This week, Canada’s auditor general released a report looking into how the government fared when it came to procuring personal protective equipment (PPE) in the early days of the pandemic. Auditor General Karen Hogan found that the Public Health Agency of Canada was not underprepared when the pandemic hit in March, and did not have the necessary emergency stockpile of PPE.
On this episode of Crisis Management, Yahoo Finance Canada’s Alicja Siekierska and Public Policy Forum fellow in residence Sean Speer discuss the key takeaway from the report. According to Speer, it shows that Canada struggles to carry out the complicated logistics required in an emergency situation. “I think what we've discovered for all the talk of peace, order and good government, that we do have a state capacity issue in this country,” Speer said.