Canada and the US have agreed to continue the current border closure for another 30 days.
As announced last week, the Wage Subsidy is being continued throughout the summer.
Canada is extending the eligibility for the Emergency Business Account. If you are a proprietor with no staff, if you are a salon owner who rents out chairs, or if you are a gym owner who contracts trainers, you will now be eligible to apply. Still to come: The federal government is also look at ways to make the emergency loan available to businesses who operate out of their own bank accounts, and not a business bank account.
PPEs keep on being received in Canada, and a number of Canadian manufacturers are working on making masks, ventilators and medical gowns available.
As of today, Canada now has it’s first university in the North: the Yukon University (previously Yukon College) is now open!
From the Q&A
There was a clear desire from the provinces to keep the current border agreement in place. The border continues to be closed to non-essential travel for another 30 days, so until June 21. When asked to speculate on an opening date, Trudeau said these matters are being assessed from a week-to-week basis.
In the case of a Democratic win in the US, Trudeau will continue to support the Keystone XL Pipeline (Democrat Joe Biden has said that he will terminate the existing agreement).
Regarding how the House of Commons sits, Trudeau’s concern with increasing the in-person sittings is that representation from across Canada will be diminished. He maintains that the mix of in-person and online allows for both accountability and diversity.
In re-opening the economy, we need to be cautious and alert. The federal government has offered a national framework to work with contact tracing and testing, but this will be driven by the provinces. The federal government is also currently working on a way to monitor non-essential travel over the border for when that opens to visitors.
In spite a petition to the contrary, Trudeau maintains that all Canadians want to see Canada have a seat on the UN Council (sponsored by Taxpayer’s Federation, a right leaning think tank, the number of signers is not available). Things can be better done within Canada, but having a seat enables us to have a voice on International matters both in the interest of democracy and in the interest of Canadians.
Unlike the American administration (who is threatening to pull funding permanently from the WHO), Trudeau believes in continuing the support the international approach of the WHO. Hindsight can offer good insight, and it’s will be necessary as we come out of this crisis.
On the value of Hydroxychloroquine (an anti-malaria drug that US President Trump says he’s been taking daily for a week and a half as a preventative measure against COVID-19, against the advice of the medical community), Trudeau said he will continue to follow the advice of medical experts. (See the FDA statement here. It has been authorized for temporary us with select hospitalized patients. “These medicines have a number of side effects, including serious heart rhythm problems that can be life-threatening.”)
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