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The Liberal government paid SNC-Lavalin $150 million for mobile field hospitals that nobody requested, testimony by the deputy minister of public works revealed during a House of Commons government operations committee meeting. According to Blacklock’s Reporter, none of the hospitals were ever used since they were not needed by the Public Health Agency of Canada or any of the provinces. On April 9, 2020, the Liberal government awarded the contract to SNC-Lavalin which included a $26,173,758 cash advance so that the company could procure five field hospitals. “None have been deployed yet because they have not yet been requested by the provinces,” said deputy minister of public works Bill Matthews. Upon being pressed by Conservative members of the committee, Matthews was unable to answer who exactly had requested the hospitals be built. “Whose decision was it? We heard it had to be sole-sourced to SNC-Lavalin because it was urgent. No province requested them before it was determined to be urgent, and ordered. So who came up with the decision?” asked Conservative MP Kelly McCauley.

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