent review of federal pandemic response | Coronavirus

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NDP calls for independent review of federal response to pandemic | Coronavirus

The New Democratic Party (NDP) is once again calling for a public inquiry into the federal government's handling of the pandemic.< /p>

The New Democratic Party (NDP) is once again calling for a public inquiry into the federal government's handling of the pandemic.

With the final federal health restrictions lifted in September, NDP Health Critic Don Davies says there is a need for Ottawa to review whether appropriate steps have been taken to manage the coronavirus crisis. COVID-19.

It's time for a proper and comprehensive review of federal preparedness and response. And the only way to do that is to launch an official investigation, he said in an interview.

According to Mr. Davies, it was clear at the start of the pandemic that Canada was not well equipped to deal with the pressure caused by COVID-19. A public inquiry can answer several questions, from early detection of the virus to shortages of personal protective equipment, including national vaccine production capacities, argues the elected New Democrat.

It's about holding those who made decisions accountable, learning from this unprecedented experience and being better prepared for the future, he argued.

The first cases of COVID-19 were detected in Canada in late January 2020. Two months later, in March, the World Health Organization declared a global pandemic .

Since then, public health restrictions have fluctuated with pandemic waves and have included mandatory vaccinations for public servants, workers in federally regulated industries and travelers, border closures as well as COVID-19 testing. mandatory for travellers.

The government has also offered financial support to people who could not work or lost their jobs during the pandemic, and to businesses who suffered financial losses due to lockdowns. slow the spread of the virus.

The NDP wants a broad review, conducted in public and at arm's length from government. New Democrat and Conservative MPs asked Canada's Chief Public Health Officer when there would be a federal review of the pandemic's handling, during a recent committee meeting. the health of the House of Commons.

Dr. Theresa Tam told them the decision was not hers to make, but mentioned it was important to learn lessons from the biggest pandemic in the world current era.

“It is very important to take note of lessons learned and be as objective as possible,” asserted Dr. Tam to the health committee on October 18.

It is very important to take note of the lessons learned and to be as objective as possible, Dr. Tam told the health committee on October 18.

Inputs from various experts on what went well, as well as what could be improved, are important in preparing us well for our response to the ;future, as pandemics will reoccur.

Federal Health Minister Jean-Yves Duclos also spoke of the importance of a review, but did not say when such an exercise would take place or whether it would be independent. of the government.

Former Reform Party leader Preston Manning announced plans on November 4 for what he called a national citizens' inquiry into the pandemic response of provincial, municipal and federal governments on behalf of a non-profit organization called Citizen's Inquiry Canada.

The organization was created to receive and disburse donations to fund the survey.

The scale of these interventions demands a full, transparent and objective investigation into the adequacy and effectiveness of the measures imposed, Manning said in a press release. hurry.

We need to figure out what worked and what didn't work and how we can best respond in the future.

Mr. Manning said the investigation would begin next year with public hearings across the country.

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