When Canadians didn't have enough PPE when the pandemic started, the government called upon Canadian small and medium-sized enterprises to establish a domestic PPE supply.
I think of Wayward Distillery in my riding. They pivoted their distillery to provide hand sanitizer for public safety workers, health care workers and people on the front lines. They certainly stepped up, and they invested in making sure that they had that. They were called upon by the government and they delivered, but we didn't honour our commitment to them.
The government started ordering foreign PPE and flooded the market, driving the price down. We know the government and the minister have made commitments to buy Canadian PPE, but it's not flowing to the small suppliers.
Have you done an analysis on the impact on the Canadian economy of buying foreign PPE and on the multiplier effect when it's produced domestically?
Lastly, in terms of security for Canadians, to ensure that, if there is another PPE shortage in the future, we've strengthened and supported our domestic PPE industry so that they're ready to respond should there be a crisis.... I would imagine, right now, they're going to be pretty reluctant.
I know, like I said, that Wayward Distillery in my riding got saddled with sitting on almost a million dollars' worth of product, and they paid a hefty price dumping that at a loss.