Prime minister issues warning to those ignoring social distancing

Clay Curtis
March 23, 2020

Speaking once again from Ottawa on Monday, the Prime Minister shared a strong message with those who feel "invincible" during COVID-19 in Canada.

During his now daily COVID-19 address to the nation Sunday morning, Trudeau said the federal government is confident that his municipal and provincial colleagues are taking necessary action to stop people gathering in large numbers and adhering to the two-metre distancing rule.

Research from the Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives says just under half of renters in this country, or 1.6 million households, might have only enough money saved in the bank to pay their bills for a month or less.

So far the federal government has not chosen to take such draconian measures, but if it becomes clear that provincial and municipal efforts to restrict movement are not effective, Trudeau re-emphasized on Monday that it's a step they will take.

He says at this stage, they do not see the Federal Emergencies Act as the "essential tool" to use for for this situation. He made similar calls to several other world leaders last week.

The weekend saw shocking pictures across the country of thousands of people flocking to beaches and parks to enjoy the spring sunshine, apparently without a thought for the pleas from health officials to keep a safe distance.

"Much of the (Emergencies) act means power getting taken from the provinces, so that's why we have to talk with them today".

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He is asking Canadians to do their part; listening is your duty, staying at home is your way to serve.

Farm Credit Canada will receive support from the federal government that will allow for an additional $5 billion in lending capacity to producers, agribusinesses, and food processors.

"I know personally how hard it is for children", said Freeland, who has three kids.

The number of confirmed coronavirus cases in Canada now exceeds 1,400.

"Health experts around the world are telling us that a lockdown of even a few weeks can buy enough time to contain the spread of the virus", he said.

The House of Commons will reconvene Tuesday to vote on measures aimed at easing the burden of COVID-19 on individuals and businesses. "We are also working with Quebec City-based Medicago for vaccine testing and production", said Trudeau.

"They will take months to develop and test, so while that's happening, we need to work to mitigate the impacts of this virus".

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