Ottawa, ON — The Hon. Erin O’Toole, Leader of Canada’s Conservatives and the Official Opposition, issued the following statement regarding the announcement that Canada would receive no doses of the Pfizer vaccine during the last week of January:
“Canada’s Conservatives want the government to succeed—for the sake of every Canadian. We cannot secure jobs, we cannot secure our economic recovery, we cannot secure the future without vaccines. I am deeply frustrated by the government’s on-going failure to procure and deliver vaccines for Canadians.
“A bad situation is made worse by the devastating news that Canada won’t receive any Pfizer vaccines next week.
“Canada’s Conservatives call on the Liberal government to:
- Tell Canadians what specific steps they are taking to make up this shortfall;
- Tell Canadians honestly when they can reasonably expect to be vaccinated;
- Disclose Canada’s precedence against other countries in the vaccine delivery schedules for the contracts they’ve signed; and
- Deliver an emergency plan that gets vaccines to Canadians.
“Canada sits at just 1.44% of its population vaccinated, well behind the pace of other nations. Canada is a proud, strong G7 nation. We cannot accept this kind of failure – not with so much at stake.”