Liberal MPs rejected a request to conduct a thorough review of COVID-19 pandemic (mis)management at a House of Commons health committee yesterday.
Instead, the Cabinet favoured a closed-door review by Health Minister advisors, as reported by Blacklock’s Reporter.
“We need to have an impartial, independent, public and properly resourced inquiry to undertake this work,” stated New Democrat MP Don Davies. This includes the “power to subpoena documents” and requiring federal authorities to testify under oath.
“Confidence has been tested and it has been shaken,” Davies elaborated, emphasizing that the only way to restore public confidence is to conduct a complete public inquiry into how the COVID-19 pandemic was managed.
Liberal MP Nathaniel Erskine-Smith instead proposed Bill C-293, titled, 'An Act Respecting Pandemic Prevention,' which would establish an advisory committee for a two-year review of the COVID-19 response. Davies attempted to amend the bill so that a full judicial review could take place under the Inquiries Act.
Conservative MP Stephen Ellis condemned the Liberals for rejecting a full, transparent public inquiry.
“The Liberal government has chosen not to have a pandemic inquiry,” he said. “It would appear by this bill the Liberal government doesn’t wish to have a public inquiry, that they would be satisfied having a private member’s bill.”
A fully citizen-led, citizen-funded national inquiry took place earlier this year after the government failed to conduct or criticize its own pandemic response.
The National Citizens Inquiry travelled across Canada for eight weeks from March until May to conduct a comprehensive and transparent review of government-imposed COVID-19 measures on its citizens.
An interim report published by the four commissioners responsible for moderating the inquiry spotlighted Health Canada’s lack of regulatory safeguards and called for a moratorium on the COVID-19 mRNA injections.