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    PM Justin Trudeau provides update on federal response to COVID-19 – July 8, 2020

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    CHIEF BELLEGARDE REGARDING INDIGENOUS CHILD AND FAMILY SERVICES IT SHOULD BE UP TO INDIGENOUS PEOPLE TO DECIDE WHAT IS BEST FOR THEIR CHILDREN, FAMILY, AND COMMUNITIES AND WITH THIS PROTOCOL WE ARE TAKING ANOTHER IMPORTANT STEP IN THE RIGHT DIRECTION

    WE ALSO ANNOUNCED NEW INVESTMENTS TO EXPAND ACCESS TO CULTURAL, EMOTIONAL, AND MENTAL HEALTH SUPPORT SERVICES FOR THOSE AFFECTED BY THE NATIONAL TRAGEDY OF MISSING AND MURDERED INDIGENOUS WOMEN AND GIRLS AS WELL AS THE FEDERAL INDIAN DAY SCHOOL SETTLEMENT AGREEMENT TO CONTINUE WALKING THE ROAD OF RECONCILIATION, WE MUST WORK WITH SURVIVORS, FAMILIES, COMMUNITIES ON THE SUPPORT THAT THEY NEED THERE IS STILL MUCH TO BE DONE, BUT YESTERDAY'S ANNOUNCEMENTS ARE ANOTHER IMPORTANT STEP ALONG OUR SHARED PATH [ Speaking French ] >> Voice of Interpreter: OVER THE PAST TWO DAYS, WE HAD A VIRTUAL MEETING WITH THE COUNCIL OF MINISTERS IT WAS AN OPPORTUNITY FOR OUR TEAM TO MEET UP AFTER A CHALLENGING START OF THE YEAR IN ORDER TO ESTABLISH OUR PRIORITIES FOR THE WEEKS AND MONTHS TO COME

    WE STARTED BY TALKING ABOUT THE PANDEMIC AND ITS IMPACT ON THE ECONOMY WE ALSO TALKED ABOUT WHAT OUR GOVERNMENT CAN AND MUST DO IN ORDER TO FIGHT SYSTEMIC RACISM I WILL START WITH DISCUSSIONS REGARDING THE PANDEMIC ON MONDAY, WE TALKED WITH DR TAM THE CHIEF PUBLIC HEALTH MEDICAL OFFICER OF CANADA AND THE CHIEF SCIENTIST AND DR MILLER WHO IS RESPONSIBLE FOR THE IMMUNITY TASK FORCE ON COVID-19 FROM THE BEGINNING, OUR RESPONSE HAS BEEN FROM SCIENCE AND DATA AND THAT IS WHAT WE WILL CONTINUE TO DO

    WHEN WE RESTART CERTAIN ACTIVITIES THIS IS THE ONLY WAY TO PROTECT CANADIANS AND TO TRULY PUT AN END TO COVID-19 [ END OF INTERPRETATION ] >> Rt Hon Justin Trudeau: WE HELD A TWO DAY VIRTUAL CABINET RETREAT

    WE TALKED ABOUT HOW THE VIRUS IS PROGRESSING ACROSS THE COUNTRY AS WELL AS OUR RESPONSE SO FAR LATER TODAY WE WILL BE RELEASING A PUBLIC HEALTH MODELLING ON COVID-19 IN CANADA WE LET MORE DETAILS THEN, BUT FOR NOW, I WANT TO GIVE A QUICK OVERVIEW LAST WEEK, WE SAID THAT NATIONALLY THE NUMBER OF CASES, HOSPITALIZATIONS, AND DEATHS IS DECLINING OVER TIME THAT IS STILL THE CASE TODAY

    THE SITUATION IS STABILIZING IN CANADA BECAUSE CANADIANS DID THEIR PART AND FOLLOWED PUBLIC-HEALTH INSTRUCTIONS BUT WE STILL HAVE TO BE VERY CAREFUL THINGS CAN CHANGE QUICKLY AS DR TAM WILL EXPLAIN LATER, WE STILL HAVE SOME HOTSPOTS IN SOME PARTS OF THE COUNTRY, INCLUDING IN LONG-TERM CARE FACILITIES AND AGRICULTURAL WORK SETTINGS SO AS WE CONTINUE TO GRADUALLY REOPEN THE ECONOMY, WE HAVE TO REMAIN VIGILANT

    WE HAVE TO KEEP FOLLOWING PUBLIC-HEALTH ADVICE [ Speaking French ] >> Voice of Interpreter: COVID-19 CAUSED A HEALTH CRISIS AS WELL AS AN ECONOMIC CRISIS THIS IS ONE OF THE THEMES THAT WE TOUCHED ON DURING THE CABINET RETREAT A LOT OF PEOPLE WERE NOT ABLE TO WORK FOR WEEKS AND OTHERS, LOST THEIR JOBS ALL SECTORS OF THE ECONOMY FELT THE CONSEQUENCES OF COVID-19

    BUT SOME WERE MORE STRONGLY IMPACTED THAN OTHERS IN ORDER TO UNDERSTAND THE IMPACT OF COVID-19 ON OUR ECONOMY, WE ARE GOING TO BE PUBLISHING AN ECONOMIC SNAPSHOT LATER TODAY MINISTER MORNEAU WILL HAVE MORE DETAILS TO GIVE YOU LATER, BUT HERE'S WHAT YOU NEED TO REMEMBER WHEN THE PANDEMIC HIT, A LOT OF PEOPLE LOST THEIR JOBS OVERNIGHT THEY DID NOT KNOW HOW THEY WERE GOING TO FEED THEIR FAMILY OR PAY THEIR BILLS

    WE ARE FACING AN UNPRECEDENTED CHALLENGE AND OUR GOVERNMENT HAS TWO CHOICES WE CAN EITHER LET CANADIANS FIGURE THINGS OUT AND HOPE FOR THE BEST, OR, WE COULD ACT QUICKLY TO HELP CANADIANS AND WE CHOSE TO HELP CANADIANS TODAY, CANADIANS HAVE ONE OF THE MOST AMBITIOUS AND EXHAUSTIVE PLANS IN ORDER TO FIGHT THIS PANDEMIC

    WE INCREASED FINANCIAL SUPPORT TO VULNERABLE GROUPS SUCH AS SENIORS AND STUDENTS WE OFFERED LOANS TO COMPANIES HAVING LIQUIDITY ISSUES WE HELP EMPLOYERS REHIRE THEIR EMPLOYEES AND WE SUPPORTED THOSE WHO HAD LOST THEIR JOBS WE ARE TALKING ABOUT 11 MILLION CANADIANS THAT RECEIVED THE CERB OR WAGE SUBSIDY OUR GOVERNMENT SPENT SO THAT CANADIANS WOULD NOT HAVE TO TAKE ON MORE DEBT

    WE DID SO BECAUSE CANADA ENTERED INTO THIS CRISIS STRONGLY OUR DEBT TO GDP RATIO WAS LOWER THAN OTHER G-7 COUNTRIES OUR GOVERNMENT WAS WELL-PLACED TO HELP CANADIANS AND WE LAID THE FOUNDATIONS THAT WILL ALLOW OUR ECONOMY TO BOUNCE BACK FOUR MONTHS LATER WE HAVE SLOWED THE SPREAD OF THE VIRUS AND WE ARE NOW ABLE TO REOPEN CERTAIN SECTORS OF THE ECONOMY WITH HISTORIC LOW INTEREST RATES

    THE COST FOR LOANS IS LOW AND OUR GOVERNMENT WILL CONTINUE TO INVEST IN CANADIANS AND IN OUR ECONOMY THIS RESTART, THIS RECOVERY WILL SEE CERTAIN SECTORS BOUNCE BACK MORE QUICKLY THAN OTHERS AND SOME PEOPLE WILL FIND A JOB MORE QUICKLY THAN OTHERS WHEN WE ARE MOVING TO THIS RESTART, CANADIANS CAN COUNT ON US TO ALWAYS BE THERE FOR THEM [ END OF INTERPRETATION ] >> Rt Hon Justin Trudeau: IMPACTS OF COVID-19 ON OUR ECONOMY WE WILL BE RELEASING EIGHTH ECONOMIC AND FISCAL SNAPSHOT THIS AFTERNOON

    MR MORNEAU WILL HAVE MORE TO SAY ON THIS LATER TODAY BUT FOR NOW I WANT TO TALK ABOUT THE MAIN TAKEAWAYS WHEN THE PANDEMIC FIRST HIT, A LOT OF PEOPLE LOST THEIR JOBS OVERNIGHT THEY DID NOT KNOW HOW THEY WOULD FEED THEIR FAMILIES OR PAY THEIR BILLS FACE WITH THIS UNPRECEDENTED CHALLENGE, OUR GOVERNMENT HAD TWO OPTIONS WE COULD SIT BACK AND LET CANADIANS FEND FOR THEMSELVES AND HOPE THAT IT WOULD ALL BE OVER SOON OR, WE COULD SWIFTLY AND SUBSTANTIALLY CHOOSE TO SUPPORT CANADIANS

    WE CHOSE TO SUPPORT CANADIANS AS WE MEASURE THE COST OF HELPING CANADIANS, WE SHOULD NOT FORGET THAT THE COST OF DOING NOTHING WOULD HAVE BEEN FAR MORE TO BOTH OUR HEALTHCARE AND OUR ECONOMY THIS IS NOT AND HAS NOT BEEN A TIME FOR TIGHTENING OF BELTS OR FOR AUSTERITY BY BUILDING A BRIDGE FOR CANADIANS THROUGH THIS CRISIS, WE CAN AND WILL BUILD A STRONGER MORE RESILIENT CANADA

    TODAY, CANADA HAS ONE OF THE MOST AMBITIOUS AND COMPREHENSIVE PLANS TO COUNTER THE ECONOMIC IMPACTS OF THIS PANDEMIC WE INCREASED FINANCIAL SUPPORT TO VULNERABLE GROUPS LIKE SENIORS AND STUDENTS WE PROVIDED LOANS TO BUSINESSES STRUGGLING WITH CASH FLOW AND HELP EMPLOYERS REHIRE THEIR EMPLOYEES AND SUPPORT THOSE WHO HAVE LOST THEIR JOBS AND FACT, NEARLY 11 MILLION CANADIANS HAVE BEEN SUPPORTED THROUGH THE EMERGENCY WAGE SUBSIDY OR THE CERB OUR GOVERNMENT TOOK ON DEBT TO REDUCE THE AMOUNT THAT CANADIANS THEMSELVES HAD TO TAKE ON

    WE WERE ABLE TO DO THIS BECAUSE CANADA ENTERED THIS CRISIS ON STRONG FOOTING WITH A NET DEBT TO GDP RATIO CONSIDERABLY LOWER THAN THE REST OF THE G-7 OUR GOVERNMENT WAS WELL-POSITIONED TO BE THERE FOR CANADIANS AND LAY THE GROUNDWORK FOR OUR ECONOMY TO BOUNCE BACK FOUR MONTHS LATER, WE HAVE SLOWED DOWN THE PROGRESSION OF THE VIRUS SIGNIFICANTLY AND WE ARE NOW SEEING PARTS OF THE ECONOMY REOPEN AND HISTORICALLY LOW INTEREST RATES MEAN MANAGEABLE BORROWING COSTS AS WE CONTINUE TO INVEST IN CANADIANS AND IN THE ECONOMY THE ROAD TO RECOVERY WILL NOT BE AN EASY ONE

    SOME SECTORS WE'LL BOUNCE BACK MORE QUICKLY THAN OTHERS AND SOME PEOPLE WILL BE ABLE TO FIND WORK, BUT OTHERS WON'T RIGHT AWAY AND AS WE MOVE THROUGH THIS RECOVERY PHASE AND ENTER IT, CANADIANS CAN COUNT ON US TO ALWAYS BE IN THEIR CORNER OVER THE PAST TWO DAYS, OUR TEAM ALSO TALKED ABOUT WHAT CONCRETE STEPS THIS GOVERNMENT MUST — MUST FIGHT RACISM WITH AND BUILD A MORE INCLUSIVE CANADA THESE ARE THE FACTS PREJUDICE, DISCRIMINATION, AND VIOLENCE ARE A LIVED REALITY FOR FAR TOO MANY CANADIANS

    AND IT'S A RESULT OF SYSTEMIC — SYSTEMS WHICH ALL TOO OFTEN CONDONE, NORMALIZE, PERPETRATE, AND PERPETUATE INEQUALITY AND INJUSTICE AGAINST RACIALIZED PEOPLE OUR GOVERNMENT PLEDGED TO WORK WITH RACIALIZED COMMUNITIES AND INDIGENOUS PEOPLES TO ADDRESS SYSTEMIC RACISM OVER THE LAST FIVE YEARS, WE HAVE INVESTED IN MENTAL HEALTH RESOURCES FOR BLACK YOUTH AND WORKED TO CLOSE THE GAPS IN SERVICES FOR INDIGENOUS COMMUNITIES AND WE NOW HAVE CANADA'S ANTIRACISM STRATEGY WHICH HAS BEGUN ITS WORK TO CHANGE THE WAY THAT WE DO THINGS AND BREAK DOWN BARRIERS WE HAVE MADE PROGRESS

    BUT IT IS NOWHERE NEAR ENOUGH SO CABINET HAS PUT TOGETHER A WORKPLAN FOR THE SUMMER MONTHS OUR GOAL IS TO COME UP WITH STRONG POLICIES THAT WE'LL HELP ELIMINATE BARRIERS FACING INDIGENOUS PEOPLES, RACIALIZED PEOPLE, AND PERSONS WITH DISABILITIES MINISTER LAMETTI IS WORKING ON JUSTICE REFORMS MINISTER BLAIR IS FOCUSED ON MODERNIZING POLICING STRUCTURES AND UPDATING STANDARDS REGARDING THE USE OF FORCE

    MINISTERS BAINS AND MINISTER MARY NG ARE LOOKING AT IMPROVING ACCESS TO CAPITAL AND GENERATING MORE CAPACITY MINISTERS MANDEL CHINO AND QUALTROUGH ARE ENSURING — ENSURING BETTER PROTECTION FOR FOREIGN TEMPORARY WORKERS AND MORE MINISTERS LOOK AT CREATING A LEGISLATIVE FRAMEWORK THAT RECOGNIZES FIRST NATIONS POLICING AS AN ESSENTIAL SERVICE AND EXPAND THE NUMBER OF COMMUNITIES SERVED BY FIRST NATIONS POLICING WE HAVE OUR WORK CUT OUT FOR US WE ARE READY FIGHTING SYSTEMIC RACISM, UNCONSCIOUS BIAS, AND DISCRIMINATION IS A TOP PRIORITY FOR OUR GOVERNMENT AND WE WILL CONTINUE TO LISTEN AND WORK WITH COMMUNITIES AND ALLIES TO BUILD A BETTER CANADA

    I WANT TO END TODAY BY CONGRATULATING BOB RAE ON HIS APPOINTMENT AS CANADA'S AMBASSADOR TO THE UNITED NATIONS AMBASSADOR BOB RAE HAS DEDICATED HIS LIFE TO SERVING CANADA MOST RECENTLY AS CANADA'S SPECIAL ENVOY ON HUMANITARIAN AND REFUGEE ISSUES AND BEFORE THAT AS CANADA'S SPECIAL ENVOY TO ME AND MARK IN THESE ROLES, YOU ARE CLOSELY WITH THE UN AND INTERNATIONAL COMMUNITY TO HELP LEAD CANADA'S INTERNATIONAL AND HUMANITARIAN EFFORTS I KNOW WHAT YOU WILL BUILD ON THE WORK OF THE PREVIOUS AMBASSADOR AND DEFEND OUR INTERESTS AND VALUES WITH INTEGRITY

    [ Speaking French ] >> Voice of Interpreter: I WOULD LOVE ALSO LIKE TO THANK INVESTOR BLANCHE ART FOR HIS YEARS OF WORK HE WAS ABLE TO CREATE RELATIONSHIPS AND NEW PARTNERS THROUGHOUT THE MANDATE I WISH THEM ALL THE BEST IN HIS FUTURE ENDEAVOURS WE BEGAN TODAY WESTERN PERIOD WITH REPORTERS IN THE ROOM [ END OF INTERPRETATION ] >> Reporter: GLOBE AND MAIL

    LAST WEEK HE TOLD REPORTERS THAT WE CARE — WE CHARITY CONTRACT REPORTING WASN'T OPEN TRANSPARENT PROCESS DID THAT INCLUDE CABINET APPROVING THE CONTRACT? >> Rt Hon Justin Trudeau: THE RECOMMENDATION TO USE WEED TO GET OPPORTUNITIES OUT FOR YOUNG PEOPLE WAS MADE BY THE PUBLIC SERVICE, BUT AS A CABINET, WE RATIFY THOSE DECISIONS WAS REALLY IMPORTANT FOR US TO GIVE OPPORTUNITIES TO YOUNG PEOPLE AND REMAINS IMPORTANT TO GIVE OPPORTUNITIES TO YOUNG PEOPLE THROUGH THE PANDEMIC TO BE ABLE TO ENGAGE IN THEIR COMMUNITIES AND SUPPORT LOCAL ORGANIZATIONS AND MAKE A DIFFERENCE AT A TIME WHEN FAR TOO MANY PEOPLE, PARTICULARLY YOUNG PEOPLE DO NOT HAVE THE OPPORTUNITIES BECAUSE OF THE PANDEMIC

    >> Reporter: DID YOU RECUSE YOURSELF FROM THAT DISCUSSION AND THE DECISION CABINET? >> Rt Hon Justin Trudeau: NO I DID NOT I HAVE LONG WORK ON YOUTH ISSUES BOTH BEFORE I GOT INTO POLITICS AND SINCE I'VE BEEN IN POLITICS AND AS A YOUTH CRITIC GETTING YOUNG PEOPLE INVOLVED IN SERVING THEIR COUNTRY AND RECOGNIZING THERE DESIRE TO BUILD A BETTER CANADA PEOPLE LEADING US THROUGH THIS — YOUTH THROUGH TIME OF CRISIS IS OF THING I BELIEVE IN DEEPLY

    >> Reporter: CANADIAN PRESS HOW IS IT THAT YOU ARE GOING TO BEGIN RESHAPING FEDERAL AID PROGRAMS AS YOU GO AHEAD FORWARD WHEN THE REALITY IS THAT MOST PARENTS STILL DON'T HAVE FULL-TIME PLACES TO PUT THERE KIDS AT THE END OF THE DAY, DESPITE THE $14 BILLION YOU PROVINCE — PROMISED THE PROVINCES OR DO NOT SEE THAT AS A PRIME MINISTER'S PROBLEM TO SOLVE? >> Rt Hon Justin Trudeau: I THINK AS WE LOOK AT CREATING JOBS AND CREATING ECONOMIC GROWTH ACROSS THE COUNTRY, WE NEED TO KNOW THAT ONE OF THE SIGNIFICANT BARRIERS TO EVERYONE PARTICIPATING IS ACCESS TO CHILDCARE

    THERE ARE PARTS OF THIS COUNTRY WHERE THERE IS BETTER ACCESS TO CHILDCARE THAN OTHERS AND THERE IS NO QUESTION THAT OUR ENCOURAGING OF PROMISES TO IMPROVE ACCESS TO SAY FOR CHILDCARE SPACES RIGHT ACROSS THE COUNTRY IS PART OF WHY WE HAVE SET OUT $14 BILLION FOR THE PROVINCES AND WE CERTAINLY HOPE THAT THEY WILL TAKE THAT MONEY AND MOVE FORWARD ON ENSURING BETTER CHILDCARE AND SAFER CHILDCARE FOR KIDS ACROSS THE COUNTRY IT'S NOT JUST ABOUT DOING THE RIGHT THING AT A TIME OF VULNERABILITY, IT'S ABOUT GROWING OUR ECONOMY IN MEANINGFUL WAYS AND ALLOWING PEOPLE TO GET BACK TO WORK THE FEDERAL GOVERNMENT WE'LL USE THE LEVERAGE THAT WE HAVE ASKED — RESPECTING IT IS AN AREA AND PROVINCIAL JURISDICTION >> MAY BE I WILL TOUCH ON WHAT YOU ANNOUNCED ABOUT THE WORK PLAN ON SYSTEMIC RACISM

    EARLIER TODAY, NDP LEADER JAGMEET SINGH SAID THAT DONALD TRUMP SHIFT DONALD TRUMP HAD DONE MORE TO ADDRESS POLICE TOTALITY THAN IF YOUR OWN WORK PLAN WOULD COME A SPECIFIC INSTRUCTION TO YOUR MINISTERS WITH REGARDS TO THE RCMP AND POLICE BRUTALITY? >> Rt Hon Justin Trudeau: AS I SAID, WE NEED TO END SYSTEMIC RACISM IN THIS COUNTRY AND THAT INCLUDES LOOKING CAREFULLY AT WHAT HAPPENS IN OUR POLICE FORCE SYSTEM AND CHANGING THE PROTOCOLS IN WAYS THAT POLICE FORCES OPERATE MINISTER BLAIR IS ENGAGED IN LOOKING AT SPECIFICALLY THAT AND WITH PARTNERS ENSURING THAT WE MAKE SUBSTANTIAL CHANGES TO HOW POLICING IS DELIVERED ACROSS THIS COUNTRY ALONGSIDE MANY OTHER THINGS THAT NEED TO BE ADDRESSED TO GO AT THE SYSTEMIC RACISM THAT EXIST ACROSS CANADA WHETHER IT IS ACCESS TO CAPITAL FOR BLACK ENTREPRENEURS SUPPORT FOR INDIGENOUS BUSINESSES JUSTICE

    WEATHER ENSURING THAT WE ALLOW ACCESS TO CHILDCARE AND SUPPORT SERVICES RIGHT ACROSS THE COUNTRIES FOR VULNERABLE COMMUNITIES THESE ARE THINGS THE ENTIRE GOVERNMENT ARE WORKING ON WE WANT TO TAKE ACTION BY LISTENING TO VULNERABLE COMMUNITIES BUT WE MUST DO IT QUICKLY AS WELL AND THAT'S WHAT WE ARE FOCUSING ON >> MOLLY THOMAS NATIONAL NEWS THE AUDITOR GENERAL SAYS THE CSA HAS LOST TRACK OF TENS OF THOUSANDS OF PEOPLE SET FOR DEPORTATION

    MOST WERE ASYLUM-SEEKERS REJECTED FOR CRIMINAL REASONS WHAT IS GOING ON HERE AND WHAT IS THE PLAN TO FIX IT >> Rt Hon Justin Trudeau: CANADA HAS A STRONG IMMIGRATION SYSTEM AND WE MAKE SURE THE RULES APPLY

    AND WANT TO THANK THE AUDITOR GENERAL FOR HIGHLIGHTING THE CHALLENGES THAT WE FACE IN ENSURING THAT WE ARE GETTING THESE EXACTLY RIGHT WE WILL WORK ON THE RECOMMENDATIONS PUT FORWARD AND ENSURE THAT WE ARE DOING A BETTER JOB OF ENSURING THE INTEGRITY OF THE IMMIGRATION SYSTEM WE'LL BE LOOKING VERY CLOSELY AND FOLLOWING RECOMMENDATIONS MADE BY THE AUDITOR GENERAL >> Reporter: ANY PLAN SPECIFICALLY? AND ANOTHER QUESTION, IN DECEMBER, THE FINANCE MINISTER SAID THE UP SUBMITTED DEFICIT WOULD BE 28 BILLION WE LOOK AT IT AS THERE COULD BE TEN TIMES THAT

    DO FEEL SPENDING HAS GONE OUT OF CONTROL OR ARE YOU LOOKING AT EXTENDING EMERGENCY PROGRAMS >> Rt Hon Justin Trudeau: WE NEED A VERY SPECIFIC AND DELIBERATE CHOICE THROUGHOUT THIS PANDEMIC TO HELP CANADIANS AND TO RECOGNIZE OVERNIGHT PEOPLE HAD LOST THEIR JOBS AND SUDDENLY FOUND THEMSELVES IN A PRECARIOUS SITUATION AND NEEDED SUPPORT SO AS A FEDERAL GOVERNMENT, GIVEN THIS HISTORICALLY LOW INTEREST RATES AND LOW DEBT SERVICING COSTS WE HAD NOT GIVEN ARE EXTREMELY STRONG FISCAL POSITION GOING IN

    WE DECIDED TO TAKE ON THAT DEBT TO PREVENT CANADIANS FROM HAVING TO DO IT IF THE FEDERAL GOVERNMENT HAD NOT TAKEN ON SIGNIFICANT DEBT IN ORDER TO SEND MONEY TO CANADIANS TO SUPPORT BUSINESSES AND HOUSEHOLDS WHAT WOULD CANADIANS HAVE DONE? THEY WOULD HAVE LOADED UP THEIR CREDIT CARDS THEY WOULD HAVE SCRAMBLED TO TRY AND FIND WAYS TO PAY THEIR BILLS AND PAY THEIR GROCERIES AND FIGURE OUT HOW TO CARE FOR THEIR LOVED ONES WE TOOK ON DEBT SO CANADIANS WOULDN'T HAVE TO AND WE CAN BE CONFIDENT ABOUT HER POSITION

    BECAUSE IT WORKED TO REDUCE THE SPREAD OF COVID-19 WE NOW HAVE THE SPREAD LARGELY UNDER CONTROL ALTHOUGH WE NEED TO CONTINUE TO REMAIN VIGILANT WE WENT INTO THIS CHALLENGE WITH A FAR BETTER FISCAL POSITION THEN MANY OF OUR ALLIES AROUND THE WORLD WHICH ALLOWS US TO COME THROUGH IT IN A VERY STRONG WAY AND WE KNOW THAT BY SUPPORTING CANADIANS THROUGH THIS PANDEMIC, WE MAXIMIZE OUR CHANCES OF GETTING BACK ON OUR FEET AS QUICKLY AS POSSIBLE AS AN ECONOMY I KNOW THERE ARE PEOPLE OUT THERE WHO SAID WE SHOULD HAVE DONE LESS BUT I THINK THAT IS WRONG

    NOW IS THE TIME FOR THE FEDERAL GOVERNMENT TO STEP UP AND HELP CANADIANS DURING A HISTORIC CRISIS AND THAT IS EXACTLY WHAT WE DID AND HAVING DONE THAT, IT HAS ALLOWED US TO GET THE VIRUS MORE UNDER CONTROL AND ALLOWING US TO RESTART THE ECONOMY IN A STRONG POSITION UNLIKE MANY OF OUR OTHER ALLIES >> Reporter: [ Speaking French ] >> Voice of Interpreter: HELLO PRIME MINISTER REGARDING WHAT MOLLY ASKED, WE KNOW THAT THE DEFICIT THAT IS GOING TO BE ANNOUNCED BY MINISTER MORNEAU WILL BE HISTORIC WHAT YOU HAVE TO SAY TO CANADIANS WHO MIGHT BE SHOCKED BY THIS AMOUNT THEY MAY BE CONCERNED CANADA'S LIVING BEYOND ITS MEANS WITH THEIR CREDIT CARDS

    >> Rt Hon Justin Trudeau: I THINK THAT CANADIANS NEED TO REMEMBER FIRST AND FOREMOST THAT WE CAME INTO THIS PANDEMIC BETTER PLACED THAN A LOT OF OUR ALLIES WE HAVE THE LOWEST DEBT TO GDP RATIO OF ALL G-7 COUNTRIES AND SO WE WERE ABLE TO INVEST WITHOUT HAVING AN IMPACT IN THE FISCAL STABILITY INTEREST RATES ARE AT HISTORIC LOW SO OUR CAPACITY TO PAY BACK THIS DEBT WILL BE MANAGEABLE IN THE COMING YEARS

    ALSO, COMPARED TO OTHER COUNTRIES, WE ARE VERY WELL PLAYED ECONOMIC — WELL-PLACED ECONOMICALLY AND REGARDING THE MANAGEMENT OF COVID-19 WE WERE ABLE TO HELP CANADIANS STAY HOME AND WE ALLOWED THEM TO PROTECT THEMSELVES FOR MONTHS SO THAT NOW WE HAVE THE VIRUS UNDER CONTROL WE NEED TO STAY VIGILANT OF COURSE TO STOP A POTENTIAL SECOND WAVE AND WE DID WHAT WE NEEDED TO DO TO ALLOW CANADIANS TO RESTART THE ECONOMY BUT WE ALSO NEED TO ASK OURSELVES A QUESTION, HAD WE NOT INVESTED TO CELT — TO HELP CANADIANS, WHAT WOULD CANADIANS HAVE DONE? THEY WOULD'VE HAD TO PUT A LOT OF SPENDING ON THEIR CREDIT CARDS AND REMORTGAGE THEIR HOUSES AND A LOT OF COMPANIES WOULD'VE HAD TO CLOSE THEIR DOORS FOREVER AT THE FEDERAL LEVEL, WE HAVE A LOW RATE OF BORROWING AND WE KNOW THAT WE ARE DOING THE RIGHT THINGS AND THAT OUR ECONOMY WILL BE ABLE TO BOUNCE BACK >> Reporter: FOLLOW-UP QUESTION P

    OR THAT SAID, HOW ARE YOU GOING TO PAY FOR THIS OUR CREDIT RATING HAS DECREASED ARE YOU GOING TO INCREASE TAXES WHAT IS YOUR PLAN? TO INCREASE TAXES WERE CUTTING IN SERVICES, THESE WOULD BE THE WORST OPTIONS >> Rt Hon

    Justin Trudeau: WE DON'T WANT TO CONTINUE SPENDING AND SLOW THE ECONOMIC RESTART BUT WE ARE NOT GOING TO LIMIT THE HELP THAT WE ARE GOING TO GIVE TO CANADIANS WE NEED TO CREATE JOBS AND CREATE ECONOMIC GROWTH AND THAT IS EXACTLY WHAT WE ARE GOING TO DO BUT WE ALSO NEED TO REMEMBER THAT WE ARE FACING THE SITUATION LIKE OTHER COUNTRIES, BUT WE ARE BETTER OFF THAN SOME OF THOSE COUNTRIES ALL OF THESE COUNTRIES HAD TO INVEST TO HELP THEIR COUNTRY BUT CANADA CAME INTO THIS STRONGER THAN OTHER COUNTRIES

    WE WERE ALSO ABLE TO BETTER CONTROL THE VIRUS THAN OUR VIRAL — THAN OUR ALLIES, SPECIFICALLY OUR NEIGHBOURS SO THIS ALLOWS US TO RESTART OUR ECONOMY MORE QUICKLY AND MORE SUCCESSFULLY THAN OTHERS WHO ARE STILL STRUGGLING ACTIVELY WITH THIS VIRUS WE ARE DOING THE RIGHT THING TO HELP CANADIANS AND BECAUSE OF THIS, OUR ECONOMY WILL BE ABLE TO RESTART MORE QUICKLY AND MORE STRONGLY THAN A LOT OF OUR ALLIES [ END OF INTERPRETATION ] >> Operator: QUESTION OVER THE PHONE NEXT QUESTION ROSEMARY BARTON CBC, LINE OPEN

    >> Reporter: THE MORNING I KNOW TODAY WE ARE HEARING MORE ABOUT THE STATE OF THE ECONOMY IN TERMS OF DECISIONS WE HAVE ALREADY TAKEN AND WHAT DECISIONS I HAVE YET TO TAKE CAN YOU EXPAND TO CANADIANS WHY RECOVERY AND STIMULUS THAT MIGHT BE NEEDED ON THE OTHER SIDE OF THIS IS GOING TO BE DIFFERENT OR HOW IT WILL BE DIFFERENT THAN IT WAS DURING THE LAST RECESSION? >> Rt Hon Justin Trudeau: OBVIOUSLY THIS RECESSION IS VERY DIFFERENT FROM THE LAST RECESSION

    THE CHALLENGES OUR ECONOMY IS FACING THEY ARE LINKED TO A PUBLIC HEALTH EMERGENCY A PANDEMIC THAT HAS VERY DIFFERENT IMPACTS ON THE ECONOMY THAN THE PREVIOUS CHALLENGES FACED OVER THE PAST DECADE THAT IS WHY WE ARE VERY MUCH FOCUSED ON HOLDING THINGS IN PLACE AND SUPPORTING CANADIANS SO THAT THEY CAN MAKE IT THROUGH AND PROTECT THEIR LOVED ONES AND PROTECT OUR FRONT-LINE WORKERS AND PROTECT OUR VULNERABLE POPULATIONS BY GIVING THEM THE SUPPORT THEY NEED OVER THESE PAST MONTHS THAT IS WHAT WE CHOSE TO DO

    WE ARE BEGINNING TO SEE THE ECONOMY RESTART AND BEFORE WE GET INTO THE FULL RECOVERY AND HOW WE BUILD BACK BETTER, WE NEED TO MAKE SURE THAT WE ARE MANAGING THROUGH THE TRANSITION TOWARDS RESTARTING, THERE ARE MANY CANADIANS GETTING BACK TO WORK THESE WEEKS AND THERE ARE MANY OTHERS WHO ARE STILL IN A POSITION WHERE THEY CANNOT FIND JOBS THAT IS WHAT WE ARE VERY MUCH FOCUSED ON RIGHT NOW BECAUSE WE ARE STILL VERY MUCH IN AN URGENT PHASE OF THIS PANDEMIC AND THIS CRISIS >> Reporter: FOLLOW-UP ONE OF THE THINGS THAT THE PANDEMIC HAS DONE IS OBVIOUSLY EXPOSED THE MOST VULNERABLE IN OUR SOCIETY AND THE BROAD INEQUITIES THAT EXIST HOW DO YOU THINK THE ECONOMY WOULD LOOK DIFFERENT IN ORDER TO ADDRESS SOME OF THOSE VULNERABILITIES AND HELP THOSE WHO HAVE BEEN MOST HURT BY THIS

    >> Rt Hon Justin Trudeau: I THINK THEY ARE GOING TO BE REALLY IMPORTANT DISCUSSIONS AND INDEED POLITICAL DEBATES ABOUT THAT AND WHAT ARE ECONOMY LOOKS LIKE FOR THE COMING YEARS IN THE COMING MONTHS I TELL YOU THAT FROM THE VERY BEGINNING, WE FOCUSED ON HELPING ALL CANADIANS WITH A PARTICULAR FOCUS ON THE MOST VULNERABLE CANADIANS CANADIANS WHO DO NOT HAVE ACCESS TO EI AND LOST THEIR JOBS

    CANADIANS WHO NEED TO RELY ON SHELTERS WHETHER IT IS PEOPLE FLEEING DOMESTIC VIOLENCE WHICH WAS INCREASED BY THE NEED TO STAY HOME, OR PEOPLE WHO ARE ALREADY LIVING IN THE STREETS WE NEEDED TO LOOT — INCREASE OUR SUPPORT FOR FOOD BANKS WE NEED TO MAKE SURE THAT INDIGENOUS COMMUNITIES THAT ARE SO VULNERABLE TO HEALTH CRISIS BECAUSE OF A LACK OF HEALTH SYSTEM SUPPORTS WERE EXTRA SUPPORTED THROUGHOUT THIS PANDEMIC, EVEN AS WE SCENT OUT SUPPORT TO MORE THAN 11 MILLION CANADIANS, WE HAD A SPECIFIC FOCUSED ON THE MOST VULNERABLE THAT'S JUST WHO WE ARE AS CANADIANS

    ALLOWING AND ENCOURAGING AND GIVING THE ABILITY OF EVERYONE TO PARTICIPATE OR REDUCING BARRIERS AS WE MOVE FORWARD IS GOING TO BE EXTREMELY IMPORTANT I LOOK FORWARD TO THOSE DISCUSSIONS GREY NOW, WE ARE STILL VERY MUCH FOCUSED ON HELPING PEOPLE THROUGH THIS CRISIS >> Operator: WE WILL TAKE ONE LAST QUESTION ON THE FLOOR >> Reporter: BUSY DAY DOMESTICALLY BUT DOWN IN BC

    WE HAVE THE US PRESIDENT DONALD TRUMP AND HIS MEXICAN COUNTERPART HAVING A MEETING YOU SPOKE TO THE MEXICAN PRESIDENT THIS WEEK DO HAVE PLANS TO SPEAK TO TRUMP AFTER THIS MEETING AND WILL YOU BE DISCUSSING ALUMINUM TARIFFS WITH HIM? >> Rt Hon Justin Trudeau: I SPEAK REASONABLY REGULARLY AND HAVE OVER THE PAST FEW YEARS WITH THE US PRESIDENT AND LOOK FORWARD TO CONGRATULATING HIM AND ALL OF US ON THE COMING IN TO FORCE OF THE NEW NAPHTALI US MCA AND I THINK IT'S REALLY IMPORTANT THAT AT A TIME OF ECONOMIC STRAIN AND STRESS THAT WE CONTINUE TO HAVE ACCESS TO THE WORLD'S MOST VULNERABLE — IMPORTANT MARKET AND THIS IS GOOD FOR CANADIAN WORKERS AND CANADIAN JOBS RIGHT ACROSS THE COUNTRY

    AND AT THIS TIME, WE ARE CONCERNED ABOUT THE THREAT OF EXTRA TARIFFS ON ALUMINUM AND POSSIBLY STEAL, THIS IS SOMETHING THAT AGAIN, IS A LITTLE BIT DIFFICULT TO UNDERSTAND BECAUSE THE UNITED STATES RELIES HEAVILY ON IMPORTS OF CANADIAN ALUMINUM IN PARTICULAR FOR THEIR DOMESTIC MANUFACTURING CAPACITY THE US DOES NOT MAKE NEARLY ENOUGH ALUMINUM TO BE ABLE TO COVER ITS NEEDS, PARTICULARLY AT A TIME WHERE WE WANT THE ECONOMIES TO GET GOING AGAIN ACROSS NORTH AMERICA SO WHAT TARIFFS WOULD DO WOULD BE TO RAISE PRICES FOR MANUFACTURERS IN THE UNITED STATES AND PUT EXTRA STRESS ON THEM AT A TIME WHERE STRESSES ABOUND WHICH IS WHY WE ARE CONTINUING TO PUSH VERY HARD ON ENCOURAGING THE US TO NOT MOVE FORWARD ON TARIFFS THAT WE DON'T THINK OF ANY JUSTIFICATION AND WOULD HAVE A NEGATIVE IMPACT

    >> Reporter: CAN YOU PLEASE REPEAT IN FRENCH THE ANSWER YOU GAVE TO ROSIE ABOUT WHAT YOU ARE THINKING ABOUT GOING FORWARD IN TERMS OF WHAT THESE PROGRAMS MAY OR MAY NOT LOOK LIKE WE >> Rt Hon Justin Trudeau: [ Speaking French ] >> Voice of Interpreter: FROM THE BEGINNING, WE KNEW THAT WE HAD TO HELP CANADIANS SPECIFICALLY VULNERABLE CANADIANS THAT IS WHY FROM THE START, WE HELPED 11 MILLION CANADIANS THROUGH THE CERB AND THE WAGE SUBSIDY

    WE FOCUSED ON THE MOST VULNERABLE, BUT WE ALSO HELPED FOOD BANKS, WE HELPED SHELTERS, FOR VICTIMS OF DOMESTIC VIOLENCE THERE WAS ASSISTANCE FOR INDIGENOUS COMMUNITIES WE KNOW THAT DURING ANY CRISIS THE MOST VULNERABLE ARE THOSE THAT FEEL THE IMPACT THE MOST AND WE WANTED TO TAKE CARE OF THESE MOST VULNERABLE THERE WILL BE DISCUSSIONS, POLITICAL DEBATE ON HOW TO RESTART THE ECONOMY SO THAT IT IS STRONGER FOR CANADIANS, BUT I HAVE TO SAY THAT THE HEART — AT THE HEART OF WHAT WE ARE GOING TO DO, WE WILL ALWAYS HAVE THE MOST VULNERABLE CANADIANS IN MIND WE WANT EVERYONE TO BE ABLE TO PARTICIPATE FULLY TO THE ECONOMY WE WANT TO REDUCE BARRIERS AND WE WANT TO ELIMINATE THESE BARRIERS IN OUR SYSTEM

    WE WILL ALWAYS DO MORE FOR VULNERABLE CANADIANS BECAUSE IT IS THE RIGHT THING TO DO AND ALSO BECAUSE IT IS THE SMART THING TO DO IN ORDER TO CREATE JOBS AND ECONOMIC GROWTH THANK YOU THIS CONCLUDES TODAY'S PRESS CONFERENCE [ END OF INTERPRETATION ]

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