Liberal MPs on the Commons health committee yesterday rejected a public inquiry into federal pandemic management. Cabinet favoured instead a closed-door review by advisors to the Minister of Health.

“Confidence has been tested and it has been shaken,” said New Democrat MP Don Davies (Vancouver Kingsway). “The only way to restore confidence in the public is to have the courage to have a full, broad, root to branch, transparent and searching public inquiry into how the Covid-19 pandemic was handled.”

Bill C-293 An Act Respecting Pandemic Prevention sponsored by Liberal MP Nathaniel Erskine-Smith (Beaches-East York, Ont.) proposed that cabinet “establish an advisory committee” to conduct a two-year review of pandemic management. MP Davies sought to amend the bill to permit a full judicial inquiry under the Inquiries Act.

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