COVID-19 update: Trudeau implements Quarantine Act

CORONAVIRUS PANDEMIC THE LEADERS OF THE WORLD MET VIRTUALLY BY VIDEO CONFERENCE THIS MORNING AND WE ARE STANDING BY TO HEAR MORE ABOUT THAT FROM JUSTIN TRUDEAU, CANADA'S PRIME MINISTER, AS WE AWAIT HIS DAILY BRIEFING WHICH WILL HAPPEN IN 15 MINUTE'S TIME

TO GIVE YOU A STATE OF PLAY HERE IN THIS COUNTRY, LET ME BRING YOU UP TO DATE ON THE RECENT NUMBERS MORE THAN 3400 CASES, CONFIRMED CASES OF COVID-19, AT LEAST 36 DEATHS, NEARLY HALF OF CANADA'S COVID-19 CASES ARE BEING ACQUIRED THROUGH COMMUNITY SPREAD WHICH IS, OF COURSE, ONE OF THE REASONS WHY PUBLIC HEALTH OFFICIALS AND GOVERNMENT OFFICIALS ARE TELLING PEOPLE TO STAY INSIDE AND LIMIT THEIR SOCIALIZING AND TO SELF ISOLATE AS MUCH AS POSSIBLE IT CAME THROUGH TRAVEL BUT GIVEN MUCH OF THE TRAVEL HAS NOW BEEN SHUT DOWN INTO THIS COUNTRY OR HEAVILY RESTRICTED, THE COMMUNITY SPREAD HAS BECOME THE BIGGEST CAUSE OF THIS OR AT LEAST HALF OF THE CAUSE OF THIS AND IS THE MAJOR CONCERN FOR PUBLIC HEALTH OFFICIALS EVERY PROVINCE AND TERRITORY HAS NOW DECLARED SOME SORT OF STATE OF EMERGENCY, HEALTH EMERGENCY OR GENERAL STATE OF EMERGENCY PROVINCES ARE LIMITING WHO IS COMING INTO THEIR PROVINCES AND TELLING PEOPLE TO SELF-ISOLATE FOR 14 DAYS EVEN IF THEY'VE TRAVELED WITHIN CANADA

I JUST WANT TO SHOW EVERYONE A SHOT, A PHOTO, IF I CAN, OF THE G20 LEADERS IN THIS EXTRAORDINARY TIME MEETING AND VIRTUALLY ALL OF THEM AROUND THE WORLD GETTING TOGETHER FOR A LARGE TELECONFERENCE I BELIEVE YOU CAN SEE OUR PRIME MINISTER RIGHT IN THE MIDDLE THERE THAT CALL, AN ATTEMPT TO TALK NOT JUST ABOUT CONTROLLING THE PANDEMIC AND MAKING SURE THE WORLD'S HEALTH ORGANIZATION HAS ENOUGH MONEY AND CAPACITY BUT MAKING SURE THEY CAN SHORE UP THE ECONOMIC SYSTEM THERE HE IS, A NICE CLOSE-UP OF HIM THERE

SO, OBVIOUSLY, THE PRIME MINISTER WILL TALK ABOUT THAT WHEN HE HEAR FROM HIM IN 15 MINUTE'S TIME LET ME BRING IN VASSEY KAPELOS AND CATHERINE CULLEN SO OBVIOUSLY THIS MEETING COMES AFTER A G7 MEETING WHERE THERE WAS A LOT OF DIFFICULTY, I THINK, WITH THE SECRETARY OF STATE, MIKE POMPEO, BECAUSE THE UNITED STATES WANTED THE STATEMENT WHICH NEVER CAME OUT TO INCLUDE SOME LANGUAGE THAT THE PRESIDENT HAS BEEN PROPAGATING INSTEAD OF CALLING IT COVID-19, TRYING TO CALL IT THE CHINA VIRUS AND WUHAN VIRUS AND THAT DIDN'T WORK FOR ANY OF THE OTHER G7 FOREIGN MINISTERS, SO NO STATEMENT CAME OUT OF THAT CALL I WOULD IMAGINE, SOUNDS LIKE, THAT THE G20 CALL WENT BETTER VASSY, I THINK YOU JUST FINISHED INTERVIEWING THE MINISTER OF FOREIGN AFFAIRS? >> Vassy: I DID

I DON'T WANT TO PREEMPT EVERYTHING HE SAYS HE DID NOT WANT TO OVERSTEP THE PRIME MINISTER BUT I WILL MAKE THIS POINT AND I THINK THIS IS WHAT, FOR ME, WAS THE SORT OF SUBSTANCE OF MY LINE OF QUESTIONING AND HAS TO DO WITH WHAT YOU BROUGHT UP THAT IS THE US

RESPONSE VERSUS WHAT WE ARE SEEING IN OTHER PARTS OF THE WORLD, INCLUDING THIS COUNTRY THERE IS A DESIRE ON THE PART OF THE G20 AND G7 TO HAVE SOME LEVEL OF COORDINATION IN THAT RESPONSE AND THE GLOW OF COMMUNICATION REMAINING OPEN OR MORE OPEN, I GUESS, THAN NORMAL WHAT'S IMPORTANT WHEN IT COMES TO THE US RESPONSE AND YOU'VE BEEN TALKING ABOUT IT FOR A FEW DAYS ON THIS SPECIAL, IS SORT OF WHAT IS HAPPENING WITH THE PUBLIC HEALTH ASPECT OF THIS SOUTH OF THE BORDER AND PARTICULARLY IN NEW YORK STATE, WHERE WE ARE SEEING MASSIVE INCREASES IN THE VIRUS, IN THE INCIDENTS OF THE VIRUS, AS WELL AS HOSPITALIZATIONS AND DEATHS BECAUSE OF IT, TOO

THE PRESIDENT HAS COME OUT FOR THE PAST 48 HOURS, A BIT LONGER, ACTUALLY, AND SAID WE WANT THE COUNTRY BACK UP AND RUNNING BY EASTER, WE THINK THAT'S POSSIBLE AND HE'S FOCUSING ON THE ECONOMIC IMPACT ON ALL OF THIS, WHICH, OF COURSE, WILL BE HUGE AND NOBODY IS ARGUING AGAINST THAT IT RAISES THE QUESTION FOR THIS GOVERNMENT IN HOW IT APPROACHES ITS OWN RELATIONSHIP WITH THE UNITED STATES AND MORE TO THE POINT HOW IT APPROACHES THE BORDER THEY HAVE TALKED AT LENGTH HOW UNPRECEDENTED THE RESTRICTIONS AT THE BORDER ARE IN OUR INTERVIEW, MINISTER FRANCOIS-PHILIPPE CHAMPAGNE SAYS THEY'VE CLOSED DOWN THAT BORDER

HE WAS EXTREMELY HESITANT TO ACKNOWLEDGE THEY MIGHT HAVE TO GO FURTHER IF CIRCUMSTANCES DO CONTINUE TO CHANGE, IF, IN FACT, THE US DOES GO AGAINST THE ADVICE OF PUBLIC HEALTH OFFICIALS AND REOPEN THE ECONOMY IN TWO WEEKS, DOES THAT REQUIRE EVEN MORE AGGRESSIVE MEASURES AT THE BORDER FOR THIS GOVERNMENT? SO FAR, NOBODY HAS REALLY BITTEN ON THAT, BUT I THINK THAT QUESTION WILL SORT OF INCREASE IN ITS SIGNIFICANCE OVER THE COMING DAYS IF THE RHETORIC COMING FROM THE WHITE HOUSE ALSO CONTINUES DOWN THIS PATH AND SO I THINK THE PRIME MINISTER WILL LIKELY GET QUESTIONS ON THAT

I THINK THAT IMPACTS THE RELATIONSHIP BETWEEN THE INFORMATION GOING ON I THINK WE'LL HEAR MORE WHERE THAT ECONOMIC BENEFIT IS CONCERNED AND I THINK THEY ARE ANXIOUS TO KEEP DRIVING HOME THE MESSAGE AROUND THE EMERGENCY BENEFIT, WHO QUALIFIES, HOW MANY MORE PEOPLE CAN ACCESS IT AND HOW THAT PROCESS UNFOLDS I'M TOLD THAT WILL BE A BIG PART OF THE MESSAGE TODAY >> Rosemary: I SHOULD TELL PEOPLE, BECAUSE WE GOT MANY QUESTIONS AS WE WERE TRYING TO UNDERSTAND IT, THERE'S AN ARTICLE OUR WEBSITE WHERE IT WILL SPELL OUT THE MANY QUESTIONS YOU HAVE JUST ON THE ISSUE OF CANADA AND THE U

S, AN ONGOING ISSUE GIVEN THE SPIKE IN THE NUMBER OF CASES, WHICH IS MUCH HIGHER WHEN YOU LOOK AT THE CURB OF THE GLOBE THAN WHAT'S HAPPENING IN CANADA BUT THE ECONOMY IS ALSO UNDER ENORMOUS AMOUNT OF STRAIN THERE, AS WELL THREE MILLION AMERICANS ARE NOW SEEKING EMPLOYMENT BENEFITS AND THAT'S THE HIGHEST ON RECORD SINCE, I THINK, THE EARLY '80S, WHEN THEY WERE THIS A DRAMATIC RECESSION AND THEY PASSED THEIR OWN MASSIVE STIMULUS PACKAGE TO A TRILLION DOLLARS AT THE SAME TIME WE DID I WILL JUST GET CATHERINE CULLEN TO WAY IN ON THE QUARANTINE ACT WHICH DID TAKE EFFECT LAST NIGHT AT MIDNIGHT AND WE'RE HOPING FROM BETTER MESSAGING ON THAT FRONT, FROM THE PRIME MINISTER, BECAUSE IT WAS A FAIRLY CONFUSING MESSAGE YESTERDAY

SO MAYBE YOU CAN HELP US UNDERSTAND IT AS WELL >> WE'RE HEARING A LOT OF QUESTIONS ABOUT THAT AND PEOPLE ASKING HOW THEY ARE PARTICULARLY OR THEIR LOVED ONES MIGHT BE AFFECTED BY THE QUARANTINE ACT SOME OF THE QUESTIONS, WE HAVE SOME ANSWERS TO WHAT WERE ARE THE POTENTIAL PENALTIES? IT'S IN PLACE AS OF MIDNIGHT, GO INTO A 14-DAY QUARANTINE ACCORDING TO THE PENALTIES, A MAXIMUM PENALTY, UP TO $750,000 OR SIX MONTHS AND/OR SIX MONTHS IMPRISONMENT AND OFFICIALS POINTED OUT IN THAT COMMUNIQUE, IF YOU HAVE DONE SOMETHING WHERE YOU HAVE JEOPARDIZED SOMEBODY'S LIFE, SO IF YOU'RE CONTAGIOUS AND IRRESPONSIBLE, THE PENALTIES SCAN BE UP TO A MILLION DOLLARS, THREE YEARS IN PRISON OR BOTH

I KNOW ANOTHER THING A LOT OF PEOPLE ARE WONDERING ABOUT IS WHAT HAPPENS IF I'M TRANSITING THROUGH AN AIRPORT? WE KNOW MANY FLIGHTS ARE BEING PUSHED INTO VANCOUVER, TORONTO, MONTREAL, BUT WHAT IF YOU LIVE IN WINNIPEG OR HERE IN OTTAWA? OFFICIALS ARE SAYING AS LONG YOU ARE NOT SYMPTOMATIC OR SHOWING SYMPTOMS OF COVID-19, YOU CAN GET ON THAT CONNECTING FLIGHT AND THEY ALSO SAY YOU CAN GET ON PUBLIC TRANSIT, BUT AGAIN, ONLY IF YOU'RE NOT SYMPTOM QUICK ATIC IF YOU'RE SUPPOSED TO BE QUARANTINING, IT'S NOT CLEAR WHY YOU WOULD BE ALLOWED TO GET ON PUBLIC TRANSIT PEOPLE HAVE A LOT OF QUESTIONS AND PICKING UP ON SOME VASSY SAID THAT IS RELATED, THIS MANDATORY QUARANTINE IS A RESPONSE TO FURTHER TIGHTENING THE BORDERS BUT WHEN IT COMES TO THE UNITED STATES, THERE'S A REAL QUESTION ABOUT WHAT CANADA CAN DO THEY HAVE TO CONTINUE OR SEEMINGLY, THE FLOW OF TRADE, RIGHT? WE KNOW FOOD, MEDICAL DEVICES, SO MANY IMPORTANT THINGS COME FROM THE UNITED STATES AND CANADA IS SO DEPENDENT

SO HOW DO YOU FURTHER TIGHTEN THE REGULATIONS IF, INDEED, THAT'S WHAT YOU WANT TO DO? I DON'T THINK THAT'S CLEAR? >> Rosemary: THE GOVERNMENT DID CONFIRM THIS MORNING WE HAVE A NEW AMBASSADOR IN THE UNITED STATES, KRISTEN HILLMAN, WHO WAS THERE THROUGH THE NAFTA NEGOTIATIONS AND HAS A LOT OF RELATIONSHIPS IN WASHINGTON I LEAVE YOU TO COLLEAGUES, IF YOU DON'T MIND, AND WE'LL COME BACK TO YOU AS SOON AS THE PRIME MINISTER EMERGES FROM RIDEAU COTTAGE BUT I WANT TO GO TO KALMIR, WHO IS A REGISTERED NURSE WHO TESTED POSITIVE DIDN'T SIGNED UP TO EASE NURSING SHORTAGES BY OFFERING TO DO SOME TELEHEALTH CALLS SHE IS SELF-ISOLATING NOW AT HOME AND SHE JOINS ME ON THE PHONE HOW ARE YOU FEELING? >> STILL FEELING IT BY THE SIGN OF MY VOICE BUT I'M FEELING FINE, THANK YOU I KNOW OTHER CANADIANS ARE EXPERIENCING WORSE THAN I AM AND I'M THINKING OF THEM AND WE'LL GET THROUGH THIS TOGETHER

>> Rosemary: SO MANY PEOPLE WHO DON'T HAVE THIS AND TRYING TO UNDERSTAND WHAT IT FEELS LIKE, CAN YOU GIVE THEM A SENSE OF HOW YOU'RE FEELING OR HOW IT FEELS DIFFERENTLY THAN A PREVIOUS ILLNESS OR ANOTHER KIND OF ILLNESS? >> WELL, I CAN TELL YOU THAT, HONESTLY, I'VE BEEN FEELING MILD FLU-LIKE SYMPTOMS THROUGHOUT IT COMES AND GOES AND SEEMS LIKE ONE OF THE WORST FLUS THAT YOU CAN HAVE THAT'S WHAT IT FEELS LIKE AND YOU HAVE SOME GOOD DAYS, SOME BAD DAYS AND TODAY SEEMS LIKE A BETTER DAY FOR ME >> Rosemary: YOU ARE A REGISTERED NURSE AND OBVIOUSLY, YOU KNOW ALL ABOUT PUBLIC HEALTH AND I IMAGINE YOU WERE PROTECTING YOURSELF

WHAT DOES THAT TELL YOU ABOUT COVID-19 AND HOW CONTAGIOUS IT IS? >> WELL, I THINK WHAT'S IMPORTANT TO UNDERSTAND IS THAT WE NEED TO BE EXTREMELY MINDFUL AND FOLLOW THE RECOMMENDATIONS THAT OUR PUBLIC HEALTH OFFICIALS ARE REMINDING US EVERY SINGLE DAY AND JUST KNOW THAT NO ONE IS IMMUNE TO IT WE ALL HAVE TO BE VERY, VERY CAREFUL IT IS IN OUR COMMUNITIES AND YOU CAN BE A HEALTHY INDIVIDUAL LIKE MYSELF, THAT WAS PRACTICING SOCIAL DISTANCING AND WANTED TO MAKE SURE I'M WASHING MY HAND JUST KNOW YOU HAVE TO BE VERY, VERY MINDFUL OF WHAT YOU'RE DOING

SO PLEASE FOLLOW THE EXPERT ADVICE STAY AT HOME I CAN'T STRESS THAT ENOUGH STAY AT HOME AND PRACTISE SOCIAL AND PHYSICAL DISTANCING, SELF ISOLATE WE OWE IT TO CANADIANS, TO OUR FRONT-LINE WORKERS, TO OUR SENIORS AND EVERY SINGLE ONE OF US HAS A PART TO PLAY IN TRYING TO GET THROUGH THIS TOGETHER

>> Rosemary: I KNOW YOU ANSWERED THE CALL TO BE A TELEHEALTH NURSE WERE YOU ABLE TO EVEN START THAT BEFORE YOU GOT ILL? AND IF SO, WHY WAS IT SO IMPORTANT FOR YOU TO GET INVOLVED IN THAT? >> WELL, HONESTLY, ROSIE, WHEN I SAW THE INITIAL CALL FOR ACTION TO THE NURSING SHORTAGE, THERE WAS NO HESITATION THAT I WAS NOT GOING TO PUT MY HAND UP HELPING PEOPLE AT THE FRONT LINES IS MY PASSION AND I'VE WORKED AT THE FRONT LINES BEFORE GETTING INVOLVED IN POLITICS IT'S ONE OF THE REASONS WHY I GOT INVOLVED IN POLITICS AND IT WAS AN ABSOLUTE NO-BRAINER FOR ME TO REGISTER TO PUT MY NAME FORWARD I STILL REMAIN ON THAT LIST

I LOOK FORWARD TO CONTRIBUTING TO THE FRONT LINES WHEN I'M CALLED I, UNFORTUNATELY, DIDN'T HAVE A CHANCE TO, BUT I LOOK FORWARD TO DOING THAT EVEN VIRTUALLY NOW THAT I'M HOME BUT I ALSO WANTED TO MAKE SURE THEIR USE MY VOICE TO SHED THE LIGHT ON THE REALITY THAT WE COULD POSSIBLY HAVE A SHORTAGE OF NURSES AND AMPLIFY THE MESSAGE I'M SO PROUD THAT OVER 4500 RETIRED OR NONPRACTICING NURSES THAT HAVE SIGNED UP FOR IT AND HAVE REGISTERED WITH OUR VOLUNTEERS AND I'M SO INCREDIBLY PROUD OF THIS GROUP AND CAN'T THANK THEM ENOUGH FOR WHAT THEY'RE DOING >> Rosemary: DO YOU HAVE ANY IDEA HOW YOU GOT IT, HOW YOU GOT THE VIRUS? >> WELL, AS I SAID, I THINK IT'S A WIDE-SPREAD VIRUS AND SO MANY PEOPLE MAY HAVE IT AND ARE STILL WALKING AROUND IN OUR GROCERY STORES AND WALKING AROUND OUTSIDE

THEY THINK AS DR TAM SAID, THIS VIRUS SEES NO COLOUR OR AGE WE HAVE TO STAY AT HOME AND PRACTISE PHYSICAL DISTANCING AND IT'S SO IMPORTANT WE LISTEN TO THE EXPERTS AND I COMMEND THE LEADERSHIP OF DR TAM, AND OUR PRIME MINISTER >> Rosemary: JUST TO BE CLEAR, IT WAS SOMEONE THAT YOU MET, SOMEONE IN THE COMMUNITY OR SOMETHING LIKE THAT? >> AS I SAID, WE SIMPLY DON'T KNOW BECAUSE JUST LIKE EVERYONE ELSE, EVERY OTHER CANADIAN, I'M TRYING TO DO OUR PART FROM — I DID TRAVEL FROM OTTAWA TO TORONTO WHEN WE CAME BACK AFTER THE HOUSE FROZE AND I DID GO TO MY OFFICE ONCE OR TWICE AND DID TRY TO DO GROCERY SHOPPING BEFORE I KNEW THAT I HAD TO BE PREPARED

AND AGAIN, I THINK IT'S JUST IMPORTANT FOR US TO LISTEN TO THE ADVICE OF OUR PUBLIC HEALTH OFFICIALS PLEASE STAY AT HOME AND FOLLOW THE INSTRUCTIONS OF OUR PUBLIC HEALTH OFFICIALS EVERY SINGLE DAY >> Rosemary: I THINK YOU TALKED TO THE PRIME MINISTER YESTERDAY AND, OF COURSE, HIS WIFE, SOPHIE GREGOIRE-TRUDEAU, IS SORT OF COMING ON THE OTHER SIDE OF THIS NOW DID HE HAVE ANY ADVICE IN TERMS OF HOW TO KEEP WORKING AND HOW TO COPE WITH THE VIRUS ITSELF? >> YES I WAS EXTREMELY TOUCHED THAT HE TOOK THE TIME TO CALL ME, CONSIDERING ALL OF HIS OTHER PRIORITIES

HE CALLED TO JUST CHECK IN TO SEE HOW I WAS DOING ALSO TO SHARE HIS EXPERIENCE, AS YOU MENTIONED, HAVING BEEN THROUGH IT WITH SOPHIE AND SOME OF THE UPS AND DOWNS OF SYMPTOMS IT WAS REALLY NICE TO HAVE HIM GIVE TIPS WORKING FROM HOME, WHICH I KNOW SO MANY CANADIANS ARE DOING RIGHT NOW IT WAS ALSO IMPORTANT TO CATCH UP CONSIDERING WE HAVEN'T SEEN EACH OTHER SINCE THE HOUSE ROSE AND HAD A CHANCE TO TELL HIM WHAT I'VE BEEN HEARING FROM THE GROUND IN MY COMMUNITY AND WHY HIS MESSAGES, EVERYDAY, ARE SO IMPORTANT TO CANADIANS AND THE WORK THAT WE HAVE BEEN DOING EVERY SINGLE DAY, WHETHER IT'S BRINGING CANADIANS HOME OR HELPING PEOPLE THAT ARE STRUGGLING EVERYDAY DURING THIS UNPRECEDENTED TIME >> Rosemary: AS YOU AND OTHER CANADIANS STRUGGLE WITH THE VIRUS, WE WISH YOU THE BEST OF HEALTH

>> THANK YOU SO MUCH, ROSIE >> Rosemary: THANKS FOR TAKING THE TIME I KNOW IT'S NOT THE FIRST THING TOP OF MIND WHEN YOU'RE GOING THROUGH THIS BUT IT'S IMPORTANT TO HAVE CANADIANS HEAR FROM YOU GET WELL SOON AND WE'LL TALK WHEN YOU'RE OUT OF SELF-ISOLATION THAT'S KAMAL KARA, THE MP FOR BRAMPTON WEST

TODAY, A G20 MEETING WAS HELD WITH WORLD LEADERS WHERE THEY AGREED THIS WAS, OBVIOUSLY, THE TOP PRIORITY AROUND THE WORLD AND WE'RE EXPECTING TO HEAR MORE FROM HIM ABOUT THAT AND HERE IS THE PRIME MINISTER OF CANADA LET'S LISTEN IN LIVE NOW HELLO EVERYONE (SPEAKING FRENCH) >> YESTERDAY, OUR EMERGENCY PLAN TO HELP CANADIANS WAS PASSED BY PARLIAMENT WITH EVEN MORE GENEROUS MEASURES THAT WILL HELP EVEN MORE CANADIANS

WE'RE TALKING ABOUT $107 BILLION FOR WORKERS, FAMILIES AND BUSINESSES THAT ARE GOING THROUGH TOUGH TIMES BECAUSE OF COVID-19 WE ARE NOW INTRODUCING A SINGLE BENEFIT THAT CANADA EMERGENCY RESPONSE BENEFITS TO WORKERS WHO HAVE LOST THEIR INCOME BECAUSE OF THE PANDEMIC WHETHER YOU ARE ELIGIBLE FOR EI OR NOT BEEN THAT BENEFIT IS THERE TO HELP YOU PEOPLE WILL RECEIVE $2,000 FROM THE GOVERNMENT EVERY MONTH FOR THE NEXT SEVERAL MONTHS WE'LL BE LAUNCHING AN ONLINE PORTAL SO PEOPLE CAN APPLY QUICKLY, RECEIVE MONEY AND RECEIVE MONEY IN THE NEXT TEN DAYS

OUR PLANS TO HELP CANADIANS, SAVE JOBS AND SUPPORT OUR ECONOMY WAS ADOPTED BY PARLIAMENT WITH MORE GENEROUS MEASURES TO HELP EVEN MORE CANADIANS AND WE'RE NOW TALKING ABOUT $107 BILLION TO SUPPORT PEOPLE AND BUSINESSES WE LAUNCHED THE NEW CANADA EMERGENCY RESPONSE BENEFIT WHICH WILL PROVIDE $2,000 A MONTH FOR UP TO FOUR MONTHS TO PEOPLE WHO ARE NOT GETTING PAID AS A RESULT OF COVID-19 THIS WILL REPLACE THE TWO BENEFITS WE ANNOUNCED LAST WEEK TO MAKE IT EVEN SIMPLER FOR YOU TO GET HELP AN APPLICATION PORTAL WILL LAUNCH AS QUICKLY AS POSSIBLE AND PEOPLE SHOULD START RECEIVING MONEY WITHIN 14 DAYS OF APPLYING AS PART OF THIS PLAN, WE'LL ALSO BE BOOSTING THE CANADA CHILD BENEFIT FOR FAMILIES IN MAY

PARENTS ALREADY KNOW HOW MUCH THE CCB HELPS WITH THE COST OF RAISING KIDS BY INCREASING THE CCB, WE'LL PUT MORE MONEY IN THE POCKETS OF FAMILIES TO HELP THEM NAVIGATE THESE UNCERTAIN TIMES AND FOR PEOPLE WHO ARE STILL PAYING OFF THEIR STUDENT LOANS, WE'RE PUTTING A SIX-MONTH INTEREST-FREE MORATORIUM ON THEIR CANADA STUDENT LOANS YOU CAN FIND MORE INFORMATION ON WHAT ELSE WE'RE DOING AND HOW TO ACCESS YOUR BENEFITS@CANADACA

I'M SORRY TO SAY, THERE APPEARS TO BE A TECH SCAM GOING AROUND ON THE NEW EMERGENCY RESPONSE BENEFIT I WANT TO REMIND EVERYONE THAT THE GOVERNMENT'S WEBSITE IS THE BEST PLACE TO FIND RELIABLE INFORMATION ON EVERYTHING WE'RE DOING (SPEAKING FRENCH) >> YOU CAN CONSULT THE SITE, CANADACA TO RECEIVE MORE INFORMATION TO COUNTER COVID-19 AND ON THE WAY TO HAVE ACCESS TO BENEFITS

UNFORTUNATELY, SOME PEOPLE HAVE RECEIVED A TEXT MESSAGE THAT SEEMED TO COME FROM THE GOVERNMENT WITH RESPECT TO THE NEW EMERGENCY BENEFIT THIS IS A SCAM I WANT TO REMIND YOU THAT THE GOVERNMENT WEBSITE IS THE BEST PLACE TO FIND RELIABLE INFORMATION ABOUT WHAT WE'RE DOING IT'S CLEAR THAT THE PANDEMIC IS PLACING A LOT OF PRESSURE ON OUR HEALTHCARE SYSTEM, ON EMPLOYMENT INSURANCE AND PARTICULARLY THE GOVERNMENT APPARATUS, BUT KNOW THAT WE'RE DOING EVERYTHING WE CAN TO SHORTEN THE DEADLINES I KNOW THAT BILLS ARE PILING UP AND PRESSURE IS MOUNTING AND THAT CONCERNS MANY, MANY FAMILIES, RIGHTLY SO

BUT WE ARE WORKING AS QUICKLY AS POSSIBLE TO PUT MONEY INTO YOUR POCKETS WE ALSO KNOW THAT PEOPLE ABROAD ARE STILL HAVING TROUBLE FINDING FLIGHTS TO COME BACK HOME AND WE CONTINUE TO WORK WITH AIRLINES IN ORDER TO BRING PEOPLE HOME YESTERDAY, AIR TRANSAT ANNOUNCED TWO OTHER FLIGHTS LEAVING FROM EL SALVADOR AND GUATAMALA OUR GOVERNMENT IS IN CLOSE CONTACT WITH OUR GOVERNMENTAL PARTNERS WHO ARE ALSO FACING THIS CRISIS WE'RE LOOKING AT WHAT HAS WORKED FOR THEM AND WE'RE TRYING TO SEE WHETHER WE CAN TAKE INSPIRATION FROM THEIR SUCCESS

I SPOKE TO G20 LEADERS AND ONE THING IS CLEAR, WE CAN ONLY OVERCOME COVID-19 IF WE TAKE ACTION TOGETHER AS A GLOBAL COMMUNITY SO WE'RE GOING TO DO WHATEVER IT TAKES THAT MEANS MAKING SURE THAT THE WORLD HEALTH ORGANIZATION AND OUR PUBLIC HEALTH AGENCIES HAVE THE RESOURCES THEY NEED IT MEANS WORKING TOGETHER TO DEVELOP A VACCINE, IDENTIFY TREATMENTS AND INCREASE TESTING WE'RE ALSO EXPANDING MANUFACTURING CAPACITY FOR CRITICAL MEDICAL EQUIPMENT AND WORKING TO KEEP THE SUPPLY CHAINS GOING TO GET THAT EQUIPMENT TO THE PEOPLE WHO NEED IT

OUR GOVERNMENT IS HELPING COMPANIES IN CANADA RETOOL THEIR MANUFACTURING FACILITIES TO REDUCE THE THINGS WE ALL NEED ON THE ECONOMY, THE G20 HAS ALSO MADE SIGNIFICANT INVESTMENTS TO HELP PEOPLE AND BUSINESSES GET THROUGH THIS CHALLENGING TIME AND WE'RE GOING TO BE WORKING CLOSELY TOGETHER TO COORDINATE OUR EFFORTS TO PROTECT THE GLOBAL ECONOMY COVID-19 IS A GLOBAL CRISIS AND DEMANDS A GLOBAL RESPONSE NOW MORE THAN EVER, WE MUST WORK WITH OUR ALLIES TO PROTECT PEOPLE AND THE ECONOMY

AND ON THAT NOTE, I ANNOUNCED THIS MORNING I'M APPOINTING KIRSTEN HILLMAN HAS OUR NEW BOAR AMBASSADOR TO THE UNITED STATES SHE'S A BRILLIANT DIPLOMAT AND INSTRUMENTAL IN SECURING A GOOD DEAL FOR CANADA AND FOR CANADIANS DURING NAFTA NEGOTIATIONS MORE RECENTLY, AMBASSADOR HILLMAN, PLAYED A KEY ROLE AS WE WORKED WITH OUR SOUTHERN NEIGHBOURS TO TEMPORARILY CLOSE THE BORDER WHILE KEEPING TRADE FLOWING AS WE FIGHT COVID-19, WE MUST PROTECT THE SUPPLY CHAINS ON WHICH WE DEPEND FOR THINGS LIKE FRESH VEGETABLES, MEDICINE AND SUPPLIES FOR OUR HEALTHCARE SYSTEMS OUR PORTS ARE VITAL TO BRINGING IN THE THINGS WE NEED AND I WANT TO THANK ALL OF THE WORKERS WHO ARE KEEPING OUR COUNTRY MOVING

EVERYDAY OUR GOVERNMENT LOOKS AT WHAT WE NEED TO DO BETTER TO HELP YOU AND TO KEEP YOU SAFE FROM THIS EVOLVING CRISIS SO IN RESPONSE TO THE FACT THAT TOO MANY TRAVELERS ARE STILL NOT SELF-ISOLATING UPON RETURNING TO CANADA, WE ARE TAKING GREATER ACTION I HAVE BEEN VERY CLEAR ON THIS THE PREMIERS, DR TAM AND PUBLIC HEALTH OFFICIALS HAVE ALL BEEN VERY CLEAR ON THIS

IF YOU'VE JUST RETURNED FROM ABROAD, YOU HAVE TO GO HOME AND STAY HOME FOR 14 DAYS TOUT BUT SOME PEOPLE HAVE NOT BEEN TAKING THIS SERIOUSLY THEY'RE STOPPING BY THE GROCERY STORE ON THEIR WAY HOME FROM THE AIRPORT AND THEY'RE GETTING TOGETHER WITH FRIENDS AFTER BEING AWAY FOR MARCH BREAK THIS KIND OF CONDUCT IS NOT JUST DISAPPOINTING, BUT IT'S DANGEROUS SO NOW, A 14-DAY QUARANTINE WILL BE MANDATORY FOR ALL CANADIANS RETURNING HOME FROM ABROAD

WE ARE IMPLEMENTING THE QUARANTINE ACT TO KEEP ALL CANADIANS SAFE IF YOU DO NOT COMPLY WITH THESE INSTRUCTIONS, YOU COULD FACE SERIOUS FINES AND EVEN PRISON TIME (SPEAKING FRENCH) >> IT IS ABSOLUTELY ESSENTIAL THAT ALL TRAVELERS GO INTO A 14-DAY QUARANTINE WHEN THEY COME BACK FROM TRAVEL THIS IS A MESSAGE WE'VE BEEN REPEATING, BUT SOME PEOPLE DON'T SEEM TO BE TAKING THESE RECOMMENDATIONS SERIOUSLY AND THAT IS NOT ONLY DISAPPOINTING

IT'S DANGEROUS THEREFORE, WE ARE MAKING QUARANTINE MANDATORY BY INVOKING THE QUARANTINE ACT IF YOU REFUSE TO FOLLOW THE INSTRUCTIONS, YOU MAY RECEIVE A STIFF PENALTY OR EVEN BE SENT TO PRISON WE ALL HAVE A ROLE TO PLAY IN ORDER TO STOP THE SPREAD OF THE VIRUS WHAT WE'RE ASKING YOU IS NOT DIFFICULT

STAY HOME, WASH YOUR HANDS, KEEP A PROPER DISTANCE FROM OTHERS AND CALL YOUR FRIENDS RATHER THAN GOING TO SEE THEM AND ESPECIALLY IF YOU'RE COME BACK FROM ABROAD, UNDER NO CIRCUMSTANCES CAN YOU LEAVE YOUR HOME FOR 14 DAYS WE ALSO ALL WANT TO SEE LIFE GO BACK TO NORMAL AS SOON AS POSSIBLE, BUT FOR NOW, EVERYONE HAS TO DO THEIR SHARE THANK YOU VERY MUCH (SPEAKING FRENCH)

>> THANK YOU (SPEAKING FRENCH) >> GOOD MORNING, Mr TRUDEAU, I WOULD LIKE TO HEAR FROM YOU CAN YOU HEAR ME? I WANT TO HEAR FROM YOU ABOUT THE 16 TONNES OF EQUIPMENT THAT HAS BEEN SENT IN FEBRUARY FROM CHINA

CAN YOU EXPLAIN THAT DECISION BECAUSE IT SEEMS THAT IN MANY PROVINCES, THEY ARE LACKING EQUIPMENT AND IN HAS BEEN SENT TO CHINA? WELL, THIS IS A GLOBAL CRISIS AND IT REQUIRES A GLOBAL RESPONSE SO HELPING OTHERS IS ALSO A WAY OF HELPING OURSELVES, BUT I CAN REASSURE CANADIANS THAT FIRST, WE HAVE BEEN ABLE TO MEET THE NEEDS OF THE PROVINCES WITH RESPECT TO PROTECTIVE EQUIPMENT AND IN THE COMING DAYS, WE WILL BE RECEIVING MILLIONS OF ADDITIONAL ITEMS IN MEDICAL EQUIPMENT IN ORDER TO MEET ALL OF THE NEEDS THAT ARE OUT THERE AND CANADIAN COMPANIES ARE ALSO MANUFACTURING MEDICAL EQUIPMENT AT THIS TIME SO THEREFORE, WE WILL HAVE THE NECESSARY EQUIPMENT TO KEEP CANADIANS SAFE WHILE AT THE SAME TIME DOING OUR PART INTERNATIONALLY BECAUSE THIS IS A GLOBAL CRISIS WE RECOGNISE FROM THE VERY BEGINNING THAT THIS IS A GLOBAL CRISIS THAT REQUIRES GLOBAL COOPERATION AND RESPONSE IF WE ARE TO KEEP ALL OF US SAFE AND IF WE ARE TO KEEP CANADIANS SAFE AT THE SAME TIME, I CAN ASSURE EVERYONE THAT THE FEDERAL STOCKPILES HAVE BEEN SUFFICIENT TO MEET THE NEEDS OF THE PROVINCES UNTIL THIS POINT AND IN THE COMING DAYS, WE WILL BE RECEIVING MILLIONS MORE ITEMS THAT ARE NECESSARY RIGHT ACROSS THE COUNTRY AT THE SAME TIME AS OUR BUSINESSES, COMPANIES AND MANUFACTURES ARE TOOLING UP PRODUCTION TO MAKE SURE THAT WE HAVE ENOUGH, NOT JUST FOR CANADIANS, BUT FOR FRIENDS AND ALLIES AROUND THE WORLD WHO NEED IT

>> THANK YOU (SPEAKING FRENCH) >> Mr TRUDEAU, I WOULD LIKE TO COME BACK TO YOUR LEGISLATION GIVING TAXATION AND SPENDING POWERS UNTIL DECEMBER OF 2021 YOU EXPLAINED WHY YOUR GOVERNMENT THOUGHT THAT IT NEEDED THAT KIND OF FLEXIBILITY TO DEAL WITH THE CRISIS, BUT YOU NEVER EXPLAINED WHY YOU THOUGHT YOU NEEDED IT FOR SUCH A LONG TIME

COULD YOU PLEASE EXPLAIN THE LOGIC OF 2021 AND DO YOU REGRET IT? AS YOU KNOW, THIS IS AN UNEXPECTED AND UNPREDICTABLE SITUATION AND THIS IS SOMETHING WE'VE NEVER SEEN HAPPEN IN CANADA OR IN THE GLOBAL ECONOMY WE KNOW THAT WE NEED EXTRAORDINARY MEASURES TO RESPOND TO THIS CRISIS WE WANTED TO GIVE THE GOVERNMENT THE NECESSARY FLEXIBILITY TO RESPOND TO THE CRISIS BECAUSE WE DON'T KNOW HOW LONG IT COULD LAST AND WE UNDERSTOOD AND WORKED WITH THE OPPOSITION PARTIES IN ORDER TO RESOLVE THEIR CONCERNS AND WE WILL CONTINUE TO ENSURE THAT THE NECESSARY MEASURES ARE THERE FOR CANADIANS (SPEAKING FRENCH) >> THANK YOU

THE NEXT QUESTION IS FROM DAVID INGRAM FROM REUTERS, OTTAWA GO AHEAD SORRY, DAVID, I NEED YOU TO RAISE THE VOLUME, I CAN'T HEAR THEM >> IS THAT BETTER? YES, THANK YOU, DAVID >> PRESIDENT TRUMP SAID YESTERDAY HE WANTED TO REOPEN THE U

S ECONOMY BY EASTER MAYORS IN BORDER TOWNS ARE TELLING US THEY'RE PETRIFIED OF MILLIONS COMING NORTH WITH THE VIRUS HOW CONCERNED ARE YOU BY HIS COMMENTS? AND HOW WILL YOU STOP THIS? IS THERE A WAY TO PUT SOME SECURITY PRESENCE ON THE BORDER? WE WILL CONTINUE TO WORK WITH THE UNITED STATES TO ENSURE THAT THE BORDER MEASURES WE PUT IN PLACE ARE RESPECTED WE HAVE CLOSED THE BORDER TEMPORARILY TO ALL BUT ESSENTIAL TRAVELERS AND WE WILL CONTINUE TO WORK WITH THE AMERICAN ADMINISTRATION TO ENSURE THAT WE'RE DOING EVERYTHING WE CAN TO KEEP OUR COUNTRY SAFE AND TO KEEP CANADIANS SAFE IN OUR CASE

WE WILL CONTINUE TO ADJUST AS THINGS UNFOLD, AS NECESSARY, BUT WE WILL BE CONTINUING TO FOLLOW THE BEST ADVICE OF THE SCIENTIFIC COMMUNITY ON DOING WHAT IS NECESSARY TO KEEP CANADIANS SAFE AS A PRIORITY (SPEAKING FRENCH) >> THANK YOU THE LAST QUESTION IS FROM BRUCE SMITH FROM THE TORONTO STAR PLEASE GO AHEAD

>> PRIME MINISTER, GOOD MORNING I'M JUST WONDERING WHY WAS THE QUARANTINE FOR TRAVELERS FROM OUTSIDE OF THE COUNTRY NOT MADE MANDATORY SOONER, BEFORE THE MARCH TRAVELERS CAME HOME AND ARE YOU WORRIED THAT THIS DELAY MAY HAVE CONTRIBUTED TO THE SPREAD OF THE VIRUS IN CANADA? RIGHT ACROSS THE COUNTRY, WE'VE SEEN CANADIANS FOLLOWING THE GUIDELINES, TAKING VERY SERIOUSLY THE RECOMMENDATIONS OF PUBLIC HEALTH AGENCIES WE HAVE SEEN PEOPLE STAYING AT HOME WE HAVE SEEN PEOPLE KEEPING TWO METRE'S DISTANT FROM EACH OTHER AND WE'VE SEEN PEOPLE ENGAGED IN HANDWASHING AND USING HAND SANITIZER WE KNOW THAT THE VAST VOTER OF CANADIANS HAVE BEEN FOLLOWING THE GUIDELINES SET OUT FOR THEIR OWN PROTECTION AND FOR THE PROTECTION OF ALL OF US

UNFORTUNATELY, THERE ARE A NUMBER OF PEOPLE WHO HAVE NOT BEEN FOLLOWING THE GUIDELINES THAT ARE FROM FOR THEIR PROTECTION, WHICH IS WHY WE'VE HAD TO TAKE THIS NEXT STEP OF BRINGING IN THE QUARANTINE ACT TO ENSURE THAT CANADIANS WHO DO NOT FOLLOW THE INSTRUCTIONS TO SELF-QUARANTINE FOR 14 DAYS, SELF-ISOLATE FOR 14 DAYS IMMEDIATELY UPON REENTERING CANADA, THEY WILL BE FACING FINES AND, PERHAPS, EVEN JAIL TIME (SPEAKING FRENCH) >> HI, ASHLEY BURKE, CBC NEWS A WEEK AND A HALF AGO, YOU TOLD CANADIANS TO COME HOME MORE THAN A MILLION CANADIANS HAVE SINCE THEN

CAN YOU TELL ME ABOUT THE DECISION-MAKING AND THE RATIONALE BEHIND WAITING UNTIL NOW, MAKING IT MANDATORY TO UNDERGO A 14-DAY SELF-QUARANTINE RATHER THAN A WEEK AND A HALF AGO THERE WAS A REQUIREMENT FROM THE VERY BEGINNING, INSTRUCTIONS GIVING TO CANADIANS RETURNING, THAT THEY NEEDED TO SELF-ISOLATE FOR 14 DAYS AND MANY, MANY, MANY OF THEM DID CANADIANS HAVE BEEN FOLLOWING THE INSTRUCTIONS AND THE RULES AND THE GUIDELINES SET OUT BY PUBLIC HEALTH BECAUSE THEY KNOW IT'S ABOUT PROTECTING THEIR OWN SAFETY, AND PROTECTING THE INTEGRITY AND THE HEALTH OF PEOPLE WHO WORK IN OUR HEALTHCARE SYSTEM UNFORTUNATELY, THERE HAVE BEEN TOO MANY PEOPLE WHO HAVE NOT AND THAT'S WHY WE HAVE TO TAKE THIS FURTHER STEP OF MAKING QUARANTINE MANDATORY AND BRINGING IN ENFORCEMENT MEASURES, AS WELL >> ONE OF THE CHALLENGES IS ENFORCEMENT WITH THIS MANDATORY QUARANTINE

ARE YOU ASKING PEOPLE TO REPORT IF THEY SEE SOMEONE BREAKING THE RULES OR THE LAW? PUBLIC HEALTH WILL BE FOLLOWING UP IN MANY, MANY CASES TO ENSURE THAT PEOPLE ARE FOLLOWING THESE RULES AND ENFORCEMENT WITH HAPPEN AS ENFORCEMENT DOES IN VARIOUS WAYS BY OUR POLICE AND ENFORCEMENT OFFICERS (SPEAKING FRENCH) >> WE RECOGNISE THAT MANY PEOPLE WILL FOLLOW THESE RECOMMENDATIONS AND HEALTH CANADA WILL BE FOLLOWING UP WITH MANY PEOPLE TO MAKE SURE THAT THEY ARE IN SELF-ISOLATION AND IF PEOPLE DO NOT COMPLY WITH THE GUIDELINES, THEN WE HAVE SEEN A NUMBER OF CASES IN THE NEWS WHERE PEOPLE HAVE STOPPED OR HAVE BEEN ARRESTED FOR NOT FOLLOWING THOSE RECOMMENDATIONS HYDRO CANADA, YOU'RE ASKING CANADIANS TO DO THEIR PART WHY NOT ASK THE LARGE CREDIT CARD COMPANIES TO GIVE PEOPLE A GRACE PERIOD

THERE ARE PEOPLE WHOSE CREDIT CARDS ARE MAXED UP AND DON'T YOU THINK IT'S TIME FOR THEM TO GIVE CANADIANS A GRACE PERIOD? YES, THAT IS A CONVERSATION WE ARE NOW HAVING WITH THE MAJOR BANKS IN CANADA AND I CAN TELL YOU THAT MINISTER MORNEAU HAS BEEN IN REGULAR DISCUSSIONS WITH THE BANKS WE ARE ENCOURAGING THEM TO TAKE SOME MEASURES AT THIS TIME AT THE SAME TIME, WE'RE LOOKING AT TAKING MEASURES TO ALLOW PEOPLE TO HAVE CREDIT THAT WOULD COST MUCH LESS THAN WHAT IS CURRENTLY CHARGED ON CREDIT CARDS I CAN ASSURE YOU THAT THE FINANCE MINISTER HAS HAD CONVERSATIONS DIRECTLY WITH THE BANKS ABOUT CREDIT CARD INTEREST RATES AND WE RECOGNISE THAT THEY ARE A SIGNIFICANT CHALLENGE FOR MANY CANADIANS AT THIS POINT THAT IS WHY WE ARE ENCOURAGE TEM THEM TO TAKE ACTION AND ALLEVIATE THE BURDEN FOR CANADIANS

WE ARE LOOKING AT MAKING CREDIT MORE AVAILABLE AND LESS EXPENSIVE FOR CANADIANS TO BE ABLE TO MAKE IT THROUGH THE NEXT FEW MONTHS >> GOOD MORNING, PRIME MINISTER JANET SILVER, GLOBAL NEWS GLOBAL NEWS HAS LEARNED THAT THE TRUMP ADMINISTRATION WANTS TO HAVE US

MILITARY TROOPS STATIONED WITHIN 30 KILOMETERS OF THE CANADIAN-US BORDER TO CUT BACK OVER FEARS WITH REGARDS TO COVID-19 IS THE ILLEGAL BORDER CROSSINGS I WANT TO KNOW IF YOU THINK THIS IS NECESSARY AND IF YOU OR ANY OF YOUR COLLEAGUES IN YOUR GOVERNMENT HAD ANY DISCUSSIONS WITH THE TRUMP ADMINISTRATION ABOUT THIS CANADA AND THE UNITED STATES HAVE THE LONGEST UNMILITARYIZED BORDER IN THE WORLD AND IT IS VERY MUCH IN BOTH OF OUR INTERESTS TO REMAIN THAT WAY AND WE HAVE BEEN IN DISCUSSIONS WITH THE UNITED STATES ON THIS

(SPEAKING FRENCH) >> CANADA AND THE UNITED STATES HAVE THE LONGEST UN-MILITARIZED BORDER IN THE WORLD AND WE ARE IN DISCUSSION WITH THE UNITED STATES ON THAT VERY ISSUE >> I'M WITH CTV NATIONAL NEWS AND CAN YOU GIVE US MORE CLARITY ON THAT? WHAT DOES THIS MEAN FOR CANADA? WE HAVE HIGHLIGHTED THAT THE FACT THAT THE CANADA-US BORDER IS THE LONGEST UN-MILITARIZED BORDER IN THE WORLD, SOMETHING THAT HAS BENEFITED OUR TWO ECONOMIES TREMENDOUSLY

AND WE FEEL THAT IT NEEDS TO REMAIN THIS WAY >> I WANT TO ASK ABOUT — THERE'S MORE THAN 30,000 CASES ALONE IN NEW YORK AND THAT'S A STATE THAT BORDERS PARTS OF ONTARIO AND QUEBEC WOULD WE EVER BAN ESSENTIAL GOODS OR PEOPLE COMING IN SPECIFICALLY FROM THAT HOT SPOT? WE WILL ALWAYS TAKE MEASURES TO PROTECT CANADIANS AS WE'VE DEMONSTRATED AT THE SAME TIME, WE UNDERSTAND PART OF PROTECTING CANADIANS IS ENSURING A GOOD SUPPLY OF FOOD, OF MEDICAL SUPPLIES, OF NECESSARY EQUIPMENT ACROSS OUR BORDER AND WE WILL CONTINUE TO LOOK FOR WAYS TO MAKE SURE WE'RE KEEPING CANADIANS SAFE, WHILE PROVIDING US WITH THE THINGS WE NEED >> PRIME MINISTER, ON YOUR CALL WITH THE G20 LEADERS TODAY, WAS THERE ANY DISCUSSION OR A DECISION MADE ON THE CALL FROM THE U

N FOR TWO BILLION IN AID FOR DEVELOPING COUNTRIES TO FIGHT THE CORONAVIRUS, INCLUDING HELP WITH TESTING KITS IN AFRICA AND OTHER GEAR NEEDED? WE TALKED ABOUT A NUMBER OF THINGS, ABOUT THE NEED FOR COORDINATED GLOBAL RESPONSE AND THAT IS SOMETHING THAT THE G20 IS PARTICULARLY WELL-SUITED TO MOVE FORWARD ON AND WE NEED TO MAKE SURE THAT WE'RE CONTINUING TO EXCHANGE INFORMATION AND ALIGN IN THE ACTIONS WE TAKE WE TALKED ABOUT THE NEED TO FLATTEN THE GLOBAL CURVE OF THIS PANDEMIC, WHICH MEANS BEYOND JUST INDIVIDUAL COUNTRIES DOING WHAT'S NECESSARY FOR THEMSELVES, WE NEED TO WORK TOGETHER TO HAVE AN IMPACT THAT GOES BEYOND OUR BORDERS WE TALKED ABOUT THE NEED FOR GLOBAL ECONOMIC SUPPORT, FOR CITIZENS, FOR BUSINESSES THE G20 REPRESENTS 85% OF THE GLOBAL GDP AND WE KNOW THAT WE HAVE THE CAPACITY TO STAVE OFF AND TO POSITIVELY IMPACT THE ECONOMY AT THIS TIME OF SIGNIFICANT STRESS AND SO, WE PLEDGE TO WORK TOGETHER AND WE ALSO TALKED ABOUT THE NEED HELP VULNERABLE COUNTRIES THAT DON'T HAVE EITHER THE SCIENCE OR THE HEALTH SYSTEMS TO BE ABLE TO KEEP THEIR POPULATIONS SAFE, INCLUDING THROUGH INVESTMENTS THROUGH WORLD GLOBAL ORGANIZATIONS LIKE THE U

N OR THE WHO OR THE WORLD BANK

WE ALSO SPECIFICALLY TALKED ABOUT THE CHALLENGES FACING AFRICA AND HOW WE WILL BE THERE TO SUPPORT AFRICA AS THEY FACE THIS PANDEMIC, AS WELL >> SO DOES THAT MEAN — THE QUESTION WAS, IS CANADA AND OTHER COUNTRIES SENDING MONEY AND ADDITIONALLY, SAUDI ARABIA AS THE CHAIR OF THE G20, DID THE PRICE WAR OVER OIL PRICES COME UP AND WHAT'S HAPPENING THERE? AS I SPOKE ABOUT YESTERDAY, WE WILL BE PARTICIPATING IN INTERNATIONAL EFFORTS TO FIGHT THIS VIRUS WE KNOW THAT SUPPORT FOR VULNERABLE COUNTRIES WHO ARE STRUGGLING WITH THE ABILITY TO COMBAT THIS VIRUS IS NOT JUST ABOUT BEING ALTRUISTIC BUT PROVIDING CANADIANS AS WELL THIS MAY FACE RESURGENCES ONCE WE HAVE HANDLED IT IN CANADA AND OUR ABILITY TO MINIMIZE THOSE RESURGENCES WILL BE LINKED TO OUR ABILITY TO HELP AND WORK WITH COUNTRIES IN MORE DIRE SITUATIONS (SPEAKING FRENCH)

>> WE RECOGNIZE THAT PARTICIPATING IN GLOBAL AID TO COMBAT COVID-19 IS NOT JUST A QUESTION OF ALTRUISM IT'S A QUESTION OF DOING THE RIGHT THING FOR CANADIANS WE KNOW THAT PREVENTING ANY RESURGENCE OF THE VIRUS IN SEVERAL MONTHS, ONCE WE HAVE CONTROLLED IT IN CANADA, WILL REQUIRE CONCRETE ACTION IN VULNERABLE COUNTRIES RIGHT NOW AND THAT'S WHY WE WANT TO PARTICIPATE IN THE UN

'S EFFORTS TO HELP THOSE COUNTRIES IN DISTRESS (SPEAKING FRENCH) >> Rosemary: THAT IS THE PRIME MINISTER OF CANADA GIVING US HIS DAILY UPDATE FROM HIS HOME, RIDEAU COTTAGE, HERE IN THE NATION'S CAPITAL HIS SELF-ISOLATION IS OFFICIALLY OVER BUT WE DON'T KNOW WHETHER HE WILL BE WORKING FROM HOME OR COMING INTO THE OFFICE FROM TIME TO TIME OR WHAT THE NEXT STEPS ARE, BUT THAT'S WHAT WE HAVE BEEN TOLD SO A FEW BITS OF NEWS THERE FROM THE PRIME MINISTER

THE MAIN MESSAGE, REALLY, REITERATING THE BENEFIT THAT IS NOW GOING TO BE AVAILABLE TO CANADIANS, THE EMERGENCY BENEFIT AND THAT THAT PORTAL WILL SOON BE OPEN AND MANY OF YOU AFFECTED BY THE PANDEMIC BUT LITTLE BITS OF NEWS, TOO, THAT WE WANT TO GET TO WITH MY COLLEAGUES VASSY, I'LL START WITH YOU AND CLOSER TO THE END THERE'S BEEN A GLOBAL NEWS REPORT THAT THE UNITED STATES IS CONTEMPLATING SENDING TROOPS TO ITS NORTHERN BORDERS SO BETWEEN CANADA IS THE U

S IT SOUNDED TO ME LIKE THE PRIME MINISTER HAD THOSE CONVERSATIONS? >> Vassy: IT SOUNDED LIKE HE ESSENTIALLY CONFIRMED THE REPORT AND EMPHASIZED HIS WAY OF, I GUESS, CHARACTERIZING THE DISCUSSIONS SO FAR WITH THAT RIGHT NOW CANADA AND THE US SHARE THE LARGEST DEMILITARIZED BORDER AND IT'S THEIR DESIRE TO KEEP IT THAT WAY

THAT DOES CONFIRM THOSE DISCUSSIONS ARE TAKING PLACE AND IT DOES PRESENT, I GUESS, A WHOLE NEW HOST OF COMPLEXITIES FOR THIS GOVERNMENT TO DEAL WITH WHEN IT COMES TO THAT BORDER RIGHT NOW AND THE RELATIONSHIP WITH THE UNITED STATES WE HAD JUST, PRIOR TO THIS PRESS CONFERENCE, TALKING ABOUT WHETHER CANADA WOULD TAKE MORE AGGRESSIVE MEASURES ABOUT REOPENING ABOUT THE ECONOMY AND THE PRIME MINISTER WAS ASKED ABOUT THAT, AS WELL, AND REFRAINED, AGAIN, FROM SAYING MORE AGGRESSIVE MEASURES WERE EVEN BEING CONSIDERED INSTEAD, HE HIGHLIGHTED THE INTEGRATION OF THE TWO ECONOMIES, THE RELATIONSHIP, RATHER, BETWEEN THE TWO COUNTRIES, SOMETHING HE DID AGAIN WHEN ANSWERING THE QUESTION ABOUT THE POSSIBILITY OF THE BORDER BEING MILITARIZED I THINK IT WILL BE INTERESTING TO FIND OUT TO WHAT DEGREE IS THE US

DOING SO AND IT HAD TO DO WITH PEOPLE CROSSING IN BETWEEN POINTS OF ENTRY MY UNDERSTANDING LAST WEEK, THE NUMBER HAD DECREASED A BIT THOUGH, THERE WERE PEOPLE AS PART OF THE AGREEMENT TO RESTRICT THE ORDER MADE AN AGREEMENT TO TURN ANYONE BACK THAT WAS A MAJOR SHIFT IN POLICY, TOO, BECAUSE WE HAD BEEN TAKING PEOPLE WHO WERE WALKING IN BETWEEN THOSE OFFICIAL POINTS OF ENTRY AND THEY WERE GOING THROUGH THE ASYLUM SYSTEM IN THIS COUNTRY SO THAT AGREEMENT ESSENTIALLY MADE IT SO THEY WOULD BE TURNED BACK TO THE UNITED STATES, SHOULD THEY DO THAT

SO CURIOUS TO FIND OUT WHAT THE JUSTIFICATION IS FOR NEEDING A GREATER MILITARY PRESENCE, ESPECIALLY ONE THAT HAPPENS TO BE — WOULD IT TAKE THE FORM, FOR EXAMPLE, OF BOOTS ON THE GROUND, OR USING DRONES OR AIR SURVEILLANCE OR THINGS OF THAT NATURE >> Rosemary: LET ME TURN TO CATHERINE CULL NETWORKS EN TODAY THE MESSAGE IS MUCH CLEARER FROM THE PRIME MINISTER IN TERMS OF WHY THEY'RE DOING THIS AND WHAT THE EXPECTATION IS >> SAYING AGAIN AND AGAIN MANY PEOPLE HAVE BEEN FOLLOWING THE RULES, BUT A SIGNIFICANT ENOUGH NUMBER HAVEN'T THAT THEY FELT THEY NEEDED TO ENACT THIS

WE HEARD HE SHOULD HAVE GIVEN PEOPLE THAT OPPORTUNITY NOT TO FOLLOW THE RULES AND WE'VE BEEN REPORTING ON CBC NEWS, FOR EXAMPLE, RVS LINED UP IN BORDER TOWNS, COMING ACROSS FROM THE BORDER THAT ALL OF THESE PEOPLE STOPPED AT A WALMART TO GET GROCERIES AND SUPPLIES THE GOVERNMENT IS SAYING THIS IS NOT WHAT WE WANT TO SEE AND TALKING ABOUT THE CONSEQUENCES, FINES OF UP TO $750,000, TIME IN JAIL IF YOU'RE ENDANGERING SOMEONE'S LIFE HE WAS ASKED, ARE YOU ENCOURAGING CANADIANS TO REPORT ON ONE ANOTHER? HE SAID PUBLIC HEALTH WILL BE DOING THE FOLLOWUP AND WE KNOW FROM VASSY'S INTERVIEW YESTERDAY THAT THE MINISTER SAID THEY DON'T HAVE THE RESOURCES TO CHECK UP ON EVERYBODY ALL OF THE TIME THIS WILL BE SPOT CHECKS AND IT WILL BE RANDOMIZED BUT HE SAID ENFORCEMENT WILL HAPPEN WHETHER THROUGH POLICE OFFICERS OR OTHER ENFORCEMENT OFFICERS

IT'S INTERESTING TO NOTE, WE WERE SPEAKING TO THE NOVA SCOTIA RCMP BECAUSE, OF COURSE, NOVA SCOTIA IS ASKING ANYONE WHO HAS COMING FROM OUT OF PROVINCE, CROSSING INTO THE PROVISIONAL BOUNDARIES, YOU HAVE TO SELF-ISOLATE FOR 14 DAY POLICE THERE SAY THEY HAVEN'T ISSUED A TICKET YET AND THIS HAS BEEN GOING ON SINCE SUNDAY THEY'RE TRYING TO EDUCATE PEOPLE THIS IS NOT JUST ABOUT BORDER CROSSING BUT SOCIAL DISTANCING, AS WELL ONE OF THE QUESTIONS IN ALL OF THE OF THIS WILL BE, HOW WILL IT BE ENFORCED AND HOW AGGRESSIVELY WILL IT BE ENFORCED? THE MESSAGE IS GO HOME, STAY HOME, DO NOT PASS GO

>> Rosemary: THERE ARE PEOPLE RATTING OUT THEIR NEIGHBOURS THERE WAS A STORY THIS MORNING ON THE RADIO, A GATHERING ACROSS THE RIVER IN GATINEAU I GUESS A NEIGHBOUR CALLED AND THERE WERE SIX PEOPLE IN AN APARTMENT AND POLICE CAME, THEY WERE FINED FOR THE NOISE AND FINED FOR THE GATHERING IT'S NOT LIKE IT'S NOT HAPPENING AND THAT AUTHORITIES WON'T ENFORCE AS NEEDED I'LL PUT YOU TWO ON PAUSE FOR A MOMENT

THIS ISSUE OF PEOPLE COMING ACROSS THE BORDER, COMING BACK INTO THE COUNTRY AND NOT SELF-ISOLATING FOR 14 DAYS, THAT ISN'T WORKING AND DAVE SEGULINS HAS BEEN DIGGING INTO THIS AND FOUND PEOPLE NOT BEING UPFRONT AND GETTING ON FLIGHTS, EVEN, IF THEY'RE TRYING TO GET BACK HOME >> Reporter: WELL, I'VE BEEN LOOKING SPECIFICALLY INTO THE AIR FLIGHT REGULATIONS AND THE GOVERNMENT IS PREPARED TO TAKE MANDATORY LEGAL MEASURES TO QUARANTINE PEOPLE ONCE THEY ARRIVE HERE, BUT THE MEASURES BEFORE YOU GET ON THE AIRPLANE, WHEN YOU'RE ABROAD AND TRYING TO GET BACK TO CANADA, THOSE ARE VOLUNTARY IT'S AN HONOUR SYSTEM AND PEOPLE ARE CHEATING IT AND YOU CAN KIND OF UNDERSTAND WHY WE'RE THIS THE MIDDLE OF A GLOBAL PANDEMIC PEOPLE ARE GROWING DESPERATE AND IF THEY HAVE SYMPTOMS AND ARE SICK, ILL, YOU'RE AWAY FROM FAMILY, YOU'RE AWAY FROM CANADIAN HEALTHCARE AND YOU'RE PROBABLY IN A PART OF THE WORLD THAT ISN'T YOUR COMFORT ZONE AND YOU WANT TO GET BACK

IF YOU'RE FACED WITH ONLY FLEE E QUESTIONS, DO YOU HAVE FEVER, SORE THROAT, WE'RE LEARNING PEOPLE ARE TEMPTED TO BE DISHONEST AND COME BACK BUT THAT'S CREATING A HOST OF OTHER PROBLEMS IT WAS INTERESTING IN THE LACK OF ANSWER TO THIS ISSUE FROM THE PRIME MINISTER TODAY BECAUSE THEY'RE NOT WILLING TO TAKE ANY SORT OF MANDATORY MEASURES, NO TESTING FOR FEVERS OR PHYSICAL TESTS THAT WOULD SCREEN PASSENGERS BEFORE THEY GET ON THE PLANES AND WE'RE HEARING FROM FLIGHT ATTENDANTS AND PASSENGERS ABOARD THOSE PLANES VERY WORRIED ABOUT PEOPLE WITH EXTREME SYMPTOMS WHO ARE ON FLIGHTS THAT THEY ARE BEING EXPOSED ON THOSE AIRCRAFT AND WE'RE LEARNING, ALSO, THAT AIR FLIGHT ATTENDANTS, SOME ARE NOW CONTRACTING COVID-19

WE ASSUME SOME OF THAT EXPOSURE IS AT WORK SO IT'S A COMPLEX SET OF ISSUES, BUT RIGHT NOW, THE ADVICE FROM THE PRIME MINISTER IS, DON'T GET ON A FLIGHT, BUT THERE IS NOTHING REALLY PREVENTING PEOPLE FROM KEEPING THEIR SYMPTOMS HIDDEN >> Rosemary: WHEN THEY GET HERE, THEY WILL HAVE TO BE UNDER QUARANTINE AND THAT WILL SOMEHOW BE MONITORED AND ENFORCED AND A LOT TO EXPECT FROM THE AIRLINES THEMSELVES, WHO HAVE TO DO THESE TESTS THANK YOU I THINK WE ACTUALLY HAVE, BEFORE I GO TO DR

PETER LIN, I THINK WE HAVE THE DECLARATION THAT YOU WILL HAVE TO AGREE TO WHEN YOU COME BACK INTO THIS COUNTRY, BECAUSE IT DOES LOOK SLIGHTLY DIFFERENT THAN IF YOU HAVE BEEN THROUGH CUSTOMS OR ACROSS THE BORDER LATELY THIS IS WHAT IT SAYS NOW I ACKNOWLEDGE THAT WE MUST SELF-ISOLATE FOR 14 DAYS TO PREVENT THE POTENTIAL SPREAD OF COVID-19 SO YOU ACKNOWLEDGE THAT AND, OBVIOUSLY, THEY'RE TAKING YOUR INFORMATION DOWN IF THERE ARE GOING TO BE SPOT CHECKS BY PUBLIC HEALTH OFFICIALS, EVEN JUST CALLS TO SEE WHERE YOU ARE, THAT IS THE BEGINNING OF THAT ENFORCEMENT

LET ME BRING IN DR PETER LIN IN TORONTO DR LIN, OBVIOUSLY, THERE IS CONCERN, BASED ON WHAT DAVE HAS BEEN REPORTING AND THE OTHER STORIES WE'RE HEARING ABOUT SNOWBIRDS, FOR INSTANCE, COMING BACK ACROSS THE BORDER AND GOING ABOUT THEIR ERRANDS BEFORE THEY GO HOME DO YOU THINK THAT THE THREAT OF SERIOUS FINES IS GOING TO CHANGE ANYTHING? >> HOPEFULLY IT WILL WHEN PEOPLE HEAR THAT

BUT MORE IMPORTANTLY, THEIR FAMILY AND FRIENDS WILL BE TELLING THEM, DON'T GO HERE AND THEY'RE WE'RE HOPING WE DON'T NEED TO USE THE POLICE FORCE AND THE RCMP, THAT WE COULD USE SOCIAL PRESSURE IN OTHER WORDS, YOUR FAMILY AND FRIENDS WILL DO THAT WHEN I WAS LOOKING AT THE FLIGHTS, ALL OF THE ASIA FLIGHTS, EVERYBODY HAS A MASKS ON WE'RE SAYING THE MASKS ARE NOT GOOD, NOT GOOD BUT, PERHAPS, NOW, WE REDISTRIBUTE MASKS IN THIS PARTICULAR SITUATION

NOT NORMAL FLIGHTS BUT MAYBE THIS WILL MAKE PEOPLE FEEL BETTER AND LESS LIKELY TO TRANSMIT WE KNOW IN THE EARLY STAGES OF THE DISEASE, I WOULD LIE, TOO IF I AM TRYING TO COME BACK HOME, I WOULD GET ON THAT FLIGHT BUT IF WE HAVE ON MASKS, WE WON'T BREATHE ON THE NEXT PERSON IN THE EARLY DAYS, YOU CAN JUST BE BREATHING OUT THE VIRUS AS YOU HAVE ENOUGH IN YOUR BODY

IF WE PUT ON MASKS, WE CAN DECREASE IT, TELL EVERYBODY TO GET HOME, SIX FEET APART AND NO GATHERING AND THAT'S WHY THERE'S NO GATHERING YOU CAN'T TELL A SICK PERSON ANY MORE WE USED TO THINK IT'S SNEEZING AND COUGHING, BUT WE HAVE NORMAL PEOPLE BREATHING OUT AND IF YOU'RE CLOSE TO THEM, THAT'S HOW YOU'LL PICK UP THE VIRUS SO PERHAPS NOW, MASKS ON PLANES WOULD BE ANOTHER STEP TO PUT IN PLACE AND, PERHAPS, WE WHO PUT IT IN NOW THAN A WEEK FROM NOW SO WE'RE ALWAYS PLAYING A LITTLE BIT OF CATCH-UP, BUT IT'S DIFFICULT BECAUSE YOU DON'T WANT TO SCARE PEOPLE OR HAVE TO PUT IN ALL OF THESE RULES

BUT MAYBE WE WHO PUT IN THOSE RULES NOW >> Rosemary: ASKING SOMEONE TO WEAR A MASK IS NOT A HEAVY LIFT OR A BIG REQUIREMENT IF YOU WANT TO GET ON A PLANE DR LIN, I'LL LEAVE IT THERE FOR TODAY THANK YOU AND ALWAYS GREAT TO HAVE YOU

AS WE WAIT FOR HEALTH OFFICIALS TO JOIN US FOR THE NOON BRIEFING, LET ME GIVE YOU MORE INFORMATION AROUND WHAT WE WERE DISCUSSING WITH CATHERINE AND VASSY AND WHAT THE PRIME MINISTER WAS ASKED ABOUT WE CAN CONFIRM, INDEED, THAT CANADA IS AWARE THAT THE UNITED STATES IS CONSIDERING MOVING ABOUT 1,000 TROOPS TO THE BORDER THEY WOULD BE STATIONED ABOUT 2R AND THEY WOULD USE GENERAL KIND OF SENSORS TO LOOK OUT FOR IRREGULAR BORDER CROSSERS THE ORIGINAL BORDER CROSSERS ARE SENT BACK TO THE US

AND THERE WAS A DAY LAST WEEK WHEN THE HIGHEST NUMBER OF BORDER CROSSERS WAS 17 IT'S UNCLEAR WHY YOU WOULD NEED TO PATROL THE BORDER FOR SUCH A LOW NUMBER, BUT WE'LL TRY TO GET MORE ANSWERS TO THAT AT THIS UPCOMING PRESS CONFERENCE BEFORE WE DO THAT, THOUGH, I WANT TO GO BACK TO A CANADIAN WHO WE HAD ON AT SOME POINT OVER THE LAST NUMBER OF DAYS I'M NOT SURE WHAT DAY IT WAS IT WAS A CANADIAN STUCK IN PERU WHO STILL WANTS TO COME HOME

WE'VE BEEN SPEAKING REGULARLY WITH GREG BESTROSS, STUCK IN HOSPITAL IN PERU I KNOW THINGS HAVE ACTUALLY GOTTEN WORSE FOR YOU AND TELL ME WHAT THE SITUATION IS NOW >> SO TODAY IS DAY 11 OF OUR TIME SPENT ON LOCK-DOWN HERE, AT THE HOTEL, AND YESTERDAY MORNING WE RECEIVED INFORMATION THAT SOMEBODY IN OUR HOSPITAL DID TEST POSITIVE FOR COVID-19 AS PER DIRECTION OF THE MINISTRY OF HEALTH OF PERU, THE HOSPITAL HAS INFORMED US WE WILL BE LOCKED DOWN HERE FOR A DURATION OF ONE TO THREE MONTHS >> Rosemary: AND WHAT, IF ANYTHING, HAVE YOU BEEN ABLE TO GET IN TERMS OF INFORMATION FROM THE CANADIAN GOVERNMENT? >> SO THE DIFFICULTY IS, AS YOU KNOW, I THINK THERE IS, OBVIOUSLY, A VERY HIGH VOLUME OF CALLS, OF PEOPLE LOOKING TO REACH OUT TO US, PEOPLE LOOKING OUT TO VARIOUS NUMBERS PROVIDED, BE IT LOCAL HERE IN PERU OR BACK HOME IN OTTAWA

AT THIS POINT, WE HAVE NOT HEARD BACK FROM ANYONE I'VE ATTEMPTED TO LEAVE MULTIPLE MESSAGES AND I'VE ATTEMPTED TO GET AHOLD OF PEOPLE BECAUSE THREE DAYS AGO, WE WERE INFORMED THEY WERE BRINGING A DOCTOR INTO THIS HOSPITAL TO TEST TWO PEOPLE AND PENDING THE RESULTS, WE WOULD BE LOCKED DOWN HERE FOR 28 DAYS AT THAT POINT IN TIME, WE WERE TOLD THERE WAS NO WAY WE ALLOWED TO LEAVE THE HOSPITAL IN THE MEANTIME SO ONCE THE RESULTS CAME BACK POSITIVE, THE MANAGER OF THE HOSPITAL HAD HELD A MEETING AND INFORMED US OF THE CIRCUMSTANCES AND BASICALLY TOLD US WE WOULD BE LOCKED DOWN FOR ONE TO THREE MONTHS I HAVE PREEMPTIVELY TRIED TO GET THIS INFORMATION OUT TO OUR GOVERNMENT, TO SEE WHAT KIND OF INTERVENTION COULD HAVE HAPPENED PRIOR TO SOMETHING LIKE THIS HAPPENING

MY FIANCE AND MYSELF, EVACUEE WE'VETAKEN THE PRECAUTION TO ISE OURSELVES AND I WISH THAT ACTION HAD COME SWIFTER BECAUSE WE'RE IN A SITUATION THAT I DON'T KNOW IF WE WILL BE ABLE TO MAKE IT HOME >> Rosemary: THERE'S BEEN ONE FLIGHT OUT OF LIMA, PERU AND I DON'T KNOW IF YOU'VE HAD THOSE UPDATES AND IF YOU RESPOND >> YEAH, I CHECKED ON TWITTER THIS MORNING I'VE BEEN UP EVERY MORNING 5:30, 6:00 AM

TO SEE IF THERE'S ANY INFORMATION MADE AVAILABLE THIS MORNING, THE TWITTER PAGE DID INFORM THE MASSES THAT THEY ARE GOING TO HAVE A FLIGHT FROM CUSCO TO LIMA TOMORROW YESTERDAY, THEY HAD FILLED UP TICKETS FOR A FLIGHT DIRECTLY FROM LIMA THAT WILL BE LEAVING LATER ON THIS AFTERNOON MY FEAR IS THAT WE ARE LOCKED DOWN THERE THIS HOTEL NOW AND WE DON'T BELIEVE WE'LL BE ABLE TO EVEN TAKE ADVANTAGE OF THE CHANCE OF GETTING ON THAT FLIGHT FROM CUSCO TO LIMA BECAUSE OF THE FACT THAT THIS HAS BEEN PLACED IN A MILITARY QUARANTINE >> Rosemary: IF YOU LEFT WHAT WOULD HAPPEN OR IF YOU TRIED TO LEAVE, WHAT WOULD HAPPEN? >> WE'VE BEEN TOLD IF WE DO NOT COOPERATE WITH THE QUARANTINE, WE WILL GO TO JAIL FOR FIVE TO TEN YEARS HERE IN PERU

>> Rosemary: CAN I ASK YOU, I KNOW YOU WENT DOWN FOR A WEDDING AND I KNOW PERU WASN'T ON THE LIST OF COUNTRIES AT THE TIME BUT I KNOW THE WORLD WAS SEEING THIS PANDEMIC SPREAD DO YOU KNOW REGRET GOING THERE AND TAKING THIS — I GUESS IT WAS A BIT OF A GAMBLE, RIGHT? DO YOU REGRET THAT? >> I MEAN, HINDSIGHT IS ALWAYS 20/20 AND I LOOK BACK ACT THE AE DECISIONS AND WOULD WE DO THINGS DIFFERENTLY? ABSOLUTELY WE WENT ON THE ADVICE OF OUR GOVERNMENT WHICH TOLD US THERE WAS NO NEED TO WORRY, PERU WAS A SAFE PLACE AND AT THE TIME WE ARRIVED, THERE WERE FOUR CASES IN PERU AND IT DIDN'T SEEM LIKE THE CURRENT SITUATION WE'RE STUCK IN I DON'T THINK ANYONE COULD HAVE PREDICTED THE BORDERS CLOSING IN 24 HOURS OR HAVE PREDICTED THE VERY QUICK REACTION THAT THE PERU GOVERNMENT PUT IN PLACE TO ALLOW FOR FOREIGN CITIZENS TO GET HOME ABSOLUTELY, WOULD WE DO THINGS DIFFERENTLY? ABSOLUTELY

BUT AT THIS POINT, WE'RE LEFT IN THIS SITUATION WE'VE CHECKED EMAILS AND FILLED OUT FORMS AND WAITED FOR SOMETHING TO HAPPEN AND OUR WORST FEAR HAS SEEM TO COME TO LIGHT NOW >> Rosemary: I'LL HOPE THAT GOVERNMENT OFFICIALS ARE WATCHING AND LISTENING, BUT THEY MADE IT CLEAR THAT NOT EVERYONE WILL GET HOME SO IF YOU'RE NOT GOING GET HOME, ARE YOU PREPARED AND HOW WILL YOU STAY THERE FOR A MONTH OR MORE? >> I MEAN, AT THIS POINT, IT DOESN'T SEEM LIKE WE HAVE VERY MUCH OF A CHOICE I'VE SEEN THE TOLL THAT THIS SITUATION HAS TAKEN ON OUR MENTAL HEALTH

I'VE SEEN THE ANXIETY ATTACKS THAT HAVE HAPPENED WITH MY FIANCE AND I'M GENERALLY WORRIED FOR OUR MENTAL HEALTH AND NOW KNOWING THERE'S POSITIVE CASES IN THIS PLACE THAT WE'RE STAYING, I'M WORRIED FOR MY PHYSICAL HEALTH I'VE DONE EVERYTHING I CAN DO TO MITIGATE ANY RISK WE'VE ONLY LEFT OUR ROOM TO USE THE WASHROOM AND GRAB FOOD AND COME BACK THERE'S BEEN NO SOCIAL INTERACTION THIS HAS NOT BEEN A VACATION

THIS IS US SITTING ON OUR PHONES FOR 12 TO 15 HOURS A DAY, WAITING FOR SOME RESPONSE, WAITING FOR SOME ACTION AND THE CANADIAN GOVERNMENT TOLD US TO STAY PUT, ABIDE BY LOCAL LAW ENFORCEMENT YOU CAN'T GO ON THE STREET SO MUCH AS TO GRAB SOMETHING FROM THE SUPERMARKET WITHOUT HAVING SOMEBODY FROM THE MILITARY OR POLICE STOP YOU YOU CAN IMAGINE WHAT THAT LOOKS LIKE WHEN YOU'RE LOOKING TO POTENTIALLY CHANGE THE LODGING THAT YOU'RE STAYING AT THERE HAS NOT BEEN THE OPTION TO CHECK OUT AND TO LEAVE UNLESS WE WERE LEAVING TO GO HOME >> Rosemary: OK, GREG, THANKS AGAIN FOR TALKING TO US AND I KNOW THAT — I'M SURE PEOPLE WERE LISTENING, PEOPLE IN GOVERNMENT, AS WELL, AND LISTEN, I WISH YOU THE BEST AND THE VERY LEAST, GOOD HEALTH AS THIS GOES ON AND PLEASE KEEP US POSTED AS TO WHAT'S HAPPENING

>> THANK YOU >> Rosemary: AS WE STAND BY NOW TO BRING YOU THE NOON UPDATE, THE REGULAR NOON UPDATE FROM CABINET MINISTERS AND PUBLIC HEALTH OFFICIALS, LET'S ME BRING YOU UP TO DATE OUT OF THE LATEST NUMBERS OUT OF ONTARIO TODAY, NOW UP TO 858 CASES AND THAT'S UP 170 CASES, WHICH IS THE LARGEST SINGLE DAY INCREASE IN THIS PROVINCE (PLEASE STAND BY) AND THAT IS OUR DAILY COVERAGE OF THE PANDEMIC UPDATE WE ARE GOING TO SIGN OFF FROM CBC TELEVISION AND YOU CAN CONTINUE WATCHING, THOUGH, ON "CBC NEWS NETWORK" AND CBC

CA I'M ROSEMARY BARTON HERE IN OTTAWA THANK YOU FOR WATCHING >> — THAT CANADA IN PARTICULAR WOULD WANT TO SEE HAPPEN, BUT WE HAVE A LITTLE BIT MORE DETAILS ON THAT >> Vassy: YEAH, WE DO HAVE A BIT MORE DETAIL ON THAT

THE PRIME MINISTER WAS ASKED VERY DIRECTLY, AS YOU MENTIONED, ROSY, WHETHER OR NOT THOSE DISCUSSIONS ARE TAKING PLACE, AND HE CONFIRMED THAT, YES, THE DISCUSSIONS ARE TAKING PLACE WHILE YOU WERE INTERVIEWING OUR FRIEND IN PERU, I WAS CALLING, TRYING TO FIND OUT WHETHER THIS WOULD START BECAUSE IF THE US WANTS TO DO THIS TO ADDRESS THE ISSUE THAT PEOPLE HAVE BEEN CROSSING IN BETWEEN CHECKPOINTS, THOSE NUMBERS DWINDLED PRIOR TO LAST WEEK WHEN AN AGREEMENT BETWEEN THE U

S AND CANADA CAME INTO EFFECT THAT WOULD RESTRICT THE FLOW OF THOSE BORDER CROSSERS SO INSTEAD OF BEING ABLE TO CROSS BETWEEN THOSE CHECKPOINTS, AND THEN BE PROCESSED THROUGH THE ASYLUM SYSTEM, THE PROCESS THAT CAME INTO EFFECT LAST FRIDAY, THEY WOULD BE DENIED AND WOULD BE SENT BACK TO THE UNITED STATES THE REASONING BEHIND THESE DISCUSSIONS IS INTERESTING I COULD NOT GET A CLEAR ANSWER YET ON SORT OF WHEN THEY BEGAN

HOW DOES THE AGREEMENT THAT WAS ARRIVED AT BETWEEN THE UNITED STATES AND CANADA FACTOR INTO THAT? WHAT I AM TOLD THAT DEPUTY PRIME MINISTER CHRYSTIA FREELAND HAS BEEN BRIEFED ON THE INCIDENT, AND WE SHOULD GET SOME SORT OF TIMING OR INSTIGATION ABOUT THIS >> AS YOU SAY, THE NUMBERS, LAST WEEK, THEY WERE 47, 45 — FRANKLY, THE CONCERN WOULD ACTUALLY BE FOR US RATHER THAN THE UNITED STATES, GIVEN THE WAY THEIR NUMBERS ON COVID-19 ARE SORT OF SPIRALLING OUT, PARTICULARLY AS YOU TALKED ABOUT IN THE STATE OF NEW YORK IT SEEMS SORT OF CURIOUS THAT THE UNITED STATES WOULD WANT TO PUT PATROLS ALONG THE BORDER, GIVEN THAT THEY ARE IN A MUCH WORSE SITUATION BUT I DON'T PRETEND TO UNDERSTAND THE LOGIC HERE IN ANY WAY OKAY

I'LL GO TO CATHERINE CULLEN FEEL FREE TO WEIGH-IN ON THAT BUT IN PART, THE QUARANTINE EFFECT IS COMING THROUGH THE UNITED STATES, WHERE THE NUMBERS ARE MUCH HIGHER, AND THE VIRUS IS MUCH LESS CONTAINED >> YEAH I COULD WANT TO TOUCH ON THAT FOR A SECOND

THE OTHER QUESTION I THINK WE WOULD HAVE IS WHY PEOPLE LEAVING THE UNITED STATES WOULD BE SUCH A GREAT CONCERN FOR THE UNITED STATES IF THIS DECISION IS SEEN AS BEING PART OF THE RESPONSE OF COVID-19 CERTAINLY, PEOPLE CROSSING THE BORDER IN CANADA A BIG CONCERN, BUT WHY WOULD THE US ADMINISTRATION BE WORRIED ABOUT PEOPLE WHO ARE OUTGOING? STILL GETTING A LOT OF INFORMATION ABOUT THE MAN IN QUARANTINE YOU WILL BE FACED WITH THESE QUESTIONED IF YOU CROSS AT A LAND BORDER

IF YOU'RE DRIVING YOURSELF HOME, SO IF YOU'RE DRIVING ACROSS THE BORDER, IF YOU'RE DRIVING FROM THE AIRPORT, CERTAINLY, LEAVING THE AIRPORT, THE QUESTION IS, DO YOU HAVE SYMPTOMS OR NOT? BUT IF YOU'RE DRIVING YOURSELF ACROSS THE BORDER, ALL INDICATIONS THAT WE HAVE, IT'S FINE, BUT DON'T MAKE STOPS ALONG THE WAY IF YOU'RE DRIVING HOME, DO YOU HAVE SYMPTOMS? SOMETHING WE NEED TO TOUCH ON, EARLIER, WHEN THE PRIME MINISTER WAS MAKING HIS REMARKS AND ADDRESSING CANADIANS, THEY'LL HAVE THE BENEFIT OF WITHIN 14 DAYS, THE PORTAL WILL BE UP AND RUNNING I KNOW THERE'S A LOT OF PEOPLE FOLLOWING THIS VERY CLOSELY, WONDERING WHEN THEY'RE GOING TO HAVE MONEY IN THEIR POCKETS >> CAN I JUMP IN FOR A QUICK SECOND? >> YES >> Vassy: I JUST WANT TO SAY THAT AFTER THAT, THE PRIME MINISTER WAS MISSPEAKING

IT'S STILL GOING TO BE TEN DAYS >> YEAH HE'S WORKING LONG HOURS, SO IT'S — A MATTER OF FOUR DAYS IS A BIG DEAL FOR A LOT OF PEOPLE, SO IMPORTANT TO KNOW THAT THE TARGET IS — THE TARGET, ANY WAYS, IS STILL TEN DAYS AFTER YOU GET THAT PROCESS THE PRIME MINISTER DID CONFIRM TODAY THAT KIRSTEN HILLMAN HAS BECOME CANADA'S NEW AMBASSADOR IN WASHINGTON, WHICH IS PROBABLY WELL TIMED, GIVEN THESE REPORTS THAT WE'RE HEARING COMING OUT AMBASSADOR HILLMAN HAS BEEN A FACTOR IN THE NEGOTIATION OF THE NEW NAFTA BETWEEN CANADA, THE U

S, AND MEXICO AT A TIME WHEN, OBVIOUSLY, THE ONGOING ISSUES, WHETHER IT BE FROM AN ONGOING HEALTH PERSPECTIVE OR AN ECONOMIC PERSPECTIVE BETWEEN THE CANADA, THE US, AND MEXICO I THINK I'M GOING TO PLAY A CLIP — CAN I PLAY A CLIP? THE PRIME MINISTER IS GOING TO MAKE SURE THE BORDER DOESN'T THICKEN IN THE MIDST OF THIS

THERE WAS A LOT OF EFFORT TO SHUTDOWN NONESSENTIAL TRAVEL BETWEEN THE US AND CANADA, BUT TO KEEP TRADE MOVING PRETTY FREELY AND ANY CONCERN BY THE UNITED STATES TO MOVE TO THICKEN THAT BORDER WOULD BE WORRISOME FOR THE GOVERNMENT LET ME PLAY THIS CLIP FOR YOU A WHILE AGO PRIME MINISTER PRIME MINISTER — >> THAT IS THE PRIME MINISTER WEIGHING IN ON THAT

THE DEPUTY PRIME MINISTER HAS BEEN IN CHARGE OF THIS FILE SINCE, REALLY, THE FIRST ELECTION IN 2015 I'M NOT EVEN SURE IN WHAT WAY THIS WOULD HELP THIS MEASURE, THAT THE UNITED STATES IS AT LEAST CONTEMPLATING, VASSY I DON'T KNOW IF YOU CAN WRAP YOUR HEAD AROUND THAT I'M NOT SURE WHY IT WOULD BE NEEDED OR WHAT IT WOULD ACTUALLY DO >> Vassy: YEAH, AND I GUESS TO TAKE THE QUESTION ONE STEP FURTHER, ROSY, THAT'S WHAT I WAS ASKING WHEN I WAS CALLING, IS THERE A REASON TO TAKE THAT BEYOND THIS? IS THE PRESIDENT INTERESTED IN REMILITARYIZING THE BORDER BEYOND THE PRIME MINISTER SAID SO? THERE HAVE BEEN POINTS AT WHICH THE ISSUE OF BORDER CROSSERS HAS BEEN A BIG ONE, THERE'S BEEN THOUSANDS OF THEM TRANSVERSING

THERE'S A — TRAVERSING IT'S BEEN A BIG POLITICAL ISSUE, BUT AT THIS POINT, IT JUST DOESN'T ADD UP IS THERE A DESIRE TO SEE THE REMILITARIZATION OF THE BORDER LIKE THEY HAVE ON THE SOUTHERN BORDER THE US

PRESIDENT ALWAYS HAS SAID HE TREATS THE TWO BORDERS THE SAME ON THE FACE OF IT RIGHT NOW, THE JUSTIFICATION PROVIDED BY THE WHITE HOUSE DOESN'T SEEM TO MATCH UP WITH THE REALITY, AND I KNOW THAT'S A STATEMENT THAT COULD MATCH UP IN OTHER INSTANCES, AS WELL, BUT DESPITE THAT, THE UNPREDICTABILITY OF THIS WHITE HOUSE HAS BEEN PRETTY STRONG IT IS CURIOUS TO SEE, AND I THINK WHERE MINISTER FREELAND IS CONCERNED, I WOULD LIKE TO SEE WHERE THE DISCUSSIONS BEGAN HAVE THE UNITED STATES FLOATED OTHER JUSTIFICATIONS BEYOND BORDER CROSSERS, AND DID SORT OF THE AGREEMENT THAT WAS REACHED LAST WEEK, DOES THAT INFLUENCE OR IMPACT THE DIRECTION OF THESE DISCUSSIONS AT ALL? I THINK THERE ARE SO MANY QUESTION MARKS RIGHT NOW ABOUT WHY THIS IS HAPPENING, AND ALL WE KNOW IS THAT IT IS >> WE DO KNOW, TOO, THAT SOMETIMES PAST EXPERIENCES GET FLOATED OUT THERE BY THE UNITED STATES, AND THEN CANADA SPENDS DAYS AND DAYS AND DAYS TALKING THE U

S OFFER THE LEDGE, AND THEN, THEY DIAL IT BACK I IMAGINE THAT SEEMS TO BE THE CONVERSATION NOW, BUT AGAIN, WE'LL HEAR FROM THE DEPUTY PRIME MINISTER >>> AGAIN, THE PRIME MINISTER WAS TALKING ABOUT RELIEF AVAILABLE FOR MANY CANADIANS PORTAL IS NOT OPEN ON THE WEBSITE, BUT ESSENTIALLY, IT ALLOWS YOU ABOUT $2,000 PER MONTH IF YOUR EMPLOYMENT HAS BEEN AFFECTED IN ANY WAY BUT THE PANDEMIC IF YOU HAVE TO LOOK AFTER YOUR KIDS

SO LOTS OF DIFFERENT CRITERIA THAT HAS BEEN PUT OUT TO YOU SO LOTS OF PEOPLE ARE OUT OF JOBS, HAVING TO WATCH THEIR KIDS DURING THIS TIME JOINING US IS A RENTER IN THE CITY, AND YOU RECENTLY LOST ONE OF YOUR JOBS TELL ME SOME MORE >> WELL, ACTUALLY, THREE JOBS

ONE OF THE JOBS, I USED TO BE AN USHER AT MASSEY HALL, AND I WAS LAID OFF DUE TO RENOVATIONS, AND OBVIOUSLY, WITH ALL OF THIS GOING ON, WHO KNOWS WHEN THAT'S COMING BACK MY MAIN EMPLOYMENT IS I WORK AS A YOGA INSTRUCTOR, MEDITATION INSTRUCTOR, AND WITH ALL THE SELF-ISOLATION, THAT WHOLE BUSINESS IS NOW AN ON-LINE BUSINESS IT'S A LOT OF CHANGES FOR EVERYBODY, AND IT'S QUITE CHALLENGING, ACTUALLY, TO WORK WITH MY THIRD JOB IS IN RETAIL, AND RIGHT NOW, WE WERE JUST SENT HOME, SO I'M NOT WORKING AT ALL RIGHT NOW >> YOU'RE NORMALLY A PRETTY BUSY GUY, IT SOUNDS LIKE

>> YES >> THE RENT PAYMENT IS COMING UP THE FIRST OF THE MONTH I DON'T KNOW IF YOU'D WANT TO GIVE ME A SENSE OF WHAT YOU PAY OR IF YOU'RE GOING TO BE ABLE TO DO IT THIS MONTH >> WELL, I'M NOT GOING TO BE ABLE TO DO IT THIS MONTH BECAUSE I'M MAKING SURE THAT OUR GAS TANKS ARE FILLED, WE HAVE GROCERIES THAT WE NEED FORTUNATELY, THE LANDLORD REACHED OUT TO US YESTERDAY TO FIND OUT IF EVERYTHING'S OKAY AND IF THERE'S A CHANCE THAT WE WOULD BE ABLE TO MAKE PAYMENT AND IF NOT, WHAT SORT OF ADJUSTMENTS WE CAN MAKE? SO WE'RE SORT OF WAITING TO FIND OUT WHAT THE PRIME MINISTER HAD TO SAY ABOUT ALL THE VARIOUS THINGS ALLOWABLE TO THE COMMUNITY

>> SO THIS EMERGENCY BENEFIT, IT SOUNDS TO ME LIKE YOU PROBABLY COULD MAKE A CASE TO IT, GETTING ACCESS TO IT, SO IF YOU GET CLOSER TO APRIL, AND IT'S $2,000 A MONTH, HOW WOULD THAT HELP? WOULD THAT HELP YOU? >> I THINK IT WOULD, WITH THE RENT AND OTHER THINGS THAT ARE COMING THROUGH, BUT AGAIN, WE'RE GOING THROUGH THAT SCENARIO WHERE WE'RE SORT OF LIVING CHECK TO CHECKS AND WITHOUT ANY SENSE OF GOING BACK TO WORK, WE'RE BASICALLY RELIANT ON HOW THIS PLAYS OUT I'M VERY THANKFUL FOR IT I THINK IT'S A GREAT STEP IN THE RIGHT DIRECTION, AND I DO CONSIDER MYSELF FORTUNATE, BUT I KNOW THERE'S LESS FORTUNATE PEOPLE, WHETHER THEY DON'T HAVE A HOME OR — THERE'S SO MANY DIFFERENT THINGS AT PLAY >> YESTERDAY, THE PRIME MINISTER ANNOUNCED A FREEZE ON RENT, A FREEZE ON EVICTIONS BUT HE ALSO SAYSROUND THE HOUSU ARE TRYING TO SELF-ISOLATE, AND I IMAGINE THAT MAKES IT ALL A LITTLE MORE DIFFICULT

>> WELL, YOU KNOW, AS A WEIRD TWIST OF FATE, IT'S BEEN GREAT BECAUSE AS YOU'VE STATED, I'VE KEPT A PRETTY BUSY LIFESTYLE THESE PAST COUPLE OF WEEKS HAVE BEEN GREAT BECAUSE I HAVE A LOT OF TIME TO SPEND WITH HIM IT GIVES MY PARTNER LISA MORE TIME TO DO THE THINGS THAT SHE NEEDS TO DO INSTEAD OF BEING A CAREGIVER 24-7 BECAUSE WHEN I COME HOME, I AM SO TIRED I AM LOOKING FOR THE SILVER LINING IN ALL OF THIS, AND HOPEFULLY, WE GET THROUGH THIS IN THE BEST WAY POSSIBLE >> SO LET ME JUST LEAVE ON THIS

HOW STRESSED OUT OR WORRIED ARE YOU ABOUT MONEY AND PAYING OR MAKING ALL YOUR BILLS AT THIS STAGE? >> WELL, THAT'S A GREAT QUESTION AND I WILL SAY, I'M LUCKY I HAVE A PRACTICE BASED IN YOGA AND MEDITATION, SO MY WHOLE THING IS HOW TO DEAL WITH STRESS BUT THAT BEING SAID, IT'S ON MY MIND A LOT I'M UP TILL THE WEE HOURS IN THE MORNING, FIGURING OUT HOW WE'RE GOING TO MAKE IT AND KEEP MY FAMILY SAFE

GOING TO THE GROCERY STORE, IT'S TOUGH, GOING THERE, AND COMING HOME, SANITIZING YOUR FOOD AND EVERYTHING AND HAVING A TODDLER, YOU DON'T WANT TO TRANSMIT ANYTHING TO THIS LITTLE BOY WHO'S SO INNOCENT AND HAPPY ALL THE TIME >> WELL, I WISH I HAD YOUR MEDI MEDI — MEDITATIVE SKILLS AT A TIME LIKE THIS GO AHEAD >> YEAH

I WAS GOING TO SAY THERE'S BEEN A LOT OF YOGA INSTRUCTORS IN THIS COUNTRY THAT HAVE BEEN SUPPORTING THE COMMUNITY ON-LINE SO WHAT I WOULD LIKE TO SEE IS VISIT YOUR YOGA STUDIO ON-LINE, SEE WHAT YOU CAN DO TO HELP YOGA AND MEDITATION IS FREE FOR EVERYBODY, LET'S USE THIS AS AN OPPORTUNITY TO DISCUSS WHAT IT CAN DO FOR US >> WELL, I'M GLAD YOU'RE TAKING EVERYTHING IN STRIDE AND THAT YOU'RE GETTING THE INFORMATION YOU NEED IF YOU DON'T, REACH OUT TO US, AND WE'LL GET IT TO YOU

>> THANK YOU >> TAKE CARE, AND HAVE A NICE DAY >> NAMASTE >> I KNOW THAT THE FINANCE MINISTER, FOR INSTANCE, HAS TALKED ABOUT HOW BANKS ARE SUPPOSED TO ALLOW YOU SOME FLEXIBILITY NOW IN MORTGAGE PAYMENTS IF YOU'RE A RENTER, YOU'RE IN A DIFFERENT BOAT ENTIRELY, AND YOU'RE PRETTY MUCH DEPENDENT IN BEING ABLE TO USE THE PAYMENTS THAT YOU GET FROM THE GOVERNMENT OR HAVING A FLEXIBLE LANDLORD

>>> I'M SURE THAT'S A STORY THAT YOU'VE HEARD A FEW TIMES BEFORE, PEOPLE THAT ARE PROBABLY NOT GOING TO BE ABLE TO PAY RENT IN ABOUT A WEEK'S TIME TELL ME WHAT YOU'RE HEARING FROM PEOPLE? >> YEAH WE'RE DEFINITELY HEARING FROM A LOT OF INVESTORS AND LANDLORDS OF COURSE, EVERYONE'S MINDFUL OF WHAT'S GOING ON, SO BOTH LANDLORDS AND COMMERCIAL TENANTS, RESIDENTIAL TENANTS, THEY'RE ALL WORKING WITH THEM TO COME UP WITH A PLAN TO GET THROUGH THE NEXT FEW MONTHS >> JOHN, I'M GOING TO LEAVE YOU — I'M SURE WHAT YOU'RE SAYING IS SUPER INTERESTING, BUT OUR TECHNOLOGY IS FAILING US A LITTLE BIT

THIS IS THE PROBLEM WHEN WE'RE DOING SO MANY REMOTE INTERVIEWS WE'LL COME BACK TO YOU BECAUSE IT'S SO HARD TO UNDERSTAND YOU I'M GOING TO GO BACK TO MY GUESTS BECAUSE THEY'RE WAITING FOR THE PRESS CONFERENCE, ALONG WITH ME >>> YOU HEAR ABOUT THE FINANCIAL HELP, THERE ARE SO MANY PEOPLE THAT NEED IT, AND NEED IT FAST >> Vassy: GO AHEAD, CATHERINE

>> WELL THING THAT WE DIDN'T TOUCH ON AFTER PRIME MINISTER'S CONFERENCE WAS THE QUESTION HE WAS ASKED ABOUT CREDIT CARDS AND A CREDIT CARD GRACE PERIOD WE'VE HEARD, GETTING THESE SMOKE SIGNALS FROM THE GOVERNMENT ABOUT THAT THEY'RE TALKING ABOUT CREDIT TO HELP NOT ONLY BUSINESSES BUT TO HELP INDIVIDUALS THE GOVERNMENT SAID LISTEN, WE'VE PROPOSED THAT TO THE BANKS WE WANT TO SEE THAT HAPPEN YOU CAN IMAGINE THAT A LOT OF PEOPLE WHO ARE WORRIED ABOUT PAYING RENT ARE INTERESTED

>> YEAH COAXING THE BANK DOESN'T ALWAYS WORK — OKAY I'M GOING TO GO TO DEPUTY PRIME MINISTER CHRYSTIA FREELAND WHO'S LEADING THE PRESS CONFERENCE >> A DAILY REMINDER TO ALL CANADIANS WE MUST ALL PRACTICE PHYSICAL DISTANCING

>>> TODAY, THE PRIME MINISTER ANNOUNCED KIRSTEN HILLMAN AS AMBASSADOR TO THE UNITED STATES I HAVE WORKED WITH KIRSTEN SINCE 2015, AND I KNOW THAT AS WE BATTLE COVID-19 AND HAVE SO MUCH WORK TO DO WITH THE US ON SO MANY DIFFERENT ISSUES, KIRSTEN IS EXACTLY THE RIGHT WOMAN TO ALMOST DOUBLED IN NEWFOUNDLAND YESTERDAY >> AS WELL, INCREASED LABORATORY CAPACITY, AND THE ABILITY OF LABORATORY HOSPITALS TO CONFIRM CASES CONTRIBUTED TO A SHARP SPIKE IN QUEBEC THIS WEEK

CASES ARE RELATED TO A RANGE OF EXPOSURES AND TRAVELERS RELATED TO MARCH BREAK IN QUEBEC, TO A LARGE FUNERAL THAT ALMOST DOUBLED NEWFOUNDLAND'S CASE COUNT YESTERDAY WE ARE NOW SEEING A SNAP SHOT OF COVID-19 IN CANADA, WHERE 6% OF ALL CASES REQUIRE HOSPITALIZATION, AND 26% OF ALL CASES ARE CRITICALLY ILL, AND 1% OF CASES HAVE BEEN FATAL THE FACT THAT CANADA'S FATALITY RATE IS AT 1% INDICATES THAT THE HEALTH CARE SYSTEM IS NOT CURRENTLY OVERWHELMED, BUT THESE FATALITIES COULD BE REDUCED FURTHER BY PREVENTING ILLNESS IN OUR MOST VULNERABLE POPULATIONS MANY OF THE DEATHS IN CANADA HAVE BEEN LINKED TO OUTBREAKS AND CLUSTERS IN OUR PROVINCES

THE SERIOUSNESS OF THIS DISEASE CANNOT BE OVERSTATED OLDER ADULTS AND ADULTS WITH SERIOUS MEDICAL CONDITIONS ARE AT RISK BUT NOT ONLY CAN PEOPLE OF ALL AGES GET CAN HE VEERLY ILL, BUT — SEVERELY ILL, BUT IT WILL IMPACT ALL ANYONE AFFECTED BY THE SERIOUSNESS OF COVID-19 AND THE NEED FOR PHYSICAL DISTANCING SHOULD LOOK TO COUNTRIES LIKE ITALY AND THE FACT OF A HEALTH SYSTEM SEVERELY OVERWHELMED SO BY KEEPING A DISTANCE BETWEEN YOURSELVES, YOU ARE HELPING EVERYONE

>> OKAY NOW WE'RE GOING TO HEAR FROM OUR MINISTER OF EMPLOYMENT, DISABILITY, AND WORKFORCE DEVELOPMENT >> BEFORE I BEGIN, I'D LIKE TO TAKE THE OPPORTUNITY TO THANK THE ALS

AND LSQ SIGN LANGUAGE INTERPRETERS, WHO HAVE BEEN WORKING HARD TO PROVIDE SIMULTANEOUS TRANSLATIONS DURING THESE PRESS CONFERENCES, SO ALL CANADIANS CAN STAY INFORMED THANK YOU

YOUR WORK IS HARD, AND WE APPRECIATE IT OVER THE PAST FEW WEEKS, WE'VE ALL BEEN ASKED TO WORK TOGETHER TO STOP THE SPREAD OF COVID-19 I KNOW THIS HAS COME WITH A LOT OF UNCERTAINTY, ANXIETY, AND CONCERN, ESPECIALLY THE PART ABOUT NOT BEING ABLE TO PAY YOUR CHECK >> THE LEGISLATION ENACTED YESTERDAY IS THE FIRST STEP TO HELP WITH SOME OF THE STRESS BY IMPLEMENTING SPECIAL MEASURES TO SUPPORT CANADIANS WHO ARE STRUGGLING BECAUSE OF THE COVID-19 PANDEMIC >> SO EFFECT HELP, WE'VE INTRODUCED THE EMERGENCY RESPONSE BENEFIT

FROM THE VERY BEGINNING, WE WANTED TO HELP ALL WORKERS, WHETHER OR NOT THEY WERE ELIGIBILITY FOR EI WE TOOK ACTIVE ACTION IN THE EI BY WAIVING THE SIX-WEEK BENEFITS, AND THEN, AN UNPRECEDENTED WAVE OF E

I APPLICATIONS CAME ROLLING IN, AND THEN, IT BECAME CLEAR THERE WAS UNCERTAINTY AND CONFUSION AROUND WHICH BENEFIT TO APPLY FOR AT THAT POINT, IT BECAME OBVIOUS THAT WE HAD TO SIMPLIFY THE EXISTING BENEFITS BY MERGING THEM INTO A SINGLE TEMPORARY EMERGENCY BENEFIT FOR EVERYONE >> OUR EI

SYSTEM WAS NOT DESIGNED TO ADDRESS A GLOBAL PANDEMIC SITUATION IT DOESN'T HELP ALL WORKERS, AND IT DOESN'T CONTEMPLATE THE MYRIAD OF SITUATIONS THAT WORKERS ARE FACING DURING THIS CRISIS WITH ITS SIGNIFICANT ECONOMIC IMPACTS IT'S CLEAR WE NEED AN EMERGENCY IMPACT OUTSIDE OF EXISTING GOVERNMENT PROGRAMME PARAMETRES TO RESPOND TO THIS EMERGENCY SITUATION THAT'S WHAT THE CANADA EMERGENCY RESPONSE BENEFIT IS RETROACTIVE TO MARCH 15, CANADIAN WORKERS WILL HAVE ACCESS TO THE CERB TO A MAXIMUM OF 16 WEEKS IF THEIR INCOME LOSS IS RELATED TO COVID-19

IT'S A STREAM LINED BENEFIT WITH A STRAIGHTFORWARD ELIGIBILITY CRITERIA THE PORTAL FOR ACCESSING THE EMERGENCY RESPONSE BENEFIT WILL BE OPEN IN EARLY APRIL, AND UNTIL THEN, CANADIANS CAN CONTINUE TO APPLY FOR EI ON-LINE AND WILL AUTOMATICALLY BE ENROLLED IN THE CERB WE'RE TRULY DOING EVERYTHING IN OUR POWER TO HELP CANADIANS AND PROTECT THEM AGAINST THIS VIRUS AND ITS ECONOMIC IMPACTS

WE'LL CONTINUE TO WORK TOGETHER TO FIND WAYS TO SUPPORT CANADIAN WORKERS AND THEIR FAMILIES MERCI THANK YOU >> OKAY THANK YOU, CARLA

>>> AND NOW, I GIVE THE FLOOR TO THE VICE PRESIDENT OF THE TREASURY BOARD >> THANK YOU, CHRYSTIA THE MAIN MESSAGE TODAY IS INFORMATION AND SUPPORT, AND BEING CLEAR ON THE INSTRUCTIONS THAT WE ALL MUST FOLLOW IN SOCIAL DISTANCING, BUT ALSO THE CLEAR DIRECTIVES ISSUED YESTERDAY WHEN THE QUARANTINE ACT WAS INVOKED TO ENSURE THAT EVERYONE WHO COMES BACK TO CANADA SELF-ISOLATES FOR AT LEAST 15 DAYS UNDER PROPER CONDITIONS, OTHERWISE, THE QUARANTINE WILL NOT COME INTO EFFECT WE HAVE CREATED THE CANADA EMERGENCY RESPONSE BENEFIT IT IS MORE SIMPLE, IT'LL BE QUICKER

IT'S MORE INCLUSIVE, AS WELL IT IS GENEROUS, IT IS $2,000 A MONTH FOR THE NEXT FOUR MONTHS, AND THAT'S BECAUSE WE WANT TO AVOID HAVING A BREAK IN THE EMPLOYMENT LENGTH BETWEEN EMPLOYERS AND EMPLOYEES NOW WE WANT TO ENSURE THAT WHEN THE ECONOMY COMES BACK ON-LINE, PEOPLE WILL BE ABLE TO PAY THEIR WORKERS QUICKLY >> THANK YOU AND OF COURSE, WITH US ALSO IS PATTY HAJDU, OUR DEPUTY OF PUBLIC HEALTH, AND OUR MINISTER, PLEASE

>> SO WE ARE GOING TO TAKE THREE QUESTIONS ON THE PHONE >> THANK YOU MERCI PLEASE PRESS STAR-ONE ON THE PHONE IF YOU HAVE A QUESTION THERE WILL BE A BRIEF MOMENT WHILE THE PARTICIPANTS REGISTER

THANK YOU FOR YOUR PATIENCE [SPEAKING FRENCH LANGUAGE] >> OUR FIRST QUESTION IS FROM MIA ROBSON OF THE CANADIAN PRESS >> HI I'M WONDERING IF YOU CAN TALK ABOUT A LITTLE BIT ABOUT HOW THE QUARANTINE FOR PEOPLE COMING BACK TO CANADA WOULD BE ENFORCED, THE MEASURES THAT YOU'LL ACTUALLY TAKE AND HOW THAT WILL BE ENFORCED >> OKAY

PATTY CAN ANSWER THAT >> WELL, FIRST, I'LL TAKE THIS OPPORTUNITY TO THANK OUR COLLEAGUES AT THE CANADIAN BORDER SERVICES TO PUT IN PLACE THE MEASURES THAT WILL HELP US ENFORCE THE QUARANTINE ACT MEASURE THAT WE ANNOUNCED YESTERDAY ULTIMATELY, WHAT WE ARE DOING IS REMINDING THESE CANADIANS — AND THESE ARE CANADIANS IN THE MINORITY, I WILL SAY WHO ARE NOT TAKING THE NEED TO SELF-ISOLATE SERIOUSLY >> SO I'M JUST GOING TO TAKE PEOPLE BACK A LITTLE BIT IN IMAGINING WHEN YOU ENTER THE INTERNATIONAL BORDER INTO CANADA SO ANY SYMPTOMATIC PEOPLE WILL BE IMMEDIATELY GIVEN AN ORDER TO ISOLATE

IF THEY CAN GET IN A PRIVATE VEHICLE TO GET HOME, WE'LL CHECK ON THEM IF THEY CAN'T GET HOME, WE'RE, OF COURSE, PUTTING THEM IN A FEDERAL QUARANTINE PLACE WE'RE ALSO TAKING THEM TO A RISK ASSESSMENT, AS WELL SO IF YOU'RE LIVING WITH SOMEONE WHO HAPPENS TO BE OLDER OR WITH UNDERLYING MEDICAL CONDITIONS, THAT, OF COURSE, WILL BE TAKING THAT INTO ACCOUNT SO WE CAN CONSIDER THEM SEPARATELY WE HAVE CONTACT WITH THEM, WE FOLLOW THEM SO THAT WE HAVE A SEAMLESS PROCESS WITH LOCAL HEALTH AUTHORITIES

FOR ASYMPTOMATIC TRAVELERS, THEY CAN MOVE ON AS FAST AS POSSIBLE TO THEIR HOME, ESSENTIALLY, THEIR PLACE OF RESIDENCE IN CANADA THEY ARE GIVEN THE ORDER WHICH SPECIFIES THE KIND OF CONSEQUENCES AND THE PENALTIES THAT YOU MAY ENCOUNTER IF YOU DID NOT FOLLOW THE ORDER THEY ARE ALLOWED TO GO HOME THEY'RE ASYMPTOMATIC, AND THEY'RE ASKED TO SELF-ISOLATE, AND WE'RE DOING RANDOM CHECKS AS THAT IS FELT TO BE THE MOST REASONABLE APPROACH WE'LL ALSO WORK WITH PUBLIC HEALTH

THEY HAVE ORDERS IN PLACE, AS WELL, FOR SELF-ISOLATION SO THIS IS A COORDINATED EFFORT SO IF, FOR WHATEVER REASON, SOMEONE IS NOT COMPLYING, WE CAN THEN COLLABORATE WITH LOCAL HEALTH AUTHORITIES IN THE FOLLOW-UP PROCESS >> FOLLOW UP? >> Caller: YEAH, JUST TO FOLLOW UP ON THAT DO YOU HAVE ANY NUMBER OF CANADIANS THAT ARE IN THE — I DON'T WANT TO CALL IT THE FORCED QUARANTINE, BUT IN THE FEDERAL QUARANTINE PLACES? HOW MANY CANADIANS ARE BEING HELD IN THE FEDERAL QUARANTINE PLACES? AND ARE THERE ANYTHING PEOPLE CAN HELP WITH SO CALLED SNITCH LINES, CALLING POLICE? WHAT CAN PEOPLE DO IN TERMS OF OTHER PEOPLE NOT FOLLOWING THE ORDER? >> IN TERMS OF PEOPLE AT THE FEDERAL FACILITY, THESE ARE VERY DYNAMIC NUMBERS

THEY'RE VERY FEW AT THIS POINT FOR EXAMPLE, WE DO HAVE SOMEONE WHO IS SICK IN THE VANCOUVER FACILITY WE HAD AN EXAMPLE OF A COUPLE THAT WENT ACROSS THE LAND BORDER WITH QUEBEC THEY WERE NOT ILL, BUT THEY WERE LIVING WITH SOMEONE THAT WAS IMMUNOCOMPROMISED WE HAD A TRUCK DRIVER, AS WELL, SO THAT WAS SOMEONE WHO WAS IMMEDIATELY PUT INTO ISOLATION

THESE ARE PEOPLE THAT MAINTAIN OUR ESSENTIAL SERVICES, BUT IF THEY ARE SICK, WE ARE MAKING SURE THAT THEY DO NOT IMPACT THE HEALTH OF CANADIANS THEY ARE RIGHT NOW VERY, VERY FEW PEOPLE, AND SOME OF THESE MIGHT ALREADY BE — YOU KNOW, ONCE WE ARE SURE THAT WE CAN SAFELY MOVE ONTO THEIR HOMES WITH THE HELP OF PUBLIC HEALTH, WE WILL THEN DEPART, SO IT'S A VERY DYNAMIC NUMBER AND YOUR SECOND QUESTION, SO I THINK OVERALL, THOUGH, I HAVE TO SAY THAT CANADIANS ARE VERY COLLABORATIVE THIS QUARANTINE ACT IS TO LAYER ON AN ADDITIONAL REQUIREMENT OF SELF-ISOLATION THAT IS THE PURPOSE

OF COURSE, IF THERE ARE VIOLATIONS, WE'RE WORKING WITH LOCAL PUBLIC HEALTH AUTHORITIES WE'RE WORKING VERY CLOSELY WITH THEM TO FIND ANYONE WHO MAY BE VIOLATING THE ORDER WITH THOSE RANDOM CHECKS, WE ARE, OF COURSE, FROM OUR END, CHECKING ON PEOPLE WHO MIGHT ALSO NOT BE FOLLOWING THE ORDER BUT AS THE MINISTER SAID, WE ARE RAPIDLY SETTING ALL OF THIS >> THANK YOU, MINISTER

>> Caller: YES, HELLO I WOULD LIKE TO FOLLOW UP ON THOSE RANDOM CHECKS HOW WILL THEY BE CONDUCTED? WILL THEY BE DONE IN PERSON OR OVER THE PHONE AND IF THEY'RE DONE OVER THE PHONE, HOW WILL IT BE POSSIBLE TO KNOW IF THEY'RE COMPLYING OR NOT? >> WE ARE GOING TO GET THE NECESSARY INFORMATION ABOUT TRAVELERS ARRIVING IN CANADA, IT'S NOT EVERYONE, BUT IT'S A SECTION OF PEOPLE, AND WE WILL WORK CLOSELY WITH DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH THERE'S A RANGE OF OPTIONS SOMEONE MIGHT GO TO THE PERSON'S HOME, BUT THERE ARE OTHER OPTIONS, AS WELL, THAT WE'RE EXAMINING BECAUSE THE CONTEXT IS DIFFERENT, DEPENDING ON THE PROVINCE OR TERRITORY

>> Caller: I JUST WANT TO KNOW, FOR PEOPLE WHO ARE COMING BACK TO CANADA, THEY DON'T NECESSARILY LIVE IN THE SAME CITY WHERE THEIR PLANE HAS LANDED I THINK THERE WERE TALKS ABOUT ORGANIZING TRANSPORTATION FOR PEOPLE WHO DON'T HAVE THEIR CARS OR THEIR OWN PERSONAL CARS AT THE AIRPORT HAVE YOU SORTED THAT OUT? HOW IS IT GOING TO WORK, AND WHERE CAN PEOPLE CALL TO GET THAT SERVICE? >> THANK YOU FOR THE QUESTION THE TRANSPORTATION IS FOR SYMPTOMATIC PASSENGERS SO THEY'RE NOT IN CONTACT WITH OTHER PASSENGERS IN CANADIAN TRANSIT THAT WOULD OBVIOUSLY BE AT RISK BECAUSE OF THEIR POTENTIAL INFECTION WITH COVID-19 AS THE DOCTOR HAS ILLUSTRATED, ASYMPTOMATIC PASSENGERS ARE GIVEN PUBLIC HEALTH ADVICE, INCLUDING THE ORDER TO QUARANTINE WHEN THEY GET TO THEIR FINAL DESTINATION, ALONG WITH A MASK, AND TOLD TO DON THE MASK IF THEY SHOULD GET ILL AT ANY POINT ALONG THEIR TRAVEL

>> BUT IF THEY DON'T ARRIVE IN THEIR HOME CITY, HOW DO THEY DO THAT? >> THE SAME WAY THAT ALL OTHER PASSENGERS ARE TRAVELING THEY WOULD GET ONTO THEIR NEXT FLIGHT OR WHATEVER FORM OF TRANSPORTATION IS TAKING THEM TO THEIR FINAL DESTINATION, AND THIS WOULD ONLY BE ALLOWED IF THEY ARE ASYMPTOMATIC IF THEY ARE SYMPTOMATIC, THEY WOULD BE TRANSPORTED BY ONE OF OUR OFFICIALS AND PLACED INTO QUARANTINE UNTIL IT WAS DETERMINED THAT THEY ARE SAFE TO TRAVEL ONWARDS >> JUST TO BE CLEAR, THE MEDICAL ASSOCIATION HAS CONTRACTED TRANSPORTS, SO DEPENDING ON THE SITUATION, THE ILL PASSENGERS MAY EITHER BE TRANSFERRED TO A FEDERAL QUARANTINE SITE SO IF IT'S WITHIN A MEDICAL TRANSPORTATION DISTANCE, WE WOULD ACTUALLY DRIVE THEM ALL THE WAY HOME >> YES

THE NEXT QUESTION ON THE PHONE >> THE NEXT QUESTION IS FROM ALEX FROM THE TORONTO STAR PLEASE GO AHEAD >> Caller: HI THANKS FOR TAKING MY QUESTION

I THINK THIS ONE MIGHT BE FOR THE DEPUTY PRIME MINISTER JUST WHAT — CAN YOU TELL US ANYTHING MORE ABOUT THE DISCUSSIONS WITH THE AMERICANS? THERE'S THIS NEWS REPORT THAT THEY'RE CONTEMPLATING PUTTING TROOPS AT THE BORDER JUST WHAT EXACTLY THEY'RE THINKING ABOUT DOING, AND WHAT OUR RESPONSE IS TO THAT? >> THANK YOU FOR THE QUESTION, ALEX, AND THE PRIME MINISTER DID ADDRESS THAT IN HIS DALY PRESS EVENT THIS MORNING I THINK FOR DETAILS OF WHAT THE AMERICANS ARE CONSIDERING, THE PEOPLE TO ASK ARE THE AMERICANS, AND THE UNITED STATES, OF COURSE, IS A SOVEREIGN COUNTRY, WHICH DOES, AS IT OUGHT TO DO, MAKE ITS OWN INDEPENDENT DECISIONS ABOUT WHAT TO DO WITHIN ITS OWN BORDERS HAVING SAID THAT, WE — LET ME SHARE WITH CANADIANS WHAT CANADIAN POLITICIANS, MINISTERS, HAVE BEEN EXPRESSING VERY FORCEFULLY, WHAT OUR DIPLOMATES, INCLUDING OUR NEWLY-APPOINTED AMBASSADOR, AMBASSADOR HILLMAN, HAS BEEN SAYING ABOUT THIS PROPOSAL

AND THAT IS CANADIANS AND AMERICANS ARE RIGHTLY PROUD TO SHARE THE WORLD'S LONGEST UNMILITARYIZED BORDER THIS IS AN IMPORTANT EXAMPLE OF HOW OUR COUNTRIES VERY EFFECTIVELY WORK TOGETHER IT IS ALSO THE CASE THAT CANADA AND THE UNITED STATES ARE VERY CLOSE MILITARY ALLIES WE ARE PARTNERS IN NORAD, DEFENDING OUR CONTINENT, AND WE ARE PARTNERS IN NATO WE HAVE BEEN WORKING VERY EFFECTIVELY TOGETHER IN OUR ECONOMIC RELATIONSHIP

WITNESSED THE RATIFICATION, EVEN IN THESE DIFFICULT TIMES, IN THE NEW NAFTA AND LAST WEEK, WE MANAGED, WORKING TOGETHER, A VERY GOOD RECIPROCAL AND COOPERATIVE AGREEMENT ON RESTRICTING NONESSENTIAL TRAVEL ON OUR BORDER, ACROSS OUR SHARED BORDER IN VIEW OF ALL OF THESE CONNECTIONS, AND THE IMPORTANCE OF THE RELATIONSHIP, CANADA IS STRONGLY OPPOSED TO THIS US PROPOSAL, AND WE HAVE MADE THAT OPPOSITION VERY, VERY CLEAR FOR AMERICAN COUNTERPARTS, AND WE WILL CONTINUE TO DO SO

AT THE END OF THE DAY, EVERY COUNTRY TAKES ITS OWN DECISIONS, BUT OURS IS AN IMPORTANT AND VALUED PARTNERSHIP, AND WE ARE MAKING VERY CLEAR CANADA'S POSITION THANKS >> ALEX, ONE FOLLOW UP? >> Caller: YEAH, THANKS FOR THAT AND JUST EXPANDING ON THAT, WE'RE SEEING AROUND THE WORLD, TRAVEL RESTRICTIONS, BORDER SHUTDOWNS, YOU KNOW, COUNTRIES SORT OF SCRAMBLING FOR SUPPLIES ARE YOU WORRIED THAT THE PANDEMIC WILL SORT OF PROMPT A TURN INWARDS? WILL IT INCREASE CONSUMER PROTECTIONISM OR CAUSE COUNTRIES TO TURN AWAY FROM INTERNATIONAL COOPERATION? >> ABSOLUTELY

WHEN IT COMES TO PROTECTIONISM, I THINK WE ARE ALREADY SEEING THAT I THINK WE HAVE TO BE THOUGHTFUL ABOUT THE REACTION ON ONE HAND, EVERY COUNTRY IN THIS TIME WHEN WE ARE FACING REAL DANGER TO THE HEALTH AND SAFETY OF OUR CITIZENS, EVERY COUNTRY NEEDS TO FOCUS ON THE HEALTH AND SAFETY OF ITS OWN PEOPLE, AND THAT IS WHAT OUR GOVERNMENT IS DOING AND WE DO THAT WITH NO APOLOGY, IN FACT, WITH REAL CONVICTION HAVING SAID THAT — AND I THINK DR

TAM HAS BEEN VERY EFFECTIVE AT COMMUNICATING THIS — AT THE END OF THE DAY, THE REALITY OF A GLOBAL PANDEMIC IS THAT IT IS GLOBAL AND THE LONG-TERM LESSON THAT WE SHOULD BE LEARNING FROM ALL OF THIS IS HOW IMPORTANT INTERNATIONAL COOPERATION IS NOW, THE LESSON THAT WE ARE BEING TAUGHT IS THAT NONE OF US IN THE WORLD CAN BE SAFE AND HEALTHY UNLESS WE ARE WORKING HARD TO BE SURE THAT EVERYONE IN THE WORLD IS SAFE AND HEALTHY, AND THAT'S WHY INTERNATIONAL COOPERATION IS REALLY IMPORTANT CANADA HAS BEEN A COUNTRY THAT, FROM THE INSEPT OF THE RULES BASED INTERNATIONAL ORDER — INCEPT OF THE RULES-BASED INTERNATIONAL ORDER HAS BEEN AN EXAMPLE FOR ALL OF US THE PRIME MINISTER TODAY PARTICIPATED IN A CALL OF G-20 LEADERS, AND THAT'S AN EXAMPLE OF HIS LEADERSHIP IN THE INTERNATIONAL RESPONSE

THANK YOU >> THANK YOU, MINISTER WE'LL TURN TO THE PHONE FOR THREE QUESTIONS, STARTING WITH MIKE FROM GLOBAL >> Caller: THANK YOU MINISTER HAJDU, THE PRIME MINISTER SAID MILLIONS OF P

PE IS COMING INTO CANADA WHERE IS IT COMING FROM? >> WELL, THANK YOU FOR THE QUESTION I'LL TURN TO DR

TAM FOR SOME DETAILED LEVEL DISCUSSION SOME OF IT IS COMING FROM CHINA, SOME OF IT IS COMING FROM OTHER SOURCES AS YOU KNOW, WE HAVE DOMESTIC SOURCES THAT WE'RE TRYING TO PROCURE FROM, AS WELL AND I THINK TO THE DEPUTY PRIME MINISTER'S LAST COMMENT, I REFLECT ON THE FACT THAT THIS IS A GLOBAL PANDEMIC, AND I THINK ANOTHER THING THAT I FOCUS ON IS THE FRAGILITY OF OUR DELIVERY SYSTEMS AND WHEN ONE COUNTRY IS THE ONLY COUNTRY THAT CAN SUPPLY THOSE GOODS, IT PUTS OUR SYSTEM AND SITUATION SOMEWHAT AT A DISADVANTAGE

I AM EXTREMELY PROUD OF THE COLLABORATIVE EFFORTS THAT ARE HAPPENING ACROSS GOVERNMENT AND WITH PROVINCES AND TERRITORIES TO ENSURE THAT WE CAN PROCURE WHAT WE NEED WE'RE MAKING PROGRESS ON THE FILE IS IT PERFECT? NO, BUT CERTAINLY, I THINK WE'RE GETTING A LOT FURTHER IN THE LAST WEEK OR TWO THAN WE HAVE BEEN IN A WHILE >> Caller: SO THIS IS ON TOP OF THE — CHINA SENT US LAST MONTH ABOUT 16 TONNES OF EQUIPMENT, RIGHT? THAT'S WHAT I HAVE HERE IS THIS ON TOP OF THAT, OR IS THAT NUMBER TOTALLY CRAZY? >> I'M SORRY

WHAT WAS THE QUESTION AT THE BEGINNING? >> Caller: CAN YOU CONFIRM THAT CHINA IS SENDING BACK MORE EQUIPMENT THAN THE 16 TONNES LAST MONTH? >> I'LL HAVE TO GET BACK TO YOU ON THAT UNLESS DR TAM HAS DETAILS WEL HAVE TO GET BACK TO YOU ON THAT BUT I WILL SAY I'M PROUD HOW HARD MANUFACTURERS ACROSS THE GLOBE ARE WORKING TO INCREASE THEIR PRODUCTION I, TOO, HAVE REGULAR CALLS WITH MY COUNTERPARTS, G20 COUNTERPARTS, AND THE QUESTION OF PERSONAL PROTECTIVE EQUIPMENT AND OTHER SUPPLIES WAS OF PARAMOUNT IMPORTANCE

I WILL SAY THE EFFORTS THAT ARE HAPPENING ON DOMESTIC PRODUCTION AND OTHER CONTINENTS IS VERY INSPIRING >> JULIA, CBC >> YOU SAY YOU DON'T LIKE WHAT THE PROPOSAL IS FOR THE US CAN YOU JUST TELL US WHAT THE PROPOSAL IS, AND WHAT YOU CAN DO ABOUT IT

>> AGAIN, THE SPECIFICS OF WHAT THE US DECIDES TO DO WITHIN ITS OWN BORDERS IS TRADITIONALLY A QUESTION THAT IS RIGHTLY POSED TO AMERICAN LEADERS, AND I THINK THAT IT WOULD BE INAPPROPRIATE FOR ANYONE OTHER THAN US LEADERS TO COMMENT ON WHAT THEY ARE CONTEMPLATING

IN TERMS OF WHAT WE'RE DOING ABOUT IT, WE ARE VERY DIRECTLY AND VERY FORCEFULLY EXPRESSING THE VIEW I SHARED A MOMENT AGO, WHICH IS THAT IN CANADA'S VIEW, THIS IS AN ENTIRELY UNNECESSARY STEP WHICH WE WOULD VIEW AS DAMAGING TO OUR RELATIONSHIP I WOULD LIKE TO THANK MINISTER BLAIR FOR SPEAKING TO HIS COUNTERPART ABOUT THIS, AND MINISTER SAJJAN FOR SPEAKING TO HIS COUNTERPART ABOUT THIS HAVING SAID THAT, THIS IS OUR NEIGHBOUR HAVING THE RIGHT TO DO WHAT THEY CHOOSE TO DO ON THEIR BORDER I WILL SAY THIS IS SOMETHING THAT WE'VE BEEN IN VERY CLOSE CONTACT WITH OUR AMERICAN COUNTERPARTS WITH AT THE LOCAL LEVEL, AT THE GOVERNMENT LEVEL THAT CANADA IS TAKING WHEN IT COMES TO PUBLIC HEALTH HERE IN CANADA THANKS

>> >> Reporter: OKAY I'M NOT SURE IF IT'S A QUESTION FOR PATTY HAJDU OR THERESA TAM, BUT WE'RE HEARING ATTENDANTS ARE GETTING SICK ON FLIGHTS BECAUSE THEY'RE PASSENGERS THAT THEY HAVE TO DEAL WITH IS THERE ANYTHING BEING DONE TO STOP THIS? >> I'LL ANSWER THIS, AND THEN, I'LL TURN TO DR TAM WE'VE TURNED TO INDUSTRY SECTOR GUIDELINES TO CARE FOR EMPLOYEES IN THAT SECTOR THAT CAN HELP THEM — PREVENT THEM FROM ACQUIRING COVID-19

WE KNOW THAT THERE ARE A VARIETY OF FRONTLINE WORKERS, INCLUDING RETAIL WORKERS THAT ARE EXPERIENCING A HIGHER DEGREE OF CONTACT WITH WORKERS WE CONTINUE TO REFINE THAT SECTOR AND GUIDANCE AS WE UNCOVER VARIOUS SECTORS OF THEIR WORK, AND I WILL TURN TO DR TAM FOR MORE COMMENT ON THAT >> SO WE PROVIDE GUIDANCE TO DIFFERENT SECTORS AND HAVE BEEN ENGAGING WITH AIRLINES ON AN ONGOING BASIS SOME OF THE CURRENT MEASURES BEING PUT IN PLACE, FOR EXAMPLE, ENSURING THOSE SICK PASSENGERS GET ON THE PLANE, OF COURSE ALSO PROTECTS THE CREW THAT'S ON THE PLANE AND ENSURING THE PEOPLE HAVE THE RIGHT EQUIPMENT — FOR EXAMPLE, PUTTING A MASK ON SOMEONE THAT'S SICK AND TRYING TO SEPARATE THEM

INCREASING ENVIRONMENTAL CLEANING AND PROCEDURES LIKE THAT, PROVIDING ADVICE TO — AND ENSURE THAT THE AIRCRAFT IS — IS CLEANED AND SAFE, AS WELL SO OF COURSE ANYONE ARRIVING IN CANADA WHO IS ILL WILL BE TAKEN CARE OF, AS WITH OTHER TRAVELERS, AS WELL BUT I THINK I UNDERSTAND THE CONCERNS, AND IT'S REALLY PUBLIC HEALTH GUIDANCE THAT'S BEEN PROVIDED >> OKAY ONE LAST QUESTION FOR THE ROOM BEFORE WE GO BACK TO THE PHONE

RACHEL FROM CTV >> OKAY MY FIRST QUESTION IS FOR MINISTER HAJDU AND DR

TAM FIVE UNIVERSITIES IN CHINA HAVE DONE A STUDY THAT A TWO-WEEK QUARANTINE MAY NOT BE ENOUGH, AND PEOPLE MAY START SHOWING SYMPTOMS AFTER THE TWO WEEKS WOULD CANADA CONSIDER INCREASING THIS PERIOD, AND IS THERE ANY DISCUSSION ABOUT THIS? >> GIVEN THIS IS A RESEARCH QUESTION, I'LL TURN IT OVER TO DR TAM >> I THINK WE WILL CERTAINLY REVIEW THIS PAPER, BUT OF COURSE THERE'S ALWAYS A DISTRIBUTION IN TERMS OF INCUBATION PERIOD OF WHEN PEOPLE FEEL SICK

IT'S STILL THE MOST COMMON MEDIAN — IT'S STILL FIVE TO SIX WEEKS — FIVE TO SIX DAYS, ESSENTIALLY SO WE HAVE TO TAKE A LOOK AT THE RANGE, SO I THINK, CERTAINLY, DIFFERENT HEALTH MEASURES ARE LAYERS, AND YOU'RE NEVER GOING TO CATCH THE ENTIRE CURVE, BUT OUR PUBLIC HEALTH MEASURES ARE THERE TO ENCOMPASS THE RANGE OF THAT INCUBATION PERIOD FOR ALL OF THOSE KINDS OF PAPERS, I HAVE TO SORT OF REVIEW HOW SOLID THE EPIDEMIOLOGIC EVIDENCE IS >> AND I HAVE A FOLLOW UP QUESTION ABOUT THE MATERIALS SENT TO CHINA WHEN CANADA SENT THIS, WAS THERE A RECIPROCAL AGREEMENT BY CHINA TO SEND BACK MATERIALS WHEN WE MIGHT NEED IT? >> AGAIN, I'LL TURN IT OVER TO DR

TAM ABOUT THE PRINCIPLE OF EQUIPMENT SHARING >> SO I THINK AT THE OUTBREAK — I THINK WE ARE IN A DIFFERENT MOMENT IN THE PANDEMIC, BUT THE WHO CALLED FOR GLOBAL SUPPORT TO CHINA, AND I THINK IT'S A VERY IMPORTANT PUBLIC HEALTH PRINCIPLE, WHICH IS CONTAINMENT AT SOURCE IS THE MOST IMPORTANT THING ONE MUST DO AT THE BEGINNING OF ANY OUTBREAK

BY CONTAINING THE EPICENTRE, YOU'RE GOING TO HELP THE WORLD, YOU'RE GOING TO HELP CANADA, AS WELL IN THE END, I THINK IT'S HELPING TO PREVENT FURTHER SPREAD, AND THAT WILL ALSO AFFECT CANADA AND THE REST OF THE WORLD THAT'S REALLY THE CONCEPT, AND I THINK THAT THE GLOBAL COLLABORATION IS EXTREMELY IMPORTANT, PARTICULARLY IN PANDEMIC CIRCUMSTANCES IF YOU WANT SOMEONE TO CONTAIN THE SOURCE, WHETHER IT'S WEST AFRICA FOR EBOLA OUTBREAK OR ESSENTIALLY WUHAN FOR THE OUTBREAK THAT IMPACTED CHINA FIRST, THAT CONTAINMENT IS CRITICAL >> THANK YOU

WE'LL TURN TO THE PHONE FOR THE NEXT QUESTIONS >> Caller: OKAY GO AHEAD >> Caller: YES GOOD MORNING

HELLO MINISTER FREELAND, I'D LIKE TO COME BACK TO THE ISSUE OF THE BORDER AND THE AMERICANS' INTENTIONS IF YOU CAN'T TELL US EXACTLY WHAT THOSE INTENTIONS ARE, I'D LIKE TO ASK YOU, DO YOU REALLY TAKE THIS IDEA BY DONALD TRUMP SERIOUSLY, AND WHAT HAPPENS ON THE TRANSPORTATION OF GOODS, AND WHAT EFFECT WOULD IT HAVE ON THE SUPPLY CHAIN? [SPEAKING FRENCH LANGUAGE] >> WITH REGARD TO THE DISCUSSION REGARDING THE POSSIBILITY THAT WASHINGTON WOULD SEND TROOPS TO THE CANADIAN BORDER, I HAVE TO STRESS THE FACT THAT WE'RE TALKING ABOUT A POTENTIAL DECISION BY THE US, AND IT IS COMPLETELY INAPPROPRIATE FOR ANOTHER COUNTRY TO TALK ABOUT THE INTERNAL CONVERSATIONS TAKING PLACE IN ANOTHER COUNTRY REGARDING A DECISION THAT MAY BE MADE YET

WITH REGARD TO KNOW PRECISELY WHAT THE AMERICANS ARE DISCUSSING IN WASHINGTON, WELL, THERE, WE HAVE TO SPEAK DIRECTLY TO THE AMERICANS IN WASHINGTON I WANT TO BE VERY CLEAR HERE BECAUSE IT IS IMPORTANT FOR CANADIANS TO KNOW THAT OUR GOVERNMENT'S POSITION IS A POSITION THAT HAS ALREADY BEEN EXPRESSED DIRECTLY TO OUR AMERICAN NEIGHBOURS IT'S THAT THE PROPOSAL OR THE IDEA TO HAVE AMERICAN TROOPS SENT TO OUR BORDER IS UNNECESSARY, AS THE PUBLIC HEALTH SITUATION DOES NOT REQUIRE SUCH ACTION AND ON THE CANADIAN SIDE, WE DO NOT THINK THAT IT WOULD BE APPROPRIATE GIVEN THE VERY CORDIAL RELATIONSHIP THAT OUR TWO COUNTRIES HAVE, AND THE MILITARY ALLIANCE THAT EXISTS BETWEEN OUR TWO COUNTRIES WITH REGARD TO THE POSSIBLY — POSSIBLE SECTOR OF INTERNATIONAL TRADE BETWEEN THE TWO COUNTRIES, I WOULD LIKE TO SAY THAT THE OFFICIAL DECISION HAS NOT YET BEEN MADE, BUT THAT IS NOT WHY WE'VE TAKEN SUCH A STRONG POSITION IN OUR CONVERSATIONS WITH THE AMERICANS

THE IDEA OF POSSIBLY SENDING TROOPS TO THE BORDER, WELL, I CAN ASSURE CANADIANS THAT IT'S NOT BECAUSE THE AMERICANS HAVE SOME KIND OF INTENTION TO PREVENT TRADE FROM TAKING PLACE IT'S NOT A TRADE ISSUE AT THE SAME TIME, CANADA HAS TAKEN A STRONG POSITION BECAUSE WE THINK THAT, SYMBOLICALLY SPEAKING, AND EVEN PHILOSOPHICALLY SPEAKING, WHEN IT COMES TO THE RELATIONSHIP BETWEEN THE UNITED STATES AND CANADA, IT'S IMPORTANT FOR US TO HAVE A BORDER BETWEEN NEIGHBOURING COUNTRIES THAT HAVE BEEN FRIENDS FOR A VERY, VERY LONG TIME TO BE AN UNMILITARYIZED BORDER THANK YOU SO IF WE — >> Caller: SO IF WE ASK THE QUESTION ANOTHER WAY, WE'RE ASKING ABOUT THE BORDER CONTROLS, FOR EXAMPLE, BECAUSE OF THE HIGH NUMBER OF CASES THAT ARE HAPPENING IN NEW YORK STATE

>> WELL, WE'VE ALREADY TAKEN A POSITION, AND IT'S BEEN DESCRIBED BY OUR MINISTER OF HEALTH [Please stand by] >> THE TRUCKS THAT COME OVER THE BORDER, THEY BRING MEDICATION SO PRESERVING TRADE BETWEEN THE UNITED STATES AND CANADA IS VERY IMPORTANT AND THAT'S WHAT WE'VE DONE AT THE SAME TIME, WE NOW HAVE A RESTRICTION DR

TAM WAS TALKING A FEW MINUTES AGO ABOUT A TRUCK DRIVER WHO BECAME SYMPTOMATIC AND PUBLIC HEALTH TOOK MEASURES TO HELP HIM SO NOW, WE HAVE THE NECESSARY RESTRICTIONS, BUT FROM HOUR TO HOUR, WE ARE EXAMINING THE SITUATION AND WE WILL ALWAYS BE READY TO TAKE ALL OF THE NECESSARY MEASURES TO PROTECT CANADIAN'S HEALTH AND THEIR LIVES NEXT QUESTION ON THE PHONE, PLEASE, OPERATOR >> THE NEXT QUESTION IS FROM PAUL VIERA FROM THE JOURNAL >> GOOD AFTERNOON, CAN YOU HEAR ME? >> WE SURE CAN

>> OK, THANK YOU DEPUTY PRIME MINISTER, CAN YOU TELL US WHEN US OFFICIALS CAME FORWARD TO TELL YOU ABOUT THIS IDEA REGARDING TROOPS NEAR THE BORDER, PLEASE? >> WE FIRST LEARNED ABOUT THE POSSIBILITY A COUPLE OF DAYS AGO, A FEW DAYS AGO >> HAVE YOU SPOKEN TO Mr

POMPEO OR Mr PENCE ABOUT THIS AND RELAYED YOUR OPPOSITION? YOU TALKED ABOUT THE DEFENSE SECRETARY AND HOMELAND SECURITY SECRETARY BUT HAVE YOU SPOKEN TO ANYONE? >> CANADA MADE ITS POSITION VERY CLEAR AT A NUMBER OF LEVELS AND MINISTER BLAIR HAS SPOKEN TO HIS COUNTERPARTS AND MINISTER HARJIT SAJJAN HAS SPOKEN TO HIS COUNTERPARTS AND THERE WERE CONVERSATIONS AT THE STATE DEPARTMENT WE HAVE HAD CONVERSATIONS WITH THE WHITE HOUSE AND I HAVE HAD CONVERSATIONS DIRECTLY WITH AMERICANS ABOUT THIS, WITH AMERICAN LEADERS ABOUT THIS I HAVE NOT YET SPOKEN TO SECRETARY POMPEO OR VICE PRESIDENT PENCE

>> NEXT QUESTION ON THE PHONE BEFORE WE TURN BACK TO THE ROOM >> THE NEXT QUESTION FROM RADIO-CANADA, PLEASE GO MADE (SPEAKING FRENCH) >> YES, HELLO I HAVE A QUESTION AND I WOULD LIKE TO COME BACK TO THE ISSUE OF TROOPS

YOU SAID THAT IT COULD BE DAMAGING TO THE RELATIONSHIP BETWEEN CANADA AND THE UNITED STATES WHAT DID YOU MEAN? AND HOW DO YOU SEE THAT DEVELOPING IN THE FUTURE? >> I THINK THAT I HAVE ALREADY EXPLAINED CANADA'S POSITION OUR RELATIONSHIP WITH THE UNITED STATES IS VERY IMPORTANT TO CANADA AND I THINK THAT RELATIONSHIP IS A VERY, VERY GOOD ONE WE ARE MILITARY ALLIES

WE HAVE A STRONG AND IMPORTANT ECONOMIC RELATIONSHIP AND WE HAVE CLOSE PRACTICAL COOPERATION AT THE BORDER AND THAT CLOSE COOPERATION WAS SHOWN ONCE AGAIN LAST WEEK WE MADE A VERY WELL-COORDINATED MUTUAL DECISION REGARDING TRAVEL RESTRICTIONS FOR NONESSENTIAL TRAVEL BECAUSE OF THE CORONAVIRUS SO FOR ALL OF THOSE REASONS, FOR US, AND WE EXPRESSED THAT DIRECTLY TO OUR AMERICAN COUNTERPARTS, WE THINK THAT SENDING TROOPS TO THE BORDER IS NOT NECESSARY AND THAT IT WOULD BE A PROBLEM FOR OUR BILATERAL RELATIONSHIP FOLLOWUP? QUESTION, YES, I WOULD LIKE TO CLARIFY SOMETHING PEOPLE WHO COME BACK TO THE COUNTRY AND WHO ARE IN QUARANTINE, WE'RE TOLD THEY CAN'T GO OUT WALKING BUT THOSE WHO ARE ASYMPTOM COULD GO OUT FOR A WALK

COULD YOU CARRY US THROUGH STEP BY STEP IN FRENCH WHAT HAPPENS TO SOMEBODY WHO COMES INTO THE COUNTRY, HAS TRAVELED ABROAD AND NEEDS TO GET HOME TO TIMMONS, LET'S SAY? SO WHAT HAPPENS WITH THIS MANDATORY QUARANTINE AFTER SOMEONE GETS BACK INTO THE COUNTRY? >> YES, HELLO THIS IS DR NJOO I WILL TRY IN FRENCH TO EXPLAIN SO FOR ALL TRAVELERS WHO COME TO THE CANADIAN BORDER, WE HAVE TO SEPARATE OUT THE TRAVELERS WHO ARE SYMPTOMATIC AND ASYMPTOMATIC SO FOR TRAVELERS SICK AT THE BORDER WITH THIS QUARANTINE ACT, THERE HAS TO BE AN ASSESSMENT AND IF SOMEONE NEEDS IMMEDIATE MEDICAL CARE, WE WILL CONDUCT FOLLOW-UP INVOLVING SENDING A PERSON TO THE HOSPITAL IN THE CASE OF COVID-19, IF SOMEONE IS A BIT SICK WITH A FEW SYMPTOMS, RIGHT AWAY, WE GIVE THAT PERSON A PAMPHLET WITH INSTRUCTIONS WITH AN ORDER SAYING THAT IT IS NECESSARY TO GO STRAIGHT HOME AND SELF-ISOLATE AND THAT IS VERY CLEAR FOR SYMPTOMATIC PEOPLE

SO YOUR QUESTION IS ABOUT, I THINK, ASYMPTOMATIC PEOPLE, SO THOSE PEOPLE ARE GIVEN AN ORDER TO SELF-ISOLATE FOR 14 DAYS, BUT IT'S SLIGHTLY DIFFERENT BECAUSE IF PEOPLE COME THROUGH THE BORDER WITH THE US, FOR EXAMPLE, IF THEY HAVE A CAR AND THEY CAN GO STRAIGHT HOME, THAT'S FINE IN PRINCIPLE, THERE'S NO STOP THERE, BUT IT IS OR RATHER THEY ARE IN PRINCIPLE NOT SUPPOSED TO STOP ANYWHERE ON THE WAY HOME FOR OTHERS OTHER ARRIVE AT AIRPORTS, IT'S THE SAME PRINCIPLE

IF A TRAVELER IS ASYMPTOMATIC, THEY RECEIVE AN ORDER AND A MASK IN CASE THEY RECEIVE SYMPTOMS AND IT'S IMPORTANT FOR THAT PERSON TO TAKE THE NEXT CONNECTING FLIGHT TO GET TO THE NEXT AIRPORT AND GET TRANSPORTATION TO GET STRAIGHT HOME WITH REGARD TO EXERCISE, WE SEE THAT FOR PEOPLE WHO ARE ARRIVING IN CANADA FROM ABROAD, THEIR EXPOSURE TO THE VIRUS BROAD, THAT RISK IS DIFFERENT THAN FORECANADIANS HERE INSIDE OF CANADA SO IT'S A SPECIAL SITUATION SO YES, WE KNOW THAT EVERYBODY NEEDS FRESH AIR, BUT IN PRINCIPLE, MAYBE WALKING AROUND THE BACKYARD IS OK, BUT NOT REALLY THOSE PEOPLE SHOULD NOT REALLY BE IN CONTACT WITH THE GENERAL POPULATION

IS THAT ENOUGH CLARIFICATION? >> THANK YOU, DOCTOR SO WE'LL TAKE TWO QUESTIONS FROM THE ROOM AND THEN WE'LL GO BACK TO THE PHONE FOR TWO MORE QUESTIONS AND THAT'S IT CASSIE JOHNSON >> MY FIRST QUESTION IS FOR DR TAM

WE'RE HEARING FROM THE COMPANIES THAT MAKE VENTILATORS THAT IT WOULD BE MUCH EASIER FOR THEM IF THERE WAS A MORE STREAMLINED PROCESS TO DEAL WITH ORDER DISTRIBUTION AND, PERHAPS, EVEN MANAGING DISTRIBUTION IS THERE A CONSIDERATION TO HAVE A SINGLE ENTITY TAKE OVER THIS RATHER THAN HAVING COMPANIES FIELD 15 OR 16 FROM VARIOUS REGIONS AND NOT KNOW WHERE TO SEND THEM? >> THANK YOU THAT'S EXACTLY WHAT IS HAPPENING WE ARE COORDINATING BY AND LARGE WITH THE PROVINCES AND TERRITORIES TO MASS PROCURE ALL OF THE ITEMS THAT WE NEED THERE ARE STILL SOME PROVINCES THAT ARE PUTTING IN INDIVIDUAL ORDERS, BUT WE HAVE ENCOURAGED THEM TO WORK WITH US AND IN THIS PROCUREMENT PROCESS TO HELP STREAMLINE AND FACILITATE THOSE ORDERS AND ALSO TO BE ABLE TO PUT IN THE BULK ORDERS THAT WILL RECEIVE MORE ATTENTION IN COMPETITIVE SPACE WITH OTHERS

THEY'RE HELPING HEALTH CANADA TO STREAMLINE AS MUCH AS POSSIBLE, NOT ONLY THE QUANTITY THAT WE NEED, BUT ALSO THE SPECIFICS THAT ARE BEING REQUIRED >> MY SECOND QUESTION, I BELIEVE, WILL BE FOR MINISTER QUALTRO I'M WONDERING, WHAT IS THE PORTAL COMPANY THAT THE CANADIAN GOVERNMENT IS USING TO ADMINISTER THE PROGRAMME? IT'S NOT THE SAME COMPANY THAT DID PHOENIX, I'M ASSUMING? >> I THANK YOU FOR YOUR QUESTION THE PORTAL WILL BE MINISTERED THROUGH THE CANADA REVENUE AGENCY AND WE'VE DONE A DEEP DIVE IN OUR SYSTEMS AND CANADIANS ARE CONFIDENT THAT THE CA CAN DELIVER ALL OF YOUR TAXES ARE PAID THROUGH CA, PAYMENTS ARE MADE THROUGH CA CHILD BENEFIT, YOUR TAX REFUNDS, THAT'S ALL THROUGH THE CA AND THEY IS A MASSIVE CAPACITY TO ADMINISTER BULK APPLICATIONS VERY STREAMLINED AND CONFIDENTLY AND THAT'S THE SECURITY WE WERE LOOKING FOR AND THAT'S WHY IT WILL BE DELIVERED THROUGH CIA >> THANK YOU

NO QUESTIONS,, JULIE VAN DUESEN SO YOU CAN TELL, WOULDN'T IT BE INCUMBENT UPON YOU TO STEP UP SCREENING OF THE PEOPLE THEY'RE SENDING OVER, TRUCKERS OR OTHERWISE, ESPECIALLY COMING FROM A COUNTRY WHERE THE VIRUS IS SPREADING SO QUICKLY? >> SO JULIE, IN TERMS OF THE IDEAS THAT ARE CURRENTLY DISCUSSED WITHIN THE US ADMINISTRATION, OUR UNDERSTANDING IS THAT A DECISION HAS NOT YET BEEN ACTED UPON OUR FULLY TAKEN HAVING SAID THAT, DECISIONS ARE BEING TAKEN AT SPEED BY GOVERNMENTS AROUND THE WORLD INCLUDING OURS AND INCLUDING OTHERS

SO IT TRULY IS BOTH DIFFICULT AND INAPPROPRIATE FOR ME TO SPECIFY WHAT IS BEING DISCUSSED INSIDE ANOTHER GOVERNMENT AND I CAN SAY FROM OUR OWN EXPERIENCE, EVERYONE RIGHT NOW IN THE WHOLE WORLD IS OPERATING ON THE PRINCIPLE OF SPEED OVER PERFECTION AND IT MEANS THINGS ARE BEING DONE FAST THEY'RE BEING DISCUSSED QUICKLY IT ALSO MEANS IDEAS CHANGE A LOT AND SO THAT'S WHY I REALLY UNDERSTAND THE DESIRE OF REPORTERS AND CANADIANS TO KNOW PRECISELY WHAT IS BEING DISCUSSED AND IT IS SIMPLY IMPOSSIBLE FOR ME TO OFFER THAT PRECISION, PARTLY BECAUSE THIS IS NOT SOMETHING THAT WE ARE DOING, BUT ALSO BECAUSE QUITE UNDERSTANDABLY, THIS IS SOMETHING WHICH IS IN THE PROCESS OF BEING DISCUSSED AND SO THAT IS WHY I CAN'T OFFER PRECISION

DIRECTIONALLY, THOUGH, AS I UNDERSTAND IT, THE NOTION IS A NEED WHICH ALL COUNTRIES, I THINK, TODAY, ARE SEEING INCLUDING CANADA, WHICH IS TO HAVE GREATER CONTROL AT OUR BORDERS AT A TIME WHEN THERE'S A GLOBAL PANDEMIC AND THAT IS SOMETHING WHICH OUR AMERICAN NEIGHBOURS ARE ALSO CONSCIOUS OF WHEN IT COMES TO THEIR OWN BORDERS IN FACT, IT IS THEIR SHARED VIEW WHICH IS THE DRIVER OF THE RECIPROCAL AND COORDINATED DECISION WE TOOK WITH OUR AMERICAN NEIGHBOURS ABOUT THE BORDER LAST WEEK SO THAT'S KIND OF AS MUCH AS I CAN TELL YOU AROUND THE CONVERSATIONS THAT ARE HAPPENING AND MAYBE JUST TO ELABORATE A LITTLE BIT MORE WE UNDERSTAND THE CONCERNS ABOUT THE CORONAVIRUS

WE SHARE THOSE CONCERNS VERY MUCH AND I HOPE EVERYONE LISTENED TO DR TAM WHEN SHE SAID TO ALL OF US, TAKE THIS SERIOUSLY, LOOK AT WHAT HAS HAPPENED IN ITALY I CERTAINLY SAT UP A LITTLE BIT STRAIGHTER WHEN SHE SAID THAT THIS IS SOMETHING WE NEED TO TAKE SERIOUS ACTION AND WE ARE SO WE UNDERSTAND THE SERIOUSNESS OF THE ISSUE AND WE UNDERSTAND THE CONCERN OF OUR AMERICAN NEIGHBOURS AND FRIENDS

WHAT WE HAVE SAID IS, WE REALLY DO NOT BELIEVE AT ALL THAT THERE WOULD BE A PUBLIC HEALTH JUSTIFICATION FOR YOU TO TAKE THIS ACTION OF COURSE, IT'S UP TO YOU TO DECIDE FOR YOURSELVES AND WE'VE SAID, WE REALLY DON'T THINK THIS IS THE RIGHT WAY TO TREAT A TRUSTED FRIEND AND A MILITARY ALLY SO THAT'S BEEN CANADA'S POSITION IN TERMS OF OUR POSITION WITH REGARDS TO OUR OWN BORDER, WE HAVE TAKEN ACTION AND IT IS ENTIRELY APPROPRIATE TO HAVE MORE RESTRICTIONS AT ALL OF OUR BORDERS VERY MUCH, INCLUDING OUR BORDER WITH THE UNITED STATES

AND WE HAVE TAKEN MEASURES THAT MINISTER HAJDU AND DR TAM HAVE BEEN TALKING ABOUT TODAY AND YESTERDAY TO HAVE MANDATORY QUARANTINE FOR EVERYONE ENTERING CANADA INCLUDING FROM THE UNITED STATES THOSE ARE APPROPRIATE MEASURES AT THIS TIME THOSE ARE SERIOUS AND STRINGENT MEASURES AND WE ARE CONSTANT LIY REVIEWING THE SITUATION TO SEE IF ACTION SHOULD BE TAKEN WHEN IT COMES TO THINGS LIKE TRUCKERS CROSSING THE BORDER — AND FIRST OF ALL, I WANT TO THANK THEM FOR DOING THAT ESSENTIAL WORK AND I WANT TO UNDERSCORE TO CANADIANS, IS THAT ALL OF US EVERY SINGLE DAY DEPEND ON THAT CROSS-BORDER COMMERCE CONTINUING

WE DEPEND ON THAT CROSS-BORDER COMMERCE FOR OUR SHOP SHELVES BEING STOCKED AND FOR CRUCIAL SUPPLIES AND EQUIPMENT AND JUST AS WITHIN OUR OWN COUNTRY, WE ARE TAKING PARTICULAR STEPS WHEN IT COMES TO ESSENTIAL WORKERS THE SAME APPROACH DOES AND MUST APPLY AT THE BORDER THANKS >> THANK YOU

TWO MORE QUESTIONS ON THE PHONE, PLEASE >> YES, THANK YOU THE NEXT QUESTION (SPEAKING FRENCH) >> YES, HELLO

I WOULD LIKE YOU TO TELL ME ABOUT THIS IDEA THAT THE PRIME MINISTER MENTIONED THIS MORNING OF ASKING TO REDUCE CREDIT CARD INTEREST RATES BECAUSE WE KNOW THAT THE HOUSEHOLD DEBT IN CANADA IS ALREADY A PROBLEM CAN YOU TELL US WHAT THAT PLAN LOOKS LIKE, THAT YOU'RE WORKING ON WITH BANKS? WHAT ARE YOU PROPOSING TO BANKS? ANSWER, THANK YOU FOR YOUR QUESTION THERE ARE TWO THINGS SO ONE THING THAT WE'VE KNOWN FOR AWHILE IS THAT BANKS IN CANADA AND THAT INCLUDES THE ONE IN QUEBEC HAVE COMMITTED TO DOING EVERYTHING THEY CAN TO DELAY INTEREST THE PAYMENTS TO MORTGAGE PAYMENTS OVER THE NEXT SIX MONTHS BANKSES HAVE ALSO COMMITTED TO WORKING WITH THEIR CLIENTS TO LOOSEN THE CONDITIONS FOR OTHER TYPES OF LOANS, INCLUDING LOANS ON CREDIT CARDS

THAT MEANS THEY HAVE ALSO COMMITTED TO OFFERING WAYS OF REDUCING INTEREST RATES ON SOME OF THE LOANS THAT PEOPLE ALREADY HAVE INCLUDING CREDIT CARD DEBT THERE WILL BE OPTIONS FOR CLIENTS, SUCH AS, FOR EXAMPLE, TAKING A FUND FROM A CREDIT CARD THAT ARE HIGH INTEREST CREDIT CARDS AND TAKING THEM AND PUTTING THEM INTO OTHER TYPES OF CREDIT MODALITIES THAT PEOPLE CAN HAVE ACCESS TO YOU DID NOT AT ALL ANSWER THE QUESTION I WANT TO KNOW WHAT YOU'RE WORKING ON WITH THE BANKS BEYOND WHAT HAS ALREADY BEEN ANNOUNCED WHEN YOU TALK ABOUT AN INTEREST RATE MORE REASONABLE FOR PEOPLE UNDER INCREDIBLE ECONOMIC PRESSURE, DO YOU HAVE AN IDEA IN MIND? IS THERE ANYTHING SPECIFIC OR IS THERE NOTHING ON THE TABLE? ANSWER, THE PROPOSAL IS WHAT I JUST SAID, THAT THE BANKS AND THE MOVEMENT HAS COMMITTED REGARD TO MORTGAGES AND OTHER TYPES OF CREDIT TO MAKE CANADIANS AND QUEBECORS' LIVES EASIER IN THE NEXT COUPLE OF MONTHS

WITH REGARD TO MORTGAGES, THAT IS TO BE ABLE TO POSTPONE CAPITAL PAYMENTS FOR THE NEXT SIX MONTHS AND FOR OTHER LOANS, INCLUDING CREDIT CARD LOANS, THE BANKS AND THE DESJARDINS MOVEMENT HAVE COMMITTED TO SHOWING FLEXIBILITY, INCLUDING SOCIAL RESPONSIBILITY, WHICH IS INCUMBENT UPON THEM IN SUCH DIFFICULT TIMES FOR HUNDREDS OF THOUSANDS, IF NOT MILLIONS OF CANADIANS THANK YOU, LAST QUESTION ON THE PHONE, PLEASE >> YES, THANK YOU OUR NEXT QUESTION ABIGAIL FROM THE GLOBAL NEWS, PLEASE GO AHEAD YOUR LINE IS OPEN

>> HI, THANKS FOR TAKING MY QUESTION I HEARD EARLIER FROM DR TAM THAT THE NUMBER OF CANADIANS THAT YOU ARE PLANNING FOR, TO ARRANGE QUARANTINE FACILITIES FOR IS IN FLUX AND I'M WONDERING IF YOU CAN ELABORATE ON HOW MANY YOU'RE PLANNING FOR? ARE WE TALKING ABOUT THOUSANDS MORE THAN THAT? I KNOW I HEARD FROM MINISTER HADJU, THERE ARE FACILITIES BUT ARE THERE OTHER FACILITIES YOU'RE ENGAGING? >> WELL, FOR THE QUARANTINE ACT, WE CAN ACTUALLY TAKE OVER SPECIFIC SITES, FEDERAL QUARANTINE SITES AND SOME OF THEM REALLY HAVE BEEN HOTELS AND SO THAT'S VERY KEY AND WE THANK THE COLLABORATION WE HAVE, BUT IT IS SOMETHING THAT IS DONE THROUGH THE QUARANTINE ACT WE, OF COURSE, ALSO HAVE PLANS B OR C, LOOKING AT OTHER SITES, INCLUDING, FOR EXAMPLE, TRANSIT HAS BEEN USED FOR OTHER REPATRIATION FLIGHTS SO LOOKING AT FEDERAL SITES, FACILITIES AND THERE ARE DIFFERENT RANGES OF THOSE

SO I THINK WE ARE EXPANDING TO EXAMINE ALL OF THE OPTIONS SHOULD THEY EVER BE REQUIRED? >> ONE FOLLOWUP >> WELL, YES, YOU DIDN'T ANSWER MY QUESTION IN TERMS OF HOW MANY PEOPLE YOU'RE PLANNING FOR, BUT I'M ALSO WONDERING IF YOU CAN — AND I KNOW WE'VE HEARD SOME OF THIS IN FRENCH, BUT IF YOU CAN, AGAIN, ELABORATE ON THE FOLLOWUP FROM PUBLIC HEALTH IN TERMS OF FOLLOWING UP WITH TRAVELERS BY PHONE OR IN PERSON AND WHAT HAPPENS WHEN IT COMES TO ENFORCEMENT? IS CBSA INVOLVED? IF YOU COULD PAINT THAT PICTURE MORE CLEARLY, THANK YOU >> SO ANYONE WHO IS SICK IS IMMEDIATELY ISOLATED IF THEY CAN'T GO DIRECTLY HOME AND THEY'RE MILDLY ILL

IF THEY'RE SERIOUSLY ILL, THEY GO TO HOSPITAL AND A QUARANTINE ORDER IS PUT ON THEM AND WE, OF COURSE, FOLLOW THEM ASYMPTOMATIC PASSENGERS ARE GIVEN AN ORDER TO SELF-ISOLATE AND GO DIRECTLY AS FAST AS POSSIBLE TO YOUR HOME AND WE WILL DO RANDOM CHECKS ON THE ASYMPTOMATIC PEOPLE AND THAT CAN BE DONE IN DIFFERENT WAYS, SO A TELEPHONE CALL OF COURSE, WE COLLABORATE WITH LOCAL PUBLIC HEALTH, AS WELL, SOME WHO HAVE MANDATORY ORDERS TO SELF-ISOLATE IF, FOR EXAMPLE, YOU DIDN'T FIND SOMEONE HOME, WELL, WE CAN ALSO COLLABORATE WITH LOCAL PUBLIC HEALTH, BECAUSE THIS IS ALSO WITHIN THEIR INTEREST THAT THEY KNOW WHAT'S HAPPENED TO A CERTAIN RESIDENT IN THEIR JURISDICTION

SO THAT'S WHAT WE WOULD DO FIRST OF COURSE, THE QUARANTINE ACT HAS THE PENALTIES IF SOMEONE IS ACTUALLY VIOLATING THE QUARANTE ACT, WE CAN GO THE FURTHEST STEP TO EXECUTE THOSE FINES OR THE PENALTIES AND THAT HOPEFULLY WOULD NOT HAPPEN VERY FREQUENTLY AND THAT IS WHAT WE ARE LOOKING FOR BUT UNDER THE QUARANTINE ACT, WE CAN ENGAGE POTENTIALLY PEACE OFFICERS, BUT THIS IS A DETERRENT, IF YOU LIKE, A SERIOUS REMINDER OF HOW ABSOLUTELY IMPORTANT IT IS TO UNDERGO SELF-ISOLATION SO THAT'S HOW WE ENVISION THE ACTS OR ORDERS TO ROLL OUT

>> THANK YOU >> THANK YOU VERY MUCH >> Rosemary: THAT IS OUR DAILY UPDATE FROM THE COVID-19 COMMITTEE JUST A COUPLE OF THINGS TO CLEAR UP BEFORE WE MOVE ON WITH OUR COVERAGE LOTS OF DETAILS THERE ABOUT HOW THE QUARANTINE ACT WHICH WAS TAKEN INTO EFFECT YESTERDAY AT MIDNIGHT, MEANING THAT IF YOU RETURN TO THIS COUNTRY NOW, YOU ARE NOW LEGALLY REQUIRED TO SELF-ISOLATE FOR 14 DAYS AND IF YOU ARE SHOWING SYMPTOMS WHEN YOU LAND, IN THE FIRST CITY YOU LAND IN CANADA, YOU WILL HAVE TO QUARANTINE THERE AND PUBLIC HEALTH OFFICIALS WILL FIND YOU A PLACE IF THAT IS NEEDED

FINALLY ON THIS NEWS THAT OUR GOVERNMENT IS CONFIRMING THAT THE UNITED STATES IS CONSIDERING SENDING AROUND 1,000 TROOPS NEAR THE CANADA-US BORDER TO MONITOR PEOPLE MOVING BACK AND FORTH AT IRREGULAR BORDER ENTRIES WHO MAY OR MAY NOT HAVE THE COVID-19 CHRYSTIA FREELAND SAYING VERY CLEARLY THAT CANADA EXPRESSED DIRECTLY TO THE US

ADMINISTRATION THAT THEY DO NOT WANT THIS TO HAPPEN, THAT THEY THINK IT'S AN ENTIRELY UNNECESSARY STEP WHICH, AS THE DEPUTY PRIME MINISTER SAYS, THEY WOULD VIEW AS DAMAGING TO OUR RELATIONSHIP WE ARE LEAD TO BELIEVE BY PEOPLE WE ARE TALKING TO THAT THIS IS NOT A FINAL DECISION AND NOT ABOUT TO HAPPEN, BUT IT IS SOMETHING THAT IS BEING DISCUSSED BOTH IN WASHINGTON AND, OBVIOUSLY, HERE IN THE NATION'S CAPITOL I'LL TAKE YOU NOW TO ONTARIO WHERE THIS PROVINCE HAS HAD THE LARGEST SINGLE-DAY INCREASE OF COVID-19 CASES AND THIS IS ONTARIO'S HEALTH MINISTER, CHRISTINE ELLIOT >> YOU HAVE AT HIGH RISK OF SPREADING COVID-19

YOU MUST SELF-ISOLATE FOR 14 DAYS DO NOT GO TO THE STORE DO NOT VISIT FRIENDS OR FAMILY WE ARE AT A CRITICAL JUNCTURE IN OUR FIGHT AGAINST COVID-19 TO ALL OF THOSE IN ONTARIO WHO CAN, PLEASE STAY HOME AND IF YOU MUST LEAVE, AVOID CONTACT WITH OTHERS BY KEEPING AT LEAST TWO METRES, SIX FEET, BETWEEN YOURSELVES AND OTHERS

WE CAN'T

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