Thank you, Mr. Chair.
We want to signal that as the motion is written right now, we will not be supporting it. There are a few issues that we recognize could be problematic.
Along the same lines as Mr. Green's motion last week, we note the timing. As you know, we proposed an August 30 timeline, and we would propose a friendly amendment to that. We also want to add the phrase “senior officials and matters of cabinet confidence”.
Also, given the way the motion is written, we could potentially divulge the names of all of the commercial suppliers. I'm assuming that Mrs. Block wouldn't want to do that. As we know, personal protective equipment is not in abundant supply as we speak today, and we wouldn't want to potentially affect the supply chain to Canada. By Canada, I also mean the provinces. We know that 80% of the material that is currently procured for Canada is then transferred to the provinces.
I would like to propose a friendly amendment, and I will read it into the record. I propose, “That, in the context of its studies of the government's response to the COVID-19 pandemic and pursuant to Standing Order 108(1)(a), the committee send for the following documents from senior officials, and that matters of cabinet confidence, national security, commercial sensitivity and matters that could jeopardize Canada's ability to procure and distribute personal protective equipment and other life-saving medical equipment to provinces and territories be excluded from the request, and then to be provided by the government by August 30, 2020”.