Quebec Conservative leader calls for investigation into pandemic management by private companies


Quebec Conservative Party leader Eric Duhaim on Friday called for an investigation into Quebec’s outsourcing of many aspects of pandemic management to US consulting firm McKinsey, including potential conflicts of interest. .

“We have to understand that [François] The statutory government gave a consulting firm an obligation to manage Quebec in 2020, but has this adversely affected the lives of millions of Quebecers?” Duhaim said in a statement.

“Who really managed the pandemic in Quebec? Mr. Legault and Mr. [Health Minister Christian] A McKinsey puppet? ”

Quebec Conservative Party (PCQ) leader reacted to inquiry report by Radio-Canada (CBC, France) published on the same day.

McKinsey’s involvement with the Quebec government has been known since 2020, but not to what extent.

Legault’s Coalition Avenir Québec (CAQ) I was blocked Opposition motion in May 2020 demanding disclosure of documents McKinsey prepared for the state.

Radio-Canada said it was able to better portray McKinsey’s impact on pandemic management by reviewing more than 200 internal emails, contracts and working documents obtained through access to sources or requests for information. says.

McKinsey played an important role

Radio-Canada has revealed that McKinsey plays a key role in managing vaccination campaigns in Quebec.

On December 14, 2020, the first day of that campaign, McKinsey employees were mentoring the chief executive.

“Congratulations on a successful first day. Here are my notes on follow-up (actions, reps, delays). Don’t be afraid to make changes,” said a McKinsey partner at Vaccines. He told campaign director Daniel Pare in an email.

McKinsey’s contract with the Quebec government says McKinsey will work to prevent conflict between the company’s interests and those of the government, but another clause says it will not disclose lists of other customers. There is

Duhaime says this is problematic given reports that McKinsey had Pfizer as a client during vaccination campaigns.

The information was discovered after the French Senate investigated McKinsey’s activities in managing the pandemic in France.

Senate report It shows that McKinsey includes other big pharmaceutical companies as clients, along with vaccination advocacy organizations such as the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation and Gavi.

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Quebec Health Minister Christian Duve (right) speaks during a press conference as then-Public Health Director Horacio Arruda looks on in Montreal, Sunday, September 20, 2020. (Graham Hughes/The Canadian Press)

Radio-Canada has revealed that McKinsey advised Pfizer to enter into a deal with Pfizer for distribution sites in November 2020.

In December 2020, McKinsey advisers told then-Public Health Director Horacio Arruda to “recommend the minister on the importance of having an in-depth discussion with Pfizer about the need to maintain a second dose.” I suggested

Regarding a possible McKinsey-Pfizer relationship, Duheim said: “There are certainly indications of a conflict of interest, and it is imperative that this matter be thoroughly considered.

In addition to vaccination issues, Radio-Canada’s report said McKinsey was involved in “critical decisions” during the pandemic by providing advice and assistance on strategic communications.

“Private companies coordinated decision-making teams and summoned top executives in group meetings or one-on-one at will,” wrote Radio-Canada.

McKinsey’s services cost $35,000 a day. In total, the government spent his $1.7 million on companies preparing to reopen the state, and another $4.9 million on plans to reopen the economy.

Radio-Canada also revealed that McKinsey had access to classified documents.

The Epoch Times contacted McKinsey and Quebec’s Executive Committee but did not hear back by publication time. has been postponed to

Noe Chartier


Noé Chartier is a reporter for the Epoch Times based in Montreal. Twitter: @NChartierET Gettr: @nchartieret