Madam Speaker, I am going to join with our colleague from Brampton South in thanking our members of the Canadian Armed Forces for the great job they did in stepping in to fill the void in long-term care facilities and helping to care for our loved ones in Ontario and Quebec.
With this motion, we need to ensure we have a chance to look at the role that members of the Canadian Armed Forces played and whether we will need them again as we go into the second and third waves of this pandemic. We need to ensure that the provinces have stepped up to fill some of the problems they have encountered and that those problems have been addressed. That is why it is so important that the work be done by the health committee, as requested by my colleague from Calgary Nose Hill.
The member talked at length about long-term care facilities. My wife works in long-term care as a nurse. My father is in long-term care. If we had rapid testing, we could screen all visitors coming into those facilities, keeping our loved ones safe as well as the staff so they can continue to work. When staff members have to go into quarantine, it means shortages of staff, nurses, doctors and health care aides in those facilities.
Why will the member not approve rapid testing more quickly? Manitoba asked for rapid tests months ago and the Government of Canada, under this Liberal regime, said no. Why did she allow that to happen?