Quebec lost almost $1B on COVID-19 protective equipment: auditor general |

Quebec’s auditor basic says the province overpaid on private protecting gear through the early levels of the COVID-19 pandemic by virtually $1 billion.

Guylaine Leclerc’s new report says the provincial authorities was unprepared for the pandemic and rushed into buying gear at excessive costs.

She says that by the tip of March 2021, the worth of the gear bought by the province had dropped by $938 million.

Leclerc says of that quantity, the province misplaced $671 million within the worth of its stockpile and one other $267 million linked to contracts for gear and pay as you go orders.

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She says the federal government ought to have acted sooner to acquire gear, noting that the primary bulk purchases had been made on March 22, 2020, regardless of the very fact the primary infections within the province had been detected on Feb. 27 of that yr.

The auditor basic provides that the federal government has launched lawsuits valued at $170 million in reference to gear orders that had been by no means delivered or defective.


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