British Columbia launches review of COVID-19 pandemic response – Smithers Interior News


The province is launching an independent review of British Columbia’s pandemic response, which it says will help inform preparations for and responses to future public health emergencies.

Public Safety Minister and Solicitor General Mike Farnworth has appointed an independent project team to review the province’s response to the pandemic from January 2020 to 2022.

However, the scope of the review excludes an assessment of the economic recovery and the public policy decisions made by the government to deal with the consequences of the pandemic and the decisions made by the provincial health officer.

“This review will, however, look at how those decisions were made,” the province said in a news release.

The project team will collaborate with government agencies, First Nations, Indigenous organizations, local governments, public sector unions, health authorities, education providers, industry associations and other stakeholders who participated in the response to the pandemic.

The team includes Bob de Faye, who is a longtime BC public servant and former Deputy Minister of Indigenous Relations and Reconciliation — de Faye currently sits on the board of the Institute for Health System Transformation and Sustainability.

The team also includes Dan Perrin of Perrin, Thorau & Associates, a Victoria-based public policy consultancy that provides policy analysis services to public sector organisations. Prior to founding Perrin, Thorau & Associates, Perrin held a series of senior BC public service positions in the Ministry of Finance, the Premier’s Office and the Ministry of Social Services.

The newest member is Chris Trumpy, a former Deputy Minister of Finance and Environment with 30 years in public service in British Columbia. Trumpy served as Deputy Minister of the Department of Finance, the Department of Environment, the former Department of Provincial Revenue and the former Department of Sustainable Resource Management. Since then, Trumpy has been involved in a number of projects, including industrial electricity policy, public school funding formula reviews, BC Transit governance and ICBC investment management.

British Columbians will have until April 20 to provide written feedback on how they have been affected by government decisions and communications throughout the pandemic.

The province said the goal of the review is to determine what aspects of policy preparation, engagement, communications and implementation worked well and what improvements can be made in the future.

A report on the results is expected by September 30, 2022.

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