Government spent $570 million on foreign-made sanitizer while Canadian companies produced for free

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The Trudeau government spent $570 million on foreign-made hand sanitizer during the pandemic while Canadian companies retooled their operations and produced sanitizer for free. According to CBC, companies across Canada answered Prime Minister Justin Trudeau’s plea to help meet the hand sanitizer shortage in the spring. However, as these companies produced sanitizer at no-cost, they later learned that the government opted to purchase from foreign companies instead. Of the $570 million, $252 million went to BYD Canada Co., a Chinese company with only a handful of employees in Canada. For people like the CEO of Okanagan Spirits Craft Distillery Tyler Dyck, the payments to foreign suppliers feels like an insult. “It really is like a sucker punch in the gut,” Dyck said.

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