Getting medical gear to people who need it is at the top of Canada's priority list. In Prime Minister Justin Trudeau's statement for the day, it was revealed that the country would be working with Amazon Canada to get equipment where it needs to go. It also left some people wondering why Canada Post wasn't chosen.
In his April 3 address, Trudeau highlighted the importance of providing medical equipment to doctors and other healthcare professionals.
He stated that the government had signed an agreement with Amazon Canada to manage the delivery of items like masks, gloves, face shields, and gowns to the provinces and territories.
The Prime Minister had also written on Twitter that he and Chrystia Freeland were coordinating with all of Canada's premiers to ensure every province gets what it needs.
"Canadians can count on their leaders working together as we get through this," Trudeau wrote in an April 2 tweet, "Today, @cafreelandand I spoke with Premiers again about coordinating our efforts on all fronts. This is a Team Canada effort."
The decision to partner with Amazon Canada left some people on Twitter wondering why the government had not chosen to partner with Canada Post on the delivery of this equipment.
Canadians can count on their leaders working together as we get through this. Today, @cafreeland and I spoke with P… https://t.co/ETXPK5LGgL— Justin Trudeau (@Justin Trudeau)1585877294.0
"I mean Canada post is slow AF but Amazon Canada delivering emergency supplies to the provinces kind of totally undermines our national mail services right?" wrote @ffloridas.
"Canada Post has a strong union in @cupw, while Amazon Canada is accused of firing employees for unionizing and generally has atrocious labour conditions. But I'm sure that had nothing to do with this decision." wrote @mbueckert.
Canada Post has a strong union in @cupw, while Amazon Canada is accused of firing employees for unionizing and gene… https://t.co/WLsF1oL7St— Michael Bueckert (@Michael Bueckert)1585928441.0
One other thing, the Feds have come to an agreement with Amazon Canada to manage the distribution of needed medical… https://t.co/7tXggBv9Wo— Mr Stache (@Mr Stache)1585930055.0
Amazon Canada? Are you fucking kidding me? So the government is partnering with a corporation that is famous for ex… https://t.co/hKx5lFbaR8— Sahra Hibou (@Sahra Hibou)1585927247.0
I hope Amazon Canada has some minimum standards for worker wages, rights, and working conditions that exceed what t… https://t.co/z9W4nWg9Lu— Not a fan of Ont. Minister of Spin and Selfies (@Not a fan of Ont. Minister of Spin and Selfies)1585928029.0
@JustinTrudeau announces that they signed a deal with Amazon Canada to distribute PPE to Prov and Territories. Why… https://t.co/RAQFIAXaYy— BobDiggityDole (@BobDiggityDole)1585928700.0
I'm quite disappointed with the decision of the Federal Government to have an agreement with Amazon Canada. #Amazon… https://t.co/KTaQLDhtFJ— This is Ezekiel (@This is Ezekiel)1585934768.0
BREAKING: Prime Minister @JustinTrudeau says Amazon Canada will be distributing crucial supplies to the provinces a… https://t.co/j3jsb8Hq2v— themoneytrain (@themoneytrain)1585931963.0
It really is unbelievable that the Liberals are paying Amazon to ship and not Canada Post. They're using this crisi… https://t.co/zqXCk4P2Pz— Nora Loreto (@Nora Loreto)1585927751.0
I'm sorry, but fuck this govt. Partnering with one of the most exploitative corporations on the planet and not Can… https://t.co/MXkAhg1HyL— James Hutt (@James Hutt)1585929737.0
Amazon just fired an employee for standing up for health and safety in their facilities. Our Prime Minister just g… https://t.co/hTQAp6mP7C— Cory Judson (@Cory Judson)1585930922.0
Some other Twitter users praised the decision, and even responded by pointing out that Amazon often uses Canada Post to make deliveries anyway.
"Amazon Canada uses Canada post, other shipping companies as well and have good network, infrastructure to deliver faster, reliably. While canada post alone sucks and cant handle it. It is simple logical move," wrote @NiziShirin.
I get why people are freaking out over Trudeau working with Amazon Canada but honestly they have one of the biggest… https://t.co/e6P8YfcqmA— firechild (@firechild)1585935053.0
Prime Minister Trudeau also recently announced that the country would be spending $2 billion in order to get personal protective equipment to medical professionals.