Thank you, Mr. Chair, and thank you again to Minister Miller and our procurement minister.
I want to first of all thank Minister Miller for some of the issues he's been involved with in helping northern B.C. I want to recognize your efforts there, Minister, and thank you for being a good person to contact and follow up.
I want to ask a question about PPE to the procurement minister. We've heard from many communities, especially our indigenous communities—and I have an example of one just north of my hometown—that they were left scrambling, once they had a few COVID cases, for things like masks, hand sanitizer and the like.
Members of the community had also understood that there was an emergency stockpile that they were to have access to, but it simply wasn't available when they needed it.
Do you acknowledge that there were shortages of PPE during the pandemic?