In a letter to Minister Hajdu, Ashton spoke out against a potential plan by Health Canada to privatize certain health care delivery aspects for quarantine sites as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic. This would lead people depending on this service without a standard of care.
“Let me be clear, there is never a good time to privatize services Canadians rely on,” said Ashton. “Whether it’s the Canadian Infrastructure Bank, contracting out delivery of PPEs to Amazon, privatizing airport security services or contracting out nursing and other services in quarantine sites, the government needs to be honest with Canadians. Government needs to put the health of Canadians above the interests of their wealthy friends.”
“For-profit quarantine sites undermine the effectiveness of Canada’s pandemic response which hurts people instead of helping them,” said NDP Critic for Health, Don Davies (Vancouver Kingsay). “The Health Minister should be defending and expanding our public health care system so that more Canadians can access it, not carving up the Public Health Agency of Canada for privatization.”