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Government Operations committee  There is a concerted effort to increase indigenous participation in procurement, so awarding a high number of contracts through the COVID-specific procurement as well as in general.... Mr. Chair, I may turn to my colleague Lorenzo to finish this off, if that's okay.

March 24th, 2021Committee meeting

Bill Matthews

Government Operations committee  The discussions with the company are ongoing. There is a different interpretation of their meeting of the contract requirements.

March 24th, 2021Committee meeting

Bill Matthews

Government Operations committee  I will check with my colleague Ms. Reza to correct me, but I believe not. Arianne, can you confirm that? They're no longer involved.

March 24th, 2021Committee meeting

Bill Matthews

Government Operations committee  Mr. Chair, going from memory on this one, I don't believe they were, but if I have that incorrect, we can clarify with you.

March 24th, 2021Committee meeting

Bill Matthews

Government Operations committee  As I mentioned, it's a dispute, so it's hard to say where this will go. It could end up on a number of fronts.

March 24th, 2021Committee meeting

Bill Matthews

Government Operations committee  Certainly. The essential services contingency reserve was set up as a vehicle to acquire and distribute PPE to industries and businesses that are in the essential category, that would not have been eligible to draw from the NESS but might have been in a world where they were st

March 24th, 2021Committee meeting

Bill Matthews

Government Operations committee  We'll have to come back in terms of actual distribution, but the types of industries we're talking about here would have been agricultural, so think of food inspection or meat-processing plants. Utilities were on the list as well. It was essentially businesses that were necessary

March 24th, 2021Committee meeting

Bill Matthews

Government Operations committee  The provision of goods by PHAC to the provinces is done without charge. The federal government is absorbing that cost. There were some purchases that were done jointly with provinces, so there might be the odd one-off. On the essential services continency reserve, in that envir

March 24th, 2021Committee meeting

Bill Matthews

Government Operations committee  That is correct in terms of the flow-through to the provinces. Absolutely.

March 24th, 2021Committee meeting

Bill Matthews

Government Operations committee  There are two points to make here. There was analysis done on who was in the market, and two contracts were awarded, one to Weatherhaven and one to SNC-Lavalin, because they were both companies that were providing similar services: one to the U.S. army and I believe one to the Re

March 24th, 2021Committee meeting

Bill Matthews

Government Operations committee  I'd have to get back to you, Mr. Chair, with the details, but I'd flag that there are three elements. One is the design, two is the actual unit and three is supply deployment.

March 24th, 2021Committee meeting

Bill Matthews

Government Operations committee  Again, we'll have to go back to the details on the split between the two. The hospital that is currently being deployed for Ontario is the Weatherhaven model.

March 24th, 2021Committee meeting

Bill Matthews

Government Operations committee  Again, Mr. Chair, we can get back to you with specifics. I think it's probably relevant to see both.

March 24th, 2021Committee meeting

Bill Matthews

Government Operations committee  The way these—

March 24th, 2021Committee meeting

Bill Matthews

Government Operations committee  Mr. Chair, I can help you with this now. I understand the premise now.

March 24th, 2021Committee meeting

Bill Matthews