How global consulting firm McKinsey helped shape Quebec's pandemic benefits before life policy

How global consulting firm McKinsey helped shape Quebec’s pandemic benefits before life policy

Recent revelations showing that McKinsey, one of the world’s largest consulting firms, helped determine the essential elements of the Quebec government’s disastrous response to the COVID-19 pandemic provide a graphic illustration of the dictatorship that the large corporations exert on society.

In his interactions with the government of François Legault, McKinsey laid out the principles that have guided Quebec’s COVID policy: the priority given to corporate profits over public health; the exclusive reliance on vaccines instead of a comprehensive strategy to eliminate the virus, including mass testing, contact tracing and quarantine; and the premature and hasty reopening of schools and non-essential industries to bail out financial markets and investors.

The toll of this criminal policy, fully endorsed by Justin Trudeau’s federal Liberal government, is nearly 17,000 official COVID-related deaths in Quebec and nearly 46,000 nationally, almost all preventable, not to mention of the 20 million victims of the pandemic worldwide.

McKinsey is a US-based company with 30,000 consultants and support staff in 130 offices in 65 countries and annual revenue of $10 billion. Associates of the consulting firm become senior government officials or rise to leadership positions in the world’s largest corporations. This is the case of Dominic Barton, who rose from the highest room on the McKinsey board of directors to head the Canadian embassy in China and is now chairman of the board of Rio Tinto. McKinsey charges governments and corporations exorbitant fees for “strategic management” advice that leads to the privatization of public services and brutal attacks on the working class.

Because Quebec’s healthcare system was utterly unprepared for the pandemic, the Legault government had to call in the military to help the hardest-hit long-term care homes during the first calamitous wave of the pandemic. .

Working with the most predatory corporations and reactionary governments, McKinsey has been embroiled in a number of scandals. She advised cigarette manufacturers as they knowingly developed a more addictive product. He was working with Purdue Pharma to develop his ultra-aggressive sales techniques for Oxycontin, the painkiller that caused the opioid crisis in the United States (in 2021, McKinsey agreed to pay 600 million dollars to the States Americans for its role in the crisis). And he supported the US Border Patrol as Trump implemented his brutal anti-immigrant measures.

On September 30, days before the October 3 Quebec election, Radio-Canada revealed that the right-wing Coalition Avenir Québec (CAQ) government led by Legault had paid McKinsey more than $6.5 million for services consultations related to the COVID-19 pandemic. Under two non-tender contracts signed on April 2, 2020 and July 28, 2021, the firm played a key role in managing the pandemic in Quebec. He advised the Legault government and Quebec Public Health on communications, the purchase of protective equipment, screening strategies and staff shortages in residential and long-term care centers (CHSLDs).

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