Cabinet instead seeks a closed-door review by an advisory committee.

A public inquiry into federal COVID-19 pandemic management was rejected by Liberal MPs on the House of Commons Health Committee with cabinet instead seeking a closed-door review by advisers to Minister of Health Mark Holland.

“Confidence has been tested and it has been shaken. 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,” New Democrat MP Don Davies told the committee on Oct. 23, as first reported by Blacklock’s Reporter.

The MPs on the committee were debating Bill C-293, An Act Respecting Pandemic Prevention, which was sponsored by Liberal MP Nathaniel Erskine-Smith. The bill proposed that cabinet “establish an advisory committee” to conduct a two-year review of COVID-19 pandemic management.

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