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Government Operations committee  What was issued initially was a standing offer, which means departments could, in fact, in theory order goods against a standing offer, but because of the concerns that were raised, we put a hold on that, so there are no actual contracts in place right now. There is nothing being

November 16th, 2020Committee meeting

Bill Matthews

Government Operations committee  Thanks, Minister. I think the minister has already said that we need to do more, and I'm happy to share in the second hour some of the ideas we're pursuing with suppliers to talk about what improvements could be made to the current system.

November 16th, 2020Committee meeting

Bill Matthews

Government Operations committee  Thank you, Minister. I'll be very quick. We do know how many planes will be coming, so that is a constant, regardless of which bid is successful in the competition. You would have to begin the planning for that sort of thing as well, so some of the hangars that would be constr

November 16th, 2020Committee meeting

Bill Matthews

Government Operations committee  Thank you, Minister. The company did have a history of importing medical goods into Canada. They had a valid licence at the time the contract was awarded, and had one for a number of years. As part of the procurement process, they did provide sample gowns that were inspected by

November 16th, 2020Committee meeting

Bill Matthews

Government Operations committee  That's the current schedule as I just outlined.

November 16th, 2020Committee meeting

Bill Matthews

Government Operations committee  I will just add that the ships are complex and large, and they do come with warranties, so anything that happens during the warranty period is absolutely covered by the shipyard. Beyond the warranty period is obviously a different question.

November 16th, 2020Committee meeting

Bill Matthews

Government Operations committee  I want to clarify that it is the first vessel in this class.

November 16th, 2020Committee meeting

Bill Matthews

Government Operations committee  If there are problems, the shipyard will fix them. It is important to examine the vessels to make sure everything is working properly.

November 16th, 2020Committee meeting

Bill Matthews

Government Operations committee  The second AOPS for the Royal Canadian Navy is currently scheduled to be delivered in the spring of 2021, and it's the second in class. Then we will be hitting a schedule of roughly one per year as we go forward.

November 16th, 2020Committee meeting

Bill Matthews

Government Operations committee  I would like to add that—

November 16th, 2020Committee meeting

Bill Matthews

Government Operations committee  When there's a long-term supply arrangement in place, it often contains a fixed price for a certain period of time, with a chance to revisit this in the future. For a short-term arrangement, they've signed up for a specific price, which was the going rate at the time. For most ar

July 23rd, 2020Committee meeting

Bill Matthews

Government Operations committee  I'll get my colleague Ms. Reza to clarify or correct that, but of the bids received so far on the first one, I believe we're at over 200 bids from indigenous businesses. Ms. Reza, would you mind elaborating?

July 23rd, 2020Committee meeting

Bill Matthews

Government Operations committee  Mr. Chair, could I just offer one thing? Apparently I can't count. I said there were 12 essential services. There are 10. I apologize for my poor counting. I just wanted to correct that.

July 23rd, 2020Committee meeting

Bill Matthews

Government Operations committee  The only thing I will add to that, because I expect we're about to run out of time, is the updated numbers on N95. We're up to just over 50 million masks on a total order of 150 million or so, which roughly at about one-third.

July 23rd, 2020Committee meeting

Bill Matthews

Government Operations committee  The other thing I should add is that we do have Medicom, a Canadian company, coming on board with N95s as well, which is our first foray into domestic manufacturing in this area. I think a really important part of this question as well is domestic manufacturing ability.

July 23rd, 2020Committee meeting

Bill Matthews