Trudeau Responded To The Husband Of A Nova Scotia Nurse Who Died In The Shooting
She had to re-use personal protective equipment at work.
During his daily press conference, the Prime Minister received a question from someone who lost a loved one in the Nova Scotia shooting. PPE in Canada was brought up on behalf of a man whose wife died in the tragedy. She was a nurse working on the frontlines during the COVID-19 pandemic.
When it was time for questions after Trudeau's daily address, a reporter asked the Prime Minister a question on behalf of Nick Beaton, a man who lost his wife in the .
His question was regarding the lack of gear for health care workers; his wife was a nurse who had to re-use personal protective equipment while working on the frontlines since there wasn't enough.
"To Nick and to all the families going through a heartwrenching loss right now, looking for answers, looking for reasons, looking for support: we're there for you, we will be there for you," Trudeau said firstly.
He went on to mention that because of the situation we're in, people are having to try and stretch out the use of protective gear for as long as they can.
"We have been fighting in a very competitive international environment where everyone is looking for PPE," he said.
Trudeau also mentioned that he wants everyone in Canada to be able to have the equipment they need.
Beaton's wife was pregnant when she was killed.
In a press conference with federal ministers, another reporter also brought up Beaton's story and his question about PPE.
"My heart is with Mr. Beaton in this terrible time of loss," said Patty Hajdu, Minister of Health.
She also said that this case reiterates that the government can leave no stone unturned when it comes to getting these supplies.
"We all have to redouble our efforts so that there aren't stories that people have to re-use masks," Hajdu said.
Trudeau was asked about PPE another time during his press conference in regards to a shipment that was supposed to come in from China.
Two planes landed in Canada empty on April 20.
Trudeau explained that there are restrictions on how long a plane can stay in an airport in China before having to leave and actually getting shipments to the planes is difficult.
So the two jets had to leave the airport before they were loaded with supplies and landed in Canada empty.
"It's always a challenge to get the PPE into Canada," he said.
However, the Prime Minister said that the government is still following up on those orders that were placed.