I see television cbc news network streaming wherever you might be right around the world Prime Minister Justin Trudeau will deliver his daily address this hour he might do it a little later it'll be somewhere between 11:15 and 11:30 Eastern and the reason the time might change is because he did earlier today speak virtually on a global stage taking part in an online pledging conference to try and raise eleven point six billion dollars for research into a corona virus vaccine and or treatments we're expecting him to expand beyond Canada's contribution to that it was eight hundred and fifty million dollars that he had previously pledged but talked about at that global conversation this morning it comes all of this comes really as five provinces take some big steps today towards reopening parts of their economies looks different depending on where you live of course Quebec Ontario Manitoba Saskatchewan Alberta some of those provinces much more ambitious than others so we'll look at the specifics over the next few hours to all of the provinces trying to gauge whether easing some Kovach 19 restrictions can be done without causing a spike or surge in new infections all right let me show you what we are waiting for if we have that shot Rideau cottage here we go a very familiar sight to all of us now that is where the Prime Minister is expected to emerge maybe in 15 minutes maybe 20 minutes I think he thought the global conference would go on a little longer so he likely will be here around his same usual time while we wait I'll bring in my colleagues Ashley cappella the host of pet CBC's power and politics and the CBC's David Cochrane from our parliamentary Bureau good to see you both I don't know I mean I know he will want to talk about the global pledge this morning and you know it's important certainly it's also important to note who was not in attendance at that conference and that is the United States but I think there will also be a lot of questions about provinces reopening because there are different degrees of that happening across the country today fasci yeah and I think rosy it ties in to a certain degree you're right I'm sure we'll hear some more about the money that the prime minister reiterated today that the government is putting towards mostly things like vaccine research as you mentioned that money had already been now being announced but he sort of made it clear or made it evident again today in that conversation with other world leaders I think where that all ties in though to where most Canadians are focused at this moment is with the economy reopening and depending on where you live that means something different you know all world leaders underscore the same point that we have heard over and over which is that life may not return or will not return to a full level of normalcy without a vaccine or without a solid set of treatments so all of the sort of global money and investment being poured into research it's unprecedented the amount of research being poured into this vaccine right now globally but at the end of the day there are no guarantees that it turns around vaccine very quickly or any sooner than expected we're thinking 12 to 18 months best-case scenarios so in the meantime there is this phased approach to reopening economies as I said depending on the province you live in and that's where I'm really keen to hear some more from the prime minister on and I'll tell you why because yesterday our colleagues at Radio Canada asked quite a few questions both directed at him and then also at federal public health officials like dr.
Teresa Tam about the level of testing that is necessary in order to be confident that an economy can reopen and that is I found I couldn't I could not hear a straight answer pretty much anywhere we know that for example federal public health officials want to go from 23, 000 tests a day to 60, 000 tests a day I don't know how long that's going to take or what the hindrance is in getting there is it just processing capacity is it the actual number of tests when do we expect to get at that point and what is exactly necessary like what is the level necessary to open restaurants to open and I know that's not an easy or quick answer but I do think at least I'm hearing from particularly a number of businesses or even consumers who are worried about entering those businesses about like what do what do we need to know what kind of PPE is there how many tests need to be done in order to be confident that these are the right steps and again there's no guarantee there's no easy answer to that but I am interested to hear from both the prime minister and federal public health officials about that okay and to that end there are places like Manitoba for instance my home province there they're going pretty aggressively today towards reopening things museums libraries some retail businesses patios at half capacity so indifferent they'll look different than they did before but they are moving towards that there are other places like Ontario here in Ontario you know the garden center is open today and that's about it even though they have had today our colleague Chris Carter notes 370 new cases 500 recoveries so more recoveries than new cases which is definitely a positive sign David you and I were just talking about this before other places where they've tried to reopen and it doesn't always work yeah and it's interesting because we're starting to see politics come back in a big way over the last week or so everyone sort of set the differences aside except for a few squabbles here in in Ottawa but now we're starting to see some federal provincial disagreement on things that the premier of Manitoba Brian Pallister criticizing the Canada emergency response benefit and things like the student aid packages that the government has rolled out as giving people a disincentive to work and just before we came on the air we saw a very sharp criticism of that from Conservative leader Andrew Shearer who said that the Canadian government the Trudeau government has put a tranquilizer into the Canadian economy now Kovan 19 may have done that a lot of people would argue and these emergency packages were there to put a financial floor under people but Shearer is now putting an aggressive criticism of these aid packages on the table for a discussion saying it will impair the recovery and could hurt the reopening efforts being led by the provinces it's an interesting argument to make because this is really day one of much of the gradual reopening that are happening and quite frankly we have absolutely no idea how this is going to go we don't know if it's going to lead to resurgence in cases we don't know if it's gonna be fine and lead to an even broader reopening of the economy and these programs have been in place for less than two months right now so it's hard to draw very significant long-term definitive conclusions we did have a week or so last week of a lot of people relying on anecdotal data saying that a lot of these programs we're stopping people from taking jobs mostly at the bottom of the economic latter which maybe should spark a larger conversation about the salaries were paying people to take minimum-wage jobs at a time of a pandemic rather than the economic dampening effect of income support programs designed to keep people at home and stop the spread but it seems like we're going to embark on a large-scale political argument on this certainly with the Conservatives and some more conservative leading premiers coming out and attacking the aid packages that the federal government has put out there to help Canadians yeah I would say at the very least it seems premature to have that conversation when we don't know how the reopening czar going to go we don't know if places will be able to reopen we don't know as Vash we pointed out if there's enough PPE for people working in these places we don't know if anyone's going to show up because our people really feeling comfortable leaving their homes right now so you saw stories out of Georgia rosy which has been one of the states aggressively reopening where they expect two people to come back and some places got two customers on the weekend so you can get your PPE you can get your employees you can get the right to open up it doesn't mean anyone's gonna show up and buy anything yeah and I'm not sure all the Canadians 7 million Canadians who are getting the CRB would agree with that political argument at this time anyway I'll put you both on hold for one moment if I can I'll also just make note of an important Air Canada a bit of news that came out just before we went on air as well as having significant losses in the first quarter the company though has made a move as of May 15th to do some pretty dramatic changes to how flights will start to look and I know that's something of interest to people it is it will now be mandatory for pre-flight temperature checks before you get on a plane they're going to make more personal space in the economy section so you won't be all stuck in there together and as well as the the requirement of a mask getting on the plane that is required by by government all the people on board all the crew as well will have PPE provided they can get it of course all right I wanted to take a little bit of time to talk about a story that really touched me a couple weeks ago and and and I hope you will all enjoy to it to some extent a Canadian soccer star is she was facing really one of the most difficult tests of her life former national team goalkeeper Karina lip her husband they welcomed a new baby into their family her name's Paris she's healthy she's happy she's very cute but after she came back from hospital Loblaw was feeling some shortness of breath and on examination her doctor said it might be heart failure and she needed to go to the hospital she was told as well when she was at the hospital that she might have been exposed to kovat 19 so she went home but she had to be separated from her brand-new baby and her husband for a period of 14 days home now but self quarantined in a room where I'm separated from Paris and my husband so I can't hold her touch her put her down for bed at night which is really difficult for a mom who's just given birth and all the connections and emotions that I'm having and Karina LeBlanc joins me now Karina thank you for making the time to talk to us well both try and get through it I should tell people it wasn't that video that I found uplifting it was the next video you posted when you're 14 days were over and you finally got to be with with your daughter you are you're going you went through something that really a lot of Canadians are going through when they have to be separated from the people they love what what was that like for you you think you're mentally strong and I try to use every single mental strength exercise I've ever learned as an athlete playing for Canada but it just nothing really prepares you I don't know if it was the hormones of giving birth but you know this wasn't a game this was life and death and sowing the fears of like oh my god am i cuz at that point I wasn't the healthy athlete I was an at-risk young woman and because I have heart failure and so many other things so it was one of those things where I was terrified and then just not being able to hold my baby girl you know just whispered to her touched her in there so many times I just wanted to go in the room and just grab and hold it and say mommy loves you put her down but that would have been selfish so it was one of the most difficult things I've ever been through but you know what at the end of the day that that time that we got to reconnect is one of the most powerful things but I mean it's scary it's real it when when the doctors told me I stayed there two nights in hospital going through the heart of failure and the toughness of breathing and then finally getting out and thinking do I get to hold my daughter and then them telling me you know you're gonna have to be away from her for two weeks it was so real it was one of those things where you go through the poor me but then you do realize quickly so much of it is how you look at it and the perspective of it and I think that's what I took from my name's being an athlete is that I needed to see the light at the end of the tunnel but trust me it was it was extremely hard I cried myself to sleep many nights but then I just we FaceTime about 40 times a day and then we had you know in a place here we have a little last door where I could see her so I get to see her through the glass door and hear her speak and cry and just hope that she would remember me after the two weeks which she did and we're playing that video as you're talking so people can see that that reunion which was so intense and and heartwarming but we were so you were self isolating in the house you could hear her crying you could hear her move around you could hear your husband I can't imagine how much more difficult it was because you were you were there and desperate to look after her yeah a way or two but I loved being able to just hear our sounds you know overhear her waking up crying and it was one of those things where I felt connected and I think one of the biggest things being it and this is my first time being a new mom is I just always wanted to be connected to her so we were able to have her come up to the door and I would see her and you know my husband would talk to me and you would talk to the door which is you know I mean it was better than nothing but you know just to see her facial movements and that's a great thing of technologies today you get that for face time too I think my husband was like he did such a great job he's like he trusts me righty because our grandparents our grandparents our parents are supposed to come down to to the Bahamas but they weren't able to because obviously Cohen we didn't want to put them in danger but it was one of those things where just hearing her made me feel connected to her and it was more for me probably friend for her but the one of the best things was when we were reconnected and as you said you showed the video I mean I I wanted that to be like a moment of people seeing because so many people supported me through this journey it was incredible but I didn't know how I was gonna react I didn't expect I was gonna cry the whole time but it was one of those things did you do you remember me she kind of smirked and I was like okay she remembers me and yeah it was honestly I mean I've played in many big games for our country and it was the biggest honor to play for our country but this was like my greatest honor was just to be reconnected with my daughter and husband and just get to holder yeah I'm trying not to get it boys know it's an emotional thing I get it um how are you you didn't end up getting co-ed even though you had been exposed to it but what about the heart failure part how are you doing health-wise what happened is that my body didn't realize that he burps so it was still doing different things as if I was still pregnant and it wasn't catching up to it and one of the things was that my body was still swollen and it's when it's for women to just know your body and trust your instincts because it was one of the reasons that I went to the hospital or I call the doctors because I was still swollen and most women are swollen after pregnancy but knowing my body for my knees is an athlete that's like this isn't right and so I still have to keep my head pressure down because the medication I want it's not where they want it to be which is hard because when you have hormones as a pregnant woman you're you're quite emotional and but through this whole thing which I know everyone has this story I hope that everybody has their version of Paris to see that light at the end of the tunnel and know it's gonna be okay and just have something that brings that penis to them because it was a tough two weeks or it was 17 days including days in a hospital but just at the end I had my happiness and I hope that everyone in our country can find that moment or that reason to be fee because this is a difficult time but you know like I don't know fine fine very fine your parents because that's what makes it that's what allows us to get through it Karolina thank you so much for making the time to talk to me the Prime Minister is coming out so I will turn to that other other Team Canada approach we're taking all my best to your husband and to Paris and I'm glad you're all doing well and here is the Prime Minister of Canada our economy we need to defeat this virus not just within our borders but wherever it will be found that's how we'll beat kovat 19 for good so just like we're coordinating our efforts across the country we're collaborating with allies around the globe to earlier this morning I joined leaders from other countries and from civil society and industry to work together on accelerating the global development of kovat 19 vaccines treatments and testing we all share a common goal ending this pandemic and Canada is stepping up to do its part Canada's contribution of over 850 million dollars for the global fight against kovat 19 includes investments in Canadian and international research at home we're providing funding for everything from the University of Saskatchewan vaccine and infectious disease organization for their work on the vaccine development to vancouver-based absolu ah four treatments right across the country we're making sure that Canadians can keep leading our 850 million dollar commitment also includes support for vaccine development through the Coalition for epidemic preparedness innovations and the WH OHS solid out solidarity trial that helps hospitals share information on treatments the more we cooperate the more likely that we find a cure and find it quickly and that's something we all want to see defeated abuse from the beginning of this crisis we have been focused on what's been happening here we're working hard to ensure the safety of all Canadians support our frontline workers and prepare the recovery of our economy but kovat 19 is a global challenge that requires a global solution and everyone must do their part Canada's contribution to the global fight against kovat 19 which amounts to more than eight hundred and fifty million dollars includes investments in research carried out in both Canada and around the world it also includes the development of a vaccine through the Coalition for epidemic preparedness innovations and the WH OHS solidarity trial by working all together on these issues we are maximizing our opportunities to find a solution more quickly and that's what all countries and all citizens of the world would like to see is an unprecedented challenge but it's not the first time the Canadians have been called to do their part over the past generations Canadians have time and time again stepped up in defense of our shared future this week marks the 75th anniversary of the liberation of the Netherlands and a Victory in Europe day from the fall of 1944 to the spring of 45 thousands of Canadians pushed back the occupying forces row by road town by town they fought and many died to defend the values that we hold dear peace and democracy the rule of law and human rights and today 75 years later we remember their courage and their sacrifice earlier this morning I spoke with Mark Rutte a the prime minister of the Netherlands we talked about the close lasting bonds of friendship that exists between our two countries we talked about how we collaborated together in years past standing for our values fighting side-by-side and how we're doing that again today in this global crisis in friendship and in solidarity so today I ask all Canadians to join me and our friends and allies in the Netherlands at 2:00 p.
Eastern time to observe two minutes of silence in honor of our veterans as we pause let's reflect on how each of us can live up to their example maybe you'll do your part by staying home to protect our health care workers maybe you'll bring groceries to an elderly neighbor or make a donation to a food bank or simply make the effort of sending a postcard to a veteran to thank them for their service with your actions you are contributing to your community and demonstrating that Canadians time and time again will continue to step up I know the weather is getting nicer we still need to be extremely careful and not just for our seniors but for everyone around us so don't go out unless you absolutely have to if you do keep two metres apart from each other patient forces one town at a time they fought and gave their lives to defend the values that we hold dear and today 75 years later we remember their courage and their sacrifice at 2:00 p.
Eastern Time I am asking all Canadians to join me to observe two minutes of silence in honor of all our veterans during those two minutes let us all think of how we can follow their example perhaps you're going to do your share by staying home to protect our health care workers or making a donation to a food bank or writing a postcard to to a veteran to thank them each of us can help our community but whatever you decide to do do continue to stay home and keep a distance of two meters between you and others thank you thank you for questions just a reminder one question one follow-up operator thank you Elsie first question Kate Baum Garrow Bloomberg right open hello Prime Minister we've heard from Canadian airlines that the government is studying what is happening elsewhere to help the sector and they're getting a lot of aid for in other countries and they are direct competitors of the Canadian industry so I'm wondering what exactly is your government looking at to help the airline sector beyond the wage subsidy and why is it taking so long to roll this out we have in Canada a very strong airline sector and we we need to continue to have a strong airline sector once this is all done so of course we're looking very carefully at how to support industries like that that are so important to Canada and to Canadians but one of the key things that we were able to do right off the bat which helped massively in the airline sector and elsewhere was move forward on the Serb and the wage subsidy ensuring that Canadians can continue to keep their jobs even as they stay home that they continue to have that link to their employers is going to allow our economy to come back stronger and the damage done by this kovat 19 pandemic to be minimized we will have more to say about sectoral supports in the future but for now the support that we've given to workers right across the country is making a very real difference you have okay on every name we know that we had and it's very strong airline industry before the pandemic and we will continue to have one afterwards but during this pandemic it's important to support two industries and especially workers and that is why we introduced the Canada emergency response benefit and the wage subsidy to ensure that people can stay home but at the same time have money to buy groceries or pay their rent and also to ensure that when the economy starts up again they will still have their jobs and they will still have a job attachment so we will have more to say about that in the coming days about how we will specifically helping certain industries that have been very hard hit by this pandemic such as the airline industry but for the time being the wage subsidy and the CRB are doing a great job of helping Canadians right across the country nomination you've been committed some more equality and diversity across government positions why did your government decide to follow the same model by nominating another english-speaking man to the role instead of a francophone or a woman we were fortunate in this country to have many extraordinary people qualify or qualified to head up the Bank of Canada and we made the determination on who would be the best to see us through this difficult time and seven years into the future as well and I know that TIFF Macklin will do just that yeah you have your own process to follow and we had a number of candidates who were interested in the position and we made the choice of the best person for this position during this crisis and in the next years of our economic recovery and TIFF Macklin is certainly that person thank you merci next question Laura Osmond The Canadian Press lied open good morning Prime Minister I wanted to ask you about the EU pledge conference this morning the money pledged by Canada is sort of money that's already been announced to the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation estimated I'll take about 20 billion dollars in the long term to roll out a vaccine worldwide so why is it that Canada is not bringing more money to the table and has kind of have been asked to pledge more in the coming days and weeks the the pledging conference this morning was a beginning it was a recognition that many countries are already stepping up in developing research and science towards a global vaccine Canada has made significant investments as you've highlighted in our scientists and researchers who are world class and who are contributing to finding solutions not just for Canadians but for the entire world it is really important that the world comes together to collaborate because even once we find a vaccine whether it's in Canada or elsewhere around the world we will share that vaccine in its formula but production of that vaccine will be extremely important right around the world as well it cannot just be the wealthiest countries producing that vaccine for its citizens for their citizens we need to ensure that there are systems in place so that the billions of people around the world who are vulnerable can get these vaccines as well that's why this takes a global effort and that's why Canada is so pleased to be able to contribute through what we're doing here at home and investments overseas as well and there will be more to come as the world grapples with this pandemic this a volca we know that yes we have some of the best scientists here in Canada who are conducting incredible research to develop a vaccine but there are also global efforts that are required and we are in the process of providing historic funding for this research here in Canada and also to help in the global fight but also know that it will require a great deal of coordination and collaboration globally and that's why Canada is so proud to take part to the level of eight hundred and fifty million dollars in investments not only for Canada but globally to show that we are part of this global approach to finding a solution because we need that for everyone thank you and on the emergency financial benefit will the current benefit programs be adjusted to account for the slow and gradual return of people to work and the fact that it may return to earning too much income to qualify for benefits but not enough to sort of get back to where they were and make ends meet and pay the bills Laura I really look forward to facing that challenge of how we start to scale back the benefits and help people get back to work we're not there yet we're very much still trying to make sure that people are getting the support they need even as the economy is starting to gradually reopen our focus is on keeping people safe and ensuring that they have the ability to stay home and pay for groceries and pay their rents and support each other so yes obviously a lot of thought is going into the various steps that are going to be needed as we get people out of their homes and back to work but for now we're still very much focused on how we help people through this thank you next question operator thank you Elsie person guess y'all okay Massey yo give you do you intend to extend that program well I believe there is a great deal of reflection that has to go on with respect to the next steps we know that at some point people will be returning to work but in what industry and what region and how are we going to manage that transition between the support we're currently providing people and what happens when they go back to work so that's something we have to think deeply about but for now we're focused on helping people while the economy is closed and these issues regarding reopening and a gradual return to work will need to be the object of many discussions with the provinces and various industries and within government follow up now in an interview yesterday you said that in hindsight maybe your government should have done some things differently could you tell us exactly which things you should have done differently well certainly in an unprecedented crisis such as this we are doing the best we possibly could now are there things we could have done differently certainly and I know that after all of this is over there will be people making recommendations and checking things and looking at how we can be better prepared the next time if there is a next time but for the time being my priority is what I need to do today and tomorrow to help Canadians to protect people and to ensure that we can get through this properly I don't spend a lot of time looking in the rearview mirror I'm looking at what we need to do now and in the wiki in the coming weeks thank you merci thank you so Ellen back to your announcement on Friday about firearms no there was some vagueness as to what what happened to people who still owned illegal firearms now what is your preference do you what what is the explanation you can give in terms of allowing those firearms to remain in circulation even though they're prohibited No that's a very good question now are announced last week was that we would prohibit the sale and use and transfer of assault-style weapons that is a major step forward in terms of more stringent gun control in Canada and we're very happy to be able to do that we promise that during the election and now we've delivered now in terms of the next steps as you say we have to figure out exactly how this should work how the buyback program should be established what specific measures such as grandfathering should work if we do that so we'll be looking at a lot of different factors we'll be talking to the different parties and we'll also be looking at what has proved to be effective as a system and and reasonable and what will protect citizens best so this will all be part of discussions we'll have in Parliament and with the different groups that are preoccupied by this and we will find the right answers for Canada yes but am I to understand because you talked about the opposition parties am i understanding that you're not sure that you will get the support of at least one party in the house on this buyback program or is it a question of there being too many in circulation and this costing the government too much well I think there are a lot of factors that have to be reviewed for me it's not really a question of cost the safety of Canadians is my absolute priority and we'll do whatever is necessary now we are in a minority Parliament and we must work with the other parties and I know that the bloc québécois and the new democratic parties have a perspective that is very close to our own when it comes to stricter gun control and I'm quite convinced that we'll be able to work together and collaborate to find the best way forward the important legislation banning sorry we brought forward important measures on banning the sale the purchase and the use of military-style assault weapons in this country this is a significant step towards more gun control in this country and a very important one but there are many other steps to take and there are many other many details to be worked out on exactly how the buyback program will works whether and what sort of grandfathering there might be these are things that we will be working on as we move forward towards legislation we will have to work with other parties in the house not just because we want to establish a strong consensus but because in a minority Parliament it is necessary to get the support of other other parties and I know that both of québécois and the NDP are very strong aligned with us in wanting more and better gun control and we're going to work together and I'm sure we're going to be able to get the right balance for Canadians to keep people safe in their communities as we move forward good morning mr.
Trudeau the budget is normally tabled in March and now it's May is it your intention to introduce a budget or an economic statement before John Jews where are you in your reflection on that and is it absolutely necessary well at this point in time we are investing in helping Canadians through billions of dollars going out to them because of this pandemic and at every briefing and every time the ministers come together in their in their noon conferences we talk about what we're doing and what we're seeing happening in their coming weeks and what we continue to focus on and we will continue to be open and transparent at every step in terms of a budget normally the budget presents the projections of what's going to happen in the coming year the actions we intend to take as a government but now we're in a period of tremendous uncertainty as to what exactly will happen next week or three months from now so we will continue to try and be open and transparent both with the measures we present and our projections for the economy and we will find ways to share that information but we are not yet able to determine the best way of going forward whether it should be an economic statement or a budget or whether there's another way to share more information with Canadians as to what we're seeing in the coming months we have been extremely transparent with Canadians about the investments who are making in this unprecedented times whether it's the billions of dollars in support for Canadian families across the country or measures that we're moving forward with to support small businesses we have been announcing just about every single day me here or ministers what we are doing and sharing it with Canadians a budget typically is an expression of what people can expect in the coming year both in terms of how the economy is going to unfold what sort of measures are going to be brought in and in normal times it's usually pretty accurate right now we're in a situation where there is a tremendous degree of uncertainty as to what the economy could look like six months from now what the economy could look like three months from now what's gonna happen in the coming weeks so while we are continuing to be open and transparent the reflections on at what point we might be able to present a budget or even just an economic update is ongoing we will continue to keep keep everyone apprised of what we're doing and what we see coming and we'll continue to look for ways to share with Canadians comparsa Kannamma Crispino in your mind we're still responding rather than acting so do you think it's completely ruled out the presentation of a budget between now and June no it's not ruled out of course we want to be able to give Canadians confidence that we have a plan to respond and meet this challenge so right from the start we have been reacting responding to the situation we find ourselves in which is quite unprecedented and at the same time we're looking forward towards the economic recovery and how we can position Canada to come out of this as best possible the investments we've made in supporting small businesses and workers in order to ensure that people keep their job attachment even if they stay home all of these things are not just a response but they are a preparation for a recovery that could be very positive for Canadians but that reflection and that work continue and we will always be looking at how we can give Canadians confidence and share the information they need I just want to go back to the question about potential financial aid for the airline sector Air Canada posted a first quarter billion dollar loss or an excess of a billion dollars I just want you to clarify your answer it seemed that our bailouts for affected industries that have been especially hard hit during this pandemic off the table is there any possibility outside of the programs you've already announced we moved forward very quickly on supports for workers through the Canada emergency response benefit and through the Canada emergency wage subsidy which is being taken up by companies large and small across the country including Airlines who see this as a real way of making sure that when life starts to return to normal they are able to get their employees back to work very quickly this was the emergency priority that we had as a government to ensure that Canadians from Co to coast-to-coast would be okay to be able to stay at home to be able to buy their groceries and support their families and pay their rents and do the things that would allow us to stay safe but we recognize that companies large and small in various sectors across this country are particularly hard hit by covet 19 I think of the airline industry I think of the tourism sector I think of the energy sector and another other significant sectors that will require more support on that we will be looking at sectoral supports we will be making announcements on that in the coming days or week it is something we have to get right but we will be looking at measures to ensure that some of our most important sectors for the Canadian economy continue to stay strong through this this pandemic and mostly beyond it there are is a great deal of concern from employees at the Cargill meat processing plant hi River Alberta that are going back to work now after the plant was shut down because of the death and multiple cases therefore kovat 19 you said last week that the top priority is ensuring worker safety these workers don't feel safe what more can the federal government do in terms of inspecting food processing plants to ensure the utmost safety during this time we're working with provinces across the country to ensure that the supply chain for agriculture continues and that worker safety is upheld though that is a provincial area of responsibility but the federal government has a role to play as well particularly around ensuring that there are adequate safeguards and PPEs in place one will remember that the CFIB Canadian food inspectors are designed to inspect the food for safety are ensuring that the way meat is handled the way vegetables are processed is not putting Canadian safety at risk the responsibility for the protection of the workers in that place is not the primary or hasn't been the primary responsibility of the CFIB that is much more our four provincial labor codes but we will of course be there to support the provinces in its work to ensure both the continued flow of supply chains for our for our food but also the protection of workers who could be vulnerable right across the country is a country that is concerned about the security and safety of its citizens the federal government has the responsibility to ensure that any food prepared for consumption here in Canada is safe hadji hygienic and the work of the federal agency is connected to that but it is not the direct responsibility of the federal agency to look after the safety of workers that falls more within provincial jurisdiction but of course the federal government will be there to help and support and participate as much as possible in ensuring the protection of workers in our food industry we will be there to work with the provinces both to protect our food supply and the safety of all workers Prime Minister a question about the policing the pandemic report which shows 5.
8 million in fines have been levied against Canadians for kovat 19 enforcement how do you reconcile the support the federal government is providing to Canadians with the fact that other levels of government are handing out substantial amounts of fines I think it's extremely important that Canadians continue to behave as we have largely in social distancing in staying home in keeping ourselves our loved ones our families our extended families our seniors our health care workers and our essential workers at safe from rapid spread of kovat 19 the federal supports that we've given to workers to families to students to people right across the country have been so that people can stay home so that they can engage in social distancing so they do prevent further spread of kovat 19 and we are seeing over the past weeks the curve is flattening and we are on a positive trajectory we are not out of the woods however and it requires us to continue to remain attentive and vigilant and following the instructions set out by our public health officials and that's why different jurisdictions have different more specific rules suitable for their own jurisdictions and that is also why they have taken it upon themselves as a responsibility to ensure that those rules be followed for the protection of all Canadians on sending your kids back to school what specific protections would you want to see in place so that kids and teachers are safe I think obviously that's an area of provincial jurisdiction that I won't weigh in this Prime Minister but as a parent I can certainly say that looking at what sort of social distancing measures will be in place what are the kids going to do at recess where the kids going to do at lunch how many kids are going to be in a classroom how my kids are going to be kept safe are things that all parents are thinking about and all parents will want to see that the school system the province the teachers are grappling with before we move forward in the next steps and I know that there are an awful lot of people at all those different levels working on that right now good morning Prime Minister Olivia Stefanovic CBC News how do you feel about countries that aren't contributing to this global pledge but have in the past and how the means to do so again I think this is a moment for people to come together and recognize that we all have ways of contributing to solving this problem I think if it's a it is a global pandemic and what happens outside our borders no matter how well we handle what's going inside our borders will have an impact on us directly with potential further spread of kovat 19 or indirectly with disrupted supply chains and a weakened global economy upon which we all defend depend I think we need to look at doing our part certainly Canada has a long and storied tradition now stepping up as we mark the 75th anniversary of Canadians liberating the Netherlands tomorrow we know that Canadians have always stepped up and will continue to step up because we recognize that our role within the world does matter and I would encourage all countries to see that the only way we're going to get through this is if we get through this together on another matter in Canada women have been hit harder than men bykova 19 and when you look at many sectors that employ women such as the service industry they are suffering what right now so I'm wondering how can your government ensure women aren't set back by this virus well I think a number of people have talked about the fact that this this is a economic crisis that has hit our most vulnerable and most marginalized people's most women have been extremely hard hit in the service sector in the home care sector as well as a number of marginal and and more challenged communities whether it be new Canadians or whether it be young people we need to make sure and that's why as a government we've moved forward on protecting vulnerable people with the Canada emergency response benefit with extra help for charitable organizations and networks that are there to work for each other one of the things that has been a real preoccupation for this government is when we tell people to stay home to stay safe and their home isn't safe what do they do the impact of domestic violence at a time of tremendous stress and anxiety for all of us in society that can exacerbate situations of domestic violence is something that we are deeply preoccupied with as a country and as a government that's why we've made investments in shelters and in networks to support women facing fleeing domestic violence and we will continue to recognize that this pandemic isn't hitting everyone equally that the most vulnerable as are they as they so often are more vulnerable and that is why we have to do everything we can to support the people who need our help including and especially women through this auction we recognize that a pandemic such as this or a crisis does not affect everyone equally women are extremely vulnerable because of their jobs often they are the first jobs to disappear in this type of situation and they're also facing domestic violence and we know that there's a lot of tension and stress in households because of kovat 19 and what does someone do when the choice is staying home to be safe or not because your home is not safe the reality of domestic violence is hitting people hard these days and that's why we are making investments in shelters in networks that help women and children fleeing violence so we will continue to fight gender-based violence this is a concern for us and for all Canadians so we will continue to do whatever we can to help thank you all right that is the Prime Minister of Canada giving us daily update his daily update on what the government is doing to respond to the pandemic he'll bring back Vashi cappellas and David Cochran lots of bits and pieces there from the Prime Minister's announcement at but much of the questioning focused on the reopening of the economy the step that need to be taken next vastly I don't know where you want to go with it but I'll you start yeah sure I'll jump off actually where we were where we left off prior to the Prime Minister's press conference and that is around the call from certain opposition a certain opposition leaders rather I should say Andrew Shearer at the federal level and then provincial politicians some premiers who are voicing concerns over what they say is the probability or the possibility rather that the CRB and various other financial aid measures put forth by the federal government will in fact sort of take away the incentive for people to go back to work and I interviewed Brian Pallister the premier of Manitoba last week who said specifically he'd heard that concern from a number of business organisations as his province rosy as you pointed out earlier is one of the first to open up in kind of a bigger way than many other provinces the phases are beginning now and like you said even patios at half capacity will be open eventually in various retail locations and things like that and he had been hearing from those business owners that they were concerned about their ability to rehire people who were already benefiting from some kind of financial aid from the government that question was put to the prime minister and he was pretty explicit in saying quote unquote we're not there yet so the idea of weeding down those programs or good getting off those programs he says is not something at this moment that I guess he is in the midst of figuring out how to do her he said attention was being paid to it and they're talking about it but it's not time for that right now I think there's sort of two things to take away from this the first is you know I haven't I think it'll be interesting for people to put forward some evidence that that is the case first before we can ascertain whether or not that is a problem I think I think it's true that there are concerns from businesses about how they're going to reopen those concerns involve rehiring people they were they involve having the right personal protective equipment knowing that there's going to be some sort of immunity I mean there's a whole host of concerns for businesses and very valid concerns about how they're supposed to open in the coming weeks and the coming months on the flipside the Prime Minister was then asked you know okay if now's not the time are you going to extend a lot of these programs because the other part of this is so many of the financial aid programs that have been being put forth for example the subsidies for up to three months the commercial rent program which isn't even in effect yet ends on June 1st like it's for the rent on April May and June and the CRB is for four months as well so we're getting to a point where we're in this odd sort of space where it's not the the worst part of everything everything's shut down but we're also not on the other end of things we're somewhere in the middle and that middle ground is gonna last a while and I think that there are very genuine questions for the federal government about what these programs look like going forward do they stay the same are they extended is there some sort of quote unquote weaning off process or a fettering down of it those questions have yet to be answered and I think that they are they are genuine they should be asked at this point because as provinces start to reopen these problems become less of sort of a thought and more of a reality yeah those are all fairly good points I also important to remember though that every province is at a different space that some said so just shutting down the CRB right now you know what would have an impact on places where you wouldn't want it to so so it's it's a tough one to figure out for sure David what not sure what if you want to jump in there – yeah to build on what bashy was talking about there in terms of the the middle point we are with these support programs and Andrew Shearer had an interesting and positive suggestion earlier when he said you could make changes to things like the CRB to allow people to make more than a thousand dollars a month and have some gradual reduction in the benefit but still come out ahead because right now one of the problems with is you can make up to a thousand dollars and qualify for these aid package if you make a thousand and ten dollars you lose the two thousand dollars in the CRB so that becomes a disincentive to work over a certain amount and I guess you need to assess how that then interacts with the wage subsidy program where you can be rehired and have the wages subsidized and whether that's not more beneficial so it's the it's the push-pull of these programs that needs to sort of be resolved as various institutions move towards reopening in various provincial jurisdictions but right the prime minister said he was looking forward to that moment when you can start the scaling back yeah I think we all are looking forward to that moment but definitely not there yet I mean there's still larger things that they need to resolve I mean there is a legitimate question whether they're gonna head span the wage selves the extended I mean or extend CRB because while things might get better say in New Brunswick where there are no active reporter cases right now Quebec still has a long way to go so things could vary from jurisdiction to jurisdiction but also Rosie he said in days or weeks we will see specific sectoral packages this is something people been waiting on for a while the energy sector the airline sector the hospitality tourism sector I think they're waiting to see more data to get a clearer sense of the full impact of this before they come up with something and the focus has been to get the wide-based programs out fast to help as many businesses as many people in this Universal away as possible though that hasn't been perfect before they do these sector specific things so still waiting on that but also one other point very important question about the Cargill meat plan what's happening there you know we're seeing reports now that Costco on places like that are limiting how much meat you can buy because of interruptions in processing capacity and what that may do to the the delivery of food to retail outlets the Cargill plant in Alberta almost has as many Kovach cases as Nova Scotia at a single place it's like oh they're both somewhere between 900 and a thousand this is going to be an issue to watch going forward in terms of how we can ensure as a country that food processors and food suppliers are safe well I was gonna say that the two biggest outbreaks in the country have been at meat processing plants in Alberta and and one of the other things I think the government has to grapple with is it thinks about this middle point is you so rightly put it back is is how do you make sure that people feel safe enough to return to work because indeed that's the problem at the Cargill plant is that the union's saying they don't feel safe enough to send their workers back so if you have someone who wants to come off the CRB and go back to work but doesn't feel well-equipped then what is the then what do you do how do you navigate that you know you want to make sure that everybody feels safe at work and that they have the financial capacity to stay home if they need 30 seconds specially sorry yeah and that's not an easy problem to solve and especially on whether or not businesses feel equipped to reopen and people feel personally safe to re-enter those businesses there is a whole other conversation and set of questions for the federal government on personal protective equipment and actually questions for the for the provincial government to because it's almost shared jurisdiction at this point but a lot we are hearing from a number of again business owners who are unsure that they have the equipment they need to be able to reopen their business and so again like I said more questions for the feds on that okay both of you thank you very much for your special coverage here today appreciate it we'll talk in just a moment but we will leave things here now on CBC television if you want to continue watching the federal briefing with cabinet ministers and public health officials you can catch that on CBC News Network and of course streaming wherever you are on cbc.
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ca the Prime Minister reiterated a pledge today of eight hundred and fifty million dollars to attempt to boost global efforts toward developing a vaccine or treatment for Cova 19 Justin Trudeau made the promise during an international videoconference with other world leaders it's aimed at raising close to 12 billion dollars Canadian for scientific research in his daily address today Trudeau says the federal government is looking also closely at how it can help the embattled airline sector this morning Air Canada revealed losses topping 1 billion dollars in the last quarter the CEO calls it the darkest period ever in the history of commercial aviation the bailout said the bailout that they are looking for comes somewhere in the order of 3 billion dollars the Prime Minister today says that he will look at sectoral aid in the days and weeks ahead whether it be the airline industry or the energy industry all of this coming though on a day when many provinces are starting to relax some of the rules different degrees of rules of course depending on where you are some provinces taking a much more aggressive approach to another than others will of course take a look at that national picture across the country but let's start with the province that is doing a whole lot on this day and that is Manitoba Chris Graves is preparing to reopen his restaurant in Winnipeg he's the owner of King's Head pub and he joins us live now Chris good to see you hey rosemary how are you I'm good I think I've actually been to your pub I know where you are in the exchange district there in Winnipeg yeah there are some particular rules for how you're allowed to do this I know lots of people anxious to get out and socialize a bit how are you preparing well you know what when the when this was announced basically for Manitoba on Wednesday we had to kind of quickly pivot and first of all we had to make sure that what we were gonna do and open up on the patio was going to be safe we thankfully have already been able to keep employees going as well we we initiated a curbside pickup and delivery grocery service so we were able to keep a lot of our staff going so one of the great things is we already have been adhering to safety protocols anyway with you know making sure we had sanitizer in-house you know face mask and gloves so you know when this all came down I mean we were we were a little bit surprised I'll be honest with you we did not expect to be part of phase one but we were also very cautiously excited because it's been it's been six weeks for us yeah that's long so is the restaurant itself allowed to open or just the patio or have you reduced space give me a sense of what it's going to look like yeah so inside dining is not permitted at this time were you know expecting that to possibly be a June 1st if the phase 1 of opening the patio goes according to plan we're at basically a 50% capacity right now on our patio distance has to be no less than 6 feet apart from each other and you're half your capacity which is basically where we are I mean we've been taking it like one or two steps above I mean what current regulations are we're trying to go above and beyond that there was a regulation that no more than 10 people at a table essentially the max that we're going to have is no more than like 5 or 6 to a table at all and you said that you've been doing this curbside pickup so you have some equipment but what about the servers the people that have to get close to put the stuff on the table do they have masks gloves what are you what are you doing for them to make sure they're safe so there's another there's another bit of an issue right I mean a lot of the regulations that were put out were not super specific on what had to happen with in terms of service to a table but we're going like I said above and beyond so our servers are going to be wearing face masks they are going to be wearing gloves we're also doing things like one-time use cups so disposable cups disposable cutlery disposable condiments one-time use only we're typically what we have is we actually have you know condiments on tables and again something else we're even taking this one step further and we're doing a contactless menu so when people sit down actually as part of their place setting they have a URL where they can actually go to look at our menu so they don't actually have to physically touch a menu well it sounds like you've thought of some good ways to deal with this I'll just end on this because the the other briefing is about to start do you do you feel like it's you you said you were surprised do you feel like this is happening too quickly or or do you think you can make it work what's your assessment well I'm very confident in in the staff that we have at the King said but we would not be doing that if as if it wasn't for us basically deferring to the health experts and the province of Manitoba which I will absolutely say have done a phenomenal job we're very very happy with where we are right now and you can tell by the way the curve is flattened here yeah okay Chris good of you to make the time I do wish I also was allowed to go on a patio but we're not there yet here so good luck with everything appreciate it very much okay thanks rosemary all right that's Chris graves he's the owner of the King's Head pub in Winnipeg let's take you now to back to Ottawa here the public health officials giving an update this is the Deputy Prime Minister Chrystia Freeland just beginning with introductions about how this will unfold here we go let's listen to 2 so I will start with the latest numbers and go with 19 in Canada there are now 59 thousand eight hundred and forty four confirmed cases including three thousand seven hundred and sixty-six deaths to date labs across Canada have tested over nine hundred and nineteen thousand people for kovat nineteen with just over a six point five percent of these testing positive we are at the start of a new week as as we all inch closer to social and economic reopening most of us will be feeling the full gamut of emotions from excited anticipation to nervous apprehension all of these feelings are warranted given the uncertainties that lay ahead still there are continued signs that our effort have slowed the growth of Cobra 19 overall in Canada in some places the epidemic has been brought under good control and the time is right for cautious reopening other areas the country may not be quite there yet but we'll follow guided by the careful assessment of public health authorities during these many weeks public health tools have helped us to tackle covert 19 spread buying it's time to protect and bolster our healthcare capacity ramped up research and increased capacity for testing and tracing going forward adapting these tools will be a big part of managing covert 19 for the months ahead no matter where we live living with covert 19 is something we all need to reconcile with this means physical distancing hand hygiene and cough etiquette must continue everywhere and although we'll be getting out of our homes more and more it will be vitally important but at the slightest sign of symptoms we stay home to save lives working while sick can no longer be a thing as we move through the weeks ahead let's not forget we are all in this together and we'll we'll work our way through it with good science strong evidence careful steps and a shared goal to succeed despite the hardships together we can do hard things today is may the force so may the force be with us color force wha are they canoe thank you thank you dr.
new please hey maxy Burnap remedy thank you as usual I'll start with the latest numbers on Kovac 19 in Canada there are now 59 thousand eight hundred and forty four confirmed cases including three thousand seven hundred and sixty-six deaths to date labs across Canada have tested over nine hundred and nineteen people Fork Ovid 19 with over 6.
5 percent of these testing positive we're at the start of a new week and as we all enjoy to social and economic reopening most of us will be feeling the full gamut of emotions from excited anticipation to nervous apprehension all of these feelings are worn typical given the uncertainties that lie ahead there are continued signs that our efforts have slowed the growth of kovat 19 overall in Canada in some places the epidemic has been brought under good control the time is right for a cautious reopening other areas of the country may not be quite there yet guided by careful assessment of public health authorities during these many weeks bubble health public health tools have helped us to tackle kovat 19 spread – time to protect and bolster our healthcare capacity research and increased capacity for testing and – tracing going forward adapting these tools will be a big part of managing kovat 19 for the months ahead no matter where we are living living with copic 19 is something we will all need to reconcile this means physical distancing hand hygiene and call phonetic it must continue everywhere and although we'll be getting out more it will be vitally important that the slightest sign of symptoms we stay home to save lives working well sick can no longer be a thing as we move through the weeks ahead let's not forget we are all in this together way through it with good science strong evidence careful steps and a shared goal to exceed succeed rather despite the hardships together we can do hard may the 4th be with us Nancy doc doc no I meant no thank you dr.
new will now go to Jean Yves do clothes please well thank you Christian and good afternoon everyone as you know we're facing a global pendant Mecca that requires global action when it comes to action and health that's why Prime Minister Trudeau made an important announcement this morning saying that Canada would continues to play an important role internationally despite the issues that we are facing on the national front there are some eight hundred million dollars for testing tracing and vaccination in order to prepare for the production and distribution of products treatments vaccines that will protect us and help Kuras over 19 crises at the international level and that's why we also reacted as we saw this morning was a prime minister nationally and internationally and with the health crisis has also come in economic crisis and I would like briefly to summarize a few of the emergency response statistics that we have seen over the last a few days first when it comes to helping workers through the Canada emergency response benefit a total of 7.
3 million Canadians have received the serb for a total of 10 point 6 million applications second when it comes to providing help for wage subsidies emergency wage subsidies as of third the third of May 96 thousand applications have been made on the part of businesses and a total of one 1.
7 million workers are being helped through the emergency wage subsidies and finally to help support our small businesses in this very difficult time too emergency business account 518 thousand businesses have applied and have received a positive response following their applications for the emergency business account helping them go through the crisis in order that when the crisis is over we can still rely on the great level of leadership and ability of our small businesses to grow again the economy Thank You Christa malsu's Yanni's I own a metal plate Thank You Jonas we're now ready to take your questions our Minister of Health and Heidi is here to answer questions as well absolutely Thank You Deputy Prime Minister as usual we'll start on the phone with three questions before we turn to the room one question one follow-up operator Thank You Massie if you have a question please press star 1 on your telephone keypad we have a question from Laura Osmond from the Canadian Press please go ahead to line and open good morning ministers for anyone who's able to answer the Chinese embassies is the million mass from China that the public health agency said couldn't be distributed last week were held up by a contractual dispute and it's been resolved are you able to elaborate it on all at all on what happened and what the status of those masks is now I am we'll have to get details back to you I'm sorry we don't have that technical information right now Deputy Prime Minister Freeland I was wondering if I could ask you more political question I'm wondering to what extent you're concerned about the rhetoric coming from your policy rivals the Conservatives and their refusal to express their confidence in the nation's top doctors well first of all let me be clear about one thing which is that to ever impune the loyalty to Canada of a Canadian based on their racial or ethnic background or whether they were born in this country or immigrated here is completely unacceptable a Canadian is a Canadian is a Canadian and I am so confident that the overwhelming majority of Canadians understand and believe that when it comes to the public health officers in Ottawa and across the country I think Canada has been very well served by the dedication and the expertise and the collaboration of our public health officers across the country and I think political leaders across the country have been really uniform in spending a lot of time with our public health officers really working hard to understand their advice and to listen to their advice and I think that has served Canada and Canadians very well Thank You Deputy Prime Minister operator next question please thank you the person just shown idea but the leprechaun idea the next question is from Lena deep Canadian Press good morning mr.
Duke so I'd like to go back over the numbers you just shared with us are very interesting we talked about 7.
3 million Canadians out of the 10.
6 applications for this herb were there rejections you also talked about 1.
7 million workers who received the wage subsidy those people who well in fact what I'm trying to do is see whether people are being transferred from one program to the other could you please give some additional details on those numbers well going to the first question with respect to the emergency benefit 7.
3 million Canadians applied made one or two applications because the total number of applications is ten point six and the applications that came in were were approved so the difference between the two numbers is theft some people have worse to more than one payment April 11 people could make put in a new application in addition to the one that they had made initially with respect to the wage subsidy yes 96 thousand companies applied for salaries paid between March 15th and April 11th so that covers 1.
7 million workers so 1.
7 million workers have no need to apply for the serb question so these aren't people who are transferred from one to the other I had another question a more technical one with respect to the student emergency benefit now we know that to school calendars are different in Quebec they were supposed to be finishing in May it'll be the end of me so we'll CG up students for example receive the Bennet for June July August what about high school students who are heading off to university will they be eligible for July in August because their school year ends at the end of June well to clarify to to add some clarity to the first question that you put it all depends on the workers circumstances and one situation doesn't apply to all so some may have received benefit under the syrup then realized that the company they're working for would be playing out emergency subsidies so then they would be reimbursing or have already reimbursed the amount they received because they are now receiving the wage subsidy now with respect to the benefit for students what's important the time when they complete or finish their studies and when they would have normally started looking for a job so for C job for example in Quebec it's different to Quebec because outside go back there are no C jep's but once they finish they're here and they would be looking for a job that is when they would become eligible for the emergency benefit for students with respect to choose secondary or high school students who have finished their year and plan to go on to post-secondary studies outside of Quebec it's normally at the end of June that they would become eligible and – for university students it is at the start of May Thank You Minister we'll go to the operator for the next question thank you may be seen the next question is from Lauren Gardner from Politico please go ahead Deline is not open thanks this question is for dr.
kam you talk a lot about the need for Canada to ramp up testing to 60, 000 a day and I'm wondering when you think that Canada can get that point and what until then what needs to be done to get there so yes so I think this increased testing as you've seen a day over day so I think the common goal is to increase that 60, 000 is just a the capacity target for the provinces and territories based on the existing public health laboratory capacity but we're investigating any other Avenue for increasing lab testing including a point of care and also the role of serologic testing when they do come on board I think it's not a magic number that is a capacity number you do have to test the right people at the right place at the right time according to the epidemiology of the provinces so they have to adapt their testing strategy based on what they're seeing is very different from a jurisdiction that have no cases and no community transmission there's increased testing of course being ramped up for example in Quebec particularly in communities where there's been more reporting of cases so I know that chief medical officers and provincial public health authorities are very seized with the need to use testing to inform the next stage so I think we would expect to provide as much support as we can from the federal level to enable that to happen so but every day as I think miss Hardy will attest we're constantly monitoring every bit of the supply chain and every day there may be something that we need to tackle together so that's just a sort of daily reality of the supply issue but we're also tackling supplies from a domestic manufacturing ramped up as well so I think a lot of those trajectories means that we can absolutely be increasing testing in Canada yeah for the deputy prime minister I'm wondering kind of what what is the next stage of Canada's engagement with the US on the Kovach 19 response it's just given looking at the large caseload in the US and the differences between the states on what some are doing in terms of proving physical distancing versus moving to reopen economies and the impact that could have on Canada as we move further along and get further away from the immediate public health response do you have any thoughts about what might need to change in terms of Canada's collaboration or interactions with the US on bond kovin um so let me just start by commenting a little bit on the premise of the question the idea that there would be a next stage the reality is that the Canadian relationship with the United States is so close and there is a connection and an interdependence on so many levels that this is a relationship that we are working on surely every day even every hour and not only at the federal level the Premier's are very engaged particularly in working with the governors of their border states mayors are involved business peoples are involved so it's something that is happening every single day every single hour and that is exactly as it ought to be and it's a relationship when it comes to coronavirus that has a lot of different aspects to it there is obviously the border relationship and I think that that is working out today very well for both countries we have told Canadians we've asked Canadians to stay at home and it's been very neighborly to offer that same approach when it comes to our American neighbors at the same time essential Travel is still happening and that is happening really effectively and that is so important for things like being sure that we have groceries in our grocery stores we also have been working really effectively when it comes to the medical equipment supply chain so this is an ongoing relationship it is something that is a priority for any Canadian government very much including this one and it's going to develop as the situation with the coronavirus and on many other issues develops I am nervous comunist will now turn to the room starting with julia van dusen from CDC Julie Van Deusen CBC I think it's for Teresa Tam or for patty high do so President Trump says he believes that Cova 19 is the result of a whole horrible mistake in China that he and Mike Pompeo have evidence that it originated in wuhan lab what's the government's view where did it where did it come from how did it start well I'll start and I'll turn to dr.
Tam as she's been actively involved in monitoring the illness since first 1st May disappearance back in December there will be time obviously and a lot of interest and importance to understand how this virus became prevalent and the human species and I think those questions are being asked rightfully so certainly the research and scientists community is all over it and trying to understand where the virus originated from and how its evolved and mutated since it's been present in humans but for me as the Minister of Health and certainly as the Government of Canada although those questions are important because they will help us prevent future outbreaks and understand what we can learn from this particular virus what's even more important right now is to stay focused on Canadians health and helping Canadians get through the the outbreak that were in now how we flatten the curve together and how we protect and strengthen the health and social fabric of our communities and so that's the work that I remain focused on dr.
Tam did you have anything further to add about your work I don't think we've seen any specific information to say that this is a laboratory accident or release but I at the same time we don't know the exact origins of this virus of course the hypothesis is it comes from a reservoir like bats it's very likely to have involved another animal somewhere in between the zoonotic or animal to human transmission so that question hasn't actually been answered fully as yet so I think there's a lot of work including genetic analysis and war collection of animal and other data there is a international constructs with Hawaii WH o and and and others just to try and get to the bottom of the sort of where that zoonotic transmission occurs so I think the natural history of the evolution of this virus will you know may be found in the upcoming months but sometimes you actually might not find that until many months later the SARS virus was the same thing yet is to trace back do a lot of sort of analysis in order to come up with a hypothesis so I'm not sure that this is something that will be you know immediately obvious but work is continuing on that front okay so I didn't hear the words wet market so it seems that it's not 100% clear where it came from and on a similar kind of vein it wasn't so long ago and I guess the question is either for Teresa Tam or petty high do it wasn't so long ago that the government said temperature taking was not reliable there was no reason to take people's temperatures when they came into the country that was maybe a couple of months ago now Air Canada you won't be able to get on a plane unless you have your temperature taken you're wearing a mask so I guess I'm wondering do you regret being so definitive or is it just really hard to get your footing when it comes to this virus well it's a novel virus undergoes a lot of evolution in terms of knowledge but the more you actually understand this virus the more you begin to know that temperature taking is not effective at all you know in terms of people coming across even if you're infected we know that the likelihood of picking up someone who's cinematic is sort of relatively inefficient and so temperature screening alone is not gonna add to that and if we had a significant number of a cinematic or pre-symptomatic people that also even reduces even the effectiveness even more I think the most important aspect our current response is ensure that incoming travelers undergo the mandatory 14-day quarantine so that within those 14 days if you had the temperature if you had any other symptoms you can be safely managed and that you reduce spread to the rest of the population so that is really the fundamental aspect of our border health response right now thank you doctor mr.
chase hi Steven Chase Globe and Mail my question is for the deputy prime minister in 2017 your government famously said that you would welcome people from around the world refugees were fleeing persecution and other dangers as we reported today 46 Hong Kong residents Hong Kong residents who took part many of whom took part in the massive demonstrations that began there last year have now submitted claims for asylum in Canada they're citing harassment by police and police brutality and they're citing fears of unjust prosecution Canada has a large and and lengthy history of cantonese immigration to canada and i wanted to ask you is there a place for these protesters in canada well thank you for your question steve and on specific asylum claims that's an issue that needs to be adjudicated very carefully and very thoughtfully certainly not via press conference but let me say about the hong kong canadians that you're quite right that canada has benefited hugely from the immigration of people from hong kong to canada they contribute tremendously to our society and i think all of us are very very glad that so many people from hong kong have chosen to make their home in their lives here just to follow a question i think one of the issues that's going to be debated more and more over the next few months and years and I don't think these 46 are certainly the end of this is does Hong Kong's political and legal system give rise to the possibility of ceará of a serious possibility of persecution what are your thoughts on that look when it comes to Hong Kong Canada's position is clear and a very long standing we have supported consistently the one country two systems policy I made a number of statements about that as foreign minister and Francois Philippe vampire our foreign minister has continued to be clear about that and because of the large number of Canadians who live in Hong Kong Canada does have a particular interest in the situation there Thank You Deputy Prime Minister Kevin Kevin Gallagher with CTV News this is directed at the Deputy Prime Minister but feel free to answer because it does have some other implications for the health minister perhaps dr.
Tam there was a to more cellphone towers in Quebec that were burnt down there's one on Friday there's concern that it links back to a conspiracy theory that the corona virus is spread through 5g networks the question though is how has misinformation that we have seen throughout this pandemic hindered or presented a challenge to get out effective public health information to to people about this outbreak we'll all starts and then my colleagues may want to chip in as well the incident to which you refer is of course regrettable and there have been similar incidents in other countries to of course misinformation is especially dangerous at a time like this when all of us are concerned quite rightly and when all of us are being asked to radically change our behaviors and radically change the way our daily lives operate so it's a time of both heightened anxiety and tremendous change and so disinformation can have a particularly pernicious effect we as a government are working very hard to push back against that disinformation I think that's why all of us are here right now and I would like to really also recognize the very important role the provinces and public health officials in the provinces are playing in that effort and I do also want to say I think Canadians have been great Canadians are really smart Canadians are really well-informed and while inevitably they're going to be individual moments where people fall prey to disinformation by and large I think as a country people are making really smart decisions and those smart decisions those smart well-informed decisions are saving lives I don't know patty Teresa do you want to add anything quickly say that I think it's quite normal during a period of such uncertainty and anxiety to look for answers I think people want to know I keep saying this the question I hear in many different guises is when will all this be over you know how did this happen and when will all this be over and I think they're questions that you know are top of mind for Canadians as they're stuck at home as their livelihoods have changed as they're so many mothers that I know parenting and trying to work at the same time fathers to you know the the situation has changed tremendously for people and that uncertainty drives I think a quest for knowledge or a quest for understanding you know how did we get here and how do we get out and that's why we've tried so diligently not just through press conferences but things like making sure we have the Canada Copa 19 app that we disseminate information through the website that we provide transparent information that when we don't know we say we don't know and when we you know when we have new information we present it quickly to the public there is a whole field of communications called risk communications certainly experts know that it's really important that you are available for example that you tell the truth and that when you don't know the answer you say you don't know the answer and so we certainly try to continue to follow those principles so that Canadians can have confidence in our government but also have confidence in in what we keep saying which is that we will get through this together as a country just to follow up and with provinces opening up businesses or loosening restrictions there are concerns that as people start to get back to what would be more of a regular routine that some of the new habits that have been picked up physical distancing for example may become eroded as time goes on so what are the main points that Canadians who are living in provinces that are starting to loosen restrictions need to keep in mind to keep themselves safe and to ensure the the spread of the virus is as low as possible well I think the first thing Canadians need to remember is it's not over cautious reopening in certain provinces in certain sectors but that the new normal will have to include new ways of living new ways of working that will protect us in this unique and difficult time if we as we know as we suspect ice I would say a large portion of Canadians haven't been exposed to kovat 19 which means that we don't have widespread immunity across the country and we've done a really good job as Canadians holding the line flattening the curve reducing that transmission rate but the continuation of that depends on us being extremely careful in these with these new with these new I guess permissions from public health that we can proceed to go back to work in certain settings that we can proceed to go back to school in certain settings but that we will have to follow the advice and guidance of Public Health nonetheless and I think for governments what that means is we'll need to repeat and provide that information in a variety of different ways you'll probably see a lot more Government of Canada and provincial and territorial advertising about the importance to continue to wash your hands and sustain meters apart and to cover your coughs appropriately and your cough into your sleeve and and to most essentially not go to work or go to school if you're sick and I think those messages you hear dr.
Tam repeat every day they often are not I think what people want to hear they want the magic solution but the magic solution really is all of us continuing these practices that we've adopted and become somewhat used to over the last several months dr.
Tam did you want to add anything yeah it's gonna be difficult but I think keep on sustaining our message is about continuing the the new things that you've learned I think in the last few months about personal hygienic practices definitely staying home we are sick and the practicing physical distancing but it I think the public does have to be supported to do so as well so for businesses we know that we're the departments and territories asking for very specific plans in terms of how do you re start certain say non-essential businesses safely so the customers are also nudged into doing the right thing like you know how you paste the number of people in your store how do you set things up so that people reduce the risk of transmission hand hygiene stations you know in different places as you've seen I think will continue and needs to continue and but I think a lot of the creativity and the innovation that has actually occurred in the last several months I think really needs to be capitalized some of the teleworking telemedicine and you know being able to access services in different ways well I hope continue you need to build on the momentum of those innovations in order to help people adjust to this living with the virus so so we will you'll hear us in a very boring way repeating those messages again and again employers of course need to be able to support and governments in helping people to stay home when they're sick that is not an easy thing to do that's probably the most difficult habit to sever and but people have to be able to do it with the support of their workplace or their schools or the environment that they are working on and then of course we know about the issues that characterize this epidemic which consists of supporting those most vulnerable and interests settings and those must also continue as well but I think Canadians have so far been great and that we you know with with more reinforcement they'll be able to continue to adjust and adapt and I think it's just adapting and adjusting in a very slow way and cautious ways how public health isn't visit and visiting things the other thing is the balance of physical or mental health and all the other dimensions as well so that there are some habits that we may have had which was good for us and we diminished them I certainly know I've exercised less but you know so the reuniting some of those preventive measures I is very important merci docteur have another Tonio telephone pitaka stability' thank you thank you doctor go to the phone for three questions the next question is from Jamie DeBell show you have the floor question with respect to the production of a vaccine collection initiative was launched today and there will be a number of steps involved some will have access to it before others even though we want everyone to have access to it they won't have to be a priority order how will we determine who has first access to the vaccine before I answer your question about access I think it's important to underscore the fact because research is being done everywhere and here in Canada with research and in a spirit of sharing data with the view to developing this vaccine now there are a number of technical aspects people are saying that it will take between 12 and 18 months to do so for scientists I think it's always based on the concept that the vaccine will be available for everyone worldwide with respect to to details on production how it will be distributed etc those are issues that I can't answer now personally but with good cooperation and collaboration across the world we will come up with solutions to ensure that everyone who needs a vaccine once we've developed a vaccine will have access to it too thank you follow-up question yes I will go in English because maybe Minister I do can answer about this once a vaccine will be found by a country or the other or different countries together there will be countries who will have means to produce a certain quantity of vaccines faster than others so I know that we we are not there yet but how are we planning this there will be countries that will have access to vaccine before others how will that be determined you're right in some ways we're not there yet but in other ways we're preparing to be there for when a vaccine is created and how we do that is as dr.
new pointed out we work together with countries so that the research is fooled and there's a collective I suppose shared ownership if you will of the findings of the research and the discovery of potential vaccine candidates but also we're funding a number of Canadian companies who are doing research on vaccine like of seluruh which was part of the conversation or the announcement today but looking at others as well as candidates for people that will not only be able to find the vaccine but then produced the vaccine with their partners across the country and all of that work is very important it is almost like a race but a race where you want everyone to be able to cross the finish line at once and so we know here in Canada that as long as kovat is raging out of control in another country Canadians will not be safe and that's why the spirit of collaboration that dr.
new spoke about is so important because yes of course every country wants to find a vaccine and vaccinate their citizens but there will always be risk to every population if we don't consider the world health and the global health and that's why I think it's so exciting to be part of an international effort as well as the domestic support for companies and researchers that are that are working so hard here in Canada Thank You Minister operator next question please thank you the next question is from Jessica Murphy from BBC please go ahead yes hi thank you I'm just wondering what you can tell me on a federal level what's being done in terms of emergency preparedness obviously we're already in flood season as we saw with Fort Mac but also you know we're coming up on wildfire hurricane season so what's being done amid this pandemic at the federal level for that preparedness that's a great question Jessica and it is something we are very very focused on every spring the Minister of Public Safety and emergencies puts together a plan working with the Minister of Defense to respond to potential floods and forest fires this year was no exception and in fact this year those preparations have had the added element of a very deep appreciation that coronavirus would add a level of complexity to the response for example when it comes to being really thoughtful about places where people who may need to leave a place where there is flooding or a place where there is a forest fire having places where they can go obviously this period of physical distancing means that we have to be particularly thoughtful about making provision for those kinds of things but we are you know we are very aware that flood season and then forest fire season is upon us and have been working very hard in collaboration with the provinces to be ready yes thank you I do have a quick follow-up I know in the US for example FEMA is looking at the complexities for example of getting people out of hospitals during this time and getting people out of long care long-term care facilities and that kind of thing I wonder if there's anything specific that's being looked at in CHEM in a similar way any of the challenges or any any things we looked at on at that level sure of course I mean the issue of what you do with housing people who may need to leave areas of flooding or forest fires is a really really important one and so of course is the issue of taking care of and moving people who are particularly vulnerable so for sure that's part of the planning Thank You Deputy Prime Minister operator next questions is thank you the next question is from Mary Vestal the walls apparently devil's question is for Miss Freeland I'd like to go back a to the ban on assault weapons that the government announced on Friday for months now the government has talked about those weapons not being used for hunting so why is there an exemption for an amnesty period for two years for indigenous communities or people who are hunting if you could comment on that [Music] thank you for the question announcement on Friday was an historic moment with respect to the exception for indigenous communities it is an issue of constitutional rights for indigenous peoples I think that all Canadians understand that we must pay particular attention to that including their right to subsistence hunting and that is the reason why the exception was included thank you follow-up question another question for you miss Freeland to know to have an update on the negotiations with the provinces when it comes to bonuses for essential workers for a month now they've been discussing the issue with the provinces there was a call with the provincial leaders at the end of last week did you reach an agreement and if yes can you tell us when the pay bonus will be paid by Ottawa to the provinces for essential workers answer another good question thank you we have an agreement in principle between the federal government and the provinces we understand measures some provinces have already provided a bonus to essential workers we're continuing to work out the details that doesn't prevent the provinces from going forward and the federal government is here to help the provinces we bill that it is very important for Canadians for people doing such important work many of the people doing these jobs are not well paid and therefore it's very important to provide the additional support question so there isn't an agreement than if I understand what you're saying answer okay let's pull away from the federal sleeping here with and federal public health officials giving us some more information about how they're responding to the pandemic I'll bring in my colleagues fasci Capella's and daya cochran to talk a little more about what we heard because you've tweeted it vastly I'm gonna put the the numbers we heard a lot of numbers there from the president of the Treasury Board today yeah Jean Yves du Clos laid out sort of as we have been discussing the need for the financial aid packages that have been put forward by the federal government and we should say also amended as the process went along by opposition parties but so far let's start with the CRB that's the program that you can get $2, 000 a month for up to four months on 7.
3 million Canadians have so far received that the wage subsidy as of May 3rd Minister Duclos said 96 thousand applications made and he calculated and this is the first time I heard this number but 1.
7 million workers are being helped so I imagine that's for the applications that would have already been approved my understanding though is that money should start to flow to those employers this week those applications opened up exactly a week ago today and then the Canadian emergency business account which is that $40, 000 interest free loan $10, 000 of it is forgivable if you pay it back by the end of next year five hundred and eighteen thousand businesses have applied and being approved so that is a huge are huge numbers that quantify for us I think what anecdotally we have been hearing non-stop since the beginning of this outbreak about 6 or 7 weeks ago and that is that the need among Canadians both individuals and businesses alike is immense and continues to be but back to our question that we have been discussing of course what does that mean for either the continuation of these programs or the amendment of them will they change to better reflect that some provincial economies are reopening and need to hire people back or will they be extended to also reflect the fact that some provinces are going on that stage right yet that's right and the wage subsidy number you're you're quite right so first time we've really seen a picture of uptake in the number and and the government would hope that that number would go up and that there would be fewer people using the emergency benefit and David I think you mentioned to me earlier this morning there's going to be some labor numbers out at the end of the week – yeah labor news coming out at the end of weak and sort of there's a consensus among some economists you could see four million job losses record it in those numbers but you know go back to the the math of what vast you just went through to provide a little bit more context on it 7.
3 million getting the CRB 1.
7 million Canadians getting the wage subsidy for a total of nine million people that we know of on these on these aid programs the Canadian workforce is 20 million people this is 45 percent of the Canadian workforce that is not now on some sort of federally created aid program that is just weeks old so you can stack on top of that forty five percent all of the public sector workers across the country and a gigantic percentage of the Canadian economy right now is either completely or largely reliant on a federal provincial or municipal government for their income right now because of the effect that this pandemic has had on private sector economic activity I mean it's just in a the world has gone a world economy has gone into essentially a coma so forty five percent of the workforce it's a staggering number it is now receiving either the CRB or the wage subsidy it's just at this point in time yeah is essentially being you know kept alive by government aid rather than the private sector money because there isn't a very large one thank you both very much for your coverage appreciate it you can catch fasci tonight on her program of course at 5:00 Eastern that's power in politics and David will catch him wherever he is as well thank you both very much appreciate it the other thing that public health officials were talking a little bit about today was how we move forward as some of the economies start to reopen one of the key messages they had there from the Health Minister and dr.
Tam was it's critically important to keep up the public health measures that have been in place and that if you are sick to stay home that you shouldn't go back to work if you're sick in those cases the new line the new way of thinking about this from dr.
Tam seems to be that we have to have find a way to live with Kovac 19 until there's treatment or vaccine I'm rosemary Barton our coverage continues after this short break with Andrew Nichols I will see you back here tomorrow thank you for watching stay safe [Music].