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THE SENATE IS REVIEWING THE GOVERNMENT'S $82 MILLION EMERGENCY BILL DESIGNED TO HELP MILLIONS OF CANADIANS FINANCIALLY SURVIVE THIS PANDEMIC LET'S GIVE YOU A LOOK INSIDE THE SENATE AT THIS HOUR THE FINANCE MINISTER, BILL MORNEAU THERE TO ANSWER QUESTIONS OBVIOUSLY WITH A LIMITED NUMBER OF SENATORS IN THE CHAMBER IT COMES AFTER A 14-HOUR DELAY IN DEBATE ON THE MAIN BILL INSIDE THE HOUSE OF COMMONS LAST NIGHT

THE LEGISLATION FINALLY MOVED FROM THE HOUSE TO THE SENATE AT AROUND 6:00 AM WE'RE OF COURSE AS WE DO EVERY DAY EXPECTING TO HEAR FROM THE PRIME MINISTER ON THIS AND OTHER UPDATES FROM HIS GOVERNMENT HE'LL BE EXPECTED TO TALK ABOUT WHEN THIS EMERGENCY AID WILL BEGIN TO FLOW A CRITICAL QUESTION FOR MANY OF YOU

WE'LL BRING YOU HIS DAILY ADDRESS TO THE NATION AS SOON AS IT BEGINS, THAT IS OF COURSE, HIS FRONT DOOR WE'RE ALL FAMILIAR WITH IT JUSTIN TRUDEAU ON HIS 14TH DAY OF SELF-ISOLATION, UNCLEAR WHEN HE WILL BE NO LONGER WORKING FROM HOME, BUT HE HAS COMPLETED THE 14 DAYS AT THE END OF TODAY I WANT TO BRING IN THE HOST OF "POWER AND POLITICS" VASSY KAPELOS AND CATHERINE CULLEN BOTH JOINING ME

WE'LL KEEP THE SENATE SHOT UP AND THE PRIME MINISTER'S FRONT DOOR, BUT THERE WERE — AFTER WE GOT PAST THE VARIOUS NEGOTIATIONS INSIDE THE HOUSE OF COMMONS LAST NIGHT, WHICH DID CHANGE THE BILL IN MANY WAYS IN TERMS OF ALLOWING SOME MORE OVERSIGHT OF WHAT THE GOVERNMENT WAS GOING TO DO, WE DID GET MORE INFORMATION THIS MORNING FROM BILL MORNEAU ON WHAT IS ESSENTIALLY AN AMALGAMATION OF TWO PIECES THAT WERE GOING TO HELP CANADIANS IT IS NOW JUST CALLED THE CANADA EMERGENCY RESPONSE BENEFIT AND IT MEANS THAT ALL CANADIANS WHO HAVE CEASED WORKING DUE TO COVID-19 WILL BE ABLE TO RECEIVE THIS NEW BENEFIT VASSY, I'M GOING TO START WITH YOU TO GO OVER WHAT THAT MEANS FOR CANADIANS >> Vassy: RIGHT, THEY COMBINED WHAT WAS ORIGINALLY TWO DIFFERENT STREAMS OF MONEY INTO ONE, THE THINKING BEHIND IT AT THIS POINT, ALTHOUGH YET TO BE TESTED, IS THAT THIS MAKES IT MORE ACCESSIBLE, EASIER TECHNICALLY TO GET THE MONEY OUT TO CANADIANS AND IT COVERS A WIDE RANGE I THINK THIS IS THE MOST IMPORTANT THING TO GET ACROSS TO PEOPLE WATCHING TODAY

BEFORE, THERE WERE SO MANY QUESTIONS AND UNDERSTANDABLY SO ABOUT DO I QUALIFY FOR THIS? I'M NOT SICK, BUT I HAVE TO STAY HOME BECAUSE MY KIDS' SCHOOL IS CLOSED, AM I ABLE TO ACCESS THIS MONEY? HERE'S WHAT I UNDERSTAND THE PRIME MINISTER WILL OUTLINE AND WHAT WE'VE HEARD SO FAR FROM BILL MORNEAU, THE BENEFIT WOULD PROVIDE SUPPORT FOR UP TO 16 WEEKS I CAN SAY AT THIS POINT MY UNDERSTANDING IS AND THE INFORMATION I BELIEVE THAT IS ABOUT TO BE RELEASED, THAT WOULD BE $2,000 A MONTH PER — FOR FOUR MONTHS SO A BIWEEKLY CHECK, BUT IT'S ABOUT $2,000 A MONTH HERE'S WHO COVERED PEOPLE WHO LOST THEIR JOBS, PEOPLE WHO ARE SICK QUARANTINED, TAKING CARE OF SOMEONE WHO IS SICK

PARENTS WHO HAVE TO STAY HOME WITHOUT PAY TO TAKE CARE OF KIDS WHO ARE HOME EITHER BECAUSE THE KIDS ARE SICK OR THE SCHOOLS ARE CLOSED WHICH IS THE CASE ACROSS THE COUNTRY DAYCARES ARE CLOSED AS WELL ALSO, THIS IS A BIG ONE, I KNOW WE HAD HOWARD ON ASKING ABOUT THIS, IT WILL COVER SELF-EMPLOYED CANADIANS AND CONTRACT WORKERS ALSO THE BAR THAT YOU HAVE TO REACH TO ACCESS THAT MONEY IS PRETTY LOW YOU JUST HAVE TO HAVE BEEN OUT OF WORK FOR TWO WEEKS

THAT'S MY UNDERSTANDING AT THIS POINT I THINK THERE ARE A LOT OF GENUINE QUESTIONS ABOUT THE ABILITY TO GET THE MONEY OUT, HOW FAST IT WILL COME, BECAUSE THERE WILL BE A WAIT FOR THIS BUT THE GOVERNMENT AND THROUGH THIS LEGISLATION LAST NIGHT, ALL PARTIES AGREED IT WOULD BE WIDELY ACCESSIBLE TO A WIDE SWATH OF CANADIANS >> Rosemary: IT DOES SEEM A LITTLE BIT LIKE AN ACKNOWLEDGMENT ON THE GOVERNMENT'S PART, THAT THE FIRST CRACK WASN'T NECESSARILY THE BEST SOLUTION, THEY NEEDED SOMETHING BROADER AND SOMETHING THEY HOPE WILL WORK FASTER, ALTHOUGH THERE ARE STILL QUESTIONS ABOUT THE CAPACITY OF GOVERNMENT TO GET THIS TO PEOPLE QUICKLY >> ABSOLUTELY, WE'VE SEEN THE NUMBERS, STAGGERING

ALMOST A MILLION CLAIMS TO EI LAST WEEK, COMPARED TO 27,000 FOR THE WEEK THE YEAR PREVIOUS TALKING TO OFFICIALS, THEY SAY THEY'RE RAMPING UP THE PROCESS THEY GOT SINCE LAST WEEK 143,000 CLAIMS OUT THE DOOR THAT IS A BIG RAMP-UP WHEN YOU COMPARE THAT TO THE SCOPE OF THE PROBLEM, OBVIOUSLY, THEY'RE REALLY NOT ANYWHERE CLOSE TO THAT YET

SO A LOT OF WORK BEHIND THE SCENES IN ATTEMPT TO GET MORE PERSONNEL IN PLACE AND THE SYSTEMS IN PLACE TO DEAL WITH THE GOVERNMENT SAID IT REALLY IS, ALONG WITH THE HEALTH AND SAFETY OF CANADIANS, THIS IS THEIR TOP PRIORITY MAKING SURE PEOPLE GET MONEY INTO THEIR POCKETS THERE IS A WHOLE AREA OF SCRUTINY WHETHER THEY'RE GOING TO BE ABLE TO DO THAT WE HEARD BILL MORNEAU TALKING ABOUT THAT FRANCOIS LEGAULT SAID PUBLICLY THAT THE PRIME MINISTER ENSURED HIM HAS THE CHEQUES WOULD GO OUT APRIL 6TH

BILL MORNEAU SAID THAT IS THE TARGET WEEK, ESSENTIALLY, TO GET THE MONEY OUT THE DOORS SO THERE IS A QUESTION OF CAN IT HAPPEN IN A TIMELY FASHION? OBVIOUSLY PEOPLE HAVE RENT, MORTGAGE PAYMENTS BEFORE THEN THERE IS ALSO THE QUESTION OF WHETHER OR NOT THIS GOES FAR ENOUGH FOR INSTANCE, PEOPLE WHO SAY THEY CAN'T PAY THEIR RENT, THEIR MORTGAGES, THEY'RE NOT GETTING THE HELP FROM THE BANK THEY HOPED ONE WOMAN REACHED OUT TO ME ON TWITTER AND SAID I'M A FREELANCER, I'M NOT MAKING NO INCOME, BUT IT'S BEEN REDUCED

MY UNDERSTANDING IS I DON'T QUALIFY BECAUSE I'M STILL TAKING IN A LITTLE BIT OF INCOME WE KNOW THE GOVERNMENT HAS SAID THIS IS A FIRST STEP, BUT A LOT OF PEOPLE ARE IMPATIENT TO SEE THE RESULTS >> Rosemary: LET ME GIVE A COUPLE MORE DETAILS OF WHAT WE KNOW BECAUSE THERE ARE SO MANY ASKING ON TWITTER AND IN E-MAILS IF YOU ARE ALREADY RECEIVING EI AND SICKNESS BENEFITS AS OF TODAY, YOU'LL CONTINUE TO RECEIVE THOSE AND YOU DO NOT NEED TO APPLY FOR THE EMERGENCY RESPONSE BENEFIT IF YOU A I APPLIED FOR — APPLIED FOR EI AND ARE WAITING FOR YOUR APPLICATION TO PROCESS, YOU DON'T NEED TO REAPPLY

DON'T THINK YOU HAVE TO GO IN AND DO IT AGAIN THIS WILL APPLY FOR YOU THE PORTAL FOR ACCESSING THIS EMERGENCY RESPONSE BENEFIT IS NOT UP YET, SO DON'T PANIC WHEN YOU DON'T SEE IT THE GOVERNMENT IS INTENDING TO GET THAT UP BY EARLY APRIL, WHICH IS WHY WE'RE SAYING APRIL 6TH SEEMS A LITTLE OPTIMISTIC, BUT YOU SHOULD BEGIN TO RECEIVE YOUR EMERGENCY BENEFIT PAYMENTS WITHIN 10 DAYS OF MAKING APPLICATION THIS WILL BE A MONUMENTAL FEAT IF THE GOVERNMENTS CAN ACTUALLY PULL THIS OFF

I MEAN ALL THE PEOPLE BEHIND THE POLITICIANS WHO HAVE MADE THIS DECISION WE'LL GO BACK TO THIS BECAUSE IT IS CRITICAL INFORMATION AS MORE AND MORE PEOPLE IN COUNTRY ARE LAID OFF OR PUT OUT OF WORK BUT FIRST, AS WE WAIT FOR THE PRIME MINISTER COMING UP IN ABOUT 8 MINUTES, LET ME BRING IN PREMIER BLAINE HIGGS HE'S THE PREMIER OF NOVA SCOTIA HE JOINS ME NOW FROM FREDERICTON

GOOD TO SEE YOU, PREMIER >> GOOD DAY >> Rosemary: TO TALK TO YOU RATHER [LAUGHTER] ONE OF THE REASONS WE WANTED TO SPEAK WITH YOU TODAY, BECAUSE YOU'RE ONE OF THE PREMIERS, MAYBE THE ONLY ONE, WHO HAS BEEN VERY PUBLICLY CALLING FOR THE GOVERNMENT TO PUT IN PLACE THE EMERGENCIES ACT WHY IS THAT NEEDED FOR YOUR PROVINCE? WHY DO YOU THINK IT'S NEEDED FOR THE COUNTRY? >> WELL, WHAT I BELIEVE WE NEED ACROSS THE COUNTRY IS A NATIONAL STRATEGY SO WE HAVE CONSISTENCY OF HEALTH CARE, CONSISTENCY OF STANDARDS FROM ONE PROVINCE TO ANOTHER, CONSISTENCY OF SUPPLIES

WE KIND OF COMPETING WITH EACH OTHER IN TERMS OF WHAT INITIATIVE DO WE PUT IN PLACE, WHAT MEASURE AND SELF-ISOLATING, WHAT CLOSES, WHAT STAYS OPEN? I THINK THIS IS A SITUATION WHERE WE SHOULD HAVE LEARNED FROM OTHER COUNTRIES AND THEIR EXPERIENCES WE CAN BE LEARNING FROM OTHER PROVINCES, BUT THE FEDERAL GOVERNMENT CAN PLAY AN OVERSIGHT ROLE IN A CONSISTENT MANNER TO ENSURE THAT EVERY CITIZEN IN OUR COUNTRY HAS EQUAL ACCESS TO HEALTH CARE AND PROTECTIVE EQUIPMENT >> Rosemary: NOW I CAN SEE YOU, THAT'S GOOD YOU ARE MAYBE THE ONLY ONE, THE ONLY PREMIER WHO IS THIS DETERMINED OR THIS CONVINCED THIS IS THE ANSWER WE HEARD FOR INSTANCE, FROM THE QUÉBEC PREMIER WHO SAID HE WANTS THE MOST FLEXIBILITY

HE DOES NOT WANT THE FEDERAL GOVERNMENT TO TAKE THIS STANCE WHEN YOU WERE ON THE CALL WITH THE PRIME MINISTER THE OTHER DAY, WHAT WAS YOUR IMPRESSION ABOUT THE LIKELIHOOD THIS MIGHT HAPPEN? >> WELL, I THINK THE MESSAGE KIND OF GOT CONFUSED WITH THE LEGISLATION AND THE ADDITION OF THE KIND OF THE UNFETTERED SPENDING RULES THAT WERE COMBINED WITH THE EMERGENCY MEASURES ACT AND THIS BILL THAT WAS TRYING TO GET THROUGH IN TERMS OF THE FINANCIAL PACKAGE I THINK THERE WAS A LOT OF CONCERN ABOUT THAT AND I'VE SHARED THAT SAME CONCERN ABOUT THAT, THAT KIND OF INCLUSION OF THE SPENDING OF THE BILL BUT THIS IS DIFFERENT THIS IS IN RELATION TO HAVING AN ABILITY TO EXERCISE A NATIONAL STRATEGY AROUND THE HEALTH CARE AND THE TREATMENT OF CITIZENS AND THE DISTRIBUTION OF EQUIPMENT

I KNOW EVERYONE WANTS TO DO THEIR OWN THING IN SOME WAYS, THE BIGGER PROVINCES HAVE BETTER CAPABILITIES TO DO THAT AND THAT IS THE REASON FOR A STANDARDIZATION THAT'S WHY WE HAVE A STANDARD HEALTH CARE SYSTEM IN THE COUNTRY TO MAKE SURE THAT THE SAME MEASURES ARE PRACTISED THROUGHOUT IN A CRISIS LIKE THIS, WE NEED TO BE MORE CONFIDENT OF THAT >> Rosemary: YOU DON'T HAVE AN ENORMOUS NUMBER OF CASES NOW OR YET WHAT IS IT THAT YOUR PROVINCE IS LACKING? WE'VE HEARD DIFFERENT CONCERNS AROUND THE COUNTRY CONCERNING MEDICAL SUPPLIES, WHAT IS IT THAT YOU'VE ASKED THE FEDERAL GOVERNMENT TO PROVIDE YOU WITH? >> CERTAINLY, WE'VE GIVEN A LIST LIKE OTHERS OF CRITICAL COMPONENTS OF TESTING AND MASKS AND THINGS LIKE THAT

SO WE'RE CURRENTLY FINE IN THAT REGARD WITH NUMBERS, BUT WE'RE ANTICIPATING WHERE THIS IS GOING TO GO AND WATCHING THE RISE ELSEWHERE I EXPECT THE CASE LOAD TO GO UP, BUT WE WANT TO HEAD THAT OFF AS MUCH AS POSSIBLE RIGHT NOW OUR HEALTH CARE SYSTEM IS AT A LOWER DEMAND MODEL BECAUSE PEOPLE ARE STAYING AWAY FROM HOSPITALS AND PEOPLE ARE NOT OUT MOVING AROUND, WHICH IS EXACTLY WHAT WE WANT, BUT I WANT TO BE PREPARED IF WE'RE LEARNING FROM OTHER PROVINCES, I WANT TO MAKE SURE THAT IS UNIVERSAL ACROSS THE COUNTRY — UNIFORM ACROSS THE COUNTRY >> DO YOU HAVE ANOTHER CALL WITH THE PRIME MINISTER SOON? DO YOU EXPECT TO SPEAK WITH HIM? >> WELL, WE LIKELY WILL HAVE ANOTHER CALL IN RELATION TO OUR MEMBERS TO DISCUSS THE PENDING ISSUES THE LONGER THIS GOES ON

CERTAINLY IN ATLANTIC CANADA, THE WHOLE FISHING INDUSTRY IS AT RISK OVER THE COMING MONTHS AND WEEKS THERE IS NOT ONE SCHEDULED THIS WEEK, BUT I ANTICIPATE THERE WILL BE AND AS ALWAYS, THE DEPUTY PRIME MINISTER HAS MADE HERSELF READILY AVAILABLE AND DONE THAT FROM THE BEGINNING WE HAVE ACCESS, WE'LL CONTINUE TO STAY CONNECTED WITH THE PRIME MINISTER'S OFFICE >> Rosemary: PREMIER BLAINE HIGGS OF NEW BRUNSWICK GOOD OF YOU TO MAKE THE TIME

BEST TO THE PROVINCE AND YOURSELF ALL RIGHT, THAT'S ONE OTHER PREMIER WE'VE BEEN TRYING TO TALK TO PREMIERS TO GET A PERSPECTIVE OF WHAT IS HAPPENING IN DIFFERENT REGIONS OF THE COUNTRY EVERYONE STRUGGLING WITH THE SAME ISSUE BUT IN DIFFERENT WAYS THAT WAS A BIG CONCERN, BECAUSE IT SEEMED YOU HAD TO BE SICK OR SOMEONE IN THE FAMILY SICK, TO ACCESS THAT

THIS IS EXPLICIT BASICALLY ANYBODY WHO IS OUT OF WORK BECAUSE OF ANYTHING TO DO WITH THE PANDEMIC, IT APPEARS WOULD BE ABLE TO ACCESS THIS MONEY, WHICH ONCE AGAIN, MY UNDERSTANDING IS, IS ABOUT $2,000 A MONTH FOR FOUR MONTHS AT THIS POINT AND THE HOPE IS OBVIOUSLY THAT MONEY CAN GET OUT THE DOOR, BUT LIKE I SAID, THE CONVERSATIONS I'M HAVING, THERE IS A BUNCH OF CONCERN THERE ARE ISSUES ALREADY WITH GETTING EI OUT THE DOOR WITH PROCESSING TIMES YES, THE MAJORITY FALL WITHIN THE ONE-MONTH WINDOW, BUT I THINK IT'S 20% TO 30% OF THE CLAIMS TAKE LONGER THAN THAT

OBVIOUSLY THE BURDEN OF PROOF IS A LOT DIFFERENT NOW WHICH COULD AND SHOULD HAVE IMPACT ON THAT CAPACITY TO DELIVER THE MONEY, BUT I THINK THERE IS — THIS IS UNPRECEDENTED, RIGHT, AS WE'VE BEEN DISCUSSING ON SO MANY INSTANCES AND PARTS OF THE STORY ALSO THIS, THEY'VE NEVER HAD THIS MANY EI CLAIMS IN A WEEK I THINK THERE REMAINS A BIG QUESTION MARK ON THE ABILITY TO DELIVER, WHICH I KNOW PEOPLE DON'T WANT TO HEAR THEY'RE NERVOUS ABOUT GETTING THE MONEY IN TIME THEY'RE NOT GOING TO GET IT BEFORE APRIL 1 LIKELY WHEN THEY HAVE TO PAY RENT AND MORTGAGES, BUT THEY'RE WORRIED ABOUT MAY 1ST

>> Rosemary: LET ME SAY FURTHER, THEY DO HAVE THE EMPLOYMENT INSURANCE SYSTEM WHICH IS AN OLD SYSTEM, EVERYONE WOULD AGREE WITH THAT, OPERATING, BUT THEY ALSO HAVE THE CANADA REVENUE AGENCY OPERATING AND LOTS MORE PEOPLE WORKING FOR BOTH OF THEM THERE WAS ONE OTHER PROVISION, AND PEOPLE ASKED ME ABOUT THIS, WE GOT CLARIFICATION FROM BILL MORNEAU IN THE SENATE HE SAYS THAT — WE HAVE TWO MINUTES UNTIL THE PRIME MINISTER COMES OUT, I'M TOLD — BILL MORNEAU SAYS IF YOU OWN A BUSINESS AND YOUR BUSINESS HAS BEEN AFFECTED, YOU DON'T HAVE BUSINESS, IT'S A RESTAURANT, YOU CAN'T HAVE PEOPLE IN AND YOU DON'T HAVE ORDERS, OR WHAT HAVE YOU, ALL OF YOUR EMPLOYEES NOW HAVE BEEN AFFECTED BY COVID-19, ALL OF THEM CAN NOW ACCESS THE EMERGENCY RESPONSE BENEFIT, BUT THE OWNER OF THE BUSINESS CAN ALSO ACCESS THAT BENEFIT WHICH I THINK WAS UNCLEAR TO PEOPLE — SELF-EMPLOYED PEOPLE OR PEOPLE WHO OWNED THEIR OWN BUSINESS BEFORE THIS ESSENTIALLY MEANS THAT ANYONE, AS VASSY SAID THERE, WHO IS AFFECTED IN ANY WAY FINANCIALLY BY THE PANDEMIC CAN TAP INTO THIS

AND THAT SEEMS TO BE THE MORE DIRECT OR MORE COMPLETE RESPONSE THAN PERHAPS WE EVEN SAW LAST WEEK I'LL CUT YOU OFF IF THE PRIME MINISTER COMES OUT >> THE GOAL OFFICIA ARE TELLING ME OF CREATING THIS RESPONSE BENEFIT IS TO MAKE IT SIMPLER AND MORE EFFICIENT FOR CANADIANS WHO ARE GOING TO APPLY SIMPLER AND MORE EFFICIENT FOR THEMSELVES THERE IS NOTHING SIMPLE ABOUT THIS

AS WE TALK ABOUT THE MECHANISMS OF HOW THIS GETS OUT THE DOOR, I THINK THE AMOUNT, TOO, IS A BIG QUESTION PEOPLE ARE POINTING OUT THERE ARE EUROPEAN COUNTRIES WHERE THEY'RE A LOT MORE AGGRESSIVE IN TERMS OF HOW MUCH WAGES YOU LOOK AT THE TEMPORARY BUSINESS WAGE SUBSIDY, THAT'S AN ELEMENT, BUSINESSES ARE ELIGIBLE TO RECEIVE 10% OF THEIR PAYROLL A LOT OF BUSINESSES SAYING THIS IS NOT ENOUGH THEY WOULD LIKE TO SEE A LOT MORE MONEY FROM THE GOVERNMENT TO SUSTAIN THEMSELVES

FOR MANY BUSINESSES THIS IS A CONVERSATION THAT IS LIVE THEY'RE TALKING ABOUT BEING ABLE TO KEEP FUNCTIONING — SOME OF THEM HAVE HAD TO CLOSE THEIR DOORS — BUT BEING ABLE TO DO THAT IN THE NEXT FEW DAYS, COUPLE OF WEEKS >> Rosemary: THIS ANSWERS SOME QUESTIONS, BUT CERTAINLY NOT ALL OF THEM AGAIN, AS WE SAID, THERE IS A QUESTION OF TIMELINESS AROUND THIS WE SAW SOMETHING YESTERDAY THAT WAS SUPPOSED TO BE DEBATED IN FOUR HOURS, ENDED UP HAPPENING 15 HOURS AFTER IT SPOKE TO

HERE IS THE PRIME MINISTER TO SPEAK TO ALL OF YOU >> Prime Minister Justin Trudeau: RIGHT NOW A LOT OF PEOPLE ARE SITTING AROUND THE KITCHEN TABLE WITH BILLS AND TRYING TO FIGURE OUT WHAT NEEDS TO BE PAID AND HOW TO PLAN IF YOU'VE BEEN LAID OFF, HAD YOUR HOURS REDUCED OR WORRIED ABOUT YOUR INDUSTRY, THESE MAY BE STRESSFUL FAR TOO MANY CANADIANS ARE HAVING THESE TOUGH CONVERSATIONS ABOUT FINANCES AND THEIR FUTURE LOOK AT THE NUMBERS

LAST WEEK, ALMOST A MILLION PEOPLE APPLIED FOR EMPLOYMENT INSURANCE THE HARD TRUTH IS THAT PEOPLE ARE OUT OF WORK BECAUSE OF THIS CRISIS AND WORRIED ABOUT WHAT COMES NEXT SO I WANT YOU TO KNOW THAT WE'LL BE THERE TO HELP YOU OUR GOVERNMENT IS DOING EVERYTHING WE CAN TO BE THERE FOR YOU [Speaking French] >> Translator: EARLIER THIS MORNING, THE HOUSE OF COMMONS PASSED AN EMERGENCY BILL TO HELP PEOPLE AS QUICKLY AS POSSIBLE

THE BILL IS NOW BEFORE THE SENATE I DO HOPE THAT IT'S PASSAGE WILL BE DONE QUICKLY SO WE CAN HELP CANADIANS AS SOON AS POSSIBLE WE WILL HAVE MORE DETAILS ABOUT THIS LATER THIS WEEK AND FURTHER MEASURES TO ANNOUNCE AND THIS IS ONLY THE BEGINNING BUT THIS NEW LEGISLATION WILL ALLOW US TO TAKE THE NECESSARY MEASURES TO SUPPORT YOU IMMEDIATELY

WE WILL BE ENHANCING THE CANADA CHILD BENEFIT AND DELAYING BY THREE MONTHS THE TIME TO REPAY STUDENT LOANS AND WITH THIS LEGISLATION, WE ARE INTRODUCING THE NEW CANADA EMERGENCY RESPONSE BENEFIT THIS BENEFIT WILL REPLACE THE TWO BENEFITS WE ANNOUNCED LAST WEEK THE EMERGENCY CARE BENEFIT AND THE EMERGENCY SUPPORT BENEFIT, IN ORDER TO SIMPLIFY THE PROCESS AS I'VE BEEN SAYING FROM THE OUTSET, AS THE SITUATION EVOLVES, WE'RE ADJUSTING OUR EFFORTS TO HELP YOU BETTER

THE CANADA EMERGENCY RESPONSE BENEFIT WILL PROVIDE $2,000 A MONTH FOR THE NEXT FOUR MONTHS TO WORKERS WHO ARE NOT GETTING A PAYCHEQUE BECAUSE OF COVID-19 SO, IF YOU'VE LOST YOUR JOB, OR — AND YOU WERE WORKING ON A CONTRACT BASIS OR WERE SELF-EMPLOYED, THIS BENEFIT WILL BE THERE FOR YOU IF YOU'RE SICK, OR IN QUARANTINE, OR IF YOU'RE LOOKING AFTER SOMEONE WHO IS INFECTED, THIS BENEFIT WILL BE THERE FOR YOU IF YOU HAVE TO REMAIN AT HOME WITHOUT RECEIVING A SALARY TO LOOK AFTER YOUR CHILDREN OR SENIORS, THIS BENEFIT WILL BE THERE FOR YOU AND EVEN IF YOU STILL HAVE A JOB BUT YOU'RE NOT RECEIVING ANY SALARY BECAUSE OF THE CRISIS, THE NEW CANADA EMERGENCY RESPONSE BENEFIT WILL BE THERE FOR YOU

THERE WILL BE AN ONLINE PORTAL TO PUT THROUGH APPLICATIONS IT WILL BE AVAILABLE VERY SOON AND PEOPLE WILL START TO RECEIVE MONEY WITHIN 10 DAYS OF APPLYING THE CANADA EMERGENCY RESPONSE BENEFIT WILL PROVIDE $2,000 A MONTH FOR THE NEXT FOUR MONTHS FOR WORKERS WHO LOSE THEIR INCOME AS A RESULT OF COVID-19 THIS WILL REPLACE THE TWO BENEFITS WE ANNOUNCED LAST WEEK, THE EMERGENCY CARE BENEFIT AND THE EMERGENCY SUPPORT BENEFIT, IN ORDER TO STREAMLINE THE PROCESS

LIKE I SAID FROM THE START, WE WILL ADAPT OUR APPROACH WHEREVER NEEDED IF YOU'VE LOST YOUR JOB BECAUSE OF COVID-19, WHETHER YOU'RE FULL-TIME, CONTRACT OR SELF-EMPLOYED, THIS NEW BENEFIT WILL BE THERE FOR YOU IF YOU'RE SICK OR QUARANTINED, LOOKING AFTER SOMEONE SICK OR AT HOME TAKING CARE OF YOUR KIDS, IT'S THERE FOR YOU EVEN IF YOU'RE STILL EMPLOYED BUT NOT RECEIVING INCOME BECAUSE OF THIS CRISIS, THE CERB IS THERE FOR YOU AN APPLICATION PORTAL WILL LAUNCH AS QUICKLY AS POSSIBLE AND PEOPLE SHOULD RECEIVE MONEY WITHIN 10 DAYS OF APPLYING

I KNOW PEOPLE ARE CONCERNED ABOUT DELAYS FAMILIES ARE WORRIED ABOUT WHEN THEY'LL GET HELP IT CAN BE HARD TO GET THROUGH ON THE LINE AND THAT IS FRUSTRATING PUBLIC SERVANTS ARE WORKING AROUND THE CLOCK WHILE DEALING WITH UNPRECEDENTED DEMAND AND ALL OF THE SAME PERSONAL STRESS EVERYONE ELSE IS FACING THEY WILL GET TO YOUR APPLICATION

HELP IS ON THE WAY IN ORDER TO SPEED THINGS UP, WE'RE RAPIDLY DEPLOYING WORKERS FROM DIFFERENT DEPARTMENTS TO DEAL WITH CLAIMS IN THE LAST 10 DAYS, WE'VE BOOSTED THE TEAM BY CLOSE TO 13,000 PEOPLE TO TAKE YOUR CALLS, PROCESS YOUR CLAIMS, AND GET YOU THE SUPPORT YOU NEED AND SINCE LAST MONDAY, WE'VE ALREADY PROCESSED 143,000 EMPLOYMENT INSURANCE CLAIMS THAT MEANS MORE MONEY WILL GO DIRECTLY TO PEOPLE RIGHT ACROSS THE COUNTRY

WE'RE WORKING TO GET YOU THE SUPPORT YOU NEED WHEN YOU NEED IT AND IF YOU'RE DOING OKAY, THERE IS A WAY YOU CAN HELP SOMEONE ELSE AS AN EMPLOYER, A LANDLORD OR EVEN JUST A FRIEND, SO YOU CAN BE PART OF THE SOLUTION IT CAN MAKE ALL THE DIFFERENCE BECAUSE IT'S BY WORKING TOGETHER THAT WE'LL GET THROUGH THIS AND OUR TEAM KNOWS THAT

WE'RE COLLABORATING WITH THE PROVINCES AND TERRITORIES AS WELL AS WITH FIRST NATIONS, INUIT AND METIS NATION COMMUNITIES TO COORDINATE OUR EFFORTS AND ENSURE THAT EVERYONE IS SUPPORTED EARLIER THIS WEEK WITH THE PREMIERS WE ALSO DISCUSSED TESTING FOR COVID-19 WE KNOW THAT HOW LONG YOU WAIT FOR YOUR RESULTS VARIES WIDELY THE PREMIERS AND I KNOW WE NEED TO ADDRESS THAT AND WE ARE THIS IS SOMETHING MINISTER HAJDU AND I DISCUSSED WITH OFFICIALS EVERY DAY AND WILL CONTINUE DOING WHAT IS NEEDED TO SPEED UP RESULTS FOR EVERYONE

BUT I ALSO WANT TO RECOGNIZE THE INCREDIBLE WORK MEDICAL PROFESSIONALS ARE DOING ON THIS FRONT ACCORDING TO DR TAM, WE'VE NOW TESTED ABOUT — NOW TESTING ABOUT 10,000 PEOPLE A DAY THAT IS A HUGE INCREASE IN NUMBERS IN A VERY SHORT PERIOD OF TIME AND IT'S BECAUSE PEOPLE ACROSS THE COUNTRY ARE WORKING TIRELESSLY TO MAKE IT HAPPEN

AT THE SAME TIME WE'RE HELPING COMPANIES, LABS AND SCIENTIFIC INSTITUTIONS PRODUCE AND SUPPLY WHAT WE NEED MOST, FROM MASKS AND VENTILATORS TO VACCINES AND ANTI-VIRAL DRUGS WE'RE COLLABORATING WITH AIRLINES TO GET CANADIANS HOME FROM ABROAD AND INSTRUCTING EVERYONE THEY MUST ISOLATE AT HOME FOR 14 DAYS WE'RE ALSO WORKING WITH OUR INTERNATIONAL PARTNERS ON THIS CRISIS THIS MORNING I HAD CALLS WITH THE PRESIDENT OF SENEGAL AND THE PRESIDENT I'VE ALSO SPOKEN TO PRIME MINISTER OF ETHIOPIA AND KENYA ABOUT INTERNATIONAL COORDINATION

TOMORROW, I'LL BE SPEAKING WITH OTHER G20 LEADERS TO DISCUSS FURTHER GLOBAL COORDINATION TO OUR RESPONSE [Speaking French] >> Translator: MORE THAN EVER, IT IS ESSENTIAL THAT CANADIANS HAVE ACCESS TO THE MOST RECENT INFORMATION BUT LIKE EVERYONE THE MEDIA ARE ALSO FEELING THE CONSEQUENCES TO ENSURE THAT JOURNALISTS CAN CONTINUE TO DO THEIR WORK, IT IS EVEN MORE CRITICAL IN THE MIDST OF A CRISIS AND THEREFORE, OUR GOVERNMENT IS ANNOUNCING MEASURES TO SUPPORT THEM

THE MINISTER WILL PROVIDE ADDITIONAL DETAILS LATER, BUT IN THE MEANTIME I WANT TO THANK ALL JOURNALISTS AND OUR CANADIAN MEDIA WHO ARE KEEPING CANADIANS WARE OF THE LATEST DEVELOPMENTS WITH FACTS AND RELIABLE INFORMATION WE VERY MUCH APPRECIATE YOUR WORK >> Prime Minister Justin Trudeau: RIGHT NOW IT'S MORE IMPORTANT THAN EVER THAT CANADIANS HAVE ACCESS TO THE LATEST NEWS AND INFORMATION TO ENSURE THAT JOURNALISTS CAN CONTINUE TO DO THIS VITAL WORK OUR GOVERNMENT IS ANNOUNCING NEW MEASURES TO SUPPORT THEM MINISTER GUILBAUT WILL HAVE MORE TO SAY ABOUT THIS SHORTLY, BUT I WANT TO TAKE A MOMENT TO THANK OUR JOURNALISTS AND MEDIA FOR EVERYTHING THEY DO, TODAY AND EVERY DAY

ABOVE ALL, THE MOST IMPORTANT WAY WE CAN WORK TOGETHER IS BY STAYING APART SOCIAL DISTANCING IS OUR BEST TOOL TO STOP PEOPLE FROM GETTING SICK I KNOW PEOPLE ARE SEEING DIFFERENT GRAPHS ABOUT HOW EFFECTIVE SOCIAL DISTANCING CAN BE AND NEW MAPS TRACKING THE SPREAD OF THIS VIRUS EVERY TIME YOU TURN ON THE TV OR GO ONLINE, YOU PROBABLY READ SOMETHING NEW I KNOW I DO

AND YOU'LL WANT TO KNOW WHAT IS COMING NEXT TODAY I'LL BE GETTING THE LATEST MODELLING FROM THE PUBLIC HEALTH AGENCY OF CANADA AND WE'LL DISCUSS HOW TO SHARE THIS INFORMATION EVEN MORE DIRECTLY WITH ALL OF YOU BUT YOU DESERVE THE BEST INFORMATION WE'VE GOT ABOUT WHAT IS HAPPENING TODAY AND WHAT TOMORROW MIGHT BRING, BECAUSE OTHERWISE, THE UNCERTAINTY CAN BE REALLY TOUGH NOT JUST FOR YOUR ROUTINE, BUT FOR YOUR MENTAL HEALTH, TOO WE'RE FACING A ONCE-IN-A-GENERATION CHALLENGE AND ON TOP OF THAT, YOU CAN'T DO MANY OF THE THINGS THAT KEEP YOU FEELING GOOD, GETTING TOGETHER WITH FRIENDS OR HAVING DINNER WITH YOUR NEIGHBOUR

IF YOU NEED HELP, REACH OUT TO YOUR NEIGHBOUR, TO A SIBLING, TO A FRIEND, A TO A HOT LINE, BUT DO IT FROM HOME DON'T GO OUT UNLESS YOU ABSOLUTELY HAVE TO IF YOU'RE ALREADY FOLLOWING THESE RULES, THANK YOU FOR DOING YOUR PART IF YOU AREN'T, KNOW THAT YOU'RE MAKING A DANGEROUS CHOICE BECAUSE IGNORING THESE RULES PUTS EVERY SINGLE ONE OF US, YOURSELF INCLUDED, AT RISK

[Speaking French] >> Translator: THIS IS THE REALITY IF PEOPLE REFUSE TO FOLLOW THE RECOMMENDATIONS OUR DOCTORS AND NURSES HAVE MORE LIKELIHOOD OF CONTRACTING COVID-19 AND IF OUR HEALTH CARE PROFESSIONALS GET SICK, THEY CANNOT GO TO WORK AND THEREFORE THEY CANNOT TAKE CARE OF YOU IF YOU GET SICK OUR COUNTRY IS FACING THE GREATEST HEALTH CARE CRISIS IN ITS HISTORY WE CANNOT ALLOW OURSELVES TO PUT PEOPLE AT RISK WHO TAKE CARE OF OUR HEALTH SO INSTEAD OF INVITING PEOPLE OVER FOR DINNER, DON'T DO IT

THAT PUTS EVERYONE AT RISK GROCERS, TECHNICIANS, BUS DRIVERS, FARMERS, PEOPLE WHO COLLECT OUR GARBAGE, ALL OF THOSE PEOPLE DESERVE BETTER WE MUST PROTECT THEM IT'S NOT HARD TO DO WHAT WE'RE ASKING TO YOU DO JUST STAY HOME

IF YOU ABSOLUTELY MUST GO OUT, KEEP A TWO-METRE DISTANCE BETWEEN YOU AND OTHERS IF YOU'RE COMING BACK FROM TRAVEL ABROAD, GO DIRECTLY HOME AND STAY THERE FOR AT LEAST 14 DAYS THAT APPLIES TO EVERYONE IN ORDER TO COME THROUGH THIS, WE MUST ALL LOOK AFTER EACH OTHER AND WE MUST ALL DO OUR SHARE I KNOW THAT WE CAN DO THIS AND I KNOW THAT CANADIANS ARE EQUAL TO THE TASK

THANK YOU >> RADIO-CANADA I'D LIKE MORE CLARITY WITH RESPECT TO DEADLINES, APRIL 6TH IS WHAT MR MORNEAU IS SAYING NOW IN TERMS OF DEPLOYING THIS NEW BENEFIT, WHAT EXACTLY WILL HAPPEN ON APRIL 6TH? WILL THERE BE AN ONLINE PLATFORM? AND UNDER THAT SCENARIO THAT MEANS SOME PEOPLE WOULD NOT RECEIVE ANY HELP UNTIL THE MIDDLE OF APRIL

WHAT ARE YOU GOING TO SAY TO PEOPLE WHO NEED THE HELP RIGHT AWAY? >> FIRST OF ALL, WE'RE WORKING HARD IN AN UNPRECEDENTED SITUATION WE UNDERSTAND THAT THERE IS GREAT PRESSURE TO GET THE HELP TO PEOPLE AS SOON AS POSSIBLE BUT WE ALSO KNOW THAT THERE ARE MANY, MANY PEOPLE WHO NEED TO BE HELPED IN A VERY SHORT TIME FRAME AND WE NEED TO DEVELOP THE SYSTEMS THAT CAN QUICKLY WORK FOR US AS LONG AS THEY'RE RELIABLE AND THAT IS WHAT THE GOVERNMENT IS WORKING ON RIGHT NOW AND WE DO HOPE TO BE ABLE TO PUT THAT SYSTEM IN PLACE BY APRIL THE 6TH WITH MONEY COMING IN THE FOLLOWING DAYS WE HOPE THAT IT WILL BE VERY QUICK AND WE HOPE TO BE ABLE TO GET PEOPLE APPLIED FOR IT WELL BEFORE THAT

AND THAT'S WHAT WE'RE WORKING ON RIGHT NOW IN TERMS OF PEOPLE WHO NEED HELP NOW, WE KNOW THAT SOME PEOPLE ARE FACING VERY STRESSFUL TIMES THEY'VE STOPPED WORKING, THEY'VE BEEN OUT OF WORK FOR TWO WEEKS, THEY'RE NOT GETTING PAYCHEQUES COMING IN, SO WE'LL DO EVERYTHING WE CAN TO HELP THEM WITH ACCESS TO CREDIT AND OTHER MEASURES AS NECESSARY, WE ARE HERE AND LISTENING TO YOU, BUT WILL HAVE TO WORK VERY HARD TO TOGETHER IN ORDER TO COME THROUGH THIS >> Prime Minister Justin Trudeau: WE RECOGNIZE THIS IS AN UNPRECEDENTED SITUATION WITH AN OVERWHELMING AMOUNT OF DEMAND BY CANADIANS TO GET MONEY AS QUICKLY AS POSSIBLE

WE NEED TO MAKE SURE WE'RE GETTING THAT MONEY OUT QUICKLY, BUT ALSO RELIABLY TO CANADIANS AND THAT MEANS DOING THINGS THAT GOVERNMENT HASN'T DONE BEFORE AND SCALING UP OUR PROCESSES EXTREMELY QUICKLY WE NEED TO DO THAT IN A WAY THAT IS GOING TO BE BOTH RELIABLE AND QUICK AND THAT'S WHY WE'RE PULLING TOGETHER PEOPLE FROM ACROSS GOVERNMENT TO GET THIS DONE WE ARE HOPEFUL THAT THE SYSTEM WILL BE UP AND RUNNING BY THE 6TH OF APRIL, AND THAT CHEQUES OR THE DIRECT DEPOSITS WILL BE FLOWING DAYS AFTER THAT WE RECOGNIZE THAT IS A WAYS OFF STILL AND THERE ARE PEOPLE WHO STOPPED WORKING A WEEK AND A HALF GO, TWO WEEKS AGO, THAT ARE NOW RECEIVING THEIR LAST PAYCHEQUE AND NOT KNOWING WHEN THE NEXT MONEY IS COMING IN

WE RECOGNIZE THAT WE'RE LOOKING FOR WAYS TO HELP PEOPLE BRIDGE THROUGH CREDIT OR OTHER MEASURES THEIR ABILITY TO MAKE IT TO THE ARRIVAL OF THE CANADA EMERGENCY RESPONSE BENEFIT, BUT WE'LL CONTINUE TO WORK DILIGENTLY AND RAPIDLY TO MAKE SURE WE'RE HELPING EVERY CANADIAN WE CAN >> PRIME MINISTER, WITH "THE GLOBE AND MAIL" 60 BUSINESS GROUPS ARE CALLING ON CANADA FOR A WAGE SUBSIDY THEY SAY IT WOULD BE MORE EFFICIENT THAN THE SLOW PROCESS YOU'RE ROLLING OUT RIGHT NOW

YOU'VE BEEN ASKED ABOUT THIS FOR SEVERAL DAYS THE QUESTION IS THINGS ARE STILL ON THE TABLE, BUT PEOPLE ARE LAYING OFF WORKERS NOW NOW YOU SEEM TO BE SAYING THAT STRUGGLING BUSINESSES COULD CHOOSE TO SIMPLY NOT PAY THEIR EMPLOYEES AND THE WORKERS COULD RECEIVE PAYMENT UNDER THE NEW BENEFIT IS THAT WHAT YOU'RE URGING STRUGGLING BUSINESSES TO DO AND WHY NOT GO WITH THE HIGHER WAGE SUBSIDIES? >> Prime Minister Justin Trudeau: WE'RE ABSOLUTELY LOOKING AT MORE DIRECT HELP FOR BUSINESSES WE RECOGNIZE IN AN IDEAL SITUATION BUSINESSES WOULDN'T HAVE TO LAY OFF PEOPLE AND PEOPLE WOULDN'T HAVE TO FEEL LIKE THEY'VE LOST THEIR JOB AND DON'T HAVE A JOB TO COME BACK TO AFTER THIS CRISIS

WE'RE WORKING WITH BUSINESS GROUPS WE'RE WORKING WITH SMALL BUSINESSES HEARING THEIR CONCERNS LOOKING VERY CAREFULLY AT THE MODELS PUT FORWARD IN OTHER PARTS OF THE WORLD LIKE DENMARK AND GERMANY AND OTHERS AND LOOKING AT HOW WE CAN MAKE THAT WORK OR MAKE EQUIVALENT THINGS WORK HERE IN CANADA WE WILL HAVE MORE TO SAY ON THAT IN THE COMING DAYS

[Speaking French] >> Translator: WE RECOGNIZE IN AN IDEAL SITUATION PEOPLE WOULD NOT BE LOSING THEIR JOBS BECAUSE OF THE SITUATION, BECAUSE OF THIS CRISIS, AND EMPLOYERS SHOULD NOT HAVE TO LAY PEOPLE OFF THIS IS SOMETHING WE ARE TRYING TO RESOLVE WITH THEM WE KNOW THAT THERE ARE SOME MODELS OUT THERE THAT ARE WORKING IN DENMARK AND GERMANY, AND WE WOULD LIKE TO HELP PEOPLE DIRECTLY THROUGH THIS CANADA EMERGENCY RESPONSE BENEFIT, BUT AT THE SAME TIME, WE WANT TO DO THINGS DIRECTLY FOR BUSINESSES AS WELL AND WE WILL HAVE MORE TO SAY ABOUT THAT IN THE COMING DAYS >> Reporter: HI, PRIME MINISTER

CTV I KNOW YOU JUST TALKED ABOUT DIRECT SUPPORT FOR BUSINESSES, BUT CAN YOU BE MORE SPECIFIC IN THE MEANTIME, YOU SAID IT WILL COME OUT LATER THIS WEEK THERE ARE BUSINESSES THAT HAVE LAID OFF PEOPLE, THERE ARE PEOPLE AT HOME WHO CANNOT AFFORD TO PAY THEIR RENT AND THE CHEQUES ARE DUE SOON WHAT SPECIFIC AID IS AVAILABLE FOR PEOPLE RIGHT NOW WHO ARE SITTING AT HOME WHO CANNOT AFFORD THEIR BILLS? >> Prime Minister Justin Trudeau: BUSINESSES, WE MOVED QUICKLY TO HELP THEM BRIDGE THROUGH THIS TIME, HELP THEM GET THE LIQUIDITY THEY NEED AT A TIME OF CRISIS AND SIGNIFICANT SLOWDOWN IN THE ECONOMY

FOR PEOPLE AT HOME, WE RECOGNIZE THAT LOOSENING UP RULES AROUND CREDIT IS ALSO A POSSIBILITY WE'VE TAKEN CERTAIN MEASURES ON THAT WE KNOW PEOPLE ARE ANXIOUS WE KNOW THAT THEIR FINAL PAYCHEQUES FROM TWO WEEKS AGO, LAST WEEK, ARE STARTING TO COME IN NOW AND THEY DON'T KNOW WHERE THE NEXT ONE IS COMING IN, OR WHEN THE NEXT ONE IS COMING THAT'S WHY THE CANADA EMERGENCY RESPONSE BENEFIT IS GOING TO FLOW AS A WAY OF GIVING THEM $2,000 EVERY MONTH FOR THE NEXT FOUR MONTHS SO THAT WE CAN GET THROUGH THIS TOGETHER

>> Reporter: [Speaking French] >> Translator: PRIME MINISTER, YOU ARE NOW IN YOUR 14TH DAY OF ISOLATION, DOES THAT MEAN YOU ARE FREE NOW STARTING TOMORROW? DOES YOUR WIFE STILL HAVE SYMPTOMS? >> Prime Minister Justin Trudeau: THANK YOU FOR THAT QUESTION SOPHIE FEELS MUCH, MUCH BETTER AND THE CHILDREN AND I STILL DO NOT HAVE ANY SYMPTOMS WE WILL CONTINUE TO FOLLOW ALL THE RECOMMENDATIONS OF OUR HEALTH CARE EXPERTS WHAT DOES THAT MEAN? WELL THAT MEANS THAT EVERY DAY WE FOLLOW THOSE RECOMMENDATIONS AND IF THE SITUATION CHANGES WE'LL LET YOU KNOW

>> Reporter: GOOD MORNING, GLOBAL NEWS WITH MORE THAN A MILLION CANADIANS RETURNING FROM OVERSEAS, ESPECIALLY IN HOT SPOTS LIKE EUROPE AND NEW YORK CITY, WHY ARE WE RELYING ON THE HONOUR SYSTEM AND NOT USING THE QUARANTINE ACT TO ISOLATE THEM GIVEN WE KNOW THAT SOME PEOPLE HAVE BOARDED FLIGHTS WITH SYMPTOMS JUST SO DESPERATE TO GET HOME? >> Prime Minister Justin Trudeau: IT IS EXTREMELY IMPORTANT THAT EVERYONE RETURNING TO CANADA ISOLATE THEMSELVES FOR 14 DAYS THIS IS A MEASURE THAT WILL BOTH KEEP THEM SAFE AND PREVENT FURTHER SPREAD OF CORONAVIRUS THROUGH CANADA THIS IS SOMETHING THAT WE REQUIRE OF EVERY SINGLE CANADIAN COMING TO THIS COUNTRY WE'LL CONTINUE TO TELL PEOPLE THAT

WE'LL CONTINUE TO HIGHLIGHT THAT WE'LL CONTINUE TO REQUIRE THAT OF ANYONE COMING INTO CANADA THAT THEY ISOLATE AT HOME FOR 14 DAYS IN ORDER TO PROTECT EVERYONE IN THE COUNTRY >> Reporter: HOW CAN YOU REQUIRE IT IF IT'S NOT MANDATORY? >> IT IS REQUIRED FOR PEOPLE TO STAY AT HOME FOR 14 DAYS >> Reporter: BUT IT'S NOT MANDATORY OLIVIA STEFANOVICH CBC NEWS, WE'VE LEARNED THAT SICK TRAVELERS ARE MASKING SYMPTOMS TO GET THROUGH AIRPORT SCREENING

WHY DOES CANADA NOT TEST TEMPERATURES, SCREEN AIR PASSENGERS FOR FEVER, OR USE THERMAL SCREENING AT AIRPORTS? SHOULD THERE BE THERMAL SCREENING AND CONSEQUENCES FOR THOSE WHO MASK THEIR SYMPTOMS? >> Prime Minister Justin Trudeau: WE RECOGNIZE THAT THERE ARE MANY CONCERNS ABOUT PASSENGERS RETURNING TO CANADA, WHICH IS WHY WE'RE ASKING PEOPLE TO IMMEDIATELY ISOLATE AS SOON AS THEY GET HOME IT IS A REQUIREMENT WE ALSO KNOW THAT THERE ARE DIFFERENT COUNTRIES USING VARIOUS TECHNOLOGIES AND WE'LL CONTINUE TO LACK AT WHAT IS THE — LOOK AT WHAT IS THE BEST WAY TO KEEP CANADIANS SAFE THERE ARE A LOT OF DISCUSSION AROUND THERMAL SCREENING AND TAKING TEMPERATURES AND SPOT COLLECTION ONE OF THE LESSONS LEARNED FROM SARS IS THAT IT IS SIMPLY NOT AS EFFECTIVE AS — NOT EFFECTIVE THE WAY PEOPLE WOULD LIKE IT TO BE AND CAN GIVE A FALSE SENSE OF ASSURANCE

THIS IS WHAT THE BEST MEDICAL ADVICE AND BEST SCIENCE ADVICE WE'RE GETTING IS, BUT WE'RE ALWAYS OPEN TO HEARING STRONGER OR DIFFERENT SCIENCE THAT SAYS — OR DIFFERENT RECOMMENDATIONS THAT IT, BUT WE'LL MAKE SURE HOW WE CHOOSE TO DEPLOY OUR RESOURCES ARE THE RIGHT WAY TO HELP ACTUALLY HELP CANADIANS >> Reporter: SHOULD THERE BE TESTING AND SHOULD THE PASSENGERS RETURNING TO CANADA, SHOULD THERE BE CONSEQUENCES FOR THOSE WHO MASK THEIR SYMPTOMS? AND SHOULD THEY BE FORCED TO SIGN A DOCUMENT TO MAKE SURE THEY SELF-ISOLATE? >> Prime Minister Justin Trudeau: WE KNOW THEY NEED TO ISOLATE WHEN THEY LAND IN CANADA THEY AGREE TO AN ATTESTATION ON THE PROCESSING WHEN THEY ARRIVE THAT THEY WILL SELF-ISOLATE FOR 14 DAYS THAT IS AN IMPORTANT THING AND CANADIANS WITH SYMPTOMS WILL NOT BE ALLOWED TO BOARD FLIGHTS COMING HOME

THAT IS A DIFFICULT MEASURE I KNOW FOR MANY PEOPLE, MANY FAMILIES, BUT WE NEED TO MAKE SURE WE'RE DOING EVERYTHING WE CAN TO KEEP CANADIANS SAFE >> Reporter: BUT SOME PASSENGERS ARE MASKING THEIR SWITCHES, WHAT ARE THE — SYMPTOMS, WHAT THE CONSEQUENCES? >> Prime Minister Justin Trudeau: WE'LL CONTINUE TO DO WHAT IS NECESSARY AND EXPLAINING TO PEOPLE IN ORDER TO KEEP THEMSELVES SAFE AND KEEP CANADIANS SAFE >> Reporter: [Speaking French] IF YOU HAVE A QUESTION PRESS STAR 1 >> THE FIRST QUESTION IS FROM RADIO-CANADA INTERNATIONAL PLEASE GO AHEAD

>> Reporter: PRIME MINISTER, CANADA, WHEN YOU CAME TO POWER, YOU ANNOUNCED THAT CANADA IS BACK, THE UNITED NATIONS IS ASKING FOR $2 BILLION IN EMERGENCY FUNDING FOR COVID-19 IS YOUR GOVERNMENT PREPARED TO GOING THIS — [INAUDIBLE] — AND SETTING ASIDE — TO COUNTRIES THAT ARE VERY HARD HIT AND NOT BY THIS EQUIPMENT ON THE MARKETS? >> Prime Minister Justin Trudeau: IN OUR BILLION DOLLAR COVID-19 RESPONSE ANNOUNCED LAST WEEK, WE HAD ALREADY SET ASIDE MONEY FOR INTERNATIONAL EFFORTS WE, OF COURSE, WILL WORK WITH THE UN, CONTINUE TO WORK WITH INTERNATIONAL PARTNERS ON FINANCIAL SUPPORT TO ENSURE THAT WE CAN RESPOND TO THIS GLOBAL PANDEMIC WITH GLOBAL RESOURCES

CANADA WILL BE THERE TO PARTICIPATE AND I CAN ALSO HIGHLIGHT ON YOUR SECOND QUESTION THAT WE ARE RAMPING UP PRODUCTION OF NECESSARY EQUIPMENT OF EMERGENCY MEDICAL EQUIPMENT, OF MEDICATIONS WE KNOW THAT THERE IS A POTENTIAL NEED FOR MUCH MORE IN CANADA, BUT THERE IS CERTAINLY A NEED FOR MUCH MORE AROUND THE WORLD AND CANADA WILL BE PART THE SOLUTION, NOT JUST TO MAKE SURE CANADA HAS ALL THE SUPPLIES NEEDED FOR OUR CITIZENS, BUT WE WILL HAVE HOPEFULLY EQUIPMENT AND SUPPLIES TO SHARE WITH THE VULNERABLE PARTS OF THE WORLD THAT WILL DESPERATELY NEED HELP >> Reporter: THANK YOU [Speaking French] >> Translator: GOOD MORNING, MR

TRUDEAU IT WAS MENTIONED YESTERDAY THAT THERE WOULD BE ADDITIONAL MEDICAL EQUIPMENT TO HELP PEOPLE WHO ARE INFECTED WITH COVID-19, BUT ON THE GROUND THERE ARE NURSES WHO ARE AFRAID THEY WON'T HAVE THAT PROPER MEDICAL EQUIPMENT ARE YOU ABLE TO GUARANTEE THE PROVINCES THAT MEDICAL EQUIPMENT WILL BE PROVIDED TO THEM SO THEY CAN CARE FOR PATIENTS? >> Prime Minister Justin Trudeau: THANK YOU FOR THAT QUESTION THIS IS SOMETHING THAT WE HAD A LENGTHY DISCUSSION ABOUT DURING MY CALL WITH THE PREMIERS WE KNOW THAT THERE ARE DIFFERENT NEEDS AT DIFFERENT TIMES DEPENDING ON THE REGION OF THE COUNTRY AND WE WILL DO EVERYTHING NECESSARY TO ENSURE THAT EVERY AREA, EVERY REGION, HAS WHAT IT NEEDS TO RESPOND TO THE NEEDS OF INFECTED INDIVIDUALS

WE WANT THAT EQUIPMENT TO BE SHARED ACROSS THE COUNTRY BUT WE WILL HAVE TO CONTINUE TO DEPLOY OUR EFFORTS TO INCREASE THE AMOUNT OF EQUIPMENT THAT IS AVAILABLE AND THE ESSENTIAL EQUIPMENT THAT PEOPLE ARE LOOKING FOR AND THAT'S EXACTLY WHAT WE'RE DOING, BUT THERE HAS TO BE MORE COORDINATION BETWEEN THE PROVINCES AND THE FEDERAL GOVERNMENT AND THAT WILL ENSURE THAT WE CAN MEET PEOPLES' NEEDS WHEREVER THEY ARE IN CANADA >> Reporter: THANK YOU JUSTIN LING, FROM FREELANCE GO AHEAD

>> Reporter: PRIME MINISTER, LAST WEEK I ASKED YOU ABOUT THE POSSIBILITY OF REDUCING THE PRISON POPULATION TO HELP COMBAT A POTENTIAL SPREAD OF COVID-19 SINCE THEN I'VE HEARD FROM PRISONERS, INMATES AND GUARDS WHO SAID THAT PRISONS ARE NOT READY, THAT THEY'RE RELEASE IS NOT CONTEMPLATED, THERE IS NOT ENOUGH SOAP, THE SANITARY CONDITIONS ARE WORSE AND GUARDS ARE ALLOWED INTO THE PRISON EVEN AFTER RETURNING FROM ABROAD WHAT ARE YOU GOING TO DO CONTINUE REDUCING THE RISK TO THE FEDERAL INSTITUTIONS AND IS RELEASING INMATES ON THE TABLE? >> Prime Minister Justin Trudeau: WE RECOGNIZE THAT THE INCARCERATED POPULATION IS AT GREATER RISK CONTRACTING AND SPREADING COVID-19 THAT'S WHY WE'RE WORKING CLOSELY WITH CORRECTIONS CANADA TO ENSURE WE'RE LOOKING AT A BROAD RANGE OF MEASURES TO KEEP BOTH THOSE WHO WORK IN OUR CORRECTIONAL FACILITIES, BUT ALSO THOSE WHO ARE RESIDENTS THERE, TO MAKE SURE WE'RE DOING THINGS THAT WILL KEEP THEM SAFE I HAVE SAID MULTIPLE TIMES WE'RE NOT TAKING ANYTHING OFF THE TABLE IN TERMS OF OPTIONS IN ORDER TO KEEP CANADIANS SAFE

AND WE WILL CONTINUE OUR DISCUSSIONS WITH CORRECTIONS CANADA TO LOOK AT OPTIONS AND TO LOOK AT WAYS THAT WE'RE GOING TO KEEP PEOPLE SAFE RIGHT ACROSS THE COUNTRY WHEREVER THEY BE >> Rosemary: THAT IS THE PRIME MINISTER OF CANADA WRAPPING UP HIS DAILY BRIEFING EXPECTED TO RECEIVE ROYAL ASSENT BY THE END OF THE DAY IS THIS NEW COMBINED MEASURE THAT WAS ANNOUNCED LAST WEEK UNDER A NEW NAME, CALLED THE CANADA EMERGENCY RESPONSE BENEFIT, WHICH MEANS THAT MANY, MANY, MANY CANADIANS WHO ARE CURRENTLY UNEMPLOYED OR ABOUT TO BE UNEMPLOYED OR JUST DON'T HAVE ENOUGH MONEY TO MAKE ENDS MEET FOR ALL SORTS OF REASONS RELATED TO THE PANDEMIC WILL NOW HAVE ACCESS TO THIS LET ME BRING IN MY COLLEAGUES VASSY, AS YOU HAD RIGHTLY INFORMED US BEFORE THE PRIME MINISTER SPOKE, IT IS GOING TO BE $2,000 A MONTH

WHAT ELSE DID YOU TAKE FROM THAT? >> Vassy: A COUPLE OF THINGS I WOULD FLAG OF COURSE ON WHAT SO MANY CANADIANS ARE WATCHING FOR, THAT IS THE TIMING OF THE AID THAT IS SUPPOSED TO FLOW AT FIRST, THE PRIME MINISTER SAID ESPECIALLY WHERE THE NEW PROGRAMME IS CONCERNED THAT THE APPLICATION PORTAL, THE PAGE THAT YOU GO TO APPLY FOR THIS, WOULD BE OPEN AS QUICKLY AS POSSIBLE CORRECT ME IF I'M WRONG, BUT I THOUGHT I HEARD HIM SAYING IT WOULD BE APRIL 6TH AND 10 DAYS AFTER THAT YOU WOULD RECEIVE THE PAYMENTS I THINK THAT'S SOMETHING WE HAVE TO CLOSELY WATCH

WE WAS CAREFUL IN HIS WORDING NOT TO GUARANTEE THAT THE PORTAL WILL BE UP APRIL 6TH AND THERE IS CONCERN GETTING THE APPLICATION PROCESS FOR PEOPLE WATCHING, THAT IS SOMETHING TO KEEP AN EYE ON THE SOONER THE APPLICATION PROCESS GETS GOING, THE BETTER FOR THEM, BUT THERE NO GUARANTEES AT THIS POINT AND YOU AND CATHERINE HAD TALKED ABOUT THIS

IT'S HARD TO OVERSTATE HOW SIGNIFICANT THIS IS FOR BUSINESSES RIGHT NOW WE HAVE HEARD FROM SO MANY ORGANIZATIONS THAT REPRESENT IN PARTICULAR SMALL BUSINESSES THE CFIB SAID IN THE SURVEY OVER THE WEEKEND, ONE-THIRD OF THE BUSINESSES SAID THEY WOULD NOT SURVIVE THE MONTH THEY'RE ASKING FOR COMPARABLE SUBSIDIES WHAT WE SEE IN JURISDICTIONS IN EUROPE 70 TO 80%

THE PRIME MINISTER GAVE MORE DETAILS THAN HE HAS IN THE PAST ON THIS, INSOFAR AS HE SAID IT'S SOMETHING THEY'RE CONSIDERING HOWEVER, AGAIN, NO TIME LINE ATTACHED HE SAID THAT MORE TO COME IN THE COMING DAYS THE REASON THAT I FOCUS ON THE TIMING ISSUE IS BECAUSE OF THAT ONE-MONTH WINDOW THAT SO MANY BUSINESSES ARE LOOKING AT LOOK, IF YOU KNOW ANYONE WHO RUNS A SMALL BUSINESS, YOU KNOW THAT MEETING PAYROLL IS HARD IN THE BEST OF TIMES

WHEN YOU HAVE ZERO REVENUE IT BECOMES NEARLY IMPOSSIBLE SUBSIDIZING 10% OF WAGES UP TO $25,000 PER EMPLOYER, THE CONSENSUS AMONG THE ORGANIZATIONS THAT REPRESENT THOSE BUSINESS, IS THAT IS NOT ENOUGH THE THIRD THING, QUICKLY, BEFORE YOU HEAD TO CATHERINE, THE QUESTION AROUND USING THE QUARANTINE ACT THIS IS SOMETHING WE'VE HEARD A LOT AS WELL, THAT PEOPLE ARE — NOT EVEN ANECDOTALLY, YOU SEE STATES OF EMERGENCY BECAUSE PEOPLE ARE NOT COMPLYING WITH THAT RECOMMENDATION WHICH IS — ORDER DEPENDING WHERE YOU LIVE, WHEN YOU COME BACK FROM WHERE YOU'RE YOU'VE BEEN TRAVELLING, YOU HAVE TO SELF-ISOLATE THE PRIME MINISTER WAS ASKED WHY USE THE HONOUR SYSTEM, WHY NOT INVOKE THE QUARANTINE ACT WHICH MY UNDERSTANDING WOULD HAVE A PUNISHMENT OR PENALTY

HE REALLY AVOIDED ADDRESSING WHY HE WASN'T GOING TO USE IT OR WHETHER HE WOULD IN THE FUTURE AND RE-EMPHASIZED THE MESSAGE WE'VE HEARD OVER AND OVER AGAIN, THIS IS WHAT IS EXPECTED OF YOU BUT I DO THINK HE HAS FRAMED THIS, YOU'VE GOT TO LISTEN TO WHAT I'M SAYING, THIS IS MY FINAL WARNING WILL THERE BE A CONSEQUENCE? IT'S UNCLEAR I THOUGHT THOSE WERE THE BIG THINGS TO TAKE AWAY >> Rosemary: I WOULD POINT OUT WHEN YOU COME INTO THE COUNTRY, ALTHOUGH THIS APPLIES IN PROVINCES, WHEN YOU COME INTO THE COUNTRY, YOU DO HAVE A HIT ATTESTATION ON THE CUSTOMS MACHINE THAT YOU GO THROUGH, SAYING THAT YOU WILL SELF-ISOLATE

I WOULD IMAGINE YOU COULD GO BACK AND TRACK PEOPLE AND ENFORCE IT IF WE GOT TO THAT POINT, BUT IT DOES SEEM — DAVE SEGLINS HAS BEEN REPORTED AROUND PEOPLE WHO ARE NOT BEING TRUTHFUL ABOUT THEIR SYMPTOMS AND WHERE THEY'RE COMING FROM, ALTHOUGH AS THE PRIME MINISTER ALSO SAID, WHEN THEY DID A VAST POSTMORTEM ON THE SARS, THE TEMPERATURE TESTING ISSUE REALLY DIDN'T WORK AS THE PRIME MINISTER POINTS OUT SO THERE HAS TO BE SOMETHING THAT DIFFERENT THAN SOMEONE JUST TAKING THEIR WORD CATHERINE, I'LL GET YOU TO WEIGH IN AN ANGUS REID POLL IN THE LAST WEEK SHOWS A THIRD OF CANADIANS ARE VERY WORRIED ABOUT NOT BEING ABLE TO PAY FOR THEIR RENT AND DON'T HAVE MUCH MONEY COMING IN

THE URGENCY THAT WE'RE TALKING ABOUT HERE IS A REAL THING FOR MANY PEOPLE >> Reporter: AND THERE WAS ONE MOMENT WHERE HE SAID SOMETHING INTERESTING, I DON'T THINK WE'VE HEARD FROM THE PRIME MINISTER, HE SAID WE'RE LOOKING AT WAYS TO HELP PEOPLE BRIDGE THROUGH CREDIT HE DIDN'T OFFER ANY EXPLANATION OF WHAT IT IS HE'S TALKING ABOUT, WHAT THAT MIGHT LOOK LIKE I DON'T KNOW THAT IS EXACTLY THE KIND OF HELP THAT MOST CANADIANS ARE THINKING OF THEY WANT TO BE ELIGIBLE FOR THESE PROGRAMMES

BUT WE GOT CERTAINLY A HINT THERE FROM THE PRIME MINISTER AS ONE OF THE OPTIONS THEY'RE LOOKING AT, AT LEAST TO HELP PEOPLE GET THROUGH UNTIL THE AID HE IS TALKING ABOUT IS DELIVERED POSSIBLY BEYOND THAT REALLY, WE DON'T KNOW BUT ONE OF MANY QUESTIONS WE'RE LOOKING AT ANOTHER THING I WOULD RAISE, YOU WERE TALKING ABOUT THE SCREENING OF PEOPLE COMING BACK TO CANADA AND I THINK TO SOME EXTENT THERE ARE TWO ISSUES MIXED TOGETHER THE REPORTING THAT DAVE SEGLINS DID, THE QUESTIONS THAT THE PRIME MINISTER WAS ASKED, A LOT HAD TO DO WITH PEOPLE GETTING ON AIRPLANES IN THE FIRST PLACE

OBVIOUSLY, A LOT OF PEOPLE ARE AFRAID AND THEY KNOW IN SOME CASES THE WINDOW TO GET HOME IS CLOSING A LOT OF WHAT THE PRIME MINISTER HAD TO SAY WAS ABOUT SELF-ISOLATING WHEN YOU GET BACK, BUT THE GOVERNMENT HAS SAID THEY'VE ENLISTED THE HELP OF CANADA BORDER SERVICES, THE AIRLINES, THEY'RE TRYING TO CHECK PEOPLE BEFORE THEY COME ON THE PLANES THEMSELVES AND THEN THERE IS THE QUESTION OF WHAT PEOPLE DO WHEN THEY RETURN TO CANADA THAT WAS A POIGNANT MOMENT WHEN HE WAS PRESSED BY A REPORTER AND SAID WHY NOT MAKE IT MANDATORY HE SAID IT'S REQUIRED, BUT OF COURSE, THEY'RE TRYING TO ENCOURAGE PEOPLE TO DO THIS, BUT THERE IS NOT A MEASURE THAT REQUIRES THEM TO DO IT >> Rosemary: THERE COULD BE MEASURES

SO IT'S SORT OF PEOPLE SAYING, AS VASSY SAID, YOU EITHER DO IT OR WE'RE GOING TO MAKE YOU DO IT I'M GOING TO LEAVE YOU FOR A MOMENT, BECAUSE SPEAKING OF PEOPLE WHO WANTED INFORMATION ABOUT EMPLOYMENT INSURANCE, ABOUT ADDITIONAL BENEFITS, LET'S GO TO REBECCA ZURK NOW SHE IS SELF-EMPLOYED WORKS IN A SALON SHE'S CONCERNED WHETHER SHE'LL BE QUALIFIED FOR THIS

HOW ARE YOU DOING? >> I'M DOING WELL, THANKS FOR HAVING ME >> Rosemary: I DON'T KNOW IF YOU WERE ABLE TO HEAR THE PRIME MINISTER AND WHETHER ANY OF THAT OR ANYTHING WE'VE SAID HAS CLARIFIED FOR YOU WHETHER YOU'LL BE ABLE TO GET HELP >> YES SO ACTUALLY THAT HAS PROVIDED A GOOD AMOUNT OF CLARITY I WAS QUITE CONCERN BECAUSE WHAT I HEARD PREVIOUSLY WAS FOR SMALL BUSINESS OWNERS WAGE SUBSIDIES

BEING SELF-EMPLOYED AND WORKING IN A SALON I'M SOLE PROPRIETOR, OWNER-OPERATOR, THE ONLY PERSON SO I DON'T PAY A WAGE TO ANYBODY BUT MYSELF SO 10% OF MY WAGE TURNS OUT TO BE VERY LITTLE IT REALLY IS NOT ENOUGH TO KEEP MY BUSINESS OPEN AFTER THE QUARANTINE AND THE PANDEMIC ENDS OR EVEN SUBSIDIZE PART OF MY LIVING EXPENSES SO I'M REALLY GLAD TO HEAR IT'S MORE AVAILABLE TO SELF-EMPLOYED CANADIANS IN THAT WAY

>> Rosemary: IT SURE IS YEAH, YOU WILL QUALIFY AND THE PRIME MINISTER ANNOUNCES THAT YOU WILL GET $2,000 A MONTH I WOULD IMAGINE THAT IS NOT GOING TO BE ENOUGH, BUT YOU TELL ME HOW THAT WILL HELP YOU OR NOT? >> SO, IT WILL HELP KEEP ME IN MY HOUSEHOLD, GETTING BY IN THE MEANTIME IT'S NOT A LONG-TERM SOLUTION TRULY FOR ME MY CONCERN IS ACTUALLY KEEPING MY BUSINESS OPEN TO HAVE A BUSINESS TO COME BACK TO AT THE END OF IT

WHAT THAT WILL DO IS KEEP A ROOF OVER MY HEAD AND GROCERIES IN MY FRIDGE, BUT REALLY THE CONCERN IS THE LONG-TERM, TRULY IT'S HAVING SOMETHING TO COME BACK TO AND COVERING THE EXPENSES I HAVE >> Rosemary: I UNDERSTAND YOUR HUSBAND, TOO, HE ALSO HAS BEEN AFFECTED BY THE PANDEMIC AND THE ECONOMIC CONSEQUENCES WHAT CAN YOU TELL ME ABOUT HIM? >> SO HE ACTUALLY RECEIVED A LAYOFF PRIOR TO THE QUARANTINE DUE TO ECONOMIC DOWNTURN SO HE'D BEEN ON EI — I WANT TO SAY HE APPLIED A WEEK BEFORE A LOT OF THE SHUTDOWNS WERE IN EFFECT

SO HE'S BEEN STRUGGLING WITH THE EI SYSTEM, BECAUSE ONE IT'S OVERLOADED WITH PLENTY OF PEOPLE, AND BY THE PEOPLE STARTING THE QUARANTINE SO REALLY AND TRULY IS INTERACTION WITH EMPLOYMENT INSURANCE AT THAT TIME WAS SCARY IT TOOK A LONG TIME TO GET A LOT OF ANSWERS WE STILL HAVEN'T RECEIVED MUCH INFORMATION FROM AND ABOUT HIS CLAIM WE'RE WAITING HOURS ON THE PHONE TO TALK TO ANYBODY BECAUSE, YOU KNOW, I'M SURE YOU CAN IMAGINE PEOPLE FLOODING THE LINES AT THIS POINT REALLY

>> Rosemary: AND DOES THAT WORRY YOU? THE PRIME MINISTER SEEMS TO SAY THAT THIS NEW PORTAL, THIS NEW BENEFIT, YOU'LL BE ABLE TO GO IN THE BEGINNING OF APRIL TO SIGN UP, YOU SHOULD GET IT 10 DAYS LATER THAT'S ASKING A LOT, BUT HE SEEMS TO THINK THAT IS THE TIME LINE IS THAT FAST ENOUGH? ARE YOU WORRIED IT WON'T BE IN YOUR HANDS? >> I'M VERY CONCERNED ABOUT IT NOT BEING IN MY HANDS FAST ENOUGH I'VE ALREADY BEEN OUT OF WORK FOR ALMOST THREE WEEKS I'M IMMUNO COMPROMISED AT THIS POINT

AND ALSO WITH MY HUSBAND BEING ON EI AS WELL, BEING ON A LAYOFF, I'M REALLY CONCERNED WE'RE GOING TO BE WAITING FIVE, SIX, SEVEN WEEKS BEFORE WE RECEIVE ANY KIND OF SUPPORT BECAUSE I CAN IMAGINE THAT RECEIVING PAYMENT 10 DAYS AFTER APPLICATION IS QUITE OPTIMISTIC WITH THE AMOUNT OF PEOPLE THAT WILL BE APPLYING >> Rosemary: IF YOU COULD SAY SOMETHING TO THE PRIME MINISTER OR THE FINANCE MINISTER ABOUT YOUR SITUATION, WHAT OTHER CANADIANS LIKE YOU NEED URGENT, WHAT WOULD YOU TELL THEM? >> OTHER CANADIANS LIKE ME, WE NEED IMMEDIATE SUPPORT FOR ENTREPRENEURS, TRULY, TO KEEP THEIR BUSINESSES, KEEP THEIR JOBS, KEEP THEM IN THE ECONOMY DURING THIS AND ALSO IMMEDIATELY SOME SORT OF IMMEDIATE RELIEF THAT REQUIRES NO KIND OF APPLICATION PROGRAMME LIKE A UNIVERSAL BENEFIT SO THAT WE CAN SUBSIDE AND NOT BE IN THIS CONSTANT PANIC WAITING FOR THIS RELIEF TO BE RELEASED AFTER EVERYBODY ELSE HAS APPLIED

THERE NEEDS TO BE SOME KIND OF UNIVERSAL — SOME KIND OF UNIVERSAL PROGRAMME THAT AS A CANADIAN CITIZEN YOU RECEIVE THIS AMOUNT JUST FOR BEING A CANADIAN CITIZEN >> Rosemary: HOW IS YOUR HEALTH? YOU SAID YOU WERE IMMUNO COMPRISED? >> I'M FEELING WELL, HEALTHY I'M NEARLY 20 WEEKS PREGNANT, SO I'M KEEPING FAR AWAY FROM EVERYONE NOW >> Rosemary: THAT'S A GOOD DECISION AND CONGRATULATIONS I HOPE YOU GOT BETTER INFORMATION THERE

I HOPE YOU GET WHAT YOU NEED THERE FROM THE GOVERNMENT AND WE APPRECIATE HEARING FROM YOU THERE IS A LOT OF PEOPLE OUT THERE LIKE YOU RIGHT NOW SO GOOD THOUGHTS TO YOU AND YOUR HUSBAND THANKS, REBECCA LET ME GO BACK TO MY COLLEAGUES, VASSY KAPELOS AND CATHERINE CULLEN AS WE WAIT FOR THE PRESS CONFERENCE, THE DAILY PRESS CONFERENCE FROM THE COVID-19 CABINET COMMITTEE

I SHOULD TELL YOU THAT THE SENATE, I BELIEVE, IS CLOSE TO VOTING NOW ON THIS LEGISLATION AFTER WHICH, OF COURSE, IT WILL RECEIVE ROYAL ASSENT IT IS GOOD TO PUT FACES — I ONLY HAVE TWO MINUTES — BUT IT'S GOOD TO BE PUT FACES TO THE STORIES A LOT OF PEOPLE HAVE BEEN REACHING OUT, WHICH IS ONE THING, BUT TO TALK TO PEOPLE HOW THEY'RE AFFECTED AND THE VERY THINGS WE THINK PEOPLE NEED TO THINK ABOUT AND THAT FOR REBECCA WAS THE TIME LINE HERE >> Vassy: THE TIME LINE IS GOING TO BE SO SIGNIFICANT AND I THINK ALSO THERE ARE JUDGING BY THE SOCIAL MEDIA, A LOT OF QUESTIONS COMING FROM CANADIANS STILL ABOUT, I'M A STUDENT, I DON'T HAVE ANY OPPORTUNITY FOR WORK, DO I QUALIFY? THE QUALIFICATION QUESTIONS ARE STILL SIGNIFICANT

I WOULD URGE THEM TO CONTINUE WATCHING AS VARIOUS MINISTERS START SPEAKING PUBLICLY AND THOSE QUESTIONS WILL BE POSED TO THEM >> Reporter: THE GOVERNMENT SAID AGAIN TODAY, THE PRIME MINISTER SAID, THIS IS ONLY THE BEGINNING SO THE QUESTION IS, WHAT IS GOING TO COME NEXT? NOT ONLY TO HELP PEOPLE LIKE REBECCA, BUT OTHER PEOPLE WHO AREN'T CAUGHT UP BY THE PROGRAMME BUT ARE CAUGHT BY THE OUTBREAK >> Rosemary: OKAY VASSY AND CATHERINE, THANK YOU FOR YOUR HELP

WE'LL BE BACK TO YOU SO THE BIG NEWS TODAY, AS THIS LEGISLATION WINDS ITS WAY THROUGH THE SENATE MAKING ITS WAY INTO LAW BY PASSAGE OF ROYAL ASSENT THIS AFTERNOON $82 BILLION FINANCIAL AID PACKAGE, BUT MOST IMPORTANTLY, THIS NEW CANADA EMERGENCY RESPONSE BENEFIT WHICH WILL GIVE MANY, MANY CANADIANS ACCESS TO $2,000 A MONTH FOR 16-WEEK PERIOD YOU CAN LOOK FOR MORE INFORMATION ON THE GOVERNMENT WEBSITE WHEN IT BECOMES AVAILABLE, WHICH IS ONE OF THE BIG QUESTIONS HOW QUICKLY CAN THIS MONEY ROLL OUT? SO MANY PEOPLE WAITING TO PAY

I'M ROSEMARY BARTON THIS IS OUR SPECIAL COVERAGE OF THE PANDEMIC YOU CAN CONTINUE WATCHING ON CBC NEWS NETWORK AND CBCCA STREAMING AROUND THE WORLD I'M ROSEMARY BARTON

THANK YOU [ ♪♪♪ ] >> WELCOME BACK TO OUR SPECIAL COVERAGE OF THE COVID-19 PANDEMIC AS WE WAIT FOR OUR DAILY BRIEFING FROM CABINET MINISTERS AND PUBLIC HEALTH OFFICIALS ABOUT ANNOUNCEMENTS THE PRIME MINISTER MADE EARLIER TODAY AND THE STATE OF THE PANDEMIC IN THIS COUNTRY I'LL BRING IN VASSY KAPELOS AND CATHERINE CULLEN RIGHT NOW JUST TO GIVE US A SENSE OF WHAT WE MIGHT HEAR HERE I WANT TO, IF I CAN, GET TO A COUPLE OF PEOPLE ON THE LINE WHO ARE STUCK IN PERU BECAUSE THIS IS, OF COURSE, THE OTHER PART OF THE STORY, SO MANY CANADIANS TRYING TO GET HOME DESPERATELY VASSY, WHAT WILL YOU BE WANTING TO HEAR MORE ABOUT? >> Vassy: A COUPLE OF THINGS

FIRST, WHAT YOU JUST BROUGHT UP I'M INTERESTED TO SEE IF THERE ARE UPDATES ON THE SPECIFICS OF THE FLIGHTS THAT WE KNOW ARE SUPPOSED TO BE COMING FROM PLACES LIKE PERU I'M KEEN TO SEE IF THERE IS A MORE SPECIFIC TIMETABLE I KNOW CANADIANS WATCHING AROUND THE WORLD ARE KEEN TO IF FIND THOSE ANSWERS AS WELL THE SECOND THING IS ON WHAT WE'VE BEEN SPEAKING ABOUT AND THAT IS THE GOVERNMENT'S ANNOUNCEMENT THEY'VE COMBINED THE BENEFITS INTO ONE STREAM

A STATISTIC THAT PRIME MINISTER PUT OUT THERE JUST MINUTES AGO I THINK IS WORTH FLAGGING, WHEN IT COMES TO THE IDEA OF WHEN WILL THE MONEY COME, HOW FAST CAN IT GET INTO THE HANDS OF PEOPLE WHO NEED IT NOW? HE MENTIONED AND ALREADY RELEASED THIS STATISTIC, THAT 929,000 PEOPLE APPLIED FOR EI HE SAID 1300 CIVIL — HE SAID 13,000, BUT HE MEANT 1300, REDIRECTED TO GET CLAIMS PROCESSED I DID SOME MATH, WHICH RARELY HAPPENS, BUT I DID IT AND I HAD OTHER PEOPLE CHECK IT TO MAKE SURE IT WAS RIGHT BECAUSE I'M OFTEN WRONG, BUT THAT'S ABOUT 154% THAT'S OF REGULAR EI CLAIMS IN A SYSTEM THAT ALREADY EXISTS

BECAUSE THE SYSTEM IS SO OVERBURDENED BY A NUMBER IT'S NEVER SEEN BEFORE KEEP THAT IN MIND, THEY'RE WORKING TIRELESSLY TO GET THAT MONEY OUT, BUT EVEN IN THE SYSTEM THAT EXISTS, THEY'VE ONLY BEEN ABLE TO PROCESS 15% OF THE APPLICATIONS LET'S FIND OUT WHAT KIND OF SYSTEM IS GOING TO HANDLE THIS OTHER BENEFIT WHAT MEASURES HAVE THEY PUT IN PLACE OR DO THEY PLAN TO PUT IN PLACE TO TRY TO ALLEVIATE THAT PROCEDURAL STUFF? AND HOW FAST DO THEY EXPECT THE 10-DAY MARK THAT THE PRIME MINISTER PUT OUT TO BE MET? >> Rosemary: EVEN IF YOU, AS WE TALKED TO OUR FRIEND REBECCA, EVEN IF 2000 BUCKS IS NOT ENOUGH, IT WILL KEEP PEOPLE WITH, AS SHE SAID, A ROOF OVER HER HEAD AND GROCERY, BUT YOU HAVE TO ACTUALLY GET IT YOU CAN'T BE WAITING TWO OR THREE WEEKS

THAT IS CRITICAL >> Reporter: CERTAINLY, THOSE QUESTIONS ABOUT THE MECHANICS OF HOW ALL THIS IS GOING TO WORK THE PRIME MINISTER IS TRYING TO BE THE REASSURER IN CHIEF, BUT THERE WILL BE QUESTIONS FOR THE CABINET MINISTERS ABOUT THE MECHANICS ITSELF HOW IT'S GOING TO GET DONE A LOT OF THE FOCUS IS AROUND FINANCIAL MEASURES, THAT'S UNDERSTANDABLE, BUT THERE ARE OUTSTANDING QUESTIONS ABOUT THINGS LIKE TESTING CANADA

GOVERNMENT OFFICIALS SAY THEY WANT TO SEE MORE TESTING DONE WE SEE THE NUMBERS JUMPING UP AND YET THERE IS STILL DEMAND FOR A LOT MORE OF THAT WE TALK ABOUT THE QUESTIONS FROM VIEWERS, A LOT OF PEOPLE ARE ASKING WHEN ARE WE GOING TO SEE MUCH GREATER LEVELS OF TESTING? >> Rosemary: YEAH AND WE WILL PROBABLY GET AN UPDATE IN THE PRESS CONFERENCE SHORTLY ON THAT VERY ISSUE I'M GOING TO PUT YOU TWO ON STANDBY AND GO TO NORMA JOHN AND PHILLIP, THEY'RE STRANDED IN THEIR ROOMS

WE HAVE REACHED THEM IN PERU GOOD TO SEE YOU BOTH >> GOOD MORNING >> Rosemary: SO IT WAS A FRIEND OF YOURS, OR MAYBE A SON-IN-LAW THAT REACHED OUT THAT SAID THAT YOU WERE BOTH STUCK THERE AT THIS STAGE YOU DO NOT HAVE A GOVERNMENT FLIGHT OUT

AND PHILLIP, I BELIEVE YOU HAVE UNDERLYING CONDITIONS SO LET ME FIRST ASK YOU, PHILLIP, HAVE YOU HEARD ANYTHING FROM THE GOVERNMENT ABOUT A FLIGHT FOR YOU? >> MY COMMUNICATIONS ARE HANDLED IN TERMS OF — BECAUSE I AM NOT IN CONNECTION >> WE HAVE HEARD NOTHING ABOUT GETTING ANY OF US OUT THERE WAS A FLIGHT THAT LEFT YESTERDAY AND APPARENTLY THERE IS ANOTHER FLIGHT THURSDAY AND FRIDAY FROM LIMA, BUT WE ARE NOT ON THOSE FLIGHTS AS FAR AS WE KNOW >> Rosemary: NORMA, WHAT ARE — PHILLIP IS YOUR BROTHER, WHAT ARE YOUR CONCERNS ABOUT PHILLIP'S HEALTH AND THE NEED TO GET OUT OF THEIR QUICKLY? >> YES, HIGH BLOOD SUGAR LEVELS

EXERCISE RIGHT NOW BECAUSE — [INAUDIBLE] — ROOM HERE FOOD EVERY DAY WHICH IS FORTUNATE FOR US THE FOOD IS ALSO — [INAUDIBLE] — ALL THIS — SO I'M JUST CONCERNED THAT WE HAVE MORE OF A CHANCE OF GETTING THE VIRUS BECAUSE OBVIOUSLY THEY'RE TRYING TO CONTAIN IT OWN HOMES AND BE SELF-ISOLATED FOR HOWEVER LONG IT TAKES WE DON'T CARE

WE JUST WANT, PLEASE, PRIME MINISTER TRUDEAU, PLEASE WORK ON GETTING THOSE PLANES TO ALL THE OTHER CANADIANS >> Rosemary: SO THE CONNECTION IS NOT GREAT I WILL TELL PEOPLE, BECAUSE I KNOW? SOME OF THE HISTORY HERE I KNOW THAT PHILLIP DOES SUFFER FROM DIABETES, SO YOU'RE RUNNING INTO PROBLEMS WITH DIET AND EXERCISE AND OTHER CONCERNS I DID HEAR THE PLEA CLEARLY AT THE END, THOUGH, AROUND, NORMA, FROM TRYING TO GET THE PRIME MINISTER A PLANE

I BELIEVE SOMETHING IS IN THE WORKS I'M GOING TO LEAVE IT THERE BECAUSE THE CONNECTION IS NOT GREAT BUT THE MESSAGE WAS HEARD LOUD AND CLEAR WE'LL CHECK BACK WITH YOU THANK YOU VERY MUCH

THAT'S A COUPLE OF CANADIANS THEY'RE TRYING TO GET HOME TO MISSISSAUGA AS YOU HEARD, CONTRARY TO WHAT OTHER CANADIANS ARE NOT DOING, THEY'RE HAPPY TO SELF-ISOLATE IF THEY GET HOME, BECAUSE THAT WOULD, OF COURSE, BE REQUIRED WE'LL CHECK BACK WITH THEM AND TRY TO GET A BETTER CONNECTION, TOO AS WE WAIT FOR CABINET MINISTERS TO GIVE US AN UPDATE ON THE GOVERNMENT ANNOUNCEMENTS TODAY AND THE ONGOING SITUATION OF THE PANDEMIC IN THIS COUNTRY, LET ME BRING IN THIS DOCTOR

GOOD TO SEE YOU >> MORNING >> Rosemary: SO LET ME START WITH THAT QUESTION THERE, THAT THE PRIME MINISTER GOT A COUPLE OF TIMES AND WE'VE DONE REPORTING ON THE ISSUE THAT PEOPLE ARE NOT SUPPOSED TO BE GETTING ON PLANES IF THEY HAVE SYMPTOMS, THEY'RE NOT ALLOWED ON PLANES IT HAS BEEN LEFT TO AIRLINES COMPANIES TO SORT OF GIVE A ONCE-OVER AND OF COURSE NEWS IS ON THE CANADIAN TO ADMIT THEY MAY OR MAY NOT HAVE SYMPTOMS

SHOULD OR IS THERE ANYTHING ELSE THE GOVERNMENT COULD BE DOING TO EITHER CHECK THE HEALTH OF PEOPLE TRYING TO GET ON PLANES, OR ENFORCE THE 14-DAY ISOLATION, BECAUSE ONCE YOU GET ON THE PLANE, IF YOU HAVE ANY SYMPTOMS, THAT BECOMES VERY PROBLEMATIC >> IT'S TRUE IT'S A VERY DIFFICULT SITUATION ONE THAT IS TOUGH EVEN IF YOU DO HAVE A FEVER, IT'S TOUGH TO MONITOR LET'S SAY YOU HAD A FEVER SIX HOURS AGO, YOU MAY NOT HAVE ONE RIGHT NOW, EVEN WITHOUT USING TYLENOL

I THINK WHAT THEY'RE DOING, IF SOMEONE LOOKS CLEARLY ILL AND COUGHING, THEY'RE NOT LETTING THEM ON THE OTHER PROBLEM WITH THE AIRPORT SCREENING, IT DOESN'T WORK WELL YOU CAN MISS HALF THE PEOPLE THAT ARE SICKENED AND DON'T EVEN KNOW IT IT'S IMPORTANT WE PUT THE STRESS ON HAVING PEOPLE WATCH THEIR SYMPTOMS ONCE THEY LEAVE THE AIRPORT AND OF COURSE THAT 14-DAY ISOLATION I URGE PEOPLE TO CONTINUE TO KEEP THE ISOLATION GOING, ESPECIALLY WHEN YOU COME BACK FROM TRAVEL

WE KNOW THAT EVERYTHING IS NOT OFF THE TABLE WE MAY SEE THE QUARANTINE ACT ENACTED IN THE NEXT COUPLE OF DAYS >> Rosemary: THE MINISTERS ARE COMING INTO THE ROOM, SO ABOUT 30 SECONDS THERE IS ONGOING ISSUE OF TESTING WE'RE UP TO 10,000 TESTS A DAY IN THIS COUNTRY

OBVIOUSLY, I THINK THE GOVERNMENT WOULD AGREE, EVERYONE WOULD LIKE TO TEST MORE IS THAT SOMETHING YOU WOULD LIKE TO SEE AS WELL? WHAT SHOULD WE BE DOING? >> I AGREE, WE SHOULD BE TRYING TO TEST WHEREVER WE CAN MILD CASES AND SEVERE CASES WE'LL SEE A RAMPING OCCUPY UP OF THAT IN THE COMING DAYS >> I CAN SEE YOU'RE AT WORK AND WE APPRECIATE THE TIME

THANKS AGAIN, DOCTOR >>> LET'S GO BACK TO OTTAWA WHERE WE CAN TELL YOU THAT THE SENATE HAS, IN FACT, PASSED THE LEGISLATION ON THE COVID-19 FINANCIAL AID PACKAGE IT'S OFF TO ROYAL ASSENT LET'S LISTEN TO THE DEPUTY PRIME MINISTER CHRYSTIA FREELAND >> LET ME START WITH AN URGENT REMINDER TO CANADIANS, YOU MUST PRACTISE PHYSICAL DISTANCING, STAY AT HOME, ELIMINATE CONTACT WITH PEOPLE AT HIGHER RISK, PARTICULARLY OUR BELOVED SENIORS AND PEOPLE IN POOR HEALTH

KEEP A DISTANCE FROM OTHERS AND, OF COURSE, IF YOU ARE DOING AN ESSENTIAL JOB, IF YOU ARE, FOR EXAMPLE, A HEALTH CARE WORKER, ONE OF THE CANADIANS MAKING SURE WE HAVE FOOD ON OUR GROCERY STORE SHELVES, ONE OF THE PEOPLE MAKING SURE WE HAVE LIGHTS AND HEAT IN OUR HOMES AND BUILDINGS, THANK YOU VERY MUCH FOR THE HARD AND IMPORTANT WORK YOU ARE DOING [Speaking French] >> Translator: URGENT REMINDER TO CANADIANS YOU MUST PRACTISE PHYSICAL DISTANCING STAY AT HOME

LIMIT OUR ELIMINATE ALL CONTACT WITH PEOPLE WHO ARE AT HIGH RISK KEEP A DISTANCE OF TWO METRES FROM OTHERS >>> AS PEOPLE ARE NO DOUBT AWARE, PARLIAMENT LAST NIGHT PASSED THE COVID-19 RESPONSE PLAN I'D LIKE TO THANK ALL MEMBERS OF THE HOUSE FOR THAT WORK I'M GLAD THAT WE GOT THERE

TODAY WE WILL HEAR FROM CANADA'S DEPUTY CHIEF PUBLIC HEALTH OFFICER FROM THE MINISTER OF INDIGENOUS SERVICES, MARC MILLER — MINISTER OF CANADIAN HERITAGE, STEVEN GUILBEAULT AND BILL MORNEAU ALSO WITH ME TO ANSWER THE QUESTIONS ARE THE CHIEF OFFICER OF HEALTH AT INDIGENOUS SERVICES OUR MINISTER OF EMPLOYMENT, CARLA QUALTROUGH AND THE PRESIDENT OF THE TREASURY BOARD AND VICE PRESIDENT OF THE COVID-19 COMMITTEE >> GLOBALLY, THERE ARE OVER 420,000 CASES OF COVID-19 AFFECTING EVERY COUNTRY AROUND THE WORLD IN CANADA, AS OF THIS MOMENT, THERE ARE 3,197 CASES OF COVID-19 AND 27 DEATHS

WE HAVE NOW TESTED OVER 142,000 PEOPLE IN CANADA, WHICH IS MORE THAN 20,000 ADDITIONAL PEOPLE TESTED SINCE YESTERDAY IN THE EARLY PART OF THE OUTBREAK, MOST OF OUR CASES WERE LINKED TO TRAVEL OUTSIDE OF CANADA WHILE MORE CASES NOW ARE COMMUNITY-ACQUIRED THAN ARE TRAVEL-RELATED, WE STILL NEED TO DO ALL WE CAN TO REDUCE THE IMPACT OF TRAVEL IMPORTED CASES FOR ALL OF THOSE ALREADY IN SELF-ISOLATION, WE KNOW THIS IS DIFFICULT AND WE'RE GRATEFUL FOR THE SACRIFICE YOU'RE MAKING TO KEEP OTHERS SAFE [Speaking French] >> Translator: IF YOU DON'T HAVE ANY SYMPTOMS, YOU CAN GO OUTSIDE FOR A WALK, AS LONG AS YOU STAY AT LEAST TWO METRES FROM OTHERS

AS ALWAYS, DON'T TOUCH COMMON SURFACES SUCH AS DOOR HANDLES AND WASH YOUR HANDS CAREFULLY AFTER YOU LEAVE HOME AND AS SOON AS YOU'RE BACK AT HOME FOR THOSE WHO DO DEVELOP SYMPTOMS, REGARDLESS OF HOW SERIOUS THEY ARE, YOU MUST STAY AT HOME AT ALL TIMES ONLINE TOOLS WILL HELP YOU TO DETERMINE IF YOU NEED GREATER EVALUATION OR WHETHER YOU NEED A COVID-19 TEST PLEASE LOOK AT WHAT IS AT CANADACA

>>> IF YOU'RE NOT EXPERIENCING STIMP SYMPTOMS, IT'S OKAY TO GO OUT FOR A WALK AS ALWAYS, AVOID TOUCHING COMMON SURFACES, DOOR KNOBS, AND WASH YOUR HANDS THOROUGHLY FOR THOSE WHO DO DEVELOP SYMPTOMS, NO MATTER HOW MILD, YOU MUST REMEMBER TO REMAIN INSIDE YOUR HOUSE AT ALL TIMES RIGHT NOW IS AN EXTREMELY CRITICAL TIME FOR ALL OF US TO GET IT RIGHT WE NEED TO GET THIS DONE

LET'S PLANK THE CURVE THANK YOU >> THANK YOU VERY MUCH, DR NJOO NOW WE'LL HEAR FROM MARC MILLER, MINISTER OF INDIGENOUS SERVICES

[Speaking French] FIRST NATIONS, INUIT AND METIS ARE AMONG THE MOST VULNERABLE IN CANADA AND DURING THIS CRISIS IN PARTICULAR, THOSE IN REMOTE AND FLY-IN ONLY PARTS OF THE COUNTRY ARE VULNERABLE I WANT TO REITERATE THAT MY SOLE PRIORITY, ONE THAT IS SHARED BY THE GOVERNMENT OF CANADA, IS THE HEALTH AND SAFETY OF INDIGENOUS PEOPLES IN CANADA >> WE RECOGNIZE THAT THE COVID-19 SITUATION IN CANADA IS EVOLVING RAPIDLY ECONOMIC RESPONSE PLAN ANNOUNCED BY THE PRIME MINISTER LAST WEEK, OUR GOVERNMENT IS PROVIDING $305 MILLION THROUGH THE INDIGENOUS COMMUNITY SUPPORT FUND DIRECTLY TO FIRST NATIONS, INUIT AND METIS LEADERSHIP TO PROVIDE THOME WITH MAXIMUM FLEXIBILITY POSSIBLE TO DO WHAT THEY NEED TO SUPPORT THEIR COMMUNITIES

THE ALLOCATION OF FUNDS REFLECT DISCUSSIONS WE'VE HAD WITH FIRST NATIONS, INUIT AND METIS PARTNERS IN EACH PROVINCE AND TERRITORY ABOUT THEIR UNIQUE AND SPECIFIC PRIORITIES DURING THIS PANDEMIC THESE FUNDS WILL FLOW DIRECTLY TO INDIGENOUS COMMUNITIES WITH MAXIMUM FLEXIBILITY TO HELP ADAPT RESPONSES TO ADDRESS LOCAL NEEDS WE WILL DO THIS QUICKLY AND WITH A SENSE OF URGENCY THAT THE SITUATION OBVIOUSLY NECESSITATES I WANT TO STRESS THAT THIS IS ONLY ONE OF THE FINANCIAL MEASURES THAT WE'RE CONTEMPLATING FOR FIRST NATIONS, INUIT AND METIS [Speaking French] >> Translator: THIS MAY LEAD TO INCREASED SUPPORT FOR SENIORS, FOOD SUPPORT, HELP FOR CHILDREN, AND HELP FOR THOSE WHO ARE UNEMPLOYED

MENTAL HEALTH SUPPORT OR EVEN AN EMERGENCY INTERVENTION SERVICES THE FIRST NATIONS PORTION OF THIS IS $250 MILLION EACH FIRST NATION WILL GET A BASE AMOUNT ADJUSTED FOR POPULATION, REMOTENESS AND COMMUNITY WELL-BEING THE INUIT PORTION IS $45 MILLION AND WILL FLOW TO EACH OF THE FOUR INUIT CLAIM ORGANIZATIONS THROUGH ALLOCATION DETERMINED BY I

TK AND REGIONAL LEADERSHIP FOR METIS, THERE WILL BE $30 MILLION WHICH WILL FLOW THROUGH EACH GOVERNING MEMBER THE REMAINING PERCENTAGE WHICH ACCOUNTS FOR $15 MILLION WILL SUPPORT REGIONAL, URBAN AND INDIGENOUS ORGANIZATIONS SUPPORTING THOSE WHO LIVE AWAY FROM THEIR COMMUNITIES

IT WILL ALLOW US TO ADDRESS MEASURES QUICKLY FROM CLOSING THEIR BORDERS TO DECLARING LOCAL STATES OF EMERGENCY I WANT TO RECOGNIZE THEIR IMPORTANT WORK IN THE STRENGTH THEY'VE SHOWN, BUT LET ME BE CLEAR, THIS IS JUST THE BEGINNING WE KNOW THAT MORE SUPPORT WILL BE NEEDED AND WE'LL BE THERE TO MAKE SURE NO INDIGENOUS COMMUNITY IS LEFT BEHIND OUR GOVERNMENT IS HERE TO SUPPORT YOU DURING THIS TIME

MIIGWECH >> THANK YOU VERY MUCH NOW WE'LL HEAR FROM — MINISTER OF CANADIAN HERITAGE, MR STEVEN GUILBEAULT >> GOOD AFTERNOON, I THINK WE CAN TAKE TIME TO RECOGNIZE HOW THE CURRENT SITUATION SHOWS WE HAVE TO SHOW SOLIDARITY AND TAKE CARE OF EACH OTHER

THIS IS A COMPLEX SITUATION AND EVOLVING RAPIDLY ALL SECTORS HAVE TO BE TAKEN INTO ACCOUNT THERE ARE JOURNALISTS WHO IN NORMAL SITUATIONS, CRISIS SITUATIONS WITH EXPERIENCING GREAT DIFFICULTIES BECAUSE THEY LOSE AD REVENUE IT'S CRUCIAL THAT CANADIANS CAN OBTAIN FACTUAL INFORMATION RELATED TO COVID-19 THIS IS WHY THE GOVERNMENT OF CANADA IS TAKING IMMEDIATE ACTION SO CANADIANS CAN CONTINUE TO ACCESS DIVERSE AND RELIABLE SOURCES OF NEWS

[Speaking French] >> Translator: FIRST, I'M PLEASED TO ANNOUNCE THAT ON BEHALF OF MY COLLEAGUE, THE MINISTER OF CANADIAN REVENUE, THAT THE INDEPENDENT COMMITTEE THAT IS WORKING WITH THE CRA IS GOING TO IMPLEMENT TAX MEASURES ANNOUNCED IN THE 2019, THEY ARE NOW FORMAL MOREOVER, THAT BASED ON THE $30 MILLION INVESTED ON OUR GOVERNMENT IN A NATIONAL AWARENESS CAMPAIGN ABOUT COVID-19, WE WILL — THIS WILL BE INDUCTED IN CANADIAN MEDIA, WHETHER IT'S ON TV, NEWSPAPERS, ONLINE, SO THAT THE REVENUES GENERATED BY THIS CAMPAIGN BREATHE NEW LIFE INTO OUR MEDIA

THE MINISTER OF PUBLIC WORKS IS WORKING ON THIS FILE I WANT TO MENTION THE INITIATIVE OF THE CANADIAN MEDICAL ASSOCIATION, THE ROYAL COLLEGE OF PHYSICIAN AND SURGEONS AND THE COLLEGE OF FAMILY PHYSICIANS OF CANADA, COORDINATED BY THE CANADIAN PUBLIC HEALTH ASSOCIATION AND SUPPORTED BY VOLUNTEER WORK AND ADVERTISING AGENCY TOGETHER THEY ARE PREPARING A PUBLIC HEALTH CAMPAIGN AND PARTNERING WITH CANADIAN MEDIA AND ONLINE PLATFORM TO AIR IT THIS IS A REMINDER OF HOW CANADIANS CAN PULL TOGETHER TO HELP EACH OTHER FINALLY, BECAUSE IMMEDIATE ACCESS TO LIQUIDITY IS CRITICAL

THE DEPARTMENT IS PUTTING IN A SIMPLIFIED APPLICATION PROCESS FOR THE CANADIAN BOOK FUND AND THE CANADIAN PERIODICAL FUND THIS MEANS THAT BENEFICIARIES OF THESE PROGRAMMES WILL BE RECEIVING THEIR 20-21 FUNDING WITHIN THE NEXT FEW WEEKS AS OPPOSED TO THE NEXT FEW MONTHS WE TAKE THESE MEASURES TO ENSURE THAT ALL CANADIANS CAN RECEIVE FACTUAL INFORMATION AND TO SUPPORT OUR MEDIA AND CULTURAL ORGANIZATIONS THANK YOU >> OKAY

THANK YOU, NOW WE'LL HEAR FROM OUR FINANCE MINISTER BILL, PLEASE >> THANKS THANK YOU FIRST OF ALL, LET ME SAY THANK YOU TO ALL OF THE PARTIES THAT WORKED TOGETHER LAST NIGHT TO GET UNANIMOUS CONSEND ON OUR LEGISLATION ALLOWING US TO MOVE FORWARD WITH THE MEASURES WE KNOW WE NEED TO MOVE FORWARD WITH TO SUPPORT CANADIANS

AS YOU HEARD ME SAY, EXTRAORDINARY CHALLENGES NECESSITATE EXTRAORDINARY MEASURES AND THAT IS INDEED HOW WE'VE GOTTEN TO WHERE WE ARE WITH THE BENEFITS THAT WE ARE PUTTING FORWARD TO SUPPORT CANADIANS, THE BENEFITS WE'RE PUTTING FORWARD TO SUPPORT BUSINESSES AND BENEFITS WE'RE PUTTING FORWARD TO SUPPORT OUR ECONOMY I'D LIKE TO WALK THROUGH WHERE WE ARE RIGHT NOW WE HAVE REALIZED OVER THE LAST WEEK THAT THE VERY BEST WAY TO SUPPORT CANADIANS WHO ARE OUT OF WORK, WHO ARE SICK, WHO ARE IN A SITUATION WHERE THEY'RE SUPPORTING ON ELDERLY PARENT, WHERE THEY'RE AT HOME BECAUSE THEY'RE PROTECTING THEMSELVES AND THEIR FAMILIES, IS BY HAVING ONE EMERGENCY BENEFIT IN THE LEGISLATION WE MOVED FORWARD WITH, IT'S ONE EMERGENCY BENEFIT, THE CANADA EMERGENCY RESPONSE BENEFIT

THE IDEA IS THAT WE'RE GOING TO DELIVER FOR EVERY CANADIAN THAT FINDS THEMSELVES IN A SITUATION WHERE THEY'VE EARNED REVENUE IN THE PAST 12 MONTHS, SO $5,000 OR MORE, AND THEY DON'T HAVE ANY INCOME AS A RESULT OF COVID-19, THEY CAN GET THIS BENEFIT IT'S $2,000 PER MONTH FOR FOUR MONTHS SO WHAT WE'RE DOING IS ENSURING THAT WE ENABLE PEOPLE TO BRIDGE THROUGH THIS VERY DIFFICULT TIME SO THEY HAVE THE RESOURCES THEY NEED FOR THEMSELVES AND THEIR FAMILIES WE'VE DESIGNED THIS IN A WAY SO IT'S A WAGE SUBSIDY DELIVERED DIRECTLY TO EMPLOYEES, TO PEOPLE SO WHAT THIS MEANS IS THAT FOR AN EMPLOYER, THEY WILL NOT HAVE TO SEPARATE THE EMPLOYMENT OF THEIR EMPLOYEES FROM THEIR ORGANIZATION

SO IN THAT WAY, WE'RE DIRECTLY SUPPORTING EMPLOYERS THEY WILL JUST BE IN A SITUATION WHERE, IF THIS EMPLOYEE IS NO LONGER RECEIVING INCOME FROM THEIR COMPANY, THEY CAN IN FACT BE GUARANTEED THIS EMPLOYEE WILL BE ABLE TO APPLY IN A SIMPLE WAY AND GET ACCESS TO $2,000 PER MONTH FOR FOUR MONTHS THAT IS, WE THINK, CRITICALLY IMPORTANT WHAT WE'VE DONE OVER THE COURSE OF THE LAST WEEK IS TO MAKE SURE THAT THESE BENEFITS CAN BE DELIVERED, DELIVERED IN A SIMPLE AND EFFICIENT WAY, GETTING MONEY INTO PEOPLES' POCKETS AS RAPIDLY AS POSSIBLE WE'RE WORKING HARD TO MAKE SURE THAT ADMINISTRATION IS ABLE TO BE DONE

WE'RE TARGETING THE WEEK OF APRIL 6TH FOR US TO BE ABLE TO DELIVER ON THIS FOR PEOPLE THAT IS IMPORTANT THERE IS MORE WORK TO BE DONE TO ENSURE PEOPLE THAT WE CAN DEAL WITH THE VERY LARGE VOLUMES AND THAT WORK IS BEING DONE BY MY COLLEAGUE, CARLA QUALTROUGH, MY COLLEAGUE DIANE LEBOUTHILLIER, AS WE THINK ABOUT HOW TO BEST DELIVER ON THAT WHAT THIS MEANS FOR THE OVERALL ECONOMY THE IMPACT OF WHAT WE'RE DOING FOR THE ECONOMY IS VERY SIGNIFICANT

THE APPROACH WE DECIDED TO TAKE MEANS WE'RE ENTIRELY FUNDING THIS THROUGH THE FEDERAL GOVERNMENT AND THAT MEANS THAT THE ESTIMATES IN TERMS OF THE KIND OF ECONOMIC SUPPORT THAT WE'RE GIVING ARE SIGNIFICANTLY DIFFERENT THAN THEY WERE LAST WEEK SO RATHER THAN THE EXPECTATION OF DIRECT SUPPORT TO CANADIANS AND TO SMALL BUSINESSES OF $27 BILLION, WE ARE EXPECTING RIGHT NOW THAT THIS DIRECT SUPPORT BE BUDGETED AT $52 BILLION SO THAT IS A SIGNIFICANT CHANGE BECAUSE OF THE SCALE AND THE SIGNIFICANCE FOR PEOPLE OF THESE BENEFITS SO WHEN YOU LOOK AT WHAT WE'VE DONE, THAT IS $52 BILLION IN DIRECT SUPPORT EXPECTED

ON TOP OF THAT IS THERE $55 BILLION IN TAX DEFERRALS THAT WE'VE SAID ARE THERE BECAUSE NEITHER INDIVIDUALS NOR CORPORATIONS WILL BE FORCED TO PAY THEIR INCOME TAX BEFORE AUGUST 31ST SO A TOTAL PACKAGE OF $107 BILLION INTO OUR ECONOMY I SPENT TIME YESTERDAY ON THE PHONE WITH G7 FINANCE MINISTERS THE DAY BEFORE I SPENT TIME ON THE PHONE WITH G20 FINANCE MINISTERS PLEASE AND CANADA IS TAKING AN APPROPRIATE, BUT ALSO SIGNIFICANT APPROACH TO RESPONDING TO THE INCREDIBLE CHALLENGE WE'RE FACING TODAY

[Speaking French] >> Translator: I WOULD LIKE TO SAY THAT IT'S VERY IMPORTANT FOR US TO HAVE A SITUATION WHERE PEOPLE, REGARDLESS OF THEIR SITUATION, IF THEY DON'T HAVE INCOME OVER THE NEXT FOUR MONTHS, FOR THEM TO HAVE $2,000 A MONTH FOR FOUR MONTHS THAT MEANS IT'S A DIRECT WAGE SUBSIDY TO PEOPLE AND WILL ALSO HELP COMPANIES THAT IS VERY IMPORTANT SO WE'RE GOING TO CONTINUE TO LOOK AT HOW WE CAN SITUATION FOR SMALL AND MEDIUM-SIZED ENTERPRISES, BUT RIGHT NOW WITH THESE MEASURES IT'S IMPORTANT TO SEE WE HAVE ASSISTANCE FOR PEOPLE, A TOTAL OF $52 BILLION IN DIRECT SUPPORT, AND WITH THE TAX DEFERRALS FOR INDIVIDUALS AND COMPANIES, THEY CAN TAKE UP TO AUGUST 31ST TO PAY THEIR TAXES AND THIS WILL INJECT ANOTHER $55 BILLION IN REVENUE INTO OUR ECONOMY IT'S A TOTAL OF $107 BILLION

SO WE CAN LOOK AT HOW WE CAN BE AGGRESSIVE TO DEAL WITH THIS SITUATION TODAY THANK YOU VERY MUCH AND OF COURSE I'M HAPPY TO ANSWER YOUR QUESTIONS >> OKAY THANK YOU VERY MUCH, BILL

AND ALL COLLEAGUES AND WE'RE INDEED READY TO ANSWER YOUR QUESTIONS THREE QUESTIONS ON THE PHONE AND THEN BACK TO THE ROOM OPERATOR? THANK YOU FOR YOUR PATIENCE >> Reporter: THE FIRST QUESTION IS "THE GLOBE AND MAIL"

GO AHEAD YOUR LINE IS OPEN >> Reporter: GOOD AFTERNOON, THANK YOU FOR DOING THIS AGAIN TODAY I UNDERSTAND THAT THE HEALTH MINISTER JUST TOLD THE UPPER CHAMBER THAT AS OF MIDNIGHT TONIGHT POWERS IN THE QUARANTINE ACT ARE GOING TO BE USED TO ENSURE THAT TRAVELLERS OTHER THAN ESSENTIAL WORKERS ARE GOING TO BE SUBJECT TO A MANDATORY 14-DAY ISOLATION MY QUESTION IS FOR THE DEPUTY PRIME MINISTER, CAN YOU JUST SPEAK TO WHY THE GOVERNMENT IS NOW TAKING THIS SPECIFIC STEP TO ENSURE THAT SELF-ISOLATION FOR TRAVELLERS IS INDEED MANDATORY? AND ARE YOU PLANNING AN ENFORCEMENT TOOL TO GO ALONG WITH THIS, BECAUSE HOW ARE YOU GOING TO POLICE PEOPLE? >> THANK YOU VERY MUCH FOR THE QUESTION AND LET ME JUST REITERATE THAT, YES, THE HEALTH MINISTER WILL BE USING POWERS THAT SHE HAS UNDER THE QUARANTINE ACT BEGINNING AT MIDNIGHT TONIGHT TO IMPOSE A MANDATORY 14-DAY PERIOD OF ISOLATION ON ALL PEOPLE COMING INTO CANADA FROM OUTSIDE CANADA

THIS ISSUE WAS DISCUSSED AT LENGTH AT THE CORONAVIRUS CABINET COMMITTEE ON MONDAY ALL CANADIANS HAVE BEEN WORKING VERY, VERY HARD TO PRACTISE PHYSICAL DISTANCING IN THEIR LIVES AND WE HAVE FOR SOME TIME NOW BEEN URGENTLY ADVISING PEOPLE COMING INTO CANADA TO SELF-ISOLATE FOR 14 DAYS UPON THEIR RETURN WE HAVE DECIDED THAT NOW IS THE TIME TO MAKE THAT MEASURE MANDATORY I THINK WE ALL REALLY APPRECIATE THAT IT IS SO IMPORTANT TO HAVE THIS SELF-ISOLATION TO PROTECT THE HEALTH AND SAFETY OF CANADIANS AND I MAY TURN TO DR

NJOO TO — WOULD YOU LIKE TO OFFER A PUBLIC HEALTH PERSPECTIVE? >> CERTAINLY FROM A PUBLIC HEALTH PERSPECTIVE WE'VE BEEN REPEATING MANY TIMES THAT IT'S IMPORTANT IN TERMS OF PHYSICAL DISTANCING, SO THAT INDIVIDUALS DON'T EXPOSE EACH OTHER POTENTIALLY TO THE VIRUS AND ALSO THE PUBLIC HEALTH PRINCIPLE OF 14 DAYS BEING THE OUTER LIMIT FOR THE INCUBATION PERIOD, SO RESPECTING THIS PUBLIC HEALTH PRINCIPLES, THE MINISTER HAS SAID, TRAVELLERS COMING BACK TO CANADA, YOU MIGHT HAVE BEEN EXPOSED IT'S IMPORTANT WHEN YOU COME BACK HOME TO PROTECT FELLOW CANADIANS BY SELF-ISOLATING THIS IS JUST AN APPROPRIATE STEP >> I WILL JUST ADD, WE HAD THE PRIME MINISTER LED A CALL WITH THE PREMIERS OF THE PROVINCES AND TERRITORIES EARLIER THIS WEEK

WE HAVE SEEN THE PROVINCES STEPPING UP AND TAKING MORE CLEAR MEASURES WITHIN PROVINCES AND TERRITORIES INCLUDING SOME PROVINCES AND TERRITORIES IMPOSING RESTRICTIONS ON TRAVEL FROM OUTSIDE THE PROVINCE AND TERRITORY I THINK ALL CANADIANS UNDERSTAND THAT THIS IS A SERIOUS SITUATION IT WILL GET WORSE BEFORE IT GETS BETTER AS A COUNTRY, WE ARE LUCKY TO HAVE AN OUTSTANDING NATIONAL HEALTH CARE SYSTEM AND TERRIFIC HEALTH CARE PROFESSIONALS, BUT WE ALL NEED TO DO WHAT WE CAN AS WE HEARD FROM DR NJOO AT THE BEGINNING OF THIS TO FLATTEN THE CURVE AND THIS MANDATORY ISOLATION WILL HELP ALL OF US DO THAT

>> Reporter: THANK YOU JUST AS A FOLLOW-UP, I WAS WONDERING FOR THE FINANCE MINISTER, WE UNDERSTAND THAT YOUR DEPARTMENT HAS BEEN TALKING TO BANKS ABOUT POSSIBLY USING THEM TO DISTRIBUTE MONEY TO BUSINESSES SPECIFICALLY I'M WONDERING IF THE MINISTER CAN PLEASE PROVIDE A SPECIFIC UPDATE ON HOW THESE TALKS ARE GOING? >> THANK YOU THE BANKING SYSTEM IS A SOURCE OF STRENGTH FOR CANADA WE HAVE, I BELIEVE, THE STRONGEST BANKING SYSTEM IN THE WORLD

IT ENABLES US TO WORK TOGETHER WITH THE BANKING SYSTEM TO MAKE SURE WE CAN ACTUALLY PROVIDE THE KIND OF CREDIT THAT BUSINESSES NEED BUSINESSES OF ALL SIZES WE'RE WORKING TOGETHER AND HAVE BEEN WORKING LITERALLY OVERNIGHT OVER THE RECENT DAYS TO MAKE SURE THAT WE HAVE NOT ONLY THE SUPPORT THAT WE OUTLINED LAST WEEK, THE BUSINESS CREDIT AVAILABILITY PROGRAMME, THE BACKSTOP OF THE BUSINESS DEVELOPMENT BANK OF CANADA AND EXPORT DEVELOPMENT CORPORATION FOR SMALL BUSINESS AND MEDIUM-SIZED BUSINESS LOANS, BUT ALSO THE CAPACITY FOR THE BANKS TO DELIVER ON ALL SIDES OF BUSINESSES, THE KIND OF CREDIT THEY NEED TO GET THROUGH A CHALLENGING TIME I WOULD SAY THE DISCUSSIONS ARE GOING VERY WELL THE BANKS ARE WORKING WELL TOGETHER WITH US, BUT WE DON'T HAVE ANYTHING FINAL TO REPORT IN TERMS OF THE PARAMETERS

WHEN I DO HAVE THOSE FINAL PARAMETERS, I'LL BE COMING TO BE TRANSPARENT AS RAPIDLY AS POSSIBLE >> THANK YOU OPERATOR, NEXT QUESTION, PLEASE >> THE NEXT QUESTION IS FROM CANADIAN PRESS >> Reporter: THANK YOU

>> Translator: MR MORNEAU, I HAVE A QUESTION ABOUT THE NEW BENEFITS THE PROBLEM THAT EVERYONE SAID IS THE DISTRIBUTION OF FUNDS AND SOME PEOPLE WON'T GET THESE FUNDS FOR AT LEAST THREE WEEKS AT LEAST WHAT ARE YOU GOING TO MAKE SURE THE PEOPLE GET THEIR FUNDS QUICKER? THAT YOU CAN REACH EVERYONE

>> THANK YOU THAT IS A VERY IMPORTANT QUESTION OVER THE PAST FEW DAYS AND WEEKS, WE'VE WORKED TOGETHER TO ENSURE THAT WE CAN HAVE A SIMPLE AND EFFICIENT APPROACH SO THAT WE CAN QUICKLY GET FUNDS TO CANADIANS WHICH IS NECESSARY IN OUR CURRENT SITUATION SO WE FOUND A FEW SYSTEMS WITHIN THE FEDERAL GOVERNMENT THAT CAN HELP US TO HAVE A VERY EFFICIENT AND QUICK APPROACH IT WILL TAKE A FEW DAYS AND I'M SURE THAT WE HAVE TO MAKE SURE THAT THE SYSTEM IS WORKING PROPERLY

AND I KNOW THAT WE HAVE TO DO THIS AS QUICKLY AS POSSIBLE AND THAT IS EXACTLY WHAT WE WANT TO DO TODAY WE THINK THAT IN THE WEEK OF APRIL 6TH IS WHEN WE'LL BE ABLE TO DELIVER THESE FUNDS FOR CANADIANS BUT IF THERE ARE ANY NEW — IF THERE IS ANY NEW INFORMATION, WE WILL BE GIVING IT TO YOU DAY BY DAY IT'S REALLY IMPORTANT TO KNOW THAT WE'RE ABSOLUTELY IN A SITUATION WHERE THIS IS THE MOST IMPORTANT THING FOR US EVERY DAY, MYSELF AND CARLA QUALTROUGH, AND DIANE LEBOUTHILLIER ARE LOOKING AT THESE IMPORTANT SYSTEMS >> Reporter: I UNDERSTAND THE REFERENCE, BUT IT WON'T BE QUICKER

IT WILL TAKE ANOTHER THREE WEEKS EVEN IF WE TALK ABOUT THE 10 DAYS THAT COULD BE ADDED TO THE DAY OF APRIL 6TH AS THE PRIME MINISTER SAID SO, THERE COULD EVEN BE A PORTAL AND IT MIGHT WORK, CAN YOU COMMENT ON THAT? I HAVE ANOTHER QUESTION ABOUT THE QUARANTINE THAT MINISTER HAJDU IS IMPOSING AND GIVEN WHAT IS HAPPENING IN THE US, WHAT ARE YOU GOING TO DO TO IMPOSE THIS QUARANTINE? I'M UNDERSTANDING WE ARE ORDERING PEOPLE TO QUARANTINE THEMSELVES, BUT DO YOU HAVE THE MEANS TO CHECK PEOPLE WHO ARE ENTERING THE COUNTRY AND FOLLOW UP WITH THEM 14 DAYS AFTER THEY ENTER THE COUNTRY

>> [Speaking French] THANK YOU FOR YOUR QUESTION, WITH RESPECT TO THE QUARANTINE, THIS IS A CHANGE NOW WE'RE TALKING ABOUT A MANDATORY QUARANTINE OBVIOUSLY, WE WILL HAVE MECHANISMS IN PLACE TO ENFORCE THE QUARANTINE THAT WILL BE FOR ALL TRAVELLERS FROM ABROAD, INCLUDING TRAVELLERS FROM THE US

EXCEPT FOR WORKERS WHO DO ESSENTIAL WORK I'D ALSO LIKE TO — >> Reporter: WHAT MECHANISMS — >> ANSWER I WOULD LIKE TO I DON'T UNDERSTAND SCORE OUR ADVICE — UNDERSCORE OUR ADVICE HASN'T CHANGED FOR A FEW DAYS, WE FIRMLY ADVISED ALL TRAVELLERS FROM ABROAD TO SELF-ISOLATE ONCE THEY ENTER CANADA THE CHANGE TAKING PLACE MIDNIGHT — AS OF MIDNIGHT, THE QUARANTINE WILL BECOME MANDATORY

>> Reporter: BUT WHAT MECHANISMS ARE YOU TALKING ABOUT? >> [Speaking French] ONE FOLLOW-UP QUESTION PER CALL, PLEASE >> THANK YOU THE NEXT QUESTION IS FROM ALTHIA RAJ >> THIS WASN'T GOING TO BE MY QUESTION, BUT SINCE YOU DIDN'T ANSWER IT, WHAT ENFORCEMENT MECHANISMS ARE YOU GOING TO USE TO ENSURE THAT PEOPLE ARE ABIDING THIS QUARANTINE? >> IT WILL FROM MIDNIGHT TONIGHT BE A LEGAL OBLIGATION OF PEOPLE ENTERING CANADA FROM OUTSIDE CANADA TO SELF-ISOLATE FOR 14 DAYS I DO WANT TO EMPHASIZE ESSENTIAL WORKERS ARE EXCLUDED AS HAS BEEN THE CASE WITH THE STRONG ADVICE FROM THE PRIME MINISTER, FROM PUBLIC HEALTH OFFICIALS, FOR SOME DAYS

IN TERMS OF THE SPECIFIC PENALTIES AND ENFORCEMENT MECHANISMS, WE'LL BE GIVING YOU MORE INFORMATION LATER TODAY >> Reporter: THANK YOU AND MY QUESTION IS ACTUALLY FOR BILL MORNEAU I WANT TO TALK ABOUT THE BILL, YESTERDAY'S BILL I WOULD LIKE TO KNOW WHAT MADE YOU THINK THAT IT WOULD BE A GOOD IDEA TO ASK PARLIAMENT FOR THE POWERS TO TAX AND SPEND WITHOUT THEIR APPROVAL UNTIL THE END OF 2021? NOT EVEN THIS YEAR, BUT NEXT YEAR

WHAT MADE YOU THINK THAT WAS AN APPROPRIATE RESPONSE TO THIS CRISIS? >> WELL, THANK YOU FOR THE QUESTION AND I THINK WHAT I SHOULD START SAYING IS THAT I'M PLEASED THAT WE GOT LAST NIGHT, ACTUALLY 6 AM THIS MORNING, UNANIMOUS CONSENT WITH THE OTHER PARTIES TO MOVE FORWARD ON THE RESPONSE PLAN FOR CANADIANS WE KNOW THIS IS AN EXTREMELY CHALLENGING TIME FOR PEOPLE

WE NEED TO RESPOND APPROPRIATELY THE BILL THAT WE GOT TO, THAT WAS WORKED THROUGH THE SYSTEM, IS ONE THAT WILL ALLOW US TO HAVE THE ABILITIES THAT WE THINK WE NEED WHAT I CAN SAY IS THAT LAST WEEK YOU HEARD ME SAY TO CANADIANS, WE WILL DO WHATEVER IT TAKES TO SUPPORT THEM AND TO SUPPORT OUR ECONOMY THROUGH THIS CHALLENGING TIME AND WHAT YOU'RE SEEING IS THAT AS WE MOVE FORWARD, WE WILL DO THAT WE WILL THINK ABOUT HOW WE CAN HAVE THE ABILITY TO MOVE QUICKLY, TO RESPOND TO CHALLENGES, EVENTS THAT ARE IN MANY CASES COMPLETELY UNFORESEEN

WHAT WE SEE, NOT ONLY IN CANADA BUT AROUND THE WORLD IS THAT THE ISSUES THAT WE'RE FACING ONE WEEK ARE DIFFERENT, SIGNIFICANTLY DIFFERENT IN MANY CASES THAN THE ISSUES WE SAW THE WEEK BEFORE CANADIANS EXPECT US TO BE PREPARED TO DEAL WITH THESE CHALLENGES, TO HAVE THE ABILITY TO MOVE QUICKLY TO HAVE THE FUNDING SO WHETHER WE NEED TO BUY PERSONAL PROTECTIVE GEAR ON A MOMENT'S NOTICE BECAUSE WE CAN FIND IT, OR WHETHER WE NEED TO SUPPORT A PROVINCE THAT IS IN EXTREME CHALLENGE BECAUSE OF THEIR SITUATION, THAT WE HAVE THE CAPACITY TO DO THAT SO WE'RE SEEKING TO MAKE SURE THAT WE HAVE THE ABILITY TO DO THAT WE KNOW THAT SOMETIMES THESE AUTHORITIES WILL BE REQUIRED AT AN UNPRECEDENTED SPEED

YOU'RE HEARING TALK TODAY ABOUT THE NEED TO GET BACK TO YOU WITH DETAILS THIS AFTERNOON ON IMPORTANT MEASURES WE'RE WORKING IN ORDER TO MAKE SURE WE HAVE THE CAPACITY TO PROTECT CANADIANS, TO GET OURSELVES THROUGH THIS AND COME OUT OF THIS CHALLENGE THIS IS, WE EXPECT, A VERY CHALLENGING TIME, BUT A TEMPORARY TIME, TO COME OUT OF THIS WITH OUR ECONOMY INTACT WE UNFORTUNATELY DO NOT KNOW THE DEPTH OR THE DURATION OF THIS CHALLENGE AND THAT'S WHY WE'RE KEEN TO BE WORKING TOGETHER TO OTHER PARTIES TO MAKE SURE WE CONTINUE TO HAVE THAT CAPACITY TO RESPOND IN A VERY, VERY TIMELY WAY TO EVERY CHALLENGE WE SEE >> QUESTIONS BEFORE WE GO BACK TO THE HOMES

>> JULIE VAN DUSEN WITH CBC DONALD TRUMP, AMERICAN PRESIDENT, IS LOOKING TOWARDS EASTER, WHICH IS APRIL 12TH HE WANTS AMERICAN WORKERS BACK TO WORK CAN CANADIANS EXPECT TO BE BACK TO WORK AROUND THE SAME TIME? >> THANK YOU FOR THE QUESTION, JULIE OUR APPROACH IN CANADA IS TO ACT VERY MUCH IN ACCORDANCE WITH SCIENCE AND WITH THE ADVICE OF OUR EXCELLENT PUBLIC HEALTH OFFICIALS

MANY CANADIANS ARE AT WORK TODAY PROVIDING ESSENTIAL SERVICES AND I KNOW THAT ALL OF US ARE REALLY, REALLY GRATEFUL TO THOSE CANADIANS AS FOR CANADIANS WHO ARE DOING NON-ESSENTIAL WORK OR ABLE TO WORK FROM HOME, WE NEED TO CONTINUE TO MAINTAIN THESE PRACTISES OF PHYSICAL DISTANCING TO BE SURE THAT WE CAN FLATTEN THE CURVE OR IN THE TERM THAT DR NJOO AND DR TAM HAVE BEEN USING, PLANK THE CURVE I KNOW THAT WE ALL APPRECIATE, AND CERTAINLY AFTER THE DEBATE IN PARLIAMENT LAST NIGHT WE APPRECIATE IT EVEN MORE, PHYSICAL DISTANCING DOES COME AT AN ECONOMIC COST

OUR GOVERNMENT HAS TAKEN — YOU'VE HEARD MORE ABOUT IT NOW — VERY SIGNIFICANT MEASURES TO SUPPORT CANADIANS THROUGH THIS TIME BUT WHAT I WOULD LIKE TO SAY TO CANADIANS — AND I THINK THE WHOLE COUNTRY GETS THIS — IT IS BETTER FOR THE HEALTH AND SAFETY OF CANADIANS AND IN THE MEDIUM TERM IT IS BETTER FOR OUR ECONOMY TO PRACTISE PHYSICAL DISTANCING NOW, TO FLATTEN THE CURVE, AND TO BE ABLE TO GET OUT OF THIS IN TERMS OF SPECIFIC TIME LINES, I THINK WHAT WE NEED TO DO AND WHAT WE ARE DOING IS FOLLOWING THE SCIENCE AND SEE HOW THE SITUATION IS DEVELOPING AND THAT'S WHAT WE'RE GOING TO DO MAYBE DR

NJOO WANTS TO ADD >> IF YOU LOOK AT THE SCIENCE AND EVIDENCE AND THE EXPERIENCE OF OTHER COUNTRIES AROUND THE WORLD WITH THE PANDEMIC, I CAN SAY IT'S NOT DAYS AND WEEKS, BUT CERTAINLY MONTHS THAT THIS PANDEMIC WILL ENDURE SO CERTAINLY FROM A PUBLIC HEALTH PERSPECTIVE, WE'RE NOT THINKING IT'S GOING TO BE OVER IN THE NEXT FEW DAYS OR SO >> Reporter: WITH THIS PLAN, AND TURNS A BLIND EYE TO THE IMPACT OF THE VIRUS, WHAT IS YOUR PLAN TO STEP UP SCREENING AT THE BORDER FOR EVERYONE CROSSING IT, INCLUDING ESSENTIAL WORKERS? >> WELL, I THINK WE ANNOUNCED TODAY SOME STEPPED-UP BORDER MEASURES WHICH ARE VERY IMPORTANT ONES THE MANDATORY QUARANTINE

I DO WANT TO SAY ABOUT THOSE BORDERS MEASURES, I TRUST CANADIANS SO MUCH CANADIANS ARE GREAT AND PEOPLE HAVE BEEN MAKING REAL PERSONAL SACRIFICES TO SELF-ISOLATE AND PRACTISE PHYSICAL DISTANCING AT THE SAME TIME, I THINK ALL OF US ARE GOING TO BE AND FEEL SAFER WITH MANDATORY QUARANTINE FOR ANYONE ENTERING CANADA IN TERMS OF ESSENTIAL WORKERS, WE NEED TO BE REALLY THOUGHTFUL ABOUT WHAT WE DO THERE LET ME GIVE YOU THE EXAMPLE OF TRUCKERS

SOMETHING THAT WE HAVE DISCUSSED IN GOVERNMENT AND WITH BUSINESS AND WITH LABOUR LEADERS EXTENSIVELY WE RELY ON CROSS-BORDER TRADE FOR ESSENTIAL GOODS LIKE THE FOOD IN OUR GROCERY STORES, FOR ESSENTIAL MEDICAL SUPPLIES AND THOSE GOODS ARRIVE VERY OFTEN BY TRUCK SO WE NEED TO BE THOUGHTFUL ABOUT HOW THE PEOPLE WHO PROVIDE THOSE ESSENTIAL SERVICES INCLUDING FACILITATING CROSS BORDER TRADE ARE TREATED AND THAT IS WHY MINISTER HAJDU SPECIFICALLY SAID THAT THE MANDATORY QUARANTINE WILL NOT APPLY TO ESSENTIAL WORKERS WE, OF COURSE, UNDERSTAND THAT THE SITUATION IN THE WORLD AND ON OUR CONTINENT IS FLUID AND EVOLVING

AND AS THE SITUATION EVOLVES, WE'RE CONSTANTLY — BY CONSTANTLY, I MEAN EVERY SINGLE HOUR — REVIEWING ADDITIONAL MEASURES INCLUDING MEASURES AT THE BORDER >> THANK YOU I'LL START WITH MINISTER MILLER WE'RE HEARING ABOUT A CAPACITY SHIFT TO THE SOUTH THAT DOCTORS ARE RETURNING FROM RESERVES TO SERVE IN COMMUNITIES, THERE IS ENCOURAGEMENT OF TELEHEALTH IS THAT SHIFT HAPPENING? ARE THERE DOCTORS FROM ABROAD? AND HOW DOES THAT FIT FOR THE PLEDGE TO THE INDIGENOUS CANADIANS

>> THANK YOU FOR YOUR EXCELLENT REPORTING ON INDIGENOUS ISSUES IN PARTICULAR THERE ARE REALITIES THAT INDIGENOUS COMMUNITIES FACE, THAT IS SHORTAGE OF NURSES AND DOCTORS AND AS PART OF THE DISCUSSIONS, LOOKING AT WHAT THAT GAP IS HOW TO FILL IT IN THE MOST EXPEDITIOUS MANNER IS PART OF THE CONVERSATION THIS IS AN ONGOING DISCUSSION THAT IS HAPPENING IN REALTIME I'LL DEFER TO TOM TO ANSWER THE DIRECT QUESTIONS, BUT AS WE IDENTIFY THE NEEDS FOR SURGE CAPACITY WILL ALLOW US TO DEPLOY QUICKLY IN THE REGION SHOULD THE EPIDEMIC HIT IN A FASHION WE NEED TO ACT AND SUPPORT RAPIDLY, OR GETTING OUT THE BASIC PUBLIC MESSAGE, THAT COMES WITH A LOT OF DISCUSSIONS OVER FINANCIAL RESOURCES, BUT ALSO PHYSICAL RESOURCES, PERSONAL PROTECTION EQUIPMENT AND GETTING DOCTORS AND NURSES ON SITE IN A RAPID FASHION, IN A WAY THAT WILL BEST SERVE THOSE COMMUNITIES

I'LL LET TOM ANSWER THE REST OF THE QUESTION >> THANK YOU VERY MUCH WE ARE WORKING WITH THE NETWORK OF PHYSICIANS AND NURSES AND OTHER HEALTH PROFESSIONALS IN ORDER FOR THEM TO BE PART OF THE SURGE CAPACITY SHOULD A COMMUNITY NEED THAT THANK YOU >> Reporter: QUESTION FOR DOCTOR, WE HAVE PROVINCES THAT ARE SHIFTING TO SATELLITE LABS AWAY FROM THE CENTRAL LABS

IS EVERYTHING STILL CONFIRMED AT THE NATIONAL MICROBIOLOGY LAB WHAT IS THE SERVICE STANDARD? AND WHAT IS THE CURRENT BACKLOG OF THE SAMPLES TO BE TESTED? >> OKAY, SO IN TERMS OF THE TESTING REGIME, AT THE BEGINNING OF THE SITUATION IN JANUARY, CERTAINLY ALL OF THE LABORATORY CONFIRMATIONS WERE DONE BY OUR NATIONAL MICROBIOLOGY LABORATORY, BUT WHAT HAPPENED IS GOOD COLLABORATION BETWEEN OUR LABORATORY AND THE ONES IN THE PROVINCE AND TERRITORIES AND NOW WE HAVE A VALIDATED SO THERE IS NO NEED TO HAVE THE TEST OR RECONFIRMED IF ONE OF THE PROVINCIAL LABS VALIDATES IT, HAS THEIR OWN TEST RESULT AS POSITIVE, THAT IS CONFIRMED IT DOESN'T HAVE TO GO TO THE MML AT THIS POINT, IT'S THERE TO HELP THE SMALLER PROVINCES THAT MAY NOT HAVE THE CAPACITY

AND CERTAINLY IN TERMS OF THE TURNAROUND TIME, ONCE THEY GET THE SAMPLE IT TAKES LESS THAN A DAY >> THANK YOU FOR TAKING MY QUESTION MY FIRST QUESTION FOR DR NJOO IT'S OUR UNDERSTANDING THAT C13 LET'S THE GOVERNMENT CREATE INVENTION TO RESPOND TO THE HEALTH EMERGENCY? DOES THIS APPLY TO DRUGS AND COULD IT LEAD TO VACCINES? >> THAT IS OUT OF MY SCOPE IN TERMS OF MY EXPERTISE

CERTAINLY AS A PUBLIC HEALTH PHYSICIAN, WE'RE WORKING CLOSELY WITH HEALTH CANADA, BUT IF YOU'RE LOOKING AT LICENCING REGULATIONS, I'M NOT IN A POSITION TO ANSWER THAT WE KNOW OBVIOUSLY, OUR MINISTER OF HEALTH, MINISTER HAJDU, HAS APPROVED SOME OF THE NEW TESTING TECHNOLOGY, SO I CAN SPEAK TO THE POSTURE IN TERMS OF THE LABORATORY TEST APPROACHING APPROACH, BUT I CAN'T SPEAK TO THAT >> WORTH A SHOT YOU HAVE SAID THERE IS ADDITIONAL AID AND MEASURES COMING I'M WONDERING CAN YOU KNOW WHEN WE'LL SEE THE AID AND WHAT AREAS IT'S GOING TO BE IN AND WHEN WE'RE GOING TO SEE THE ENERGY PACKAGE? >> WE HAVE BEEN WORKING TO MAKE SURE WE DEAL WITH THE MOST URGENT AND IMPORTANT ISSUES FIRST

AND WHAT, FROM OUR PERSPECTIVE, WE'VE REALIZED IS THAT THERE WILL BE CANADIANS, MANY CANADIANS, WHO FIND THEMSELVES WITHOUT INCOME, PERHAPS ALREADY, AND CERTAINLY IN THE COMING DAYS THAT'S WHY WE PUT THAT THE VERY FIRST THING ON OUR AGENDA, PRETTY MUCH SIMULTANEOUSLY WITH ESAID WE NEED TO SUPPORT BUSINESSES SO THEY CAN BRIDGE THIS TIME FROM WHERE WE ARE TODAY TO WHEN WE GET THROUGH THE ISSUE THAT HAS MEANT WE NEED TO WORK ON MULTIPLE FRONTS AT THE SAME TIME WE NEED TO MAKE SURE WE HAVE ADEQUATE FINANCIAL CAPABILITY FOR FIRMS TO MAKE THAT POSSIBLE SO THAT'S WHY WE'RE WORKING WITH THE BANKS TO MAKE SURE CREDIT AVAILABLE TO BUSINESSES SMALL AND LARGE

AND IT MEANS WE NEED TO BE THINK BEING NOT ONLY THE SCALE OF THE COMPANIES, BUT ALSO THE PARTICULAR SECTORS YOU MENTIONED THE OIL AND GAS SECTOR, THE ENERGY SECTOR IT IS ONE OF THE SECTORS THAT IS PARTICULARLY HARD-HIT BECAUSE THEY HAVE THE ISSUE BOTH AROUND THE COVID-19 CHALLENGE AND AROUND THE LOW PRICE OF OIL AND GAS AS A RESULT OF THE OPEC DECISION SO WE KNOW THAT IS AT OR NEAR THE FRONT OF THE THINGS WE NEED TO BE CONCERNED ABOUT, BECAUSE THE SMALL AND MEDIUM-SIZED ENTERPRISES IN THAT SECTOR ARE PARTICULARLY VULNERABLE I WANT TO MAKE SURE PEOPLE UNDERSTAND IT'S MULTIPLE SECTORS

WE'RE LOOKING AT THE AIRLINES SECTOR WE'RE LOOKING AT THE HOSPITALITY SECTOR WRIT LARGE WHICH IS FACING ENORMOUS CHALLENGES, MAKING SURE WE CAN DELIVER FROM THEM IN TERMS OF WHEN WE HAVE MORE TO SAY, IT WILL BE IN THE VERY NEAR TERM IN THE COMING DAYS WE WANT TO GIVE PEOPLE A MORE FULL UNDERSTANDING HOW THE IMPACTS WILL BE MITIGATED TO THE BEST EXTENT POSSIBLE IN THIS CHALLENGING TIME TODAY, I THINK WHAT YOU'VE HEARD US SAY IS NOT ONLY ARE WE ENSURING THAT PEOPLE HAVE ACCESS TO $2,000 A MONTH FOR FOUR MONTHS, BUT THAT IS SOMETHING THAT IS DIRECTLY ADVANTAGING COMPANIES, BECAUSE THE COMPANIES DON'T NEED TO SEPARATE THEIR EMPLOYEE FROM THEIR COMPANY

THEY JUST NEED TO SAY, WE CAN'T PAY YOU DURING THIS TIME PERIOD WHEN THAT HAPPENS, THERE IS A DIRECT WAGE SUBSIDY TO PEOPLE, TO EMPLOYEES, SO THEY CAN ACTUALLY LIVE THEIR LIVES WHEN THIS DONE AND THEY CAN GO BACK TO WORK FOR THEIR EMPLOYERS AND THAT WE THINK IS CRITICALLY IMPORTANT >> WE'RE GOING TO TAKE THREE QUESTIONS ONE IN FRENCH TO START: >> Reporter: [Speaking French] >> Translator: THANK YOU MR

MORNEAU, I'D LIKE TO UNDERSTAND YOUR FIRST ASSISTANCE ANNOUNCEMENT WAS A WEEK AGO ALREADY AND YOU SAID WE'RE LOOKING AT APRIL 6TH FOR AN ONLINE PORTAL, ANOTHER 10 DAYS, WHICH BRINGS US TO THE 17TH OF APRIL, MR TRUDEAU SAYS IT COULD TAKE A FEW DAYS FOR A CHEQUE, THAT WILL LEAD US TO THE 27TH THERE ARE A MILLION PEOPLE WHO ASKED FOR EI LAST WEEK PEOPLE NEED THE MONEY URGENTLY AND YOU'RE TELLING THEM 27 DAYS FROM THE FIRST ANNOUNCEMENT AND WHEN THE CHEQUE ARRIVES IS THAT REASONABLE? HOW CAN YOU JUSTIFY SUCH A DELAY? >> THANK YOU FOR YOUR QUESTION

I ABSOLUTELY AGREE THAT THIS SITUATION IS URGENT AND THAT IS WHY WE FOUND A SIMPLE AND EFFICIENT WAY TO DELIVER OUR AID AND THAT'S WHAT WE'RE PROPOSING WE'RE GOING TO HAVE A SYSTEM THAT WILL BE DELIVERED TO PEOPLE, DELIVERING MONEY IN THE COMING WEEKS WE THINK IT WILL START IN THE WEEK OF APRIL 6TH

I CAN'T TELL YOU AN EXACT DATE BECAUSE WE'RE ENSURING THAT OUR SYSTEM WILL BE WORKING CLEARLY, OUR SYSTEMS DIDN'T HAVE THE CAPACITY TO FACE — RISE TO THIS CHALLENGE AND THAT'S WHY WE'RE FINDING AWAY TO DEAL WITH IT IT'S URGENT, IMPORTANT AND WE'RE GOING TO BE THERE I KNOW IT WILL TAKE ANOTHER FEW DAYS I KNOW IT'S HARD FOR PEOPLE

AND THAT'S ABSOLUTELY TRUE BUT WE HAVE TO DO THIS, WE HAVE TO HAVE AN APPROACH THAT WORKS OTHERWISE, THE SITUATION WILL GET EVEN WORSE IN THE COMING DAYS, WE'RE GOING TO HAVE MORE DETAILS WE'LL BE ABLE TO TELL YOU EXACTLY HOW AND WHEN AND, OF COURSE, WE DO HAVE TO WORK TOGETHER TO ENSURE — WE DO HAVE A GOOD APPROACH

>> Reporter: MY QUESTION IS VERY PRECISE I'M NOT SURE IF SOMEONE CAN ANSWER IT IF YOU DON'T HAVE THE ANSWER THAT IS OKAY, BUT THE WORK THAT IS BEING DONE ON THE EFFICIENT SYSTEM TO DISTRIBUTE FUNDING TO CANADA, WHEN DID THE TECHNICAL WORK ACTUALLY BEGIN TO MAKE THE SYSTEM WORK? WE HEARD LAST WEEK WE WAITED FOR THE BILL TO BE ADOPTED BUT WE WANT TO KNOW WHEN YOU STARTED TO ELABORATING THE SYSTEM THAT YOU'RE GOING TO IMPLEMENT? >> ANSWER

WE STARTED THE APPROACH OVER THE PAST COUPLE OF WEEKS THAT WAS ALREADY UNDER WAY AND NOW WE WANT TO MAKE SURE THAT GIVEN THE SCALE AND THE LEVEL OF DEMAND, THAT WE'RE ABLE TO ENSURE THAT THE MONEY WILL BE THERE FOR PEOPLE THAT'S VERY IMPORTANT WE'RE GOING TO HAVE MORE TO SAY ABOUT THIS AND THE WORK WHICH STARTED MORE THAN A WEEK AGO

AND WE'RE GOING TO UTILIZE THE MOST EFFICIENT SYSTEM IN THE FEDERAL GOVERNMENT TO ENSURE THAT THE FUNDS ARE THERE AND THE REASON WE DECIDED THIS WEEK TO HAVE A SINGLE BENEFIT IN PLACE FOR ALL CANADIANS IN A SITUATION WHERE THEY'RE LACKING INCOME BECAUSE OF COVID-19 IS BECAUSE, CLEARLY, WE DO HAVE TO HAVE A SYSTEM THAT IS EFFICIENT AND STRONG ENOUGH TO MAKE SURE THAT WE'LL BE THERE FOR THEM AND I THINK WE FOUND A GOOD SOLUTION AND WE'RE GOING TO CONTINUE TO WORK TO ENSURE THAT THE SYSTEM WILL FUNCTION AS IT SHOULD >> THANK YOU OPERATOR, NEXT QUESTION, PLEASE

>> THANK YOU, THE NEXT QUESTION "TORONTO STAR" GO AHEAD YOUR LINE IS OPEN >> Reporter: JUST ON THE NEXT STEP OF THE FINANCIAL AID TARGETED AT CERTAIN SECTORS, DOES THE BILL THAT WE EXPECT TO BE PASSED BY THE SENATE TODAY, THE NEW BILL, GIVE THE GOVERNMENT THE POWER TO ENACT THAT SPENDING, TO SEND OUT THE NEXT STEP OF MONEY FOR THIS WITHOUT RECALLING PARLIAMENT, WITHOUT PASSING ANOTHER BILL? >> I THINK THAT QUESTION WAS FOR ME? >> Reporter: YES >> I DO, TOO

>> SO WHAT IS CLEAR, WE NEED TO HAVE THE CAPACITY IN THIS GOVERNMENT TO ACT RAPIDLY WE ALSO NEED TO THINK ABOUT THE CHALLENGE THAT WE'RE FACING WE KNOW THAT GETTING THE OPPORTUNITY FOR CREDIT TO BUSINESSES SMALL, MEDIUM AND LARGE IS CRITICALLY IMPORTANT WE KNOW THAT IN ORDER TO DO THAT WE NEED TO HAVE THE AUTHORITIES TO MAKE SURE THAT BUSINESS DEVELOPMENT BANK OF CANADA, EXPORT DEVELOPMENT CORPORATION, BOTH HAVE THE ABILITY TO DELIVER THAT GOES AS WELL FOR FARM CREDIT CANADA

SO THE BILL AS IT'S BEING LOOKED AT RIGHT NOW BY THE SENATE ENABLES US TO LIST THOSE — LIFT THOSE LIMITS SO WE CAN DELIVER THAT SORT OF FINANCIAL CREDIT APPROPRIATELY CONSIDERED TO ALL THOSE ORGANIZATIONS AND THE PARLIAMENT HAS APPROVED THIS MORNING, AS YOU KNOW, AT 6:00, THAT BILL THAT DOES ALLOW US THAT CAPACITY THAT'S WHY WE'RE WORKING TOGETHER WITH THE BANKS TO ENSURE WE GET IT OUT IN A RAPID WAY FOR BUSINESSES FACING CHALLENGES >> JUST AS A FOLLOW-UP, I THINK THIS MIGHT BE FOR THE DEPUTY PRIME MINISTER ON THE ENFORCED MANDATORY QUARANTINE WE KNOW THAT A LOT OF PEOPLE RETURNED FROM SPRING BREAK, WE'VE SEEN REPATRIATION FLIGHTS IN RECENT DAYS WILL THIS APPLY RETROACTIVELY TO PEOPLE WHO HAVE COME BACK TO CANADA RECENTLY? WILL IT APPLY RETROACTIVELY? >> NO, THE MANDATORY ISOLATION APPLIES AT MIDNIGHT TONIGHT

FOR ALL TRAVELLERS INTO CANADA AND JUST LET ME REMIND PEOPLE THAT ALREADY WHEN PEOPLE SAY FLY INTO CANADA, ALREADY AT THOSE KIOSKS, YOU GET A SCREEN WHICH STRONGLY RECOMMENDS THAT YOU SELF-ISOLATE FOR 14 DAYS AND YOU HAVE TO ACKNOWLEDGE THAT YOU HAVE RECEIVED THAT STRONG RECOMMENDATION SO THAT IS ALREADY IN PLACE PEOPLE ARE ALREADY CLEARLY BEING ADVISED TO DO THIS

AND THEY NEED TO ACKNOWLEDGE THEY'RE ADVISED TO DO THIS WE WILL, FROM MIDNIGHT TONIGHT, BE TAKING THE CONTACT DETAILS OF ALL RETURNING — WELL, OF ALL PEOPLE COMING INTO CANADA, AND THEN WE'LL FOLLOW UP WITH THEM TO BE SURE THAT THEY ARE, INDEED, SELF-ISOLATING BECAUSE AS OF MIDNIGHT THAT BECOMES MANDATORY BUT LET ME EMPHASIZE, YOU SHOULD BE DOING IT ALREADY THIS IS A STEP WE CAN ALL TAKE TO PROTECT THE HEALTH AND SAFETY OF CANADIANS AND ULTIMATELY TO ENSURE THAT OUR ECONOMIC REBOUND COMES MORE QUICKLY IF WE CAN FLATTEN THE CURVE, THEN WE CAN GO BACK TO NORMAL LIFE MORE QUICKLY

>> THANK YOU, ONE LAST QUESTION ON THE PHONE AND THEN WE'LL TAKE ONE FROM THE ROOM CALL IT A DAY >> THANK YOU THE NEXT QUESTION IS FROM RADIO-CANADA

GO AHEAD, YOUR LINE IS OPEN >> Reporter: [Speaking French] TRANSWE'VE SEEN THAT THE SITUATION IS WORSENING IN THE US AND THEY'RE CLOSE TO US I'D LIKE TO KNOW, TO WHAT EXTENT DOES THIS CONCERN YOU? [please stand by] interpreter] THIS QUARANTINE IS NOW MANDATORY, UNDER LAW, AS MIDNIGHT TONIGHT

IT IS ANOTHER MEASURE THAT STRENGTHENS OUR ABILITY TO PROTECT CANADIANS FROM CHALLENGES AND EVEN POTENTIALLY THREATS THAT EXIST ELSEWHERE IN THE WORLD NOTABLY, SOUTH OF THE BORDER [Speaking French][Speaking throh interpreter] IT IS IS A POSSIBILITY, POSSIBLY — COULD YOU CONSIDER RESTRICTING TRAFFIC ADDITIONALLY TO AVOID CONTAMINATION INCREASING IN CANADA? >> ALL OPTIONS ARE ON THE TABLE WE DO HAVE TO LOOK AT ALL POSSIBILITIES ALWAYS, OF COURSE, WITH THE CONCERN OF HAVING ESSENTIAL GOODS IN CANADA AND MEDICAL EQUIPMENT, FOOD THAT PEOPLE NEED TO LIVE AND EVEN SURVIVE IN CANADA

BUT, OF COURSE, WE ALWAYS HAVE TO KEEP A CAREFUL EYE ON WHAT IS HAPPENING IN THE UNITED STATES THANK YOU [End of translation] >> I'LL GO BACK TO THE ROOM FOR ONE LAST QUESTION MIKE FROM GLOBAL? >> I'M GOOD >> MAYBE ONE LAST QUESTION ON THE PHONE, MAYBE, OPERATOR? >> CERTAINLY

THE NEXT QUESTION IS FROM LAUREN GARDNER OF "POLÍTICO" PLEASE GO AHEAD, YOUR LINE IS OPEN >> Caller: THANKS FOR TAKING MY QUESTION BOTH THE PRIME MINISTER AND MR DECLAUDE HAVE INDICATED THAT RESTRICTIONS AT THE CANADA-U

S BORDER COULD BE TIGHTENED EVEN FURTHER, DEPENDING ON HOW THE NUMBER OF CASES OUT IN THE STATE AND THE MINISTER ALSO MENTIONED WORKERS AND THAT COULD YOU DESCRIBE WHAT IT WOULD TAKE, WHAT THE THRESHOLD MIGHT BE FOR THE GOVERNOR TO FURTHER TIGHTEN WHAT IS ALREADY HAPPENING AT THE BORDER, AND WHAT ARE THE CONTINGENCY PLANS THAT THE PRIME MINISTER MENTIONED YESTERDAY AT THE BORDER LOOKS LIKE? >> Chrystia Freeland: I THINK WE HAVE SEEN TODAY SOME OF THE CONTINGENCY PLANS THAT THE PRIME MINISTER WAS REFERRING TO COMING INTO FORCE OBLIGATORY QUARANTINE OF EVERYONE COMING INTO CANADA IS A SERIOUS FURTHER STEP

IT IS AN IMPORTANT STEP, AND IT SHOULD MAKE ALL CANADIANS FEEL MUCH SAFER WE TOOK, LAST WEEK, VERY CAREFUL AND VERY SIGNIFICANT MEASURES WHEN IT COMES TO OUR BORDER WITH THE UNITED STATES MEASURES THAT WE TOOK VERY MUCH IN COLLABORATION AND COOPERATION WITH OUR AMERICAN NEIGHBOURS, AND MEASURES THAT WERE CAREFULLY DESIGNED TO ENSURE THAT ESSENTIAL WORK, ESSENTIAL TRADE CAN CONTINUE YOU HEARD US ALL TODAY REALLY EMPHASIZING THE EXTENT TO WHICH THE FOOD ON OUR TABLES, THE DRUGS IN OUR DRUGSTORES REALLY DEPEND ON THAT CROSS-BORDER TRADE I DO WANT TO TAKE A MINUTE TO THANK THE TRUCKERS WHO ARE DRIVING BACK AND FORTH ACROSS THE BORDER EVERY DAY

THEY ARE DOING IMPORTANT WORK, WHICH WE NEED TO ACTUALLY SURVIVE WE ARE, OF COURSE, THINKING VERY CAREFULLY ABOUT ADDITIONAL MEASURES YOU'VE SEEN US ALREADY IN THE COURSE OF JUST THE PAST 10 DAYS TAKE A REAL SERIES OF STEPS TO IMPROVE CONTROL AT THE BORDER, INCLUDING THE OBLIGATORY QUARANTINE THAT IS SOMETHING WE'RE CONSTANTLY REVIEWING, AND WE WILL CONTINUE TO REVIEW IT I ALSO DO WANT TO SAY THAT CROSS-BORDER TRAFFIC HAS BEEN DECREASING VERY SIGNIFICANTLY

SO WE HAVE BEEN SEEING PEOPLE RESPONDING BOTH TO THESE BORDER RESTRICTIONS, AND ALSO TO THE BROADER MESSAGE, WHICH PEOPLE ARE HEARING FROM THEIR GOVERNMENTS IN BOTH CANADA AND THE UNITED STATES, AND, FRANKLY, AROUND THE WORLD AND THAT MESSAGE IS THAT NOW IS THE TIME TO STAY HOME NOW IS THE TIME TO PRACTICE PHYSICAL DISTANCING, AND THAT IS WHAT WE ARE SEEING ON OUR CONTINENT, AT OUR BORDER, AND AROUND THE WORLD >> Caller: AND AS A FOLLOWUP, MS FREELAND, I'M WONDERING WHAT IT WAS LIKE TO MAKE THESE SORTS OF CALLS YOU WERE DESCRIBING OVER THE LAST 10 DAYS, UNDERING YEAR IN UNCHARTERED TERRITORY AND IT IS A PANDEMIC, BUT THIS GOVERNMENT HAS A HISTORY OF PROJECTING IT IS OPEN TO PEOPLE COMING FROM DIFFERENT PLACES

WHAT HAS IT BEEN LIKE TO MAKE THESE CALLS THAT ARE SOMEWHAT OF A TOTAL 180 IN SOME RESPECTS? >> Chrystia Freeland: I DON'T BELIEVE THEY'RE AT ODDS WITH OUR GOVERNMENT'S OR MY CORE BELIEFS IN ANY WAY OUR GOVERNMENT TOTALLY UNDERSTANDS THAT OUR ABSOLUTE PRIORITY NEEDS TO BE THE HEALTH OF SAFETY OF CANADIANS IN PURSUIT OF THAT, THE FEDERAL GOVERNMENT, PROVINCIAL GOVERNMENTS, MUNICIPAL LEADERS, INDIGENOUS LEADERS, CANADIANS VISIT THE COUNTRY HAVE BEEN DOING EXTRAORDINARY THINGS OUR CHILDREN ARE NOT IN SCHOOL VERY, VERY MANY PEOPLE ARE WORKING FROM HOME

MANY PEOPLE ARE NOT WORKING AT ALL WE ARE PRACTICING, ALL OF US, SOCIAL DISTANCING — I HOPE ALL OF US ARE PRACTICING IT — IN WAYS THAT HAVE HAD A HUGE IN PACT ON ALL OF OUR LIVES THESE ARE EXTRAORDINARY TIMES, AND I KNOW THAT WE ALL GET THAT AND THOSE EXTRAORDINARY CHANGES ABSOLUTELY NEED TO HAVE AN IMPACT, AND HAVE HAD AN IMPACT, ON WHAT WE'RE DOING AT OUR BORDERS THIS IS NOT ANY KIND OF SHIFT IN OUR GOVERNMENT'S VIEWS

THIS IS ABOUT TAKING VERY PRACTICAL STEPS TO PROTECT THE HEALTH AND SAFETY OF CANADIANS THE 14-DAY QUARANTINE IS VERY MUCH ANOTHER STEP ON THAT PATH AND WE WILL ALWAYS PUT THE HEALTH AND SAFETY OF CANADIANS FIRST AND I THINK ALL OF US FEEL VERY CLEAR AND VERY CONFIDENT THAT THAT IS THE RIGHT DIRECTION >> OKAY

MERCÍ BEAUCOUP[Speaking through interpreter] THANK YOU VERY MUCH THAT WRAPS UP OUR PRESS CONFERENCE FOR TODAY [End of translation] >> Rosemary: ALL RIGHT THAT IS OUR DAILY BRIEFING FROM CABINET MINISTERS AND PUBLIC HEALTH OFFICIALS ON THE PANDEMIC IN THIS COUNTRY

A BIG BIT OF NEWS CAME OUT ACTUALLY IN THE SENATE A SHORT TIME AGO, WHERE HEALTH MINISTER PATTY HAJDU WAS ANSWERING QUESTIONS FROM SENATORS AROUND THE COVID-19 SPECIAL AID PACKAGE BUT AS SHE WAS ANSWERING THOSE QUESTIONS, THE HEALTH MINISTER ANNOUNCED MUCH TOUGHER MEASURES, A SIGNIFICANT MOVE BY THE GOVERNMENT, TO MAKE SURE THAT TRAVELERS RETURNING TO CANADA WHO PREVIOUSLY HAD BEEN ASKED TO SELF-ISOLATE FOR 14 DAYS ARE NOW GOING TO BE ASKED — WILL BE REQUIRED, RATHER, TO HAVE ISOLATION FOR 14 DAYS UNDER THE QUARANTINE ACT LET ME LET THE HEALTH MINISTER EXPLAIN THIS MEASURE >> AFFECTIVE AT MIDNIGHT TONIGHT, TRAVELERS RETURNING TO CANADA, WITH THE EXCEPTION OF ESSENTIAL WORKERS, WILL BE SUBJECT TO A MANDATORY 14-DAY ISOLATION UNDER THE QUARANTINE ACT IT WILL PROVIDE THE CLARITY ABOUT THE ESSENTIAL NEEDS TO SELF-ISOLATE

THOSE WHO EXHIBIT SYMPTOMS UPON ARRIVING TO CANADA WILL BE FORBIDDEN TO USE PUBLIC TRANSPORTATION AND THEY WILL BE FORBIDDEN TO SELF-ISOLATE WHERE THERE ARE VULNERABLE PEOPLE >> Rosemary: ALL RIGHT AND THAT IS THE HEALTH MINISTER, PATTY HAJDU, WITH THAT NEWS A LITTLE CURIOUS BECAUSE THE PRIME MINISTER GOT A COUPLE OF VERY SPECIFIC QUESTIONS ABOUT THAT EARLIER, BUT DID NOT INT THAT THE FEDERAL HINT THAT THE FEDERAL GOVERNMENT WAS MAKING THIS DECISION TO USE THE QUARANTINE ACT TO ENFORCE NOW ISOLATION ON PEOPLE COMING FROM OUTSIDE OF THIS COUNTRY

AND STILL LOTS OF QUESTIONS IN THAT PRESS CONFERENCE LEFT, VASSY, ABOUT HOW THAT ACTUALLY WORKS AND I'M STILL NOT CLEAR ON WHAT THAT ACTUALLY MEANS >> Vassy: YEAH IT SOUNDS LIKE, OR CHRYSTIA FREELAND SEEMED TO INDICATE THAT THE ENFORCEMENT SIDE OF THINGS, HOW IT WILL WORK, THAT INFORMATION WILL BE RELEASED LATER TODAY YOU'RE RIGHT THAT THE PRIME MINISTER GOT THIS EXACT QUESTION: WHY ARE YOU USING THE HONOUR SYSTEM? WHY DON'T YOU USE THE QUARANTINE ACT TO ENFORCE THIS ASK YOU HAVE MADE

HE SPECIFICALLY DID NOT SAY IT WILL BE USED HE SAID THIS IS WHAT IS REQUIRED, AND THEN MINUTES LATER THE HEALTH MINISTER MADE THAT ANNOUNCEMENT THIS, ACCORDING TO MINISTER FREELAND, BECOMES A LEGAL OBLIGATION AS OF MIDNIGHT AND IT ALSO EXCLUDES ESSENTIAL WORKERS SO I THINK THAT IS PERT PERTINENT TO A LOT OF THE PEOPLE GOING CROSS-BORDER

YOU'RE NOT SUPPOSED TO BE TRAVELING BETWEEN THE BORDERS, BUT IF YOU ARE, FOR EXAMPLE, A TRUCKER THAT IS BRINGING GOODS THAT CANADIANS NEED, OR SHIPPING THAT TYPE OF THING, IT SOUNDS LIKE YOU WOULD BE EXCLUDED FROM THIS AND IF YOU ARE GOING TO ENFORCE THIS, WHAT PENALTIES DO PEOPLE FACE IF THEY DON'T COMPLY? HOW ARE YOU GOING TO EVEN FIND OUT THEY'RE NOT COMPLYING? HOW IS THIS LOGISTICALLY GOING TO WORK AND THE GOVERNMENT AT THIS POINT PROVIDED NO DETAILS ON THAT DEPUTY PRIME MINISTER CHRYSTIA FREELAND INDICATING THAT THAT SPECIFIC INFORMATION WOULD COME LATER TODAY >> Rosemary: AND THE ONLY OTHER HINT I THINK WE GOT ON HOW IT MIGHT WORK, I THINK IT WAS THE DEPUTY PRIME MINISTER AGAIN SAYING WE WILL FOLLOW UP WITH THEM AFTER THEY HAVE BEEN TAKEN INTO A DIFFERENT LOCATION

PATTY HAJDU AS WELL SUGGESTING THAT THE PUBLIC HEALTH AGENCY MIGHT HOUSE THESE PEOPLE TEMPORARILY, IF NEEDED, OR GET THEM TO THEIR NEXT LOCATION IN ORDER TO ISOLATE IN A MANDATORY WAY IT IS OBVIOUSLY PART OF THE CONSEQUENCE OF THE FACT THAT THE UNITED STATES DOES NOT SEEM TO HAVE A HANDLE ON THE COVID-19 PANDEMIC IN ANY WAY, SHAPE, OR FORM IF YOU LOOK AT NEW YORK, WHICH WE, OF COURSE, SHARE ABORTED WITH, THINGS ARE NOT GOING WELL AND WHEN YOU HAVE THE US

PRESIDENT SAYING THINGS LIKE "THIS IS GOING TO BE OVER IN TWO WEEKS," THAT IS OBVIOUSLY CAUSE OF CONCERN FOR CANADA AND IT MEANS ALL OF THE CANADIANS WAITING TO ARE REPATRIATED WILL BE IN AN ENFORCED MANDATORY ISOLATION FOR 14 DAYS BECAUSE SOME PEOPLE WEREN'T FOLLOWING THE RULES I'LL GOING TO KATHRYN TO CIRCLE ON THE OTHER BIG ANNOUNCEMENT THERE IS ALWAYS NEWS DURING THIS TIME, AND THAT IS ON THE CANADA EMERGENCY RESPONSE BENEFIT THE FINANCE MINISTER WILL RECEIVE — HE WAS ASKED ABOUT HOW THAT IS GOING TO WORK

KATHRYN, WHAT STOOD OUT FOR YOU THERE? >> HE IS CONTINUING TO BE PRESSED ABOUT THE BIG QUESTION IN ALL OF THIS, WHICH IS: WHEN ARE YOU GOING TO BE ABLE TO DELIVER THIS? NOW YOU'VE GOT TO GET THE MECHANISM IN PLACE AND GET THE MONEY OUT TO PEOPLE HOW CAN YOU EXPLAIN TO CANADIANS THAT THIS IS TAKING SO LONG? AND THE GOVERNMENT KEEPS SAYING, YOU KNOW, THIS IS AN EXTRAORDINARY EFFORT IT IS AN UNPRECEDENTED EFFORT THEY'RE SIEGED WITH THE URGENCY OF THIS WE GOT SOME INFORMATION ABOUT THE NUMBER OF PEOPLE WHO HAVE BEEN TRANSFERRED OVER IN THEIR JOBS

1300 PEOPLE WHO HAVE COME FROM OTHER PARTS OF GOVERNMENT WHO ARE TRYING TO HELP PROCESS ALL OF THESE APPLICATIONS WE KNOW FOR ANYONE WHO IS LISTENING AND WANTS TO KNOW WHAT IS GOING TO HAPPEN, THE GOVERNMENT IS TALKING ABOUT GETTING SOME SORT OF ONLINE PORTAL UP, PERHAPS AS EARLY AS APRIL 6th, AND DEFINITELY QUESTIONS ABOUT TIMELINE AS WE CREEP CLOSER AND CLOSER TO THE END OF THE MONTH, AND MANY PEOPLE HAVE BILLS COMING UP — I WOULD ALSO NOTE ON THAT QUESTION ABOUT THE QUARANTINE ACT AND THE MEASURES PATTY HAJDU WILL BE PUTTING INTO PLACE, SHE DID SAY OVER THE WEEKEND THAT ONE OF THE OPTIONS OPEN TO HER UNDER THE QUARANTINE ACT ARE FINES AND CRIMINAL PENALTIES WE KNOW THAT IS AN OPTION THAT THEY HAVE AND I WAS REALLY STRUCK WHEN CHRYSTIA FREELAND SAID, IT SHOULD MAKE ALL CANADIANS FEEL MUCH SAFER THAT THE GOVERNMENT IS NOW DOING THIS

IF IT IS REALLY GOING TO MAKE THAT BIG OF A DIFFERENCE, IF THAT IS NOT JUST HYPERBOLE, SOME PEOPLE ARE GOING TO BE ASKING WHY DIDN'T THEY DO THIS EARLIER >> Rosemary: THE ESSENTIAL WORKERS THAT ARE ALREADY TRAVELING BACK AND FORTH CAN CONTINUE TO DO THAT, AS VASSY POINTED OUT AND AS THE DEPUTY PRIME MINISTER SAID, THE AMOUNT OF TRAVELING HAPPENING ACROSS THE BORDER IS VERY, VERY SMALL BECAUSE YOU CAN'T TRAVEL FOR RECREATIONAL REASONS MY FABULOUS PRODUCER SENT ME THIS, WHAT THE QUARANTINE ACT GIVES THE FEDERAL GOVERNMENT POWERS TO DO, TO FINE OR JAIL SOMEONE VIOLATING INSTRUCTIONS, AND THEY CAN FACE A FINE OF UP TO $1 MILLION AND AS MANY AS THREE YEARS IN PRISON IT IS A SERIOUS TOOL, AND HOW THEY ACTUALLY ENFORCE IT, THOSE DETAILS TO COME

VASSY KAPELOS AND CATHERINE CULLEN, THANK YOU FOR JOINING US AND YOU CATCH VASSY KAPELOS ON "POWER AND POLITICS" AS WE GET UPDATES ON THE STATE OF THE PANDEMIC ACROSS THE COUNTRY, WE'LL GET MORE UPDATES PROVINCIALLY AS THE DAY GOES ON LET ME TELL YOU AS OF RIGHT NOW THERE ARE MORE THAN 3,000 CASES IN CANADA, AND MORE THAN 27 DEATHS, WITH QUEBEC CONFIRMING IN THIS HOUR THERE HAVE BEEN TWO MORE DEATHS IN THAT PROVINCE LET ME SIGN OFF WITH MY COVERAGE, AND LET'S BRING YOU TO QUEBEC CITY WHERE PREMIER FRANÇOIS LEQAULT IS PROVIDING AN UPDATE IN THE PROVINCE

[Speaking French][Speaking throh interpreter] THERE ARE A TOTAL OF 1,39 CONFIRMED CASE WE HAVE ALL OF THE PROTECTIVE EQUIPMENT THAT IS NECESSARY I ADMIT WE HAD A FEW PROBLEMS IN THE DISTRIBUTION, AND WE ARE CORRECTING THIS RIGHT NOW THERE IS NOTHING THAT IS GOING TO BE NEGLECTED TO PROTECT OUR HEALTH CARE STAFF

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