Prime minister promises more pandemic aid to come from Ottawa

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TORONTO — Justin Trudeau says there will be more support from the federal government to help certain sectors of the economy reeling from the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic.

The prime minister made the promise yesterday, without getting into specifics, as he announced an extension to Ottawa’s emergency wage-subsidy program beyond its early-June endpoint. He said he’d have more to say about that next week.

The pledges followed the unsettling news that nearly two million jobs were lost in April, adding to the one million lost in March, pushing Canada’s unemployment rate to a staggering 13 per cent.

Some new signs of both economic and social life appeared in many parts of the country this week as various provinces took more tentative steps to loosen lockdown restrictions.

But Trudeau warned the reopening of the economy and the lifting of restrictions will happen “very, very gradually” and transmission of the disease will have to be carefully monitored.

Though the COVID-19 curve has been flattening in many regions, the disease continues to take a terrible toll, especially in the epicentres of Quebec and Ontario.

Another 161 deaths were reported yesterday, raising the country’s total to 4,569. And the number of new coronavirus cases rose by 1,512 to 66,434.

Meanwhile, the federal government revealed Friday that it suspended shipments of N95 respirators from a Montreal-based supplier after about eight million of the masks made in China failed to meet specifications.

The office of Procurement Minister Anita Anand said that of the nearly 11 million masks received from the distributor, about one million met federal standards and another 1.6 million are still being tested.

The Public Health Agency of Canada noted that while Canada gets a lot of protective equipment from international manufacturers, domestic manufacturers also provide gowns, face shields and hand sanitizer, among other products.

This includes an agreement with Medicom, based in Pointe-Claire, Que., for production of 20 million N95 respirator masks and 24 million surgical masks per year for the next 10 years, starting this summer.

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  1. I can see from a mile away the GST going up 1-2, maybe even 3 percent. Should this happen, the PM won’t be in office much longer beyond that. Canadians aren’t as “liberal” as people think. Taxes are bad!

  2. Our taxes will pay for this along time. Our “free” health care isn’t even accessible right now.
    This is no help, it just normalizes people to rations and freedom being taken away with little or no opposition. 😓

  3. How many ways can a fool spend money – I guess we’re finding out. Spending has always been a substitute for thinking when it comes to this PM.

  4. great job pm Trudeau . all wise and intelligent Canadians applaud the job you are doing. the other idiots are following trump the orange buffoon

    • Says someone who knows nothing about the growing debt that will handicap your kids and their kids and their kids . They should thank you

  5. Sure let’s just throw money at the problem and act like it’s a solution… Then we will all be paying the money back… Trudeau is a communist and a dictator

    • Stephanie Dupuis it is a solution for now.
      A communist and a dictator doesn’t provide money to the people.
      So either you dislike Liberals…or you’re just pissed off because you’re not receiving any benefit, and you don’t like that others are.

    • Teresa 👏👏👏👏 finally someone had the balls to call it like it is. I’m so sick of all the whining and complaining. At least he’s doing something to help during these difficult times. Other countries are not so lucky (our neighbors to the south for example). Now that man is a dictator and communist wannabe! proud to be a liberal and thankful for the CERB. it’s literally keeping a lot of people from drowning in debt!

    • I actually have a good head on my shoulders and know a lot more about what is going on than you guys do cause your so brainwashed by the media… I know enough to plan ahead for when times get difficult and I know just how evil the governments of the world are… They don’t care about anyone… This is a planned pandemic in order to bring about the depopulation agenda

    • Stephanie Dupuis critical thinking has no place in feeble minds. That’s why we have govt approved media.

      Just blame a conservative. Hating the “orange buffoon” just distracts from the hate they have for themselves. It’s better than suicide 👍

    • Stephanie Dupuis fully agree on this statement. But according to some on the comments all conservatives are stupid 🤣 look who’s the judgemental ones here. Yes I’m conservative big whoop. It’s my views. Do I judge based on who you voted for in the last election? No, I don’t. If your a liberal so what that’s your view and that’s ok. You call conservatives stupid but here you are judging and name calling based on what there views are so in reality who’s the stupid ones in the conversation.

    • Stephanie Dupuis Yes it’s a Globalist plan, and by 2030 nobody will need to be worried about social distancing, as the Globalists want to drastically reduce earth’s population by the year 2030,, this Covid – 19 and the deaths caused, and the economic devastation is just the beginning of the Globalist Agenda.

    • Paul Nelson I’d rather get a link to a shady YouTube podcast I can laugh at than hear “why don’t you do your own research” for the millionth time.

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