OPPOSITION ATTACKS TRUDEAU GOVERNMENT'S VACCINE ROLLOUT AS COMMONS RETURNS FROM WINTER BREAK
Jan 25, 2021
By Bob Komsic
COVID-19 vaccine deliveries have ground to a halt, giving opposition politicians more ammunition to criticize the minority Liberals handling of the rollout.
Conservative Leader Erin O’Toole says while Prime Minister Justin Trudeau promised a steady supply of the Pfizer vaccine in the first three months of the year, distribution is ”in jeopardy” and provinces are scrambling.
”We want to see our government succeed but this prime minister has abandoned us,” O’Toole adds.
”The Liberal plan for vaccines must be reviewed by all of Parliament. We must work together to improve the Liberal vaccine plan and get Canadians back to work.”
The Tory leader thinks Canada should have sought domestic manufacturing of vaccine candidates to avoid having to depend on other countries.
Like Ontario premier Doug Ford, O’Toole thinks Justin Trudeau should try to get doses from Pfizer’s plant in Kalamazoo, Michigan.
Procurement Minister Anita Anand has said the facility’s output is earmarked for the American market in the first quarter of the year.
NDP Leader Jagmeet Singh says the government’s distracted by the resignation of former governor general Julie Payette.
”The focus … should be entirely on making sure people are vaccinated,” adds Singh.
”This has become a distraction.”
Canada will not receive any doses of the Pfizer vaccine this week and a dramatically reduced shipment next week.
The country still expects to receive 4-million doses and 2-million of Moderna’s vaccine by the end of March.