Trudeau gave an address on Sunday. He acknowledged that some people have been hit extremely hard, including those with disabilities who need support workers, help getting groceries, and more. Trudeau acknowledged that this pandemic is highlighting the gaps. A Disability Advisory Group was struck last week to begin looking into gaps with equality, access, jobs, and more.
Trudeau then gave an overview of the many changes announced last week, including expanding CERB to allow for an income of up to $1000 a month, increasing wages for essential workers, and extending the service of the Canadian Rangers in Quebec (announced today).
The numbers are trending “in the right direction.” We need to keep doing what we are doing, and we will get through this crisis. There are thousands of Canadians living the nightmare of having lost a loved one to the pandemic. Canada grieves with you.
From the Q&A
On the recall of parliament, an agreement has not yet been achieved. At this point, 338 MPs and their teams are required to show up tomorrow to reconvene parliament. The “Conservatives are resisting a reasonable solution” proposed by Trudeau. The reporter then asked, given that Trudeau concluded with an address to children to pitch in, what kind of example are they setting for children when the adults can’t arrive at an agreement. Trudeau noted that all other parties agree with the proposed solution (which includes an in-person sitting once a week complemented with virtual sittings where all MPs can attend), but the Conservatives were still holding out (not a fan of the virtual sittings, they want to see three in-person sittings per week, with a reduced number of MPs at the house). Trudeau’s frustration was palpable, and it was a rare show of partisan politics making an appearance during the COVID-19 crisis at the federal level. He couldn’t understand the Conservative’s position, adding that Trudeau was answering questions every single day at media briefings and that he believed in being accountable to the country. As he came out, they were very close; a reporter suggested that in the time that Trudeau was giving his address, an agreement had been reached. Of course, Trudeau couldn’t speak to that. A virtual sitting would include the ability for MPs to give speeches and statements, the technicalities are still being worked out. The Constitution demands unanimous consent, so a majority is insufficient.
NOTE: No party wants to see parliament resume in full tomorrow. Parliamentarians can continue to work from their home ridings on Monday, if they so choose.
NOTE: From the Conservative perspective (which was not present at the press conference), if Ministers are available every single day to give press conferences and take questions from the media, why can they not walk down the hall and take questions from the opposition in the House of Commons?
There are questions around the release of information from China and the WHO’s role with that, but the focus right now in Canada has to be on Canadians.
With the incarcerated population, they are continually seeking ways to manage populations.
The federal government distributed half a billion dollars to the provinces to deal with medical challenges brought on by COVID-19. Right now, we have to carefully manage our resources so we can respond to the needs of people who catch the virus.
When it comes to restarting the economy, these decisions are best left to the individual provinces. The federal government is working with the provinces to establish principles and approaches that can be used during the re-opening, but the phasing-in will be left to the individual provinces. Canada is a vast country, and the pandemic is different throughout the many different regions of Canada. We are going to have to be careful and gradual to avoid a scenario that spirals us back into a lockdown like we are experiencing now. Canada is taking “inspiration” from what is being done throughout the world.
Safety of workers needs to be a primary consideration for all provinces.
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