The federal government is refusing to say which two flights returned from China without the personal protective equipment payloads.
Ottawa blames congestion at Pudong Airport in Shanghai caused by a significant surge in cargo flights.
“As a result, the intended cargo was unable to get to the plane before its required takeoff time,” said a statement from Public Works and Government Services Canada’s Marc-Andre Charbonneau.
At an April 22 briefing in Beijing, Geng Shuang, the mouthpiece of the Communist Party regime’s foreign office, called reports “inaccurate.” He claimed that airports and civil aviation authorities in China place no limit on the ground time for chartered cargo planes.
The day after a visibly embarrassed Prime Minister Justin Trudeau admitted to the scandal, a CargoJet flight from Shanghai, via Tokyo, arrived at Vancouver International Airport. It later carried on to Hamilton.
Meanwhile, elsewhere in Richmond, Chinese students distributed masks and sanitary wipes outside the Lansdowne Centre satellite campus of Trinity Western University.
Boxes of Ryzur medical supply masks were clearly labelled as imported by the Chinese Consulate in Vancouver. Students’ passports were logged. One man who said he was a frontline worker asked to receive some of the supplies, but was denied because he was not a Chinese student.
B.C. Provincial Health Officer Dr. Bonnie Henry has recommended against wearing medical-grade masks, but recently changed her stance on non-medical masks. She said those who have symptoms should wear a non-medical mask to keep droplets in, if they need to leave home.
The latest consul-related mask distribution scheme comes as more footage comes to light of the February campaign by the Communist Party’s United Front-aligned groups in Metro Vancouver who raised hundreds of thousands of dollars to ship scarce Canadian supplies to China after the virus spread from Wuhan to other parts of China.
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