Pandemic ventilators bought from a Toronto company by the Public Health Agency under a $169.5 million sole-sourced contract were sold as scrap, records show. Prime Minister Justin Trudeau had praised the manufacturer by name as a Canadian success story.

“Canadian companies are answering the call,” Trudeau said in 2020 in praising StarFish Medical, manufacturer of Canadian Emergency Ventilators. “This is exactly the kind of innovative and collaborative thinking we need.”

Records show new ventilator parts in unopened shipping cartons bearing the Canadian Emergency Ventilators stencil were auctioned. Hundreds of disassembled units were sold over a three-month period ending in February 2023.

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