FUREY: Canada just gave 16 tonnes of medical supplies to China -- let’s hope they return the favour
One particularly troubling fact that Gill pointed out is that Canada very recently gave away 16 tonnes of medical equipment to China.
On Feb. 9, Global Affairs Canada announced that: “To support China’s ongoing response to the outbreak, Canada has deployed approximately 16 tonnes of personal protective equipment, such as clothing, face shields, masks, goggles and gloves to the country since February 4, 2020.”
Canada’s first case was identified on Jan. 25 and by the time we started shipping that equipment to China we already had 5 confirmed cases.
What were the feds thinking at the time? Did they believe that our contribution to China would help stop it from coming here? Did they anticipate China would use the masks, wash them off and then ship them back? Or were they not thinking at all?
Maybe, hopefully, we will learn that one good deed begets another. On Feb. 29, China delivered the first batch of test kits and masks to Iran. On Wednesday, it was announced that China is sending one million masks to France to assist them.
Let’s hope, as the weeks progress, China returns the favour to us.
Adam Austen, press secretary at Global Affairs Canada, said in response to a media question that they “can’t speak to what other countries will do” but referred the Sun to news announced on Wednesday that Trip.com Group, a Chinese-based online travel company, is donating a combined one million surgical masks to a number of countries including Japan, Korea, France and Canada.