Speaker of the House of Commons Anthony Rota ruled on Monday that Chinese-made masks will be banned from Parliament by the end of January, according to Blacklock’s Reporter.
MPs also voted to ban Chinese-made masks from all federal buildings across Canada. The move comes after MPs realized that their masks were being imported from the communist regime and not coming from local manufacturers.
Rota said in a memo obtained by Blacklock’s that administrators in the House of Commons are working on implementing the decision no later than Jan. 31.
“The Canadian company that won the bid provides the House of Commons with two types of non-medical mask: one type that is manufactured in Ontario, the other in China,” said Rota. “In light of the House decision, we have since notified our supplier of our requirement with respect to Canadian-made masks.”
Blacklock’s previously reported that Liberal MPs had expressed concerns about any potential boycotting of Chinese-made masks and tried to block the motion during a meeting of the House of Commons Standing Committee on Government Operations and Estimates. These concerns included a possible harm of treaties and trade agreements with China.
One Liberal MP claimed there was no evidence Chinese masks were available in the House of Commons.
“No fact has been established by this committee,” said Liberal MP Irek Kusmierczyk before opposing a vote on the motion. “There has not been a single moment of any testimony by witnesses to establish this as fact.”
“It says ‘Made in China’ on the box,” replied Bloc Québécois MP Julie Vignola. “I don’t know how many witnesses we would need.”