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Canadian province of Ontario angry over 'unacceptable' U.S. move to block face masks

By David Ljunggren

 

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A man wears a mask while walking along Don Mills Road as the number of coronavirus disease (COVID-19) cases continue to grow in Toronto, Ontario, Canada April 6, 2020. REUTERS/Carlos Osorio

 

OTTAWA (Reuters) - Ontario, the most-populous province in Canada, complained on Monday the United States had blocked the export of more than 3 million face masks it bought to fight the coronavirus outbreak, while Ottawa said it was pressuring Washington to release the gear.

 

The province bought two orders of almost 4 million medical masks from manufacturer 3M Co's plant in South Dakota, and one batch of nearly 3 million was halted, Premier Doug Ford told reporters. Speaking to Global News, he called the incident "absolutely unacceptable."

 

Ford, a populist conservative, said that after the Ontario and Canadian governments complained, he had been assured 500,000 of the masks would soon be released.

 

U.S. President Donald Trump signed an order last week to stop personal protective equipment from being exported, and Ford said it was "absolutely critical" that Canada be exempted.

 

Ford said he would be calling U.S. Trade Representative Robert Lighthizer to press home the point.

 

Ontario, which has the second-highest number of coronavirus cases among the 10 provinces, would run out of personal protective equipment in a week, Ford added. About 14 million people live in Ontario, representing over a third of Canada's population.

 

U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo spoke to Canadian Foreign Minister Francois-Philippe Champagne on Monday and "reiterated the U.S. desire" to work with Canada to ensure the viability of international supply chains for medical supplies and personnel, a Pompeo spokeswoman said.

 

Canadian Deputy Prime Minister Chrystia Freeland told reporters that "we are working intensely with the United States to ensure that all the masks that have been bought can be exported to Canada."

 

Allies of the United States have complained about what they call its "Wild West" tactics in outbidding or blocking shipments to buyers who have already signed deals for medical equipment.

 

Canada's death toll from COVID-19, the respiratory disease caused by the novel coronavirus, had climbed to 340 by 5 p.m. (2100 GMT) on Monday, from 258 on Sunday, according to a tally of provincial announcements compiled by the Canadian Broadcasting Corp. The number of cases rose to 16,568 from 14,426.

 

In a sign of the economic challenge, officials said a total of 3.18 million people in Canada had filed unemployment claims since March 16, including for an emergency benefit that launched on Monday.

 

Industry groups and tenants said landlords should brace for rent strikes in May unless the government steps in with rental subsidies for occupants as the outbreak decimates wages.

 

(Reporting by David Ljunggren; Additional reporting by Amran Abocar, Moira Warburton and Denise Paglinawan in Toronto and Kelsey Johnson in Ottawa; Editing by Paul Simao and Peter Cooney)

 

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There is a massive 3m plant in London, Ontario. Ford should talk to them.

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5 minutes ago, pacovl46 said:

What makes you think that the German government knew about the emission lie of car manufacturers? 

it would have very quickly made itself into the volklore legend bedtime reading books...

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The laws of the United States permits such acts under certain circumstances. It was naive of everyone who ordered stuff from a US company to expect contracts to be fulfilled once the law had been implemented.

The US, as any other country, wants be seen to be doing as much as it can for its own citizenry, even at the expense of normal business transactions, contracts etc. Would other countries not do the same, given the similar circumstances? 

Regrettably, this is the situation we find ourselves in at the moment. Perhaps later, there will be a reckoning.

 

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https://dailycaller.com/2020/03/26/trudeau-coronavirus-china-canada-medical-supplies-low/

 

71 Tonnes of Facemasks and other personal protection sent to China by Trudeau.  Seems a bit of misplaced anger by our Canadian friends, who should be thoroughly peeved at their own idiot prime minister for sending all their supplies to the laughing Chinese. 

 

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Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau authorized the transfer of approximately 17 tons of protective supplies to China — when that country was in the midst of its coronavirus outbreak in February.

Now, with the COVID-19 virus afflicting Canada, doctors and hospitals are reporting a shortage of equipment, with some facilities limiting physicians to one face mask a day.

 

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5 hours ago, Chrysaora said:

https://dailycaller.com/2020/03/26/trudeau-coronavirus-china-canada-medical-supplies-low/

 

71 Tonnes of Facemasks and other personal protection sent to China by Trudeau.  Seems a bit of misplaced anger by our Canadian friends, who should be thoroughly peeved at their own idiot prime minister for sending all their supplies to the laughing Chinese. 

 

 

In this time of crisis Canada has found out which countries are it's true friends and who will back stab it the first chance it gets.

 

https://globalnews.ca/news/6745817/china-donates-medical-supplies-canada/

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15 minutes ago, pegman said:

In this time of crisis Canada has found out which countries are it's true friends and who will back stab it the first chance it gets.

 

https://globalnews.ca/news/6745817/china-donates-medical-supplies-canada/

Sure they did.  It seems to me, that this

 

"The Embassy said the Bank of China donated 30,000 medial masks, 10,000 sets of protective clothing, 10,000 goggles and 50,000 pairs of gloves to Canada on Friday." does not equal 70 tonnes. 

 

It's the free lunch.  You give me 100 and I give you 10.  I sure am the buddy.

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maybe this will help:

 

OTTAWA -- Chinese telecommunications giant Huawei has quietly made a donation of medical supplies to Canada, CTV News has confirmed.

 

As reported first in The Globe and Mail, the donation includes more than a million masks, 30,000 goggles and 50,000 pair of gloves.

 

https://www.ctvnews.ca/health/coronavirus/huawei-donates-medical-supplies-to-canada-amid-shortage-concerns-1.4885317

 

 

 

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