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Trudeau says most premiers don’t think Emergencies Act needed yet to cope with COVID-19

Mar 24 2020 — Kathleen Harris — Most premiers don’t think it’s necessary to invoke the federal Emergencies Act “at this time,” Prime Minister Justin Trudeau said today after speaking with his provincial and territorial counterparts. Speaking to reporters outside his residence at Rideau Cottage, Trudeau said invoking the act would give the federal government special powers to coordinate and rearrange logistical […]

Travel exemptions offered to students, foreign workers as Canada closes border to stop COVID-19

Mar 21 2020 — Kathleen Harris — Canada has shut the border to all non-essential travellers, but there will be exceptions for some foreign nationals coming to Canada to work, study or live permanently. The exemptions include seasonal agricultural workers, fish and seafood workers, caregivers and all other temporary foreign workers, according to Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC). But IRCC warns […]

Trudeau unveils $82B COVID-19 emergency response package for Canadians, businesses

Mar 18 2020 — Kathleen Harris — Prime Minister Justin Trudeau has announced a massive $82-billion aid package to help Canadians and businesses, including income supports and wage subsidies and tax deferrals. The package includes $27 billion in direct supports and another $55 billion to help business liquidity through tax deferrals. Trudeau is speaking outside his residence at Rideau Cottage in Ottawa […]

Government warns against all international travel, limits inbound flights to stop spread of COVID-19

Mar 13 2020 — Kathleen Harris — The federal government is warning against all international travel and is limiting inbound flights in order to limit the spread of COVID-19. Prime Minister Justin Trudeau detailed the new measures during a news conference Friday. Trudeau is in self-isolation due to the confirmed COVID-19 diagnosis for his wife, Sophie. Trudeau said that, aside from the […]

First Ministers’ meeting cancelled over COVID-19 fears as PM’s wife awaits test results

Mar 12 2020 — Kathleen Harris — Planned meetings between Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, premiers and Indigenous leaders have been postponed indefinitely due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Meanwhile, the PMO has confirmed that the prime minister and his wife, Sophie Grégoire Trudeau, are self-isolating after she started exhibiting symptoms of the COVID-19 virus. “Having recently returned from a speaking engagement in London, […]

Trudeau says ‘knee-jerk reactions’ won’t stop spread of COVID-19

Mar 5 2020 — Kathleen Harris — Prime Minister Justin Trudeau says Canada won’t ban foreign travellers arriving from countries grappling with COVID-19 outbreaks, adding that “knee-jerk reactions” won’t help to stop the spread of the virus. Canada’s approach differs from the protocols adopted by some of our closest allies. U.S. President Donald Trump has claimed the United States is experiencing a […]

Public health officials taking stock of supplies, equipment to prepare for possible coronavirus pandemic

Feb 27 2020 — Kathleen Harris — Canada’s top public health officer says federal and provincial officials are now taking stock of the medical supplies and equipment they’d need to respond to a coronavirus pandemic — but the responsibility for ensuring those inventories are adequate lies with the provinces. During a briefing call with reporters Thursday, Chief Public Health Officer Theresa Tam […]