Canada – The Ugly Truth About Politicians

Feds likely didn’t have enough protective gear in emergency stockpile: Hajdu

The federal government likely did not have enough protective equipment in its emergency stockpile to meet needs during the COVID-19 pandemic, Health Minister Patty Hajdu acknowledges.

Successive governments in Ottawa have not spent enough money preparing for public-health crises, Hajdu told a news conference Wednesday.

Federal officials are now working hard to procure scarce equipment such as surgical masks at a time when governments everywhere are scrambling to do the same, she said.

“We likely did not have enough. I think federal governments for decades have been underfunding things like public-health preparedness, and I would say that obviously governments all across the world are in the same exact situation,” Hajdu said.

“It is an extremely competitive space right now for personal protective equipment. We are pulling out all of the stops … trying to procure equipment in a global situation where equipment is extremely tight.”

Hajdu also signalled there are lessons to be acted on after the pandemic.

“This is an opportunity for all governments to consider reinvesting in public health and preparedness, and I look forward to those conversations on the other end of this.”

Canada’s National Emergency Strategic Stockpile has supplies that provinces and territories can request in emergencies, such as infectious disease outbreaks and natural disasters, when their own resources fall short.

The stockpile’s roots can be traced to the early 1950s, an element of the federal government’s Cold War civil-defence plan.

The emergency stockpile is in a central depot in the national-capital region and warehouses strategically located across Canada. – Canadian Press

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“We likely did not have enough. I think federal governments for decades have been underfunding things like public-health preparedness, and I would say that obviously governments all across the world are in the same exact situation,” Hajdu said.  

Likely?  Likely?  LIKELY?   Its only LIKELY that there is not enough?

You THINK federal governments have been underfunding public-health preparedness?  You don’t know for sure?   You only THINK that is what happened?

Why is our public-health preparedness underfunded?  Why has it been underfunded for decades?  The answer is simple.

Using taxpayer dollars to buy things that the taxpayer can’t see, things that end up in boxes in some warehouse for decades, doesn’t buy votes.

Remember rule #1 for all politicians is to get reelected.  And you get reelected by pouring billions of taxpayer dollars into projects like the Waterfront Art Gallery, the proposed $114 million Event Centre, and the $70 million(and counting) Prince Arthur’s Landing and not filling warehouses with masks, face shields, gloves, protective clothing, ventilators etc.

THAT is the ugly truth. Politicians do not give a rat’s ass about the health and well-being of anyone other than themselves unless there is an election just over the horizon. Then, they will make it rain cash on all of the voters buying nice shiny things to remind everyone just how much they love us.

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