An inquiry into Canada’s handling of COVID-19? It’s warranted post-pandemic, says Hajdu

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The minister who’s been at the helm of the federal government’s health response to the COVID-19 pandemic for more than a year now says that a “full investigation” into Canada’s response is required, at the “appropriate time.” “We are still in a crisis and so our focus remains right now on getting Canadians and Canada through this global health crisis… And when the time is right, our government will be very open to examining very thoroughly the response of this country to the COVID-19 crisis,” Health Minister Patty Hajdu told reporters on Tuesday. Her comments come in response to Conservative Leader Erin O’Toole pledging Tuesday that if a Conservative government is elected, he’d launch a national public inquiry “to examine every aspect of the government’s pandemic response.” O’Toole said that while Canada should focus now on getting through the pandemic, when it is over Canadians need answers and to implement the lessons learned. “We need to know what worked and what didn’t. We need complete transparency and accountability,” he said. Hajdu wouldn’t confirm that the Liberals would back a public inquiry, but said that the intent would be to have all Canadians participate.

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