MP, chamber blast Liberals for not supporting neighborhood organizations in sanitizer generation – Vernon Information

North Okanagan MP Mel Arnold is outraged about the federal government disregarding community businesses while expending millions with foreign businesses.

The Conservative MP is blasting the Liberals for investing $375 million on hand sanitizer from worldwide organizations although passing about Canadian corporations that have stepped up to make as much sanitizer as they can with out federal aid.

Through the COVID pandemic, Okanagan Spirits has donated 1000’s of litres of hand sanitizer at a cost to the organization of $480,000.

“I want to commend distilleries like Okanagan Spirits and many others who stepped up. We owe them a credit card debt of gratitude for their company, but to listen to the governing administration is sending hundreds of thousands and thousands of bucks abroad to Chinese firms and disregarding small companies is absolutely appalling.”

Arnold says it is section of a pattern by the ruling Liberals to favour foreign businesses above Canadian companies.

The Conservatives have challenged the Liberals on the make a difference and system to continue to keep pressure on the Trudeau governing administration.

“This is a position where by this govt failed to guidance Canadian firms by heading abroad with their purchases,” reported Arnold.

The Increased Vernon Chamber of Commerce has also chimed in on the snub.

The chamber has written to Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and Leading John Horgan about the have to have to assistance craft distilleries, which in many cases, donated the sanitizer to frontline employees.

“Sanitizer was in significant demand, and, in most instances, distillers delivered it for no cost to individuals on the frontlines of the pandemic – health care pros, clinical outreach personnel, educators, care residence personnel and postal and retail personnel,” stated Krystin Kempton, Bigger Vernon chamber president.

“Distillers answered the contact from federal government to do what they could to help Canadians throughout this unprecedented crisis.”

Kempton said the chamber is “extremely disappointed” to find out the federal govt compensated $375 million to offshore resources for sanitizer.

“As the federal federal government proceeds with delivering Canadians with supplemental wellness and protection means and as the nation moves in direction of financial restoration, we would ask for that upcoming contracts for sanitizer be directed to domestic producers and notably craft distilleries throughout Canada. These distilleries create considerable immediate work, but they also assistance nearby suppliers and farmers,” said Kempton.