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View Julie Vignola Profile
BQ (QC)
Thank you, Mr. Matthews.
Yesterday, we found out that equipment bound for Quebec was hijacked in China.
What's being done to get the equipment back as quickly as possible? Furthermore, what's being done to prevent this kind of thing from happening again?
Bill Matthews
View Bill Matthews Profile
Bill Matthews
2020-07-23 13:22
I cannot speak to that exact case, but I can tell members about the measures we've taken to ensure security of the supply line, from a federal perspective. I suspect the case in question may be of a provincial order, but I'm not certain.
The number one key to bringing goods from China or any other country into Canada is securing the supply line, so having a good in-country process to make sure you get the product and have a place to store it at the airports. It has to be there two weeks in advance, with all the appropriate paperwork to clear customs. Even when all that is done, as with most countries, there's always the possibility of a random inspection. The Chinese government does that on a fairly regular basis, so it's important to have multiple shipments there so that if an order does get held up because of a scheduled inspection, there's an alternative.
View Richard Cannings Profile
NDP (BC)
A big part of tourism in my riding is the wine sector. One thing that has allowed the wine industry to grow so dramatically in the past few decades is the excise tax exemption. That exemption could likely end very soon if it is found to be non-compliant with our trade agreements.
The industry has proposed a trade-legal replacement, the wine growers' value-added program. The finance minister has known about this situation for months. Can he assure this House and the industry that the government will act immediately to implement this program?
View Bill Morneau Profile
Lib. (ON)
We continue to work on this issue. We recognize how important the wine industry is in B.C., and I assure the honourable member that I will come back to him and give him an update.
View Kelly McCauley Profile
CPC (AB)
How many masks will be imported into Canada by the end of July, please?
View Anita Anand Profile
Lib. (ON)
Mr. McCauley, the contracts for N95s are multiple, and we are expecting millions of masks, N95s, to be imported.
View Kelly McCauley Profile
CPC (AB)
View Anita Anand Profile
Lib. (ON)
The importation of the masks is going to continue to ramp up. For a precise number, I will check with my deputy minister, Bill Matthews, to clarify.
Bill Matthews
View Bill Matthews Profile
Bill Matthews
2020-06-09 17:04
Thank you, Minister.
I'll add some context to that. The vast majority of N95 masks that we're receiving between now and the end of July are imported from overseas, with the exception of the 3M ones, which come from the U.S.
With regard to 3M, it is roughly 500,000 a month, but in terms of masks delivered to date, as of last week for our N95s, we were showing at about 12 million—
View Kelly McCauley Profile
CPC (AB)
By the end of July, how many N95 masks will we have imported?
Bill Matthews
View Bill Matthews Profile
Bill Matthews
2020-06-09 17:04
I'm getting there, Mr. Chair. I'm just doing some math in my head.
At the end of last week, we had 12 million N95s imported and accepted. Then, for June and July, we're looking at our target of about an additional 20 million per month, so that should give us our numbers of 40 million plus the 12 million already received.
View Kelly McCauley Profile
CPC (AB)
On your website, on April 23, you said that the orders for N95s were for 155 million. On May 26, it was updated to show.... The orders actually dropped to 107 million, and then June 2 it was 121 million.
What happened to the 33.6 million masks between April 23 and June 2?
View Anita Anand Profile
Lib. (ON)
We are operating in an incredibly intense global environment where demand for N95s is at an extreme peak. Our fluctuations and our numbers reflect that global demand, and there are times when we do have to revisit contracts. As a result, our numbers on our web page, in which we are being fully transparent with our orders and our deliveries, do fluctuate.
I will ask my deputy—
View Kelly McCauley Profile
CPC (AB)
Let me please continue. I'm going to take back my time. Thank you.
Of the masks that have been imported into Canada so far, we know there was a large amount that were contaminated or subpar.
What percentage of the masks that have been brought in, to date, have not been acceptable by Canadian standards, please?
View Anita Anand Profile
Lib. (ON)
Perhaps I could just clarify.
It's not that the masks that have been brought in to date do not meet Canadian standards. It's that the Public Health Agency of Canada deemed them not to meet standards for delivery to front-line health care workers. Health care workers are our utmost priority in terms of procuring PPE—
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