PM should create permanent emergency preparedness cabinet committee, say experts, political players: be ‘prepared for the next natural disaster, terrorist act or health crisis is the objective’
Richard Fadden, who worked as the national security adviser to the prime minister between January 2015 and March 2016, says that 'if this country wants the national security agencies to worry about a pandemic, then they need to raise it on the list of priorities set by cabinet.'
Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, pictured on Sept. 16, 2020. Former clerk of the Privy Council and top bureaucrat Mel Cappe suggested in a piece written for the Centre of International Governance Innovation (CIGI) that the cabinet committee on COVID-19 should 'be turned into a standing committee on emergencies' and that 'being prepared for the next natural disaster, terrorist act or health crisis is the objective.' The Hill Times photograph by Andrew Meade