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ANTIBODIES THIS IS A CRITICAL STEP FOR THE WORK OF THE COVID-19 IMMUNITY TASK FORCE, WHICH NOW HAS A SAFE AND APPROVED TEST THAT CAN DETECT ANTIBODIES SPECIFIC TO COVID-19 IN AN INDIVIDUAL’S BLOOD THESE TESTS WILL HELP US BETTER UNDERSTAND IMMUNITY AGAINST VIE — VIRUS AND HOW IT SPREADS SO WE CAN KEEP CANADIANS SAFE AND HEALTHY >> Interpreter: LAST EVENING, HEALTH CANADA ANNOUNCED THAT IT HAS NOW AUTHORIZED A FIRST SEROLOGICAL TEST TO DETECT COVID-19 ANTIBODIES THIS IS A CRUCIAL STEP FORWARD FOR THE COVID-19 COMMUNITY TASK FORCE THAT HAS A SAFE AND APPROVED TEST THAT WILL MAKE IT POSSIBLE TO DETECT THE PRESENCE OF SPECIFIC COVID-19 ANTIBODIES IN PEOPLES’ BLOOD THIS IS AN IMPORTANT STEP WHEN IT COMES TO BETTER UNDERSTANDING IMMUNITY AGAINST THE VIRUS AND THE WAY THE VIRUS SPREADS THAT WILL HELP US TO ENSHHH YOU ARE THE HEALTH AND SAFETY OF CANADIANS >> Prime Minister Trudeau: I WANT TO TURN TO WHAT WE’RE DOING TO HELP EMPLOYERS KEEP THEIR EMPLOYEES OVER THE PAST FEW WEEKS, OUR GOVERNMENT HAS UNVEILED A NUMBER OF MEASURES TO HELP BUSINESSES STAY AFLOAT DURING THE CRISIS WE WANT TO MAKE SURE AS MANY CANADIANS AS POSSIBLE CAN KEEP GETTING THEIR PAYCHEQUE NOW AND HAVE A JOB TO COME BACK TO ONCE THE PANDEMIC IS BEHIND US BECAUSE THAT DAY WILL COME WHEN IT DOES, CANADA NEEDS TO BE READY OUR GOVERNMENT HAS BEEN LAYING THE GROUNDWORK FOR OUR ECONOMIC RECOVERY AND WE KNOW THAT KEY TO OUR COLLECTIVE SUCCESS IS MAINTAINING THE CONNECTION BETWEEN EMPLOYER AND EMPLOYEE WE LAUNCHED THE CANADA EMERGENCY WAGE SUBSIDY WE ALSO INTRODUCED THE CANADA EMERGENCY BUSINESS ACCOUNT TO SUPPORT THOSE STRUGGLING WITH CASH FLOW THESE MEASURES ARE MAKING A REAL DIFFERENCE IN PEOPLE’S LIVES SO FAR MORE THAN HALF A MILLION SMALL BUSINESSES HAVE RECEIVED A LOAN THROUGH THE CEBA AND OVER 120,000 EMPLOYER HAVE BEENS APPROVED TO RECEIVE THE CANADA EMERGENCY WAGE SUBSIDY FOR ALMOST TWO MILLION WORKERS WE TARGETED SUPPORT FOR REGIONAL BUSINESSES, INCLUDING THOSE OPERATING IN THE TOURISM SECTOR AND SEASONAL INDUSTRIES WE CREATED A NEARLY $1 BILLION REGIONAL RELIEF AND RECOVERY FUND TO ENSURE THAT THEY’RE ALSO GETTING THE SUPPORT DURING THIS TIME THE FUND WILLING FLOW THROUGH THE SIX REGIONAL AGENCIS WITH A PROPORTION DEDICATED TO THE COMMUNITY FUTURES NETWORK TO ASSIST BUSINESSS IN RURAL AND REMOTE REGIONS TODAY, WE’RE RELEASING MORE DETAILS ON HOW THAT MONEY WILL BE SPLIT BETWEEN THE ATLANTIC CANADA OPPORTUNITIES AGENCY, CANADA ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT FOR QUEBEC REGIONS, WESTERN ECONOMIC DIVERSIFICATION CANADA AND CANNORTH AND HERE’S THE BOTTOM LINE — THESE ORGANISATIONS UNDERSTAND THE ECONOMIC REALITIES AND SPECIFIC CHALLENGES FACING BOTH YOUR REGION AND YOUR BUSINESS THEY CAN HELP YOU WITH YOUR MOST PRESSING NEEDS WHETHER IT’S COVERING COSTS OR KEEPING YOUR EMPLOYEES IF YOU ARE STRUGGLING BUT DID NOT QUALIFY FOR OTHER PROGRAMMES LIKE THE WAGE SUBSIDY OR THE EMERGENCY BUSINESS ACCOUNT, GIVE THEM A CALL THEY’RE THERE FOR YOU [SPEAKING FRENCH] >> Interpreter: A FEW WEEKS AGO, WE CREATED THE REGIONAL RELIEF AND RECOVERY FUND WITH AN ENVELOPE OF ALMOST $1 BILLION TO HELP SMALL EMPLOYERS IN RURAL AREAS OR THOSE WORKING IN THE TOURISM OR SEASONAL INDUSTRIES THE MONEY WILL FLOW THROUGH OUR SIX REGIONAL AGENCIES PART OF THE FUNDING WILL ALSO BE DEDICATED TO THE COMMUNITY FUTURES NETWORK TO SUPPORT BUSINESSES IN THE REGIONS TODAY WE’RE PROVIDING MORE DETAILS REGARDING THE DISTRIBUTION OF THE FUNDS BETWEEN THE VARIOUS REGIONS WHETHER IT IS FED DEV ONTARIO, DECA OR THE COMMUNITY FUTURES NETWORK, THESE ENTITIES UNDERSTAND THE ECONOMIC REALITIES AND THE SPECIFIC CHALLENGES FACING YOUR REGION AND YOUR BUSINESS THEY CAN HELP YOU TO RESPOND TO YOUR MOST URGENT NEEDS, WHETHER IT’S PROBLEMS WITH LIQUIDITY OR YOUR INABILITY TO KEEP YOUR EMPLOYEES SO, GIVE THEM A CALL THEY’RE THERE FOR YOU >> Prime Minister Trudeau: FROM THE OUTSET, OUR GOVERNMENT HAS BEEN FOCUSED ON GETTING PEOPLE THE HELP THEY NEED, AS QUICKLY AS POSSIBLE WE ANNOUNCED SUPPORT NOT JUST FOR EMPLOYEE, BUT DIFFERENT GROUPS OF PEOPLE WHO HAVE BEEN

HIT ESPECIALLY HARD BY THE PANDEMIC A FEW WEEKS AGO, WE LAUNCHED THE CANADA EMERGENCY STUDENT BENEFIT AS PART OF OUR $9 BILLION PLAN TO HELP YOUNG PEOPLE GET THROUGH THE NEXT FEW MONTHS AND TODAY, I CAN CONFIRM THAT STUDENTS AND RECENT GRADUATES WILL BE ABLE TO APPLY FOR THIS BENEFIT STARTING FRIDAY TO PREPARE FOR THAT, IF YOU HAVEN’T ALREADY SIGNED UP FOR THE MY ACCOUNT ON THE C.R.A WEBSITE, IT’S WORTH DOING THIS NOW TO MAKE THE NEXT STEPS GO EVEN QUICKER [SPEAKING FRENCH] >> Interpreter: I ALSO HAVE SOME NEWS FOR STUDENTS AND RECENT GRADUATES THIS MORNING STARTING ON FRIDAY, YOU CAN APPLY TO RECEIVE THE CANADA EMERGENCY STUDENT BENEFIT THIS NEW BENEFIT IS PART OF OUR $9 BILLION PLAN TO HELP YOU GET THROUGH THIS PANDEMIC BECAUSE OF COVID-19, THERE ARE NOT AS MANY JOBS FOR STUDENTS THIS SUMMER AND YOU NEED TO WORK DURING THE NEXT FEW MONTHS IN ORDER TO PAY YOUR TUITION OR YOUR DAILY EXPENSES FOR THE YEAR TO COME THE CANADA EMERGENCY STUDENT BENEFIT WILL BE THERE TO HELP YOU YOU CAN APPLY STARTING ON FRIDAY BUT IN THE MEANTIME, DO GO TO THE C.R.A. WEBSITE TO REGISTER UNDER MY ACCOUNT, IF YOU HAVEN’T DONE SO ALREADY L RIGHT THAT WILL ACCELERATE THINGS EVEN MORE I WANT TO CLOSE THIS MORNING BY REMINDING EVERYONE TO CONTINUE TO FOLLOW THE RECOMMENDATIONS OF OUR PUBLIC HEALTH EXPERTS WE ARE HEARING A LOT ABOUT THE GRADUAL RE-OPENING OF THE ECONOMY THESE DAYS AND I KNOW WE’RE ALL ANXIOUS TO SEE THAT HAPPEN BUT WE MUST REMAIN VIGILANT SO, CONTINUE TO STAY HOME AS MUCH AS POSSIBLE AND DON’T FORGET TO KEEP A SAFE DISTANCE WHEN YOU GO OUT AND, TOGETHER, WE WILL GET THROUGH THIS >> MERCI BEAUCOUP [SPEAKING FRENCH] >> Operator: THANK YOU MERCI [SPEAKING FRENCH] >> Reporter: [SPEAKING FRENCH] >> Interpreter: MR. TRUDEAU, YOU TALKED ABOUT THE RE-OPENING OF THE ECONOMY, BUT IN TERMS OF [INAUDIBLE] WOULD YOU BE PREPARED TO ISSUE A RECOMMENDATION OR AN ORDER TO ALL CANADIANS THAT THEY SHOULD WEAR A MASK WHEN THEY LEAVE HOME? WELL, WE ARE CLEARLY SEEING VARIOUS REGIONS HAVE DIFFERENT REALITIES PRINCE EDWARD ISLAND, FOR EXAMPLE, IS LOOKING AT VERY DIFFERENT SITUATION FROM ONTARIO SO WE HAVE TO ALLOW LOCAL AND PROVINCIAL AUTHORITIES TO DETERMINE WHICH PRINCIPLES SHOULD GUIDE THEIR DECISIONS ABOUT CITIZENS BUT AS WE ALL KNOW, THE BEST WAY TO PROTECT OURSELVES IS TO STAY HOME AS MUCH AS POSSIBLE AND, IF WE MUST GO OUT, TO KEEP DISTANCE OF TWO METRES FROM OTHER PEOPLE WEARING A MASK, ACCORDING TO EXPERTS, CAN HELP BUT IT CANNOT REPLACE THE SOCIAL DISTANCING THAT WE SHOULD BE PRACTICING AS A PRIORITY FOLLOW-UP? YES, WE SAW YOU LAST WEEK DURING THE CEREMONY IN TRENTON YOU KEPT YOUR DISTANCE AND YOU WERE ALSO WEARING A MASK WHY DID YOU DO THAT? AND I’D LIKE YOU TO COMMENT ON THE BORDER ARE THE AMERICANS RESISTING THE DESIRE TO KEEP THE BORDER CLOSED? WELL, WITH RESPECT TO THE TRENTON CEREMONY, THAT WAS THE REQUEST OF THE CANADIAN ARMED FORCES THAT EVERYONE WEAR A MASK AT ALL TIMES AND THIS IS A RECOMMENDATION THAT WE ALL FOLLOWED WITH RESPECT TO THE UNITED STATES, THE CONSTRUCTIVE DISCUSSIONS ARE CONTINUING WITH THE U.S. ADMINISTRATION AND IER CAN TELL YOU THAT, SO FAR, THAT PARTNERSHIP AND THAT COLLABORATION HAVE BEEN EXCELLENT AND I SEE NO REASON WHY IT SHOULD NOT CONTINUE TO BE SO >> Prime Minister Trudeau: I CAN HIGHLIGHT, SINCE THE VERY BEGINNING OF THIS PANDEMIC, THE COMMUNICATIONS AND COLLABORATION WITH OUR AMERICAN PARTNERS HAS BEEN EXCEPTIONAL CONVERSATIONS ARE ONGOING ALL THE TIME ON A RANGE OF MEASURES, INCLUDING BORDER MEASURES, AND I CAN TELL YOU UP UNTIL NOW THAT THE CONVERSATION — THAT A COLLABORATION HAS BEEN EXCEPTIONAL AND SEE NO REASON FOR THAT TO CHANGE >> Operator: THANK YOU MERCI NEXT QUESTION, DAVID LUNDGREN, REUTERS LINE OPEN >> Reporter: GOOD MORNING, PRIME MINISTER ON THE BORDER, WE UNDERSTAND THAT THE TWO SIDES HAVE AGREED TO KEEP THE RESTRICTIONS IN PLACE UNTIL JUNE 21 WHAT HAPPENS IN THE FUTURE? IF YOU DECIDE THE BORDER SHOULD BE SHUT AND THE AMERICANS BELIEVE IT SHOULD BE OPEN WILL YOU KEEP IT SHUT? >> Prime Minister Trudeau: RIGHT NOW WE’RE MAKING DECISIONS FOR RIGHT NOW OBVIOUSLY THERE ARE REFLECTIONS

ON WHAT NEXT STEPS COULD BE AND MIGHT BE IN DIFFERENT SITUATIONS AND DIFFERENT PROGRESS — PROGRESSIONS OF COVID-19 BUT EVERY STEP OF THE WAY IN THIS UNPRECEDENTED SITUATION, WE’RE REACT AND RESPONDING TO THE REALITIES WE SEE NOW AND THAT IS WHERE WE WILL STAY FOCUSED WE ARE FOCUSED ON KEEPING CANADIANS SAFE EVERY STEP OF THE WAY AND WE’LL TAKE THE NECESSARY DECISIONS AT EVERY DIFFERENT STEP >> AS A FOLLOW-UP? >> Reporter: SECONDLY, SECONDLY, THE NORTHWAY SOVEREIGN FUND IS BLACKLISTING FOUR CANADIAN OILSANDS COMPANIES DOESN’T THIS SUGGEST THAT THE MAJOR OILSANDS HAVE A LOT MORE WORK TO DO FOR YOU TO CONSIDER THAT THEY’RE ALIGNING WITH FEDERAL CLIMATE GOALS? >> Prime Minister Trudeau: WE’VE SEEN INVESTORS AROUND THE WORLD LOOKING AT THE RISKS ASSOCIATED WITH CLIMATE CHANGE AS AN INTEGRAL PART OF INVESTMENT DECISIONS THEY MAKE THAT IS WHY IT IS SO IMPORTANT FOR CANADA TO CONTINUE TO MOVE FORWARD ON FIGHTING CLIMATE CHANGE AND REDUCE OUR EMISSIONS IN ALL SECTORS AND I CAN HIGHLIGHT THAT MANY COMPANIES IN THE ENERGY SECTOR HAVE UNDERSTOOD THAT THE INVESTMENT CLIMATE IS SHIFTING AND THERE IS A NEED FOR CLEAR LEADERSHIP AND CLEAR TARGETS TO REACH ON FIGHTING CLIMATE CHANGE TO DRAW ON GLOBAL CAPITAL >> THANK YOU OPERATOR, NEXT QUESTION >> Operator: THANK YOU MERCI NEXT QUESTION, THE “NATIONAL POST” LINE OPEN >> Reporter: YEAH GOOD MORNING, PRIME MINISTER YESTERDAY, THE TORONTO TRANSIT COMMISSION CAME OUT AND PAINTED ADD DIRE FINANCE PICTURE FOR THE NEXT COUPLE OF MONTHS AND IT’S SAYS AGENCIS ARE DEALING WITH THE SAME KIND OF FINANCIAL PICTURE I’M WONDERING IF YOU THINK THE FEDERAL GOVERNMENT WILL HAVE A ROLE IN HELPING DEAL WITH THAT, ESPECIALLY IF IT CAN MEAN BIG SERVICE CUTS OR POTENTIALLY TRANSIT SYSTEMS NOT OPERATING >> Prime Minister Trudeau:s I THINK WE RECOGNIZE WE’RE IN A VERY, VERY DIFFICULT SITUATION RIGHT NOW WHERE WE HAVE ASKED CANADIANS TO CEASE A MASSIVE PART OF THE ECONOMIC ACTIVITY THAT KEEPS THIS COUNTRY GOING WE’VE DONE THIS FOR THE VERY IMPORTANT AND CLEAR REASON FOR PROTECTING CANADIANS’S LIVES BECAUSE WE KNOW THAT PROTECTING THE HEALTH AND SAFETY OF CANADIANS IS NECESSARY FOR US TO MOVE FORWARD WITH A STRONG COUNTRY, ECONOMICALLY OR OTHERWISE THAT IS WHY THE DECISION WE’VE TAKEN TO KEEP CANADIANS SAFE NEED TO COME FIRST THE SAME TIME, WE ARE LOOKING AT CAREFUL RE-OPENINGS IN GRADUAL WAYS IN DIFFERENT PARTS OF THE COUNTRY AND THE FEDERAL GOVERNMENT WILL BE THERE TO SUPPORT THE PROVINCES AND OTHER ORGANISATIONS AND INDUSTRIES AS WE LOOK TO DOING THE RIGHT WAY IN A WAY THAT KEEPS CANADIANS SAFE THERE ARE GOING TO BE A LOT OF VERY IMPORTANT AND DELICATE BALANCES TO STRIKE OVER THE COMING WEEKS AND MONTHS AND WE’LL CONTINUE TO BE THERE TO WORK WITH ALL PARTNERS TO MAKE SURE THAT CANADA IS GETTING IT RIGHT FOR CANADIANS >> AS A FOLLOW-UP, RYAN? >> Reporter: I’M SORRY, SIR, BUT ON TRANSIT SYSTEMS SPECIFICALLY LIKE THE TRANSIT CONTROL, LIKE O.C. TRANSPOE, DO YOU THINK THE FEDERAL GOVERNMENT WILL PLAY A ROLE OR IS THAT A PROVINCIAL RESPONSIBILITY? >> Prime Minister Trudeau: AS WE KNOW, OPERATION OF TRANSIT SYSTEMS IS A PROVINCIAL AND MUNICIPAL RESPONSIBILITY AS A FEDERAL GOVERNMENT, WE HAVE MADE SIGNIFICANT INVESTMENTS IN UPGRADING AND STRENGTHENING TRANSIT SYSTEMS ACROSS THE COUNTRY BECAUSE WE KNOW IT IS A KEY PART OF BOTH PROSPERITY AND MOVING FORWARD IN WAYS THAT MAKE LIFE AFFORDABLE AND FIGHTING CLIMATE CHANGE AT THE SAME TIME FOR CANADIANS SO, WE WILL BE THERE TO LISTEN TO CONCERNS THAT CANADIANS ARE EXPRESSING AND DIFFERENT ORDERS OF GOVERNMENTS ARE EXPRESSING ON MAKING SURE THAT OUR RE-OPENING IS SUCCESSFUL WE KNOW THAT PUBLIC TRANSIT AND GETTING PEOPLE TO WORK IS GOING TO BE AN IMPORTANT PART OF OUR ECONOMY MOVING FORWARD BUT WE ALSO KNOW THAT THE CHALLENGES POSED BY SOCIAL DISTANCING AND MUCH GREATER WORKING FROM HOME HAS COME AND AFFECTED OUR TRANLS SIT SYSTEM SIGNIFICANTLY SO WE’RE GOING TO HAVE TO ADJUST AND THE FEDERAL GOVERNMENT WILL BE THERE TO WORK WITH THE PROVINCES, INCLUDING SUPPORTING THEM IN THEIR AREAS OF JURISDICTION IN MANY CASES >> Reporter: AU FRANÇOIS >> Prime Minister Trudeau: [SPEAKING FRENCH] TREP WE KNOW THAT URBAN TRANSIT AND TRANSIT SERVICES ARE IMPORTANT FOR THIS COUNTRY’S RECOVERY AND THERE ARE REAL CHALLENGES THERE BECAUSE OF PHYSICAL DISTANCING OF COURSE, THERE ARE ALSO A LOT OF PEOPLE WORKING FROM HOME NOW SO OUR TRANSIT SYSTEMS ARE RECEIVING LESS REVENUES AND WE WILL BE THERE TO SUPPORT THE PROVINCES AND MUNICIPALITIES, IF NECESSARY BUT WE ALSO UNDERSTAND THAT OPERATING TRANSIT SYSTEMS IS A PROVINCIAL RESPONSIBILITY, NOT

A FEDERAL RESPONSIBILITY AND AS I SAID, WE WILL BE THERE TO HELP BECAUSE WE NEED CANADA TO RE-OPEN AND WE WANT THAT TO BE SAFE AND GRADUAL >> [SPEAKING FRENCH] >> Operator: THANK YOU MERCI [SPEAKING FRENCH] >> Reporter: [SPEAKING FRENCH] >> Interpreter: GOOD MORNING, MR. TRUDEAU I’D LIKE US TO COME BACK TO SENIORS HOMES YOU SAID YESTERDAY THAT YOU WERE PREPARED TO HELP THE PROVINCES MEET THEIR CHALLENGES, BUT THIS IS NOT A FEDERAL AREA OF JURISDICTION HOW ARE YOU GOING TO HELP THEM MEET THOSE CHALLENGES? ARE WE JUST TALKING ABOUT TRANSFERRING MONEY TO THEM? WELL, AS I SAID FROM THE OUTSET, THERE WILL NEED TO BE CONVERSATIONS BETWEEN THE DIFFERENT LEVELS OF GOVERNMENT AND AMONG CANADIANS IN TERMS OF FINDING WAYS TO ENSURE THAT OUR SENIORS ARE NOT EXTREMELY VULNERABLE AS THEY ARE NOW THE FEDERAL GOVERNMENT WILL BE THERE TO HELP AND THIS IS A FEDERAL COMMITMENT WE MADE WHEN WE SEND IN THE ARMED FORCES TO SENIORS HOMES BUT, OF COURSE, WE DID THAT IN PARTNERSHIP WITH THE PROVINCE AND WE WILL CONTINUE TO WORK WITH ALL THE PROVINCES IN A POSITIVE SPIRIT OF COLLABORATION TO ENSURE THAT WE ARE MAKING AND DOING THE RIGHT THING FOR CANADIANS FOLLOW-UP? YES, BUT I SUPPOSE THAT YOU DO NOT INTEND TO LEAVE THE ARMY THERE OVER THE LONG-TERM SO IN TERMS OF YOUR DISCUSSIONS ON THESE LONG-TERM CARE HOMES, WHAT ARE YOU THINKING OF? SENDING THEM MORE MONEY? AND COULD YOU EXPLAIN SINCE THE PROBLEM IS NOW, WHY NOT LOOK A IT RIGHT NOW AND RESOLVE THE PROBLEM RIGHT NOW, RATHER THAN WAITING UNTIL WE FINISHED COUNTING DEAD BODIS? WELL, I THINK WE ALL SEE THAT WE’RE IN AN EXTREME AND URGENT SITUATION AT THIS TIME AND WE HAVE TO TAKE ALL THE NECESSARY STEPS RIGHT NOW TO HELP IN THESE LONG-TERM CARE FACILITIES AND THAT IS WHAT WE’RE DOING THAT IS WHAT WE’RE FOCUSED ON AT THIS TIME BUT AS WELL, IN THE MONTHS AND YEARS TO COME, WE WILL HAVE TO LOOK CLOSELY AT THE STATUS OF OUR SENIORS ACROSS THE COUNTRY AND IMPROVE AND ENHANCE THE SYSTEMS THAT SUPPORT THEM THE FLORIDAING HAVE ITS FOOTER PLAY IN THAT BUT WE INTEND TO RESPECT THE FACT THAT THIS IS PROVINCIAL JURISDICTION >> Reporter: IN REGARDS TO THE BORDER, YOUR CHIEF MEDICAL OFFICER YESTERDAY SAID AMERICANS POSE A RISK TO US WHEN WAS THE LAST TIME YOU TALKED TO PRESIDENT TRUMP ABOUT THE BORDER AND WHAT PRESSURE IS THE U.S. PUTTING ON CANADA TO RE-OPEN? >> Prime Minister Trudeau:s I THINK EVERY COUNTRY RECOGNIZES THAT, AS WE CONTROL OUR DOMESTIC SITUATION, WE ARE VULNERABLE TO INTERNATIONAL TRAVELERS DIFFERENT COUNTRIES ARE FACING DIFFERENT CHALLENGES AND AS WE NIANG SPREAD OF COVID-19, WE WANT TO — WE WILL WANT TO MAKE SURE THAT WE’RE NOT BECOMING VULNERABLE FROM TRAVELERS ARRIVING ELSEWHERE THAT IS WHY WE MADE, YOU KNOW, STRONG MOVES TO SECURE, TO CLOSE OUR BORDERS, INCLUDING TO AMERICAN TRAVELERS AT THIS TIME AS WE MOVE FORWARD, WE WILL CONTINUE TO WORK WITH THE ADMINISTRATION AND I CAN HIGHLIGHT THAT THE WORK WITH THE AMERICAN ADMINISTRATION CONTINUES TO BE CONSTRUCTIVE AND POSITIVE I HAVE SPOKEN WITH PRESIDENT TRUMP A NUMBER OF TIMES OVER THE PAST WEEKS AND OUR CONVERSATIONS HAVE ALWAYS BEEN VERY POSITIVE [SPEAKING FRENCH] >> Interpreter: I THINK WE ALL RECOGNIZE THAT, AS WE PROTECT CANADIANS IN THE COUNTRY, THROUGH MEASURES THAT WILL HELP TO STOP THE SPREAD OF COVID-19, WE REMAIN AS VULNERABLE TO COVID-19 CASES THAT COULD COME FROM OUTSIDE THE COUNTRY AND THAT IS WHY WE’RE TRYING TO PUT IN EXTREME RESTRICTIONS ON TRAVEL FROM OUTSIDE THE COUNTRY, INCLUDING THE UNITED STATES WE ARE PURSUE AGO POSITIVE COLLABORATION WITH THE U.S ADMINISTRATION I’VE SPOKEN SEVERAL TIMES TO PRESIDENT TRUMP IN RECENT WEEKS AND THOSE DISCUSSIONS HAVE ALWAYS BEEN RR POSITIVE >> Reporter: IT’S EXACTLY TWO MONTHS SINCE YOU STARTED GIVING THESE UPDATES I KNOW CANADIANS APPRECIATE THAT BUT FOR OBVIOUS REASONS WE DON’T HAVE A BUDGET RIGHT NOW THE P.B.O. SAYS THE DEFICIT COULD REACH $1 TRILLION BY THE END OF THE YEAR HOW MUCH LONGER DO CANADIANS HAVE TO WAIT TO GET A FINANCIAL PICTURE HERE OF HOW MUCH THIS IS ALL COSTING US? >> Prime Minister Trudeau: I THINK CANADIANS RIGHTLY EXPECT US TO BE FOCUSED ON THE IMMEDIATE IN GETTING THINGS SETTLED SO THAT CANADIANS CAN ACTUALLY FEEL SAFE AND LOOK AT CAREFUL RE-OPENING AT THE SAME TIME, WE HAVE BEEN TRANSPARENT EVERY STEP OF THE WAY ABOUT THE INVESTMENTS WE’RE

MAKING AND WILL HAVE, OF COURSE, WE WILL CONTINUE TO SHARE WITH CANADIANS OUR OUTLOOK FOR THE FUTURE WE RECOGNIZE, HOWEVER, THAT THE SITUATION IS CHANGING INCREDIBLY RAPIDLY AND A BUDGET IS USUALLY SOMETHING THAT PROJECTS WHAT IS GOING TO HAPPEN IN THE CANADIAN ECONOMY FOR THE NEXT 12 MONTHS AND RIGHT NOW WE’RE HAVING A LOT OF DIFFICULTY ESTABLISHING WITH ANY CERTAINTY WHAT IS GOING TO HAPPEN IN THE NEXT 12 WEEKS WE’LL CONTINUE WORKING ON THIS WE’LL CONTINUE TO BE OPEN AND TRANSPARENT WITH CANADIANS AS MUCH AS POSSIBLE BUT WE WILL STAY FOCUSED ON HEMMING PEOPLE IN THE IMMEDIATE AS WE MOVE TOWARD A BETTER FUTURE >> AU FRANÇOIS >> Interpreter: WE KNOW THAT WE’RE DEALING WITH AN UNPRECEDENTED SITUATION WHERE THINGS CHANGE VERY QUICKLY A BUDGET OR ECONOMIC UPDATE NORMALLY SETS OUT WHAT CAN WE — WHAT WE CAN EXPECT IN THE NEXT 12 MONTHS AND RIGHT NOW IT IS A REAL CHALLENGE TO EVEN KNOW WHAT WILL HAPPEN IN THE NEXT FEW WEEKS SO, WE’LL CONTINUE TO BE OPEN AND TRANSPARENT WE’LL TALK ABOUT OUR PROJECTIONS AND EXPECTATIONS FOR THE COMING MONTHS AT THE SAME TIME, WE WANT TO REMAIN FOCUSED ON WHAT MUST BE DONE RIGHT NOW TO ENSURE THAT WE CAN HAVE THE BEST POSSIBLE FUTURE AHEAD OF US >> Reporter: GOOD MORNING, PRIME MINISTER DAVID AKIN, GLOBAL NEWS TO COME BACK TO MOLLY’S ISSUE ABOUT THE BORDER FEDERAL AGENCIES HAVE TO PLAN TO MAINTAIN THE CURRENT U.S.-CANADA BORDER AGENCIES MUNICIPALITIES ON THE BORDER HAVE TO MAKE SOME PLANS ABOUT THIS CAN YOU SORT OF GIVE THEM SOME ASSURANCE TODAY THAT THE U.S.-CANADA BORDER RESTRICTIONS WILL STAY WHERE THEY ARE UNTIL THE END OF JUNE? >> Prime Minister Trudeau: WE ARE A GOOD WEEK AWAY FROM THE EXPIRY OF THE CURRENT PHASE OF OUR BORDER RESTRICTIONS WITH THE UNITED STATES CONVERSATIONS ARE ONGOING, ARE CRUXIVE, OR PRODUCTIVE I WON’T MAKE ANY ANNOUNCEMENTS TODAY BUT I CAN SAY THAT THINGS ARE GOING WELL AND WE’RE CONFIDENT ABOUT BEING ABLE TO CONTINUE TO KEEP CANADIANS SAFE >> AND TO COME BACK ON MOLLY’S QUESTION ABOUT FISCAL UPDATES AND BUDGETS WHEN WE WENT THROUGH THE CRISIS IN ’08-’09, WE’VE HAD MULTIPLE FISCAL UPDATES AND WE’VE HAD MULTIPLE BUDGETS BECAUSE OF ELECTIONS AND WHATEVER AND IT IS HARD TO UNDERSTAND WHY YOU COULD HAVEN’T A BUDGET NOW AND UPDATE THAT BUDGET IN THREE MONTHS OR EVEN A MONTH IF YOU NEEDED TO WHY NOT A BUDGET OR AT THE VERY LEAST A FISCAL UPDATE WITH THE PROMISE TO UPDATE IT IN A COUPLE OF MONTHS? >> Prime Minister Trudeau: AGAIN, WE HAVE BEEN FOCUSED VERY MUCH ON RESPONDING TO THIS UNPRECEDENTED SITUATION BY GETTING MONEY INTO THE POCKETS OF CANADIANS, OF WORKERS AND FAMILIES WHO NEED IT ACROSS THE COUNTRY UNLIKE PREVIOUS RECESSIONS OR ECONOMIC DOWNTURNS, THIS IS A SITUATION THAT HAS NO ANTECEDENTS IT HAS FORCED US TO CHOOSE A MASSIVE AMOUNT OF ECONOMIC ACTIVITY IN THIS COUNTRY TO KEEP CANADIANS SAFE WE CONTINUE TO WORK EVERY DAY ON SUPPORTING CANADIANS WE CONTINUE TO BE ABSOLUTELY TRANSPARENT ABOUT THE MEASURES WE’RE PUTTING FORWARD FOR CANADIANS AND WE WILL CONTINUE TO LOOK FOR WAYS TO KEEP PEOPLE APPRISED ON WE EXPECT FOR THE COMING MONTHS AS WE SAY, THINGS ARE CHANGING EXTREMELY QUICKLY AND WE WANT TO MAKE SURE WE’RE PUTING OUR EXPERT WHERE IS THEY’RE MOST USEFUL WHICH IS BOTH SHARING WITH CANADIANS EVERYTHING WE’RE DOING AS WE’RE DOING IT AND STAYING FOCUSED ON WHAT WE NEED TO DO RIGHT NOW >> Reporter: GOOD MORNING, PRIME MINISTER THIS WEEK, ME CAL RESEARCH INSTITUTES ACROSS THE COUNTRY WILL BEGIN TO LAY OFF 10,000 TO 15,000 PEOPLE WHO WORK ON HEALTH RESEARCH BECAUSE THEY CAN’T GET THE SUPPORT OF THE FEDERAL GOVERNMENT THEY DON’T QUALIFY FOR YOUR WAGE SUBSIDY PROGRAMME AND THAT IS GOING TO HAVE A CASCADE EFFECT EVEN TON COVID RESEARCH THAT IS HAPPENING BECAUSE THESE RESEARCH INSTITUTES PROVIDE THE INFRASTRUCTURE THAT SUPPORTS THAT CAN YOU EXPLAIN TO ME WHY IT IS NOT A PRIORITY TO KEEP THOSE CRITICAL EMPLOYEES TETHERED TO THEIR EMPLOYER? >> Prime Minister Trudeau:s ON THE CONTRARY WE HAVE MADE SIGNIFICANT INVESTMENTS IN THE HUNDREDS OF MILLIONS OF DOLLARS INTO SCIENCE AND RESEARCH ACROSS CANADA WE KNOW THAT THIS IS A CRISIS THAT IS SCIENCE-BASED IT IS CAUSED BY A MEDICAL CHALLENGE OF COVID-19 AND WE NEED TO USE SCIENCE TO GET OURSELVES THROUGH THIS THAT IS WHY OUR INVESTMENTS IN SCIENCE, OUR INVESTMENTS IN SUPPORTING GRADUATE STUDENTS, OUR INVESTMENTS IN SUPPORTING RESEARCH INSTITUTES WILL CONTINUE I’LL FOLLOW-UP ON THIS ISSUE YOU ARE BRINGING UP BUT OUR FOCUS IS ON MAKING SURE THAT SCIENTISTS GO ET THE SUPPORT THEY NEED ACROSS THE COUNTRY WE’LL CONTINUE TO DO THAT >> THANK YOU >> Reporter: HI, PRIME MINISTER TOM PARRY WITH CBC ONTARIO SAYS IT WILL WRAP UP TESTING AT LONG-TERM CARE FACILITIES IN THE NEXT COUPLE OF DAYS QUEBEC IS NOWHERE NEAR THAT YOU ARE A QUEBEC M.P CAN I ASK YOU WHY DO YOU THINK THE PROVINCE IS HAVING SUCH A

HARD TIME WITH THIS? AND IS THERE ANYTHING MORE YOU CAN DO TO HELP? >> Prime Minister Trudeau: THE RESPONSIBILITY OF THE FEDERAL GOVERNMENT IS TO SUPPORT THE PROVINCES IN DELIVERING THEIR PLANS FOR THINGS LIKE TESTING AND P.P.E., THEIR PLANS FOR RE OPENING WE ARE THERE TO WORK WITH THE PROVINCE AND ENSURE THAT THEY HAVE THE EQUIPMENT AND CAPABILITIES THEY NEED, WHETHER IT HAS BEEN PROCURING SWABS FOR TESTING KITS AROUND THE COUNTRY WHETHER IT’S MOVING FOREWARD ON DOMESTIC PRODUCTION OF THE REAGENT NECESSARY FOR PRODUCING RESULTS FROM THOSE TESTS THE FEDERAL GOVERNMENT HAS BEEN EXTREMELY ACTIVE AND WE WILL CONTINUE TO BE THERE TO RESPOND TO THE PROVINCES AND THEIR PLANS AND THEIR NEEDS FOR MORE TESTING IT’S SNAG WE KNOW IS AN ESSENTIAL PART OF HOW WE MOVE FORWARD ON A CAREFUL RE-OPENING [SPEAKING FRENCH] >> Interpreter: THE ROLE OF THE FEDERAL GOVERNMENT IS TO BE THERE TO SUPPORT THE PROVINCES, TO EXECUTE THEIR PLAN WHETHER IT MEANS PROVIDING AND PROCURING THE EQUIPMENT THEY NEED TO DO THE TESTING OR BRINGING IN THE CHEMICALS THAT ARE NEEDED TO ANALYZE THE RESULTS THE FEDERAL GOVERNMENT HAS TAKEN MANY, MANY STEPS TO BE THERE AND SUPPORT THE PROVINCES WITH THEIR PLAN BUT WHEN IT COMES TO TESTING, THOSE ISSUES ARE DETERMINED BY THE PROVINCE AND THE FEDERAL GOVERNMENT WILL BE THERE TO PROVIDE ITS SUPPORT AND WE’LL CONTINUE TO BE THERE FOR THEM >> Reporter: STEVE CHASE, “GLOBE AND MAIL” MR. PRIME MINISTER, YOUR AMBASSADOR TO CHINA, DOMINIC BARTON, TOLD A GROUP OF CANADIANS LAST WEEK THAT CHINA, BECAUSE OF ITS CONDUCT, IS ALIENATING FOREIGN COUNTRIES AND INJURING ITS GOODWILL ABROAD AS MR. BARTON PUT IT IN FOREIGN POLICY JARGON, CHINA IS ACCUMULATING NEGATIVE SOFT POWER AROUND THE WORLD, THAT IT IS UNDERMINING ITS INTERNATIONAL INFLUENCE AND THE ABILITY TO PERSUADE OTHER COUNTRIS TO SEE THING BEIJING’S WAY YOU HIRED MR. BARTON BECAUSE OF HIS EXPERTISE IN CHINA SO, THE QUESTION FOR YOU IS, DO YOU AGREE WITH HIS ASSESSMENT? >> Prime Minister Trudeau:s I THINK IT IS CLEAR THAT THERE ARE MANY QUESTIONS FOR COUNTRIES AROUND THE ORIGINS AND BEHAVIOUR IN THE EARLY DAYS OF THE COVID-19 SITUATION, PARTICULARLY QUESTIONS FOR CHINA THAT WE’VE CALLED ON TO BE ASKED IN THE COMING MONTHS SO WE CAN GET ANSWERS AT THE SAME TIME, WE’RE SEEING A GLOBAL PAN DEMOCRATIC THAT REQUIRES A GLOBAL, COORDINATED RESPONSE AND HOW COUNTRIES ARE BEHAVING NOW TOWARDS EACH OTHER AND SUPPORTING EACH OTHER, MOVING FORWARD IN A DIFFICULT TIME IS BEING NOTICED BY EVERYONE AND I THINK IT’S TOTALLY NORMAL THAT WE BE ASKING QUESTIONS ABOUT HOW DIFFERENT COUNTRIES ARE BEHAVING, INCLUDING CHINA [SPEAKING FRENCH] >> Interpreter: FROM THE VERY BEGINNING, WE HAVE KNOWN THAT THERE WOULD BE DIFFICULT QUESTIONS TO PUT TO A NUMBER OF COUNTRIES, INCLUDING CHINA REGARDING THE ORIGINS AND THE BEGINNING OF THIS VIRUS AND HOW IT TURNED GLOBAL AT THE SAME TIME, WE KNOW THAT A GLOBAL PANDEMIC MEANS THAT THERE NEEDS TO BE GLOBAL ANSWERS AND THE DIFFERENT COUNTRIES HAVE TO COLLABORATE AND WORK TOGETHER TO COME THROUGH THIS OF COURSE, THE COUNTRIES OUT THERE WHO ARE NOT BEHAVING AS THEY SHOULD WILL BE RECEIVING QUESTIONS AND PEOPLE WILL BE DRAWING CONCLUSIONS ABOUT THE WAY THEY BEHAVED WITH RESPECT TO CHINA AGAIN, IN RECENT WEEKS, YOU’VE BEEN VERY, VERY CAUTIOUS EVERY TIME THERE IS TALK OF CHINA AND YOU’RE ASKED TO COMMENT ON AUSTRALIA’S IDEA TO CONDUCT AN INQUIRY WHY IS THAT? ARE YOU AFRAID THAT THIS WILL HAVE AN IMPACT ON MEDICAL SUPPLIES FROM CHINA? OR DO YOU THINK THAT YOU WILL SUFFER REPRISALS? I CAN TELL YOU THAT MY RESPONSIBILITY NOW, AND AT ALL TIMES, IS TO ENSURE THE WELFARE AND SAFETY OF ALL CANADIANS THAT IS MY MAJOR CONCERN IN THIS PANDEMIC AND WE MUST WORK WITH EVERYONE TO SECURE THE NECESSARY EQUIPMENT AND TO ESTABLISH THE NECESSARY PARTNERSHIPS THAT WILL ALLOW US TO COME THROUGH THIS YES, WE WILL ALL HAVE QUESTIONS THAT NEED TO BE ANSWER AED IN THE COMING WEEKS AS TO HOW SOME COUNTRIES BEHAVED, INCLUDING CHINA BUT MY RESPONSIBILITY EVERY STEP OF THE WAY IS MAKING SURE I’M DOING EVERYTHING POSSIBLE TO SUPPORT AND PROTECT CANADIANS DURING THIS CRISIS AND THAT IS WHAT I INTEND TO DO >> Prime Minister Trudeau: MY RESPONSIBILITY, FIRST AND FOREMOST AS PRIME MINISTER, IS TO LOOK OUT FOR CANADIANS, TO MAKE SURE THAT WE’RE KEEPING CANADIANS SAFE AND HEALTHY AND WHOLE AS MUCH AS POSSIBLE IN GOOD TIMES AND IN TIMES OF CRISIS THAT IS WHY EVEN THOUGH, OF COURSE WE WILL HAVE VERY STRONG QUESTIONS TO ASK OF MANY DIFFERENT COUNTRIES THROUGH HOW

THIS PANDEMIC BEGAN AND PROPULGATED AROUND THE WORLD MY FOCUS NEEDS TO BE ON ENSURING THAT WE’RE GETTING THE SUPPORT NECESSARY FOR CANADIANS EVERY STEP OF THE WAY IN TERMS OF P.P.E., IN TERMS OF TESTING CAPACITIES, IN TERMS OF PARTNERSHIPS TOWARDS GETTING TREATMENTS AND VACCINES FOR THIS MY FOCUS NEEDS TO BE ON KEEPING CANADIANS SAFE AND THAT IS WHERE IT WILL STAY >> [SPEAKING FRENCH] >> Prime Minister Trudeau: [SPEAKING FRENCH] >> Marcy: ALL RIGHT THAT IS THE PRIME MINISTER OF CANADA, A LITTLE EARLIER THAN USUAL AS HE WILL BE APPEARING AT THE COVID COMMITTEE THAT TAKES PLACE IN PERSON ON WEDNESDAYS I’LL BRING IN MY COLLEAGUES, VASSY KAPELOS AND THE CBC’S DAVID COCHRANE TO TALK MORE ABOUT WHAT THE PRIME MINISTER HAD TO SAY I GUESS SOME GOOD NEWS THAT YOU ALREADY HAD YESTERDAY, VASSY, BUT CONFIRMED NOW BY THE PRIME MINISTER FOR STUDENTS WHO ARE WAITING TO SEE WHEN THEY COULD TAP INTO THEIR AID >> Vassy: THEY WILL BE ABLE TO APPLY STARTING FRIDAY T PRIME MINISTER CONFIRMED AN IMPORTANT NOTE, I WAS JUST SPEAKING WITH SOMEBODY WHO WORKS IN THE GOVERNMENT, IN THE DEPARTMENT WITH ALL THIS AND APPARENTLY THE SITE EXPLAINING HOW YOU CAN APPLY AND WHAT THE PROCESS WILL BE LIKE WILL GO LIVE TODAY IF YOU ARE A STUDENT AND WATCHING AND INTERESTED IN THAT INFORMATION, I’VE ALSO HEARD FROM A NUMBER OF PEOPLE WHO ARE CONCERNED THAT, BECAUSE THEY’VE NEVER FILED TAXES, THEY WON’T BE ABLE TO USE THE MY C.R.A ACCOUNT, WHICH IS THE FASTEST WAY TO GET THIS MONEY DELIVERED THERE WILL BE AN EXPLANATION ON THE WEBSITE AS WELL FOR YOU ABOUT HOW YOU’RE GOING APPLY AND WHAT YOU NEED TO DO SO, IF YOU’RE INTERESTED AND YOU NEED THAT MONEY, GO ON THE WEBSITE OR GOOGLE IT TODAY AND I’M SURE WE’LL SEE THE LINK AS SOON AS IT’S LIVE BUT THAT WILL BE LIVE TODAY A COUPLE OF OTHER THINGS THAT JUMPED OUT AT ME FIRST OF ALL, THE SECOND PART OF THE ANNOUNCEMENT WAS BASICALLY WHERE THIS BIG PILE OF MONEY, ABOUT $1 BILLION THAT HAD ALREADY BEEN AFOUNDSED — ANNOUNCED BY THE FEDERAL GOVERNMENT, WHERE IT’S GOING AS FAR AS ECONOMIC REGIONAL DEVELOPMENTTAL AGENCIS ARE CONCERNED THE FRAMING FROM THE GOVERNMENT IS THAT IF YOU HAVE NOT BEEN ABLE TO ACCESS THE WAGE SUBSIDY OR EMERGENCY BUSINESS” — AND THATER LOT OF PEOPLE HAVE HAVE HEARD OF IN THAT POSITION, MOSTLY SELF-EMPLOYED, FOR EXAMPLE, OR THOSE WHO HAVE CONTRACT WORKERS WHO DON’T HAVE A PAYROLL THAT MEETS THE QUALIFICATIONS FOR EITHER OF THOSE PACKAGES FOR FINANCIAL AID, YOU WILL BE ABLE TO GO TO THESE REGIONAL ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT AGENCIES THAT IS THE IDEA, AT LEAST THAT IS THE WAY IT IS FRAMED AND PERHAPS BE ABLE TO ACCESS THE MONEY THAT YOU NEED THROUGH THEM I HEARD FROM A NUMBER OF PEOPLE WHO REACHED OUT TO THOSE AGENCIS TO TRY AND SEE HOW THAT IS GOING TO WORK AND THEY DID NOT HAVE THE DETAILS YET HOPEFULLY TODAY IT BECOMES A BIT MORE CLEAR TO THEM AND, IN TURN, TO THE BHAOEM NEED THAT MONEY, HOW THEY MIGHT BE ABLE TO ACCESS IT IT’S A PARCEL OF MONEY NEARLY $1 BILLION AND FINALLY, ROSIE, ON THAT LAST EXCHANGE WITH THE PRIME MINISTER, THAT IS BASED ON A REPORT FROM THE “GLOBE AND MAIL” ABOUT A GROUP OR GROUPING, A MEETING THAT DOMINIC BARTON, OUR AMBASSADOR TO CHINA HAD, IN WHICH HE WAS CRITICAL OF CHINA AND THE WAIT’S ACTED THROUGH THIS, SAYING I BELIEVE — HE BACK ADD RIGOROUS REVIEW OF THE WORLD HEALTH ORGANIZATION AND THAT HE THOUGHT THAT CHINA’S CONDUCT IS DAMAGING ITS OWN GLOBAL SOFT POWER WHAT THE PRIME MINISTER WAS ASKED SPECIFICALLY FROM THE REPORTER BEHIND THAT STORY, STEVE CHASE, WAS DO YOU AGREE WITH THOSE COMMENTS? AND THE PRIME MINISTER DID NOT ADDRESS THE SUBSTANCE OF THAT QUESTION HE, INSTEAD, REPEATED SOMETHING WE’VE HEARD MOST TIMES HE’S ASKED ACTION CHINA WHICH IS THAT THE QUESTIONS BEING ASKED ARE GENUINE, THE TIME TO INVESTIGATE THOSE QUESTIONS ISN’T REALLY NOW BUT NO CHANGE IN ANSWER THERE AND DEFINITELY NOT A SPECIFIC, YOU KNOW, IS DOMINIC BARTON IN TROUBLE OR NOT, TIME OF THING >> Rosemary: WE SHOULD SAY IT WAS A PRIVATE MEETING >> Reporter: IT WAS >> Rosemary: THOSE COMMENTS WEREN’T MADE PUBLICLY AND THE AMBASSADOR WOULDN’T V EXPECTED THEM TO BE LEAKED YOU SHOULD EXPECT EVERYTHING TO BE LEAKED THESE DAYS — [LAUGHTER] BUT THEY ARE PRIVATE COMMENTS BUT THE PRIVATE POSTURE OF ANY GOVERNMENT ABOUT CHINA IS DIFFERENT THAN IT IS PUBLICLY WHETHER IT SHOULD BE IS A D*IFRNL THING YOU MADE A GOOD POINT ABOUT THE REGIONAL DEVELOPMENT PROGRAMME AND WE’LL TALK TO SOMEONE IN A MINUTE BECAUSE THE PRIME MINISTER SAID IF YOU DIDN’T QUALIFY FOR ALL THE THINGS, GIVE US A CALL WE’RE HERE FOR YOU IT SEEMS TO BE THE SUGGESTION THAT THIS IS ANOTHER PLACE YOU CAN GO WITHIN YOUR REGION, IF YOU’VE HAD PROBLEMS WITH THE OTHER PROGRAMMES YOU POINTED OUT THERE I WANTED TO TALK A LITTLE BIT ABOUT THE BORDER, TOO YOU CAN GO WHERE YOU WANT THERE, DAY I WOULD SAY AFTER DOING SOME READING THIS MORNING, THERE IS MORE THAN A DOZEN STATES IN THE UNITED STATES, INCLUDING ONES ALONG OUR BORDER, LIKE MAINE, FOR INSTANCE, WHO ARE NOWHERE MEETING WHAT WASHINGTON HAS SET FORWARD AS SOME OF THE PARAMETERS FOR RE-OPENING THAT 14-DAY DECLINE IN CASES, AND THEY’RE STILL MOVING FORWARD ON RE-OPENING WHICH SHOULD GIVE YOU A SENSE OF WHAT WE’RE DEALING WITH HERE IN TERMS OF THE DANGER NEXT DOOR AND DOESN’T SOUND LIKE THERE IS A DEAL YET BUT PROBABLY THERE WILL BE >> Reporter: ONE OF THE BIG CHALLENGES FOR CANADA IN ALL OF THIS, THERE’S VERY FEW THINGS YOU CAN COMPLETELY CONTROL IN THE MIDDLE OF A PANDEMIC THAT’S BASED ON A VIRAL OUTBREAK BUT YOU CAN TAKE CONTROL OF YOUR OWN INTERNAL HEALTH MEASURES AND RE-OPENINGS TO WORK WITH THE PROVINCES TO HAVE A COORDINATED RESPONSE AND THAT

IS HAPPENING AT THE FIRST MINISTERS MEETINGS WHICH ARE HAPPENING EVERY SINGLE WEEK AND THEN ALL THE VARIOUS MINISTERIAL-LEVEL MEETINGS WHERE THERE IS A SENSE OF GOODWILL AND WORKING TOGETHER AND CENTRALIZING PROCUREMENT AND COORDINATING GUIDELINES ON RE-OPENING AND ALL OF THAT IS HELPFUL INTERNALLY FOR SOCIETY AND THE ECONOMY OF CANADA TO COME BACK TO NORMAL, SOUTH OF THE BORDER NEEDS TO GET UNDER CONTROL AND RIGHT NOW THE UNITED STATES IS STILL THE EPICENTER OF THE VIRUS MORE THAN ONE-THIRD OF ALL OF THE GLOBAL CASES THERE AND IT’S GONE FROM THE BIG CITIES AND MOVING INTO THE AMERICAN HEARTLAND NOW IN QUITE AN ALARMING WAY AND THERE IS REALLY NO WAY FOR CANADA TO INFLUENCE THE ECONOMIC MEASURES , THE STIMULUS MEASURES AND THE HEALTH MEASURES THAT HAPPEN IN THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA UNTIL THAT GETS UNDER CONTROL, I CAN’T ENVISION A PATH FORWARD FOR CANADA TO BE WILLING TO RE-OPEN THE CANADIAN-U.S BORDER TO ANYTHING OTHER THAN THE INTENTION TRAVEL THAT IS NECESSARY TO KEEP SUPPLY CHAINS AND ECONOMIC ACTIVITY GOING AT THE LEVEL THAT IT IS OPERATING AT RIGHT NOW MAYBE DIFFERENT SECTORS COULD BE ADDED TO THAT, A TWEAKING OF THAT BUT TOURISM, VISITATION, HOSPITALITY, YOU CAN FORGET IT THERE IS JUST — THERE IS A LOT OF CONCERN, I THINK GLOBALLY, WITH HOW THE UNITED STATES HAS REACTED TO THIS AND THE TURF WAR THAT HAS EVOLVED BETWEEN THE NATIONAL GOVERNMENT AND STATE LEVEL GOVERNMENTS AND MUNICIPAL-LEVEL GOVERNMENTS IN THE UNITED STATES AND ALL OF THE PROBLEMS THAT THAT BRINGS FROM A VIRAL SPREAD ISSUE AND AN ECONOMIC CHALLENGE ISSUE AND THERE’S NO DOUBT THAT THIS BORDER CLOSURE IS GOING TO BE FETED INTO JUNE THERE WAS A GOOD QUESTION FROM OUR COLLEAGUE, DAVID FROM REUTERS, ABOUT WHAT HAPPENS IF CANADA AND THE U.S. DISAGREE ON WHETHER OR NOT TO RE-OPEN THE BORDER THE HOPE IS THAT CANADA FLIES UNDER THE RADAR IN SOME RESPECT POLITICALLY IN THE U.S. BECAUSE THEY HAVE ENOUGH DOMESTIC PROBLEMS TO OCCUPY THEM IN THE RUN-UP TO THE CONVENTION AND PRESIDENTIAL ELECTION IN THE FALL THAT RE-OPENING THE CANADIAN BORDER IS FAR, FAR, FAR DOWN THE PRIORITY LIST FOR THE U.S. GOVERNMENT COMPARED TO ALL THE OTHER THINGS IT’S DEALING WITH IN FEDERAL-STATE RELATIONS >> Rosemary: I WANDED TO TAKE A MINUTE TO TALK ABOUT LONG-TERM CARE THERE WITH BOTH OF YOU I FOUND THE PRIME MINISTER’S COMMENTS INTERESTING WHEN HE WAS ASKED, YOU KNOW, WHAT ARE YOU GOING TO DO, ARE WE GOING TO HAVE A RETHINK, HOW ARE WE GOING TO APPROACH THE REFORM OF LONG-TERM CARE IN THIS COUNTRY AND I VIEW THIS AS A BIT OF A DIG I MIGHT BE WRONG HE SAID WE WILL BE THERE TO HELP, WE HAVE A FEDERAL ECONOMY. REMEMBER, WE SENT IN THE MILITARY BECAUSE TODAY THERE WAS SOME COMMENTS BY THE BLOC LEADER WHO WAS NOT AT ALL INTERESTED, OBVIOUSLY, IN THE FEDERAL GOVERNMENT GETTING INVOLVED IN THIS CONVERSATION BUT I THINK THAT BECAUSE THE DIFFICULT TOOTINGER MAKE, AND I’LL START WITH YOU, VASSY, WHEN YOU HAVE SO MANY CANADIAN ARMED FORCES MEMBERS IN LONG-TERM CARE CENTRES KEEPING PEOPLE GOING AND KEEPING THOSE CENTRES GOING >> Vassy: YEAH MR. BLANCHET WAS UNEQUIVOCAL SEND MORE MONEY AND DON’T SEND A SINGLE STRING ATTACHED TO IT WAS HIS MESS TAOJ THE FEDERAL GOVERNMENT HE WANTED THE GOVERNMENT TO STAY AS FAR AWAY FROM THE DELIVERY OF HEALTH CARE AS I CAN IMAGINE I IMAGINE THAT IS A NOTION THAT’S SHARED FOR THOSE THROUGHOUT QUEBEC BUT IT’S PERMEATED SO MUCH OF THE STUFF WE TALKED ABOUT THE LAST TWO WEEKS IS SIGNIFICANT FOR LONG-TERM CARE HOMES BECAUSE THEY’RE VERY MUCH TURN PROVINCE’S PER VIEW AT THE SAME TIME, WE HAVE HEARD AN ACKNOWLEDGMENT VERY FREQUENTLY, ESPECIALLY OVER THE LAST MONTH FROM THE PRIME MINISTER THAT WHAT HAS UNFOLDED IN THESE HOMES IS TRAGIC IT IS HORRIFYING AND THAT THERE IS GOING TO HAVE TO BE SORT OF A MOMENT AT THE END OF ALL THIS OR LONGER THAN A MOMENT IN WHICH WE REFLECT ON IT AND FIGURE OUT HOW TO ADDRESS THOSE ISSUES NOW THE FEDERAL GOVERNMENT AND THE PRIME MINISTER HIMSELF HAS NOT BEEN SPECIFIC ABOUT HOW THAT WILL HAPPEN AT ALL IN FACT, THERE HAVE BEEN A NUMBER OF QUESTIONS, INCLUDING TODAY, PUT TO BOTH HIM AND THE MINISTER OF SENIORS AROUND WHAT MECHANISM DOES THE FEDERAL GOVERNMENT HAVE TO DO THAT DOES IT MEAN THAT YOU CONDUCT A FORMAL INQUIRY OR SOME KIND OF COMMISSION AT THE END OF ALL THIS DOES IT MEAN THAT THE TERM CARE HOMES START FALLING UNDER THE CANADA HEALTH ACT SO THE FEDERAL GOVERNMENT CAN EXERCISE MORE POWERS OR HAVE MORE JURISDICTION OVER THIS? DOES IT MEAN THAT THERE IS A SPECIFIC ENVELOPE OF FUNDING THAT GOES TOWARD THIS IS OR THAT THOSE VOLUNTARY GUIDELINES IN PLACE RIGHT NOW FOR THOSE HOMES BECOME MORE THAN VOLUNTARY, BECOME SOMETHING THAT THEY HAVE TO ADHERE TO I THINK THERE ARE A NUBLG OF GENUINE QUESTIONS FOR THE FEDERAL GOVERNMENT ABOUT WHAT ROLE THEY’RE GOING TO PLAY IN THE REHABILITATION OF THE SYSTEM AT LARGEMENT BUT THERE ARE NO, AT THIS POINT, SPECIFICS BEING OFFERED BY THE PRIME MINISTER OR ANYONE ELSE IN HIS GOVERNMENT ABOUT EXACTLY HOW THAT’S GOING TO HAPPEN THOUGH THERE IS THIS ACKNOWLEDGMENT THAT THEY’RE GOING TO HAVE TO PLAY SOME ROLE TO MR. BLANCHET’S POINT, HE DOESN’T WANT THEM TO PLAY ANY ROLE AND HE PUSHES BACK AGAINST CONTENTION OR ARGUMENT THAT IF THE FEDERAL GOVERNMENT WAS INVOLVED OR IS TO BE INVOLVED, THE SITUATION WOULD BE DIFFERENT WE DON’T HAVES ANY PROOF THAT

THAT WOULD BE THE CASE I TAKE THAT POINT BUT I THINK PEOPLE WHO ARE WATCHING THEIR LOVED ONES IN THEIR HOMES RIGHT NOW JUST WANT SOMEONE TO DO SOMETHING >> Rosemary: YEAH IF THE SOLUTION TURNS OUT IS FINANCING, AND I GUESS THAT’S WHAT THE FEDERAL GOVERNMENT WOULD DO IS HAND OVER MORE MONEY T PROVINCES WOULD HAVE TO BE ABLE TO DEMONSTRATE THAT THEY TOOK THEIR RESPONSIBILITIES AND THEIR DECISION-MAKING PROPERLY WHEN THEY WERE LOOKING AFTER LONG-TERM CARE CENTRES UP TO THIS POINT AND I’M NOT SURE THAT THEY WOULD BE ABLE TO ADEQUATELY DEMONSTRATE THAT TO THE POINT WHERE NO CONDITIONS ATTACHED TO THE MONEY WOULD BE POSSIBLE AND I’M NOT SURE THAT THE FEDERAL GOVERNMENT WOULD BE I KNOW I’M WAY DOWN THE ROAD HERE I’M NOT SURE THE FEDERAL GOVERNMENT WOULD BE INTERESTED IN THAT ANYWAY IF THIS IS GOING TO BE A REFORM OF A SYSTEM, IT IS GOING TO HAVE TO BE SOMETHING THAT IS QUITE SIGNIFICANT AND THAT EVERYONE WILL PARTICIPATE IN, DAVID >> Reporter: YEAH A COUPLE OF THINGS FIRST, FOR WHAT IT’S WORTH, WHEN YOU SPEAK TO PEOPLE WHO WORK FOR THE PRIME MINISTER, ONE OF THINGS THEY TELL YOU IS THAT WHAT HAS HAPPENED IN LONG-TERM CARE AND SENIORS HOMES IN PARTICULAR, IS THE NUMBER ONE THING THAT HAS STUCK WITH HIM THROUGHOUT THIS, IN TERMS OF THE NEED FOR REMEDY WHAT THAT LOOKS LIKE AT THIS POINT, WHO KNOWS? MR. BLANCHET CAN SAY SEND MONEY TO QUEBEC THAN WILL MAGICALLY SOLVE THE PROBLEM YOINGT’S -I DON’T THINK IT’S AS SIMPLE AS THAT NOT ALL PROVINCES HAVE THE LONG-TERM CARE PROBLEM THAT WE SEE IN QUEBEC QUEBEC GETS LARGE AMOUNT AS OF EQUALIZATION THERE IS A LOT OF FEDERAL CASH TRANSFERS TO QUEBEC YOU KNOW, MORE THAN BRITISH COLUMBIA GETS AND BRITISH COLUMBIA HAS NOT HAD THE OUTBREAK PROBLEMS IN THEIR HOMES THAT WE HAVE SEEN IN QUEBEC THEY HAVE HAD THEM, BUT YOU KNOW, BONNIE HENRY AS THE MEDICAL OFFICER OUT THERE, AS WE POINTED OUT MANY TIMES, HAS ACTED ON THIS VERY EARLY TO LIMIT THE MOVEMENT OF STAFF BETWEEN DIFFERENT HOMES FORCING THEM TO WORK IN ONE PARTICULAR PLACE AFTER THE OUTBREAK AND THEY’VE BEEN ABLE TO GET THESE THINGS UNDER CONTROL THERE ARE STILL ISSUES ACROSS THE COUNTRY IN ANY KIND OF COMMUNAL LIVING THING BUT IT’S INTERESTING THAT THE CONVERSATION IS VERY FORWARD-LOOKING IN TERMS OF WHAT DO WE NEED TO DO AND HOW MUCH MONEY DO WE NEED TO PUT INTO THE SYSTEM TO FIX THIS THING GOING FORWARD? I THINK THAT IS IMPORTANT IF I HAD A FAMILY MEMBER IN ONE OF THOSE HOMES AND LOST A LOVED ONE IN ONE OF THOSE HOMES, I’D WANT A BACKWARD-LOOKING COMPONENT TO THIS, TOO TO TANS QUESTION OF HOW IT WAS THAT SO MANY HOMES IN SO MANY PLACES WERE LEFT SO EXPOSED WHEN WE KNEW WHAT WOULD HAPPEN FROM THE LIVING EXAMPLE OF WHAT WAS HAPPENING IN ITALY, FOR EXAMPLE, OF WHAT HAPPENS WHEN IT GETS INTO CARE HOMES AND SENIORS POPULATIONS WE HAD IT RIGHT THERE IN A G-7 COUNTRY SO I THINK I WOULD LIKE TO KNOW IF I HAD SOMEONE IN THOSE HOMES, WHAT KIND OF ANSWERS WILL THERE BE IN TERMS OF WHY WE DIDN’T, AS A COUNTRY, TAKE MORE IMMEDIATE STEPS TO PUT — I THINK IT WAS ONTARIO PREMIER DOUG FORD, A FIELD FENCE OR IRON FENCE AROUND THE LONG-TERM CARE HOMES THERE WAS TALK ABOUT IT, BUT CLEARLY NOT THE RIGHT OF ACTION AND WAS IT AS IMMINENTLY FORESEEABLE AS A LOT OF PEOPLE MIGHT SUGGEST THAT IT WAS >> Rosemary: AND THAT MAY BE WHILE THERE’S TWO CLASS-ACTION SUITS SEEKING TO GET SOME ANSWERS FOR SOME OF THOSE PEOPLE NOT YET CERTIFIED OK I’M — I’LL COME BACK TO YOU THANK YOU VERY MUCH JACK SYDNEY IS IN TORONTO, BUT HE IS A FIRST-YEAR STUDENT AT McGILL UNIVERSITY AND BLAIR CUSON IS THE AUTHOR OF CAFE LARA IN HALIFAX GOOD TO SEE YOU BOTH JACK, I’LL START WITH YOU F YOU DON’T MIND I WANT TO TALK TO YOU ABOUT A COUPLE OF THINGS BUT THE STUDENT AID WILL OPEN UP ON FRIDAY MY FIRST QUESTION IS, ARE YOU GOING TO APPLY, DO YOU REALLY NEED IT, DID YOU NEED IT TWO WEEKS AGO? [LAUGHTER] >> SO I AM GOING TO APPLY ESPECIALLY WITH ALL THE UNCERTAINTY AROUND JOBS THIS SUMMER IT’S REALLY IMPORTANT THAT STUDENTS LIKE ME HAVE A WAY THAT WE’RE ABLE TO PAY FOR OUR TEXTBOOKS AND OUR TUITION THIS COMING SEMESTER >> Rosemary: AND HAVE YOU LOOKED FOR A JOB? IS IT TOTALLY IMPOSSIBLE? GIVE ME A SENSE OF WHAT IT IS LIKE OUT THERE >> YEAH SO I’M SIGNED UP TO BE A CAMP COUNSELOR THIS SUMMER BUT OBVIOUSLY THERE IS A LOT OF UNCERTAINTY ABOUT WHETHER THAT GOES FORWARD SO THEY HAVE BEEN IN CONTACT WITH US BUT THERE IS NO FINAL DECISIONS YET SO IT REALLY DEPENDS BUT IT’S LOOKING VERY UNCERTAIN >> Rosemary: YEAH, I WOULD IMAGINE AND THE GOVERNMENT PREVIOUSLY ANNOUNCED THIS PLAN WHERE YOU COULD MAYBE GET A JOB DOING ESSENTIAL SERVICES AND VOLUNTEER WORK GETTING ADDITIONAL CASH ARE THOSE THINGS THAT YOU’VE CONSIDERED, TOO? >> YEAH AND I WOULD LOVE TO HELP OUT THE COMMUNITY IN WHATEVER WAY POSSIBLE I THINK FAR LOT OF STUDENTS, THEY’RE WORRIED — ESPECIALLY THOSE WHO ARE SELF-FUNDING THEIR TUITION THEY’RE WORRIED THAT IT WON’T BE ENOUGH AND I THINK IT IS A FAIR ASSESSMENT >> Rosemary: IS THAT YOUR CASE? ARE YOU PAYING FOR IT ALL BY YOURSELF? AND HOW —

>> I’M NOT I’M LUCKY TO BE IN A SITUATION WHERE I DON’T HAVE THAT ENTIRE BURDEN ON ME BUT I KNOW A LOT OF MY PEERS ARE IN THAT SITUATION AND THEY’RE NOT CERTAIN WHAT IS GOING TO HAPPEN >> Rosemary: YEAH IT’S SUPER SCARY AND THE 1250 THAT YOU WILL BE ABLE TO GET ONCE YOU START TAPPING INTO IT ON FRIDAY, WHAT ARE YOU USING THAT FOR? DO YOU HAVE AN APARTMENT IN MONTREAL THAT YOU ARE HOLDING ON TO? GIVE ME A SENSE >> I ACTUALLY HAD TO STOP MY APARTMENT SEARCH WHEN THE WHOLE SITUATION STARTED A LOT OF MY FRIENDS ALREADY HAVE ONE BOOKED AND A FEW MONTHS ALONE, THAT MONEY WILL BE SPENT HELPING WITH THAT, AND THAT IS IGNORING THE COST OF TUITION AND TEXTBOOKS SO THEY’RE VERY CONCERNED THAT THEY DON’T — THEY WON’T KNOW WHAT THEY WILL BE ABLE TO DO >> Rosemary: THE OTHER THING, BECAUSE A LOT OF UNIVERSITIES ARE ABOUT TO MAKE THIS DECISION OR HAVE MADE THE DECISION AND THAT IS THE FACT THAT YOUR COURSES WILL BE ONLINE IN THE FALL YOU KNOW THIS NOW I GUESS YOU COULD DO IT FROM TORONTO, IF YOU WANTED TO HOW ARE YOU FEELING ABOUT THAT IN TERMS OF YOUR EDUCATION? >> YEAH SO McGILL RECENTLY SENT AN E-MAIL SAYING THAT THE MAJORITY, IF NOT THE ENTIRETY, OF THEIR COURSES ARE GOING TO BE ONLINE THIS COMING FALL SEMESTER AND THEY SAID THAT THEY’RE GOING OFFER THE SAME QUALITY OF EDUCATION AND I’M SURE THEY’RE GOING TO TRY THEIR VERY BEST WHEN YOU HAVE A SITUATION WHERE YOUR ENTIRE EDUCATION IS ONLINE, IT IS INEVITABLE THAT IT’S NOT AS HIGH A QUALITY AS IT WOULD BE IF YOU WERE IN PERSON ESPECIALLY FOR STUDENTS WHO HAVE LABS I DON’T KNOW HOW McGILL PLANS TO DO THAT, BUT LABS ARE PARTICIPATORY CLASSES AND DEFINITELY GOING TO BE A BIG CHALLENGE TO CONTINUE THAT >> Rosemary: AND YOU WOULD BE A FIRST-YEAR STUDENT AT McGILL, TOO SO YOU’LL MISS OUT ON THE FUN STUFF ABOUT THAT FIRST YEAR EXPERIENCE, TOO >> YEAH I JUST FINISHED MY FIRST YEAR I’M GOING INTO MY SECOND YEAR >> Rosemary: OK >> BUT ALL THE EXTRA CURRICULARS FOR FIRST-YEAR STUDENTS, THEIR FROSH EXPERIENCE OR EVEN JUST THE FIRST EXPERIENCE AT UNIVERSITY IS SUCH A BIG THING AND SUCH A BIG PART OF MY EXPERIENCE THERE SO FAR AND IT’S REALLY SAD TO THINK THAT THEY WON’T BE ABLE TO SHARE THAT >> Rosemary: FOR SURE HAVE YOU DECIDED IF YOU ARE GOING TO GO TO MONTREAL AND DO IT IN MONTREAL OR ARE YOU GOING TO DO IT FROM WHERE YOU ARE IN TORONTO? >> I PLAN TO GO BACK TO MON TRAOEFM EVERYTHING IS STILL UP IN THE AIR NOW BUT HOPEFULLY I WOULD STILL BE ABLE TO GET SOME OF THAT, YOU KNOW, STUDENT LIFE EXPERIENCE JUST IN THE SENSE THAT I’M LIVING IN MY OWN APARTMENT WITH A ROOMMATE AND I’M REALLY CARING FOR MYSELF IN THAT REGARD >> Rosemary: OK, JACK NICE TO MEET YOU GOOD LUCK >> THANK YOU SO MUCH >> Rosemary: AS THE PRIME MINISTER SAID, SIGN UP AT THE C.R.A. ACCOUNT TO GET THAT BENEFIT QUICKLY THANK YOU NICE TO MEET YOU GOOD LUCK WITH EVERYTHING >> THANK YOU >> Rosemary: THAT IS JACKSON SYDNEY A STUDENT AT McGILL WE WANT TO TURN TO SOMETHING ELSE THAT THE PRIME MINISTER TALKED ABOUT THERE A FEW MORE DETAILS AROUND THE BILLION DOLLARS IN EMERGENCY AID FOR BUSINESSS IN REGIONS THEY’RE GOING TO BE FILTERED THROUGH REGIONAL OFFICES DEVELOPMENT OFFICES AND WE’LL GET MORE DETAILS FROM MINISTER JOLY ABOUT THAT SHORTLY NICE TO SEE YOU, LARA >> NICE TO SEE YOU AS WELL, ROSIE THANK YOU FOR HAVING ME ON THE SHOW I WANT TO LET YOU KNOW I’M ALSO THE CHAIR OF THE NOVA SCOTIA SMALL BUSINESS AFFILIATION, WHICH WAS CREATED DURING COVID TIMESFUL >> Rosemary: THERE YOU GO SO MUCH NEEDED AND YOU’RE FOLLOWING THINGS REALLY CLOSELY, THEN IT SEEMS AS THOUGH ACOA, THE ATLANTIC REGIONAL DEVELOPMENT ORGANIZATION IS GOING TO GET ABOUT $110 MILLION OUT OF THAT $1 BILLION AND IT DID SOUND TO ME LIKE THE PRIME MINISTER WAS PRETTY OPEN TO PEOPLE HAVING TROUBLE TAPING INTO THAT MONEY SO, MAYBE JUST GIVE ME YOUR EXPERIENCE HAVE YOU BEEN ABLE TO ACCESS ANY OF THE SUPPORT OUT THERE THAT THE GOVERNMENT HAS MADE AVAILABLE? >> THE PREMIER HAS CREATED A LOT OF GREAT PROGRAMMES TO GET MONEY IN THE HANDS OF CITIZENS, RIGHT IN THE HANDS OF SMALL BUSINESSES AND I THINK THIS PROGRAMME SHOWS THAT EXACTLY NOW E DEVIL IS IN THE DETAIL EVERY TIME AND I THINK THEIR INTENTIONS ARE GOOD BUT WE’RE NOT ALWAYS SEEING THE MONEY GOING INTO THE RIGHT PLACES AND SO WE NEED BUSINESSES THAT ARE MOST VULNERABLE RIGHT NOW THE ONES WHO COULD NOT QUALIFY FOR SOME OF THE OTHER GOVERNMENT PROGRAMMES PROVINCIALLY AS WELL AS FEDERALLY TO SEE THOSE FUNDS VIA ACOA >> Rosemary: SO YOU USED THE NOVA SCOTIA BENEFIT OR THE AID THERE, THE LOANS BUT YOU HAVEN’T BEEN ABLE TO USE ANYTHING FROM THE FEDERAL GOVERNMENT, IS THAT RIGHT? >> WELL, CURRENTLY OUR PROVINCIAL GOVERNMENT WITH THE BEST INTENTIONS CREATED A PROGRAMME THREE BUSINESS DAYS BEFORE APRIL 1 FOR COMMERCIAL TENANTS TO SIGN WITH THEIR LANDLORDS UNFORTUNATELY THAT PROTECTED

THE LANDLORDS AND EACH OF THE TENANTS AND WE HAVE TO REPAY THOSE FUNDS COMMERCIAL TENANTS ARE VERY INTERESTED IN THE ATLANTIC REGIONS IN PARTICIPATING IN THE PROGRAMME HOWEVER, WE HAVE TO MAKE THAT TRANSITION SOMEHOW OUR TENANTS ARE IN A VERY VULNERABLE POSITION THEY ARE NOT A SITUATION TO IS NEGOTIATE WITH THEIR LANDLORDS AND IT IS CREATING TENSE RELATIONSHIPS WE UNDERSTAND THAT THE LANDLORDS NEED HELP AS WELL BUT THE BURDEN HAS TO BE SHARED AND THIS PROGRAMME WAS CREATED FOR THIS NOW MAKE SO IT THAT LANDLORDS ACTUALLY PARTICIPATE IN THE PROGRAMME AND THAT SMALL BUSINESSES SURVIVE DURING THIS TIME BECAUSE CASH FLOW IS VERY IMPORTANT RIGHT NOW WE NEED TO MANAGE IT TO MAKE SURE THAT DURING A POST-COVID ECONOMY, WE’LL SURVIVE WHEN WE RE-OPEN, NOT ALL BUSINESSES WILL BE ABLE TO RE-OPEN RIGHT AWAY WE’RE LOOKING AT SMALL RETAIL, WELLNESS, TATOO PARLOURS, SALONS, GYMS, THEY WILL NOT BE ABLE TO RE-OPEN IMMEDIATELY SO THEY REALLY RELY ON THIS RENT RELIEF IMMEDIATELY AS WELL AS THIS PROGRAMME VIA ACOA TO GET THEM THROUGH THESE TOUGH TIMES UNTIL RE-OPENING IS SET FOR THEM WHEN WE DO RE-OPEN, AND IN THE RESTAURANT INDUSTRY, I’LL PROBABLY BE ABLE TO RE-OPEN SOONER OUR REVENUE WILL BE A LOT LESS, BUT THE FIXED COSTS ARE THE SAME SO WE NEED TO BE PLANNING OUR CASH FLOW ACCORDINGLY WE JUST HOPE IT GOES INTO THE HANDS OF BUSINESSS THAT NEED IT THE MOST, THAT ARE THE MOST VULNERABLE DURING THIS TIME THE MAIN TWO BUSINESSES, THE NEIGHBOURHOOD BUSINESSES AND MOM-AND-POP SHOPS WHO HIRE MOST OF CANADA, FOR INSTANCE IT IS FORM KEEP THEM ALIVE — IT IS IMPORTANT TO KEEP THEM ALIVE AND THEY’RE HEAVILY REHIND ON THE REVENUE FROM SMALL BUSINESSS SO IT IS WITHIN THEIR BEST INTEREST TO KEEP US ALIVE TO MAKE SURE WE SURVIVE THROUGH THIS PAN DOEFMIC — PANDEMIC >> Rosemary: THERE IS A LOT OF PEOPLE WHO HAVE THAT CONCERN AROUND THE COMMERCIAL RENT ASSISTANCE PROGRAMME WE’RE SUPPOSED TO GET MORE — IT OPENS THIS WEEK, BUT THERE ARE PEOPLE CONCERNED BECAUSE THERE IS NOT A LOT OF INCENTIVE FOR LANDLORDS TO PARTICIPATE AND THERE IS OTHER PROBLEMS WITH IT AS WELL IN TERMS OF WHETHER YOU HAVE A MORTGAGE OR NOT SO, I HEAR YOU LOUD AND CLEAR ON THAT PART WHAT IS YOUR BIGGEST CONCERN PERSONALLY FOR YOUR CAFE RIGHT NOW IF YOU CAN’T GET SOME ADDITIONAL HELP I MEAN, HOW ARE YOU GOING TO KEEP GOING, IF THIS LASTS A LITTLE BIT LONGER? >> I THINK IT IS REALLY IMPORTANT DURING THIS TIME THAT EVERYONE WORKS IN A COOPERATIVE MANNER AND EVERYONE SUPPORTS EACH OTHER AND ALL BUSINESSES WORK TOGETHER TO GET THROUGH THIS, BUT WE NEED TO SEE THE SAME COOPERATION FROM COMMERCIAL LAND LORDS AND GOVERNMENT EVERYONE HAS TO WORK TOGETHER IN THIS THE COOPERATION WE HAVEN’T SEEN YET IS FROM FINANCIAL INSTITUTIONS AND A POTENTIAL IDEA HERE IS THAT THE FINANCIAL INSTITUTIONS EXTEND THEIR MORTGAGES WITH OUR LANDLORDS AND OUR LANDLORDS COULD THEN EXTEND OUR LEASE AGREEMENT AND THAT WOULD EFFECTIVELY KEEP EVERYONE IN A GOOD POSITION TO RE-OPEN AND SURVIVE THIS ECONOMY AND WE REALLY DON’T KNOW, AFTER WE RE-OPEN F THREE MONTHS LATER WE’LL ALL HAVE TO CLOSE DOWN AGAIN THE FINANCIAL AID FROM THE GOVERNMENT WILL BE DEPLETED AT THAT POINT WHAT HAPPENS AT THAT POINT IN WE NEED TO BE LOOKING AHEAD THIS POST-COVID ECONOMY COULD LAST FOR TWO YEARS FOR ALL WE KNOW AND WE HAVE TO BE PREPARED >> Rosemary: OK GOOD LUCK WE’LL CHECK BACK WITH YOU IF YOU DON’T MIND NICE TO MEET YOU >> THANK YOU SO MUCH CHEERS >> Rosemary: OWNER OF CAFE LARA IN HALIFAX MAYBE I’LL GO BACK, IF I HAVE TIME, TO VASSY AND DAVID, TO JUST QUICKLY, VASSY, TALK ABOUT THE SEROLOGICAL TESTING THAT WE TRIED TO START OFF THIS HOUR WITH BECAUSE THE PRIME MINISTER DID MENTION IT RIGHT OFF THE TOP AND IT IS A BIT OF A MILESTONE IN HOPES THAT IT WILL WORK AND BE ABLE TO DO WHAT WE HOPE THE SEROLOGICAL TESTS WILL DO >> Vassy: I’LL BE QUICK HOPE IS KEY IN ALL THIS THIS IS THE KIND OF TEST THAT TESTS FOR ANTIBODIES SO TO DETERMINE WHO HAS HAD CORONAVIRUS ALREADY, IT IS STRUMTAL OR COULD BE, HOPEFULLY INSTRUMENTAL IN FIGURING OUT IMMUNITY AND WHAT PARTS OF THE ECONOMY CAN RE-OPEN THERE ARE GENUINE QUESTIONS, THOUGH, FROM THE SCIENTIFIC COMMUNITY ABOUT WHETHER OR NOT IF YOU HAVE THOSE ANTIBODIES, IT NECESSARILY MEANS FOR SURE YOU ARE IMMUNE THERE IS A LACK OF DATA ON THAT RIGHT NOW BUT IT IS A BIG HOPEFUL SIGN AND A LANDMARK THAT ONE OF THOSE TESTS HAS BEEN APPROVED FOR USE >> Rosemary: OK THANK YOU VERY MUCH FOR YOUR HELP IN THIS HAOER THEY’RE HOPING TO COLLECT ONE MILLION BLOOD SAMPLES FROM CANADIANS OVER TWO YEARS TO GET A SENSE OF IMMUNITY AND ANTIBODIES IN THE POPULATION WRIT LARGE, THINGS THAT WE DON’T KNOW A LOT ABOUT RIGHT NOW LATER TONIGHT, I’LL BE HOSTING ANOTHER SPECIAL CALLED “LIVING WITH COVID.” IT’S ABOUT YOUR JOB, YOUR MONEY, YOUR FUTURE, MANY OF THE THINGS THAT WE TALK ABOUT HERE, BUT WE’LL ALSO TAKE SOME OF YOUR QUESTIONS AND WE’LL HAVE SPECIAL GUESTS ON THAONLD HELP ANSWER THEM

YOU CAN BE PART OF THAT SHOW BY SENDING YOUR QUESTIONS TO COVID.CBC@CBC.CA YOU CAN CATCH IT ON CBC GEM, CBC LISTEN, THE CBC NEWS APP EVERYWHERE, BASICALLY WATCH IT AT 7:00 P.M. LOCAL TIME THAT IS RIGHT ACROSS THE COUNTRY WE’LL TAKE A SHORT BREAK WHEN WE COME BACK, MORE ON HOW THE GOVERNMENT RESPONSE TO COVID-19 IS PLAYING OUT TODAY >> Rosemary: THANKS FOR JOINING US THIS HOUR, UNTIL DETAILS ON OTTAWA’S PLAN FOR ECONOMIC RECOVERY TARGETED TODAY AROUND SUPPORT OF REGIONAL BUSINESSES THE PRIME MINISTER JUST REVEALED THAT CLOSE TO TWO MILLION WORKERS ARE BEING KEPT ON COMPANY PAYROLLS THROUGH THE EMERGENCY WAGE SUBSIDY PROGRAMME, WHICH IS ALSO NOW OPEN ALSO IN HIS DAILY BRIEFING, THE PRIME MINISTER TALKED ABOUT STUDENT’S HELP, THAT EMERGENCY STUDENT BENEFIT WILL BE OPEN STARTING ON FRIDAY AS WE STAND BY AND WAIT FOR A IF YOU MORE DETAILS FROM FRANKLY MINISTERS AND OFFICIALS, WE’RE WAITING FOR THE PRIME MINISTER TO REAPPEAR AT THE HOUSE OF COMMONS, PHYSICALLY, WHERE THE COVID-19 COMMITTEE WILL BE EXAMINING DIFFERENT ISSUES AND THE PRIME MINISTER AND MINISTERS

WILL BE >> I THINK THE MOST IMPORTANT THING FOR ME TO BE ABLE TO ANSWER IS TO BE ABLE TO ASCERTAIN WHAT THE ASK OF THE UNITED STATES IS DOES THE UNITED STATES WANT TO COMPLETELY ARE RELAX RESTRICTIONS? ARE THEY OK WITH SOMETHING IN BETWEEN WHAT WE HAVE NOW AND RELAXATION OR DO THEY WANT THEM TO STAY THE WAY THEY ARE? AND THE PRIME MINISTER SAYS THE TALKS ARE PRODUCTIVE PEOPLE I’VE BEEN TALKING WITH BEHIND THE SCENES ARE NOT GIVING ME THE INDICATION THERE’S A TONNE OF PUSHBACK IF ONE THING IS CONSISTENT, THE UNITED STATES AND WHITE HOUSE ADMINISTRATION IS UNPREDICTABLE I DON’T KNOW THE POSITION THE WHITE HOUSE WILL TAKE AND IT’S VERY IMPORTANT AS ECONOMIES AND STATES BEGIN TO REOPEN, IN THE MIDDLE, I >> Vassy: MAYBE THEY CAN SATISFY SOME OF THE CONCERNS BOTH IN THE UNITED STATES AND HERE IN CANADA >> Rosemary: COULD YOU JUST EXPAND THE LIST OF PEOPLE WHO ARE ESSENTIAL OR EXCEPTIONAL AND MAYBE IT’S SOMETHING WHERE YOU WOULD HAVE TO EVEN JUST HERE IN OTTAWA, IF YOU WANT TO TRAVEL TO GATINEAU, YOU HAVE TO HAVE A LETTER FROM YOUR EMPLOYER SAYING THAT YOU HAVE A JOB AND YOU’RE GOING TO YOUR JOB OR OFFICE AND MAYBE IT COULD BE AS SIMPLE AS THAT AND THAT MIGHT WORK FOR WINDSOR I DON’T KNOW IT WOULD WORK FOR EVERYONE, DAVID, BECAUSE WE’VE HEARD FROM PREMIERS WHO ARE CONCERNED OF THE 2500 OR SO AMERICANS THAT TRIED TO CROSS THE BORDER FROM MARCH UNTIL MAY AND MOST OF IT WAS DISCRETIONARY AND MOST WANTED TO GO TO A BIRTHDAY PARTY AND IT WAS RECREATIONAL AND IF YOU HAVE TO START CRACKING DOWN ON THAT IN TERMS OF DEALING WITH THE U.S., ONE THING THAT’S LESS PREDICTABLE, IT MIGHT BE THE PRESIDENT OF THE UNITED STATES THINGS ARE GOOD AND CONSTRUCTIONTIVE WITH DONALD TRUMP UP UNTIL THE MOMENT THEY’RE NOT AND SO THAT’S THE CHALLENGE I MEAN, ONE THING THAT, YOU KNOW, MAYBE PLAYS IN CANADA’S FAVOUR BECAUSE THE DESIRE TO KEEP THE BORDER CLOSED IS WIDE-SPREAD IS THAT YOU HAVE A PRESIDENT WHO LIKES CLOSING BORDERS AND LIKES DEMONSTRABLE ACTS SAYING HE’S KEEPING PEOPLE SAFE DESPITE WHAT’S HAPPENING IN THE STATES THAT MAKE UP THE U.S SO THE POLITICAL CALENDAR IS THE BIG UNKNOWN, RIGHT? THEY’LL HAVE THEIR ELECTION, THEIR PRESIDENTIAL ELECTION, YOU KNOW, DONALD TRUMP VERSUS JOE BIDEN AND JUST HOW MUCH ALL OF THIS BECOMES A PART OF THAT CONVERSATION AND PART OF THAT POLITICAL DYNAMIC IS UNKNOWN AND UNKNOWABLE AT THIS POINT IN TIME I MEAN, SURELY, THE POINTING PANDEMICWILL BE A BIG PART OF TE POLITICAL DYNAMIC IN CANADA BUT HOW THAT THEN DRIVES DECISIONS IS A BIG QUESTION WE GET THE EXTENSION FROM MAY UNTIL JUNE AND IN JUNE, YOU’RE IN THE CONVENTION SEASON WHERE THE PARTIES PICK THEIR NOMINEES AND WE HAVE, OBVIOUSLY, A STATE

ELECTION AND SENATORIAL ELECTIONS AND THE PRESIDENTIAL ELECTION BECOMES AN ISSUE IN THE BORDER STATES WHO MAY HAVE, LIKE THE MAYOR OF WINDSOR, CROSS-BORDER ECONOMIC CONCERNS, CROSS-BORDER OTHER CONCERNS THAT BECOME A PART OF THE POLITICAL DYNAMIC SO I DON’T KNOW IF THERE’S A GOOD TIME FOR A PANDEMIC TO STRIKE, ROSIE, BUT IN THE MIDDLE OF A HOTLY CONTESTED AND EXTREMELY VOLATILE PRESIDENTIAL ELECTION CYCLE WITH US STRAPPED TO THE BACK OF THE GIANT ECONOMIC AND POLITICAL BEAST, I THINK THAT’S A LEVEL OF COMPLICATION THE CANADIAN GOVERNMENT WOULD RATHER DO WITHOUT >> Rosemary: ALL VERY GOOD POINTS I WOULD SAY THERE’S NO GOOD TIME FOR A PANDEMIC, SPEAKING PERSONALLY I WOULD SAY THIS IS THE ONLY ONE I WANT TO EXPERIENCE I DIDN’T HEAR THE CONTROL ROOM AND OH, THEY ARE QUESTIONING MINISTERS >> OUR PRIORITY WAS GETTING MONEY TO ALL CANADIANS WHO WERE IN NEED IN A QUICK WAY AND THAT’S EXACTLY WHAT WE’VE DONE AND MILLIONS OF CANADIANS RECEIVED THE MONEY THEY NEEDED SO DEARLY AND I WANT TO BE VERY CLEAR, THAT FRAUD IS UNACCEPTABLE AND WE DO HAVE MEASURES IN PLACE TO DETECT TAX CHEATS >> Andrew Scheer: THEY WANT PUBLIC SERVE EVENTS TO TURN A BLIND EYE TO PUBLIC FRAUD DID THE GOVERNMENT INSTRUCT ANY GOVERNMENT DEPARTMENT TO IGNORE RED FLAGS OR WARNINGS? >> THE RIGHT HONOURABLE PRIME MINISTER >> Rt. Hon. Justin Trudeau: THE PRIORITY IN THIS SITUATION IS GETTING MONEY OUT TO THE MILLIONS OF CANADIANS WHO NEEDED IT AS QUICKLY AS POSSIBLE, BUT, OF COURSE, FRAUD IS UNACCEPTABLE AND THAT’S WHY WE PUT SAFEGUARDS IN PLACE TO ENSURE ANYONE WHO RECEIVED THAT MONEY FRAUDULENTLY WILL HAVE TO REPAY IT >> MR. SCHEER >> Andrew Scheer: DID THE GOVERNMENT GIVE ANY INSTRUCTS TO PUBLIC SERVANTS TO IGNORE RED FLAGS OR WARNINGS? YES OR NO? >> Rt. Hon. Justin Trudeau: INS WAS TO GET MONEY OUT TO MONEY WHO NEEDED IT AS QUICKLY AS POSSIBLE WE HAVE PUT MEASURES IN PLACE TO DETECT FRAUD PEOPLE WHO GOT THIS MONEY FRAUDULENTLY WILL HAVE TO REPAIR IT >> Andrew Scheer: YOU CAN’T ANSWER A YES OR NO QUESTION, SO WE CAN ASSUME WHAT THE ANSWER MUST BE IN OTHER SITUATIONS, THE GOVERNMENT IS SAYING NO TO PEOPLE AND LETTING SO MANY CANADIANS DOWN SMALL BUSINESS OWNERS WHO DON’T HAVE A CRA PAYROLL NUMBER OR BUSINESS ACCOUNT ARE INELIGIBLE FOR THE GOVERNMENT SUPPORTS, INDIVIDUALS, OWNER/OPERATORS AND THOSE BEING EARNED MORE ARE BEING TOLD THEY DON’T QUALIFY MEANWHILE, FRAUD OFFICE FRAUDST DOES THE PRIME MINISTER THINK THIS IS FAIR? >> THE RIGHT HONOURABLE PRIME >> Rt. Hon. Justin Trudeau: Mr SPEAKER, CANADIANS WILL KNOW THIS IS AN UNPRECEDENTED SITUATION IN WHICH WE HAD TO GET HELP TO AS MANY CANADIANS AS POSSIBLE AS QUICKLY AS POSSIBLE THAT IS EXACTLY WHAT WE DID WE CONTINUE TO WORK VERY HARD TO FILL GAPS WITH PEOPLE WHO SHOULD GET MONEY WHO HAVEN’T BEEN ABLE TO AND LIKE I SAID, WE HAVE STRONG MEASURES TO COUNTER FRAUD ANYONE WHO GOT THIS FRAUDULENTLY WILL HAVE TO REPAY IT >> Andrew Scheer: WHEN SHE’S OF THESE PROGRAMMES WERE FIRST DESIGNED, THE PRIME MINISTER ACKNOWLEDGED THERE WERE PROBLEMS AND WOULD BE FIXED LATER HERE WE ARE IN MAY AND HUNDREDS OF THOUSANDS OF CANADIANS ARE TOLD NO FOR PURELY TECHNICAL AND BUREAUCRATIC REASON WILL THE PRIME MINISTER MAKE THESE SIMPLE CHANGES, ALLOWING BUSINESS OWNERS WHO DON’T HAVE A BUSINESS BANK ACCOUNT AND DON’T HAPPEN TO HAVE A CRA PAYROLL NUMBER AND INDIVIDUALS WHO ARE INELIGIBLE FOR THE EMERGENCY RESPONSE BENEFIT BECAUSE THEY’VE BEEN PAID BY FAMILY MEMBERS THROUGH DIVIDENDS, WILL THEY FINALLY MAKE THESE CHANGES OR IS HE GOING TO CONTINUE LETTING HUNDREDS OF THOUSANDS OF CANADIANS DOWN DURING THIS PINK? >> THE RIGHT HONOURABLE PRIME >> Rt. Hon. Justin Trudeau: Mr SPEAKER, FROM THE BEGINNING OF THIS PANDEMIC, WE MOVED

EXTREMELY RAPIDLY TO GET HELP AND SUPPORT TO MILLIONS OF CANADIANS AND THAT WAS THE PRIORITY AND THAT IS WHAT WE’VE BEEN DOING FOR THE PAST TWO MONTHS AS WE’VE SAID, WE WILL CONTINUE TO TWEAK AND IMPROVE TO MAKE SURE THAT MORE PEOPLE WHO NEED IT ARE GETTING IT AND WE ARE WORKING AS BEST WE CAN, AS FAST AS WE CAN TO HELP THOSE MILLIONS OF CANADIANS WHO NEED SUPPORT >> WE HAVE TIME FOR A 15-SECOND QUESTION >> Andrew Scheer: THE PRIME MINISTER INDICATED HE WOULD SUPPORT TAIWAN’S INCLUSION IN THE W.H.O. ONLY AS A NON-STATE OBSERVER OF COURSE, THAT DOESN’T EXIST WILL THE PRIME MINISTER SUPPORT TAIWAN’S PARTICIPATION AS A STATE OBSERVER? >> THE RIGHT HONOURABLE PRIME MINISTER IN 15 SECONDS OR LESS, >> Rt. Hon. Justin Trudeau: Mr SPEAKER, WE WILL CONTINUE WITH THE CHINESE POLICY BUT WE WILL DO SO WHERE IT MAKES SENSE AND THAT INCLUDES AT THE W.H.O >> WE’LL NOW CONTINUE WITH Mr. BLANCHET THANK YOU VERY MUCH, CHAIR FRIDAY, STUDENTS IF QUEBEC IN CANADA CAN MAKE A REQUEST FOR THE CURB FOR STUDENTS AND THAT’S GOOD NEWS THIS WAS A NECESSARY PROGRAMME BECAUSE THE NUMBER OF STUDENTS THAT WON’T BE ABLE TO GET THEIR SUMMER JOB THEY HAD LAST YEAR IS MUCH HIGHER THAN THE NUMBER OF JOBS THAT COULD BE AVAILABLE FOR THESE PEOPLE AND WE DON’T KNOW HOW LONG THESE JOBS WILL NOT BE AVAILABLE FOR THERE ARE PEOPLE WHO SAID THAT THERE’S A RISK IN TERMS OF MEETING THE JOB MARKET NEEDS AND THE PRIME MINISTER MADE A CLEAR COMMITMENT TO CREATE INCENTIVES FOR STUDENTS WORK BETWEEN NOW AND FRIDAY, BECAUSE WE NEED TO KNOW WHAT THE COMMITMENT IS, WILL THERE BE JOB INCENTIVES THAT WILL ACCOMPANY THE CURB? THE RIGHT HONOURABLE PRIME MINISTER >> Rt. Hon. Justin Trudeau: I WOULD LIKE TO THANK THE HONOURABLE MEMBER FOR HIS UNDERSTANDING OF THIS QUESTION AND TO UNDERSTAND HOW IMPORTANT IT IS TO SUPPORT STUDENTS WHO WON’T BE ABLE, FOR THE MOST PART, TO BE ABLE TO HAVE A SUMMER JOB TO COUNT ON BUT WE KNOW THAT STUDENTS DON’T JUST WANT MONEY THEY WANT WORK EXPERIENCE AND THAT IS WHY WE’RE ESTABLISHING PROGRAMS SUCH AS CANADA’S SUMMER JOBS AND OTHER PROGRAMMES TO CREATE 70,000 KEY JOBS IN IMPORTANT SECTORS SO THAT THEY CAN ALSO GET JOBS WE’RE GOING TO CONTINUE TO WORK WITH YOUNG PEOPLE AND WITH EMPLOYERS TO ENSURE THAT WE CAN FILL THE GAPS IN THE JOB MARKETS AND ENSURE THAT YOUNG PEOPLE ARE PROPERLY SUPPORT Mr. BLANCHET >> THAT’S QUITE INTERESTING, BUT IT DOESN’T ANSWER MY QUESTION AT ALL PEOPLE IN THE FISHING INDUSTRY, TOURISM AND AGRICULTURE AND IN GENERAL, THEY’VE EXPRESSED FEARS THAT PEOPLE, IF THEY TAKE A JOB, THEY’LL LOSE THEIR BENEFIT OR THEY WON’T WORK AT ALL AND THE MORE YOU EARN AT YOUR JOB, THE LESS YOU’LL GET, BUT WE THINK THAT AFTER YOU EARN YOUR THOUSAND DOLLARS, THAT SHOULD BE KEPT — THERE SHOULD BE — WELL, SINCE YOU MADE A COMMITMENT TWO WEEKS AGO, CAN YOU LOOK AT INCENTIVES RIGHT NOW THIS WON’T LAST EIGHT MONTHS PRIME MINISTER? >> Rt. Hon. Justin Trudeau: YOY NEED JOB EXPERIENCE AND WE’RE IN AN UNPRECEDENTED SITUATION AND THAT’S WHY WE’RE WORKING WITH SEASONAL INDUSTRIES IN VARIOUS REGIONS TO ENSURE THAT WE DO HAVE ENOUGH LABOUR AVAILABLE AND TO HELP THEM AND STUDENTS CAN DO THEIR SHARE AT THE SAME TIME, WE HAVE TO ENSURE THEY HAVE THE NECESSARY SUPPORT FOR ALL OF THOSE WHO WON’T FIND JOBS AND THAT’S WHY WE’RE CONTINUING TO WORK WITH THE INDUSTRIES IN QUESTION, TO ENSURE THAT WE DO HAVE LABOUR AVAILABLE AND ALSO TO SUPPORT STUDENTS Mr. BLANCHET >> UNFORTUNATELY, THE WHOLE SPIRIT OF THIS QUESTION DOESN’T SEEM TO BE UNDERSTOOD IN THE BEST POSSIBLE SCENARIO, I DOUBT THAT THE GOVERNMENT CAN BRING BACK ALL THE JOBS THAT IT WON’T BE NECESSARY FOR STUDENTS TO TAKE ON THERE WILL BE SOME MISSING, FIRST AND SECOND, PEOPLE AREN’T CRAZY AND PEOPLE WILL SAY, IF I EARN LESS BY GOING TO WORK, THEN SAYING AT HOME, NO GOOD WILL

HELP TO SOLVE THIS ISSUE CAN WE ENSURE THAT THE MORE SOMEONE WILL WORK, THE MORE MONEY THEY’LL GET I THINK WE NEED A CLEAR RESPONSE GIVEN THE DEADLINES IN QUESTION AND THE FACT THAT THE PEOPLE ARE GOING TO SIGN UP FOR THE PROGRAMME FRIDAY PRINCIPLES ARE NICE, BUT WE NEED A CLEAR ANSWER ON THIS THE RIGHT HONOURABLE PRIME MINISTER >> Rt. Hon. Justin Trudeau: AS OF FRIDAY, STUDENTS WILL BE ABLE TO APPLY FOR THE EMERGENCY BENEFIT FOR THEM AND WHEN THEY APPLY, THEY WILL ALSO BE DIRECTED TO A JOB BANK THAT WE HAVE ESTABLISHED TO MAKE SURE THAT THEY KNOW WHAT AVAILABLE JOBS THERE ARE AND THEY’LL KNOW HOW THEY’LL BE ABLE TO GET MONEY THEY NEED, BUT ALSO THE NECESSARY PROFESSIONAL EXPERIENCE THAT THEY’LL NEED FOR THEIR FUTURE AND WHILE HELPING OUR SOCIETY IN THIS I KNOW WE’LL BE ABLE TO COUNT ON THEM >> THANK YOU VERY MUCH, Mr. SPEAKER Mr. SPEAKER, ONE OF THE MOST DEVASTATING OUTCOMES OF THIS COVID-19 CRISIS HAS BEEN THE IMPACT ON SENIORS 80% OR MORE OF THE DEATHS DURING COVID-19 HAVE BEEN SENIORS LIVING IN LONG-TERM CARE HOMES AND THE MILITARY HAD TO BE CALLED IN OUT OF 14 COUNTRIES, CANADA HAS BEEN DEEMED THE WORST IN ITS CARE OF SENIORS DESPITE ALL OF THIS, THE PRIME MINISTER HAS SAID RECENTLY SAID HE DOESN’T FEEL IT THE PRIME MINISTER’S RESPONSIBILITY TO FIND A SOLUTION HOW CAN HE SAY THAT TO FAMILIES REELING WITH THE LOSS THAT IT’S NOT HIS RESPONSIBILITY TO SOLVE THIS PROBLEM? JUSTIN TRUDEAU PERHAPS THAT THE N.D.P. HAS NOT MANY SEATS IN QUEBEC FORGETS THE IMPORTANCE OF RESPECTING THE CONSTITUTION AND PROVISIONAL VERSUS FEDERAL GOVERNMENT WE WILL BE THERE TO WORK WITH THE PROVINCES AS THEY DEAL WITH CHALLENGES IN THEIR LONG-TERM CARE FACILITIES AND WE ARE THERE AS A PARTNER, BUT WE, ON THIS SIDE OF THE HOUSE, WILL ALWAYS RESPECT THE JURISDICTION OF THE PROVINCES AND BE THERE TO SUPPORT THEM IN FULFILLING THOSE RESPONSIBILITIES >> EVERYONE ACROSS CANADA SAW THIS PRIME MINISTER DOUBLE DOWN DESPITE THE FACT THAT THE CANADIAN MILITARY HAD TO GO INTO LONG-TERM CARE HOME THERE IS A ROLE THE FEDERAL GOVERNMENT CAN PLAY THE FEDERAL GOVERNMENT, BOTH LIBERAL AND CONSERVATIVE, HAVE BEEN CONSISTENTLY, FOR DECADES BEEN CUTTING TRANSFERS TO HEALTHCARE THEY CAN INCREASE THOSE TRANSFERS TO ENSURE THAT LONG-TERM CARE IS ADEQUATELY FUNDED WE CAN ALSO ENSURE THERE’S A NATIONAL CARE GUARANTEE, WORKING WITH PROVINCES TO MEET THE BEST STANDARD WE CAN INCREASE WORKER’S PAY WE CAN ENSURE THERE’S NO MORE PROFITING OFF THE BACK OF SENIORS AND WHEN IT COMES TO LONG-TERM CARE WILL THE PRIME MINISTER COMMIT TO SOME OF THESE GUARANTEES? >> THE RIGHT HONOURABLE PRIME MINISTER >> Rt. Hon. Justin Trudeau: THE LIBERAL PARTY WILL ALWAYS STAND UP FOR THE CONSTITUTION OF CANADA WE RESPECT AREAS OF JURISDICTION BUT AS I’VE SAID FROM THE VERY BEGINNING OF THIS CRISIS, WE WILL BE THERE TO HELP THE PROVINCES AS THEY MANAGE THE CHALLENGES THAT THEY’RE FACING THE FEDERAL GOVERNMENT DOES HAVE A ROLE TO PLAY AND IT IS A ROLE TO SUPPORT THE PROVINCES IN DOING THE THINGS THEY NEED TO DO DURING THIS UNPRECEDENTED TIME AND WE WILL CONTINUE TO BE THERE >> THE PRIME MINISTER IS NO LONGER TRYING TO HIDE BEHIND JURISDICTION WE KNOW IN LONG-TERM CARE HOME, THE FOR-PROFIT CARE HOMES HAVE BEEN THE SITE WHERE THE MOST NUMBER OF SENIORS HAVE DIED WILL THE PRIME MINISTER JOIN US IN COMMITTING TO REMOVING PROFIT FROM THE LONG-TERM CARE SYSTEM, THAT VULNERABLE SENIORS SHOULD NOT BE THE SUBJECT TO THE PROFITS OF A COMPANY WILLING TO CUT SERVICES, STAFFING AND QUALITY OF CARE AND INSTEAD ENSURE SENIORS GET THE BEST CARE POSSIBLE? >> Rt. Hon. Justin Trudeau: I THINK IT HAS BECOME CLEAR FOR ALL CANADIANS THAT WE NEED TO IMPROVE THE CARE OFFERED TO OUR SENIORS RIGHT ACROSS THE COUNTRY THAT IS SOMETHING WE CANNOT LOOK AT THESE NUMBERS THAT WE’RE SEEING AND THESE TRAGEDIES HITTING SO MANY FAMILIES AND NOT WANT TO SEE AS A COUNTRY US DO BETTER THAT’S WHY WE, OF COURSE, RECOGNISE WE’RE GOING TO WORK WITH OTHER ORDERS OF GOVERNMENT, PARTICULARLY THE PROVINCES IN WHOM THEIR JURISDICTION IS TO SUPPORT ANSWERING THESE QUESTIONS INTO THE LONG TERM AND HOW WE IMPROVE THE WAY THAT CANADA SUPPORTS OR ELDERS AND THIS IS SOMETHING REALLY IMPORTANT THAT WE WILL BE THERE FOR Mr. SINGH

(SPEAKING FRENCH) >> 31 SENIORS WERE DEHYDRATED AND DID NOT RECEIVE CARE AND THOSE WHO PRESENTED SYMPTOMS WITH COVID-19 WERE NOT ISOLATED FROM OTHERS THIS SPENT $10,000 A MONTH TO HAVE THEIR EDERLY IN THE CENTRE AND HOW CAN THE PRIME MINISTER THINK THERE’S NO ROLE FOR THE FEDERAL GOVERNMENT TO PLAY TO SOLVE THIS DEVASTATING ISSUE THE RIGHT HONOURABLE PRIME MINISTER >> Rt. Hon. Justin Trudeau: TH ALL QUEBECORS AND CANADIANS WERE SHOCKED TO SEE THE TRAGEDY IN THE DORVAL LONG-TERM CARE HOME AND AS A CITIZEN, I WAS SO HAPPY WHEN QUEBEC TOOK FIRM ACTION AND ASKED A LOT OF QUESTIONS ABOUT THIS ISSUE AND WE ARE GOING TO BE THERE TO SUPPORT QUEBEC IN ITS SEARCH FOR ANSWERS AND MOST IMPORTANTLY TO MOVE FORWARD IN THE LONG TERM TO BETTER SUPPORT OUR SENIORS RIGHT ACROSS OUR COUNTRY WE’RE GOING TO CONTINUE NOW >> HOW MANY EMERGENCY RESPONSE BENEFIT CHEQUES HAVE BEEN SENT TO PEOPLE WHOSE APPLICATIONS HAVE BEEN FLAGGED AS FRAUDULENT? >> THE HONOURABLE MINISTER >> THANK YOU, CHAIR I WOULD LIKE TO REMIND PEOPLE 77% OF PEOPLE RECEIVED THIS >> Rosemary: I HAVE PULLED AWAY FROM THIS ROUND OF COVID-19 WE LIKE TO TAKE THE LEADER’S ROUND, SO THE LEADERS QUESTIONING THE PRIME MINISTER, AS WE NORMALLY DO IN A REGULAR TIME DURING QUESTION PERIOD AND IN A MOMENT, WILL BRING YOU SOME OF THE BRIEFING FROM DR. TAN AND CABINET MINISTERS I KNOW SOME OF YOU MISS THAT AND LIKE TO SEE THAT AND WE’LL START THAT JUST A MOMENT, BUT WE FEEL IT’S IMPORTANT TO SHOW YOU THE ACCOUNTABILITY QUESTIONS FROM THE OPPOSITION PARTIES WHEN THEY ARE THERE IN PERSON I’LL BRING IN MY COLLEAGUES, VASSEY KAPELOS AND DAVID COCHRAN I FOUND THE PRIME MINISTER A LITTLE CHIPPY THERE WITH JAGMEET SINGH WHEN THERE WERE QUESTIONS AROUND LONG-TERM CARE, VASSY >> Vassy: YES, THE QUESTIONS FROM THE LEADER OF THE N.D.P WERE ALL AROUND LONG-TERM CARE AND SPECIFICALLY WHAT THE FEDERAL GOVERNMENT’S ROLE IN ADDRESSING SOME ISSUES THAT HAVE BECOME EVIDENT THE PRIME MINISTER WAS GETTING SNIPPY ABOUT QUEBEC SO THIS IS AN ISSUE THAT Mr. BAN CHARLOTTE, THE LEADER OF THE BLOC QUÉBÉCOIS HAS BEEN TALKING EVEN THOUGH PROVINCES HAVE JURISDICTION OVER LONG-TERM CARE, WHAT EXACTLY IS THE FEDERAL GOVERNMENT PREPARED DO AND THAT’S WHAT JAGMEET SINGH KEPT PUSHING AND WHEN THE PRIME MINISTER RESPONDED, AT FIRST — I DON’T WANT TO QUOTE EXACTLY — BUT HE MADE LIGHT OF OR MADE FUN OF THE N.D.P.’S MISFORTUNE, THE ELECTORAL MISFORTUNE, I’LL CALL IT >> Rosemary: THAT’S A GOOD WAY OF PUTTING IT [ Laughter ] >> Vassy: IN QUEBEC, SPECIFICALLY, AND INSINUATED OR ACCUSED JAGMEET SINGH OF NOT UNDERSTANDING OR RESPECTING THE CONSTITUTION AND INSISTED THE LIBERALS DO BY THAT, HE MEANT THE AREAS OF JURISDICTIONS, THE JURISDICTIONAL DIFFERENCES BETWEEN THE FEDERAL GOVERNMENT AND THE PROVISIONAL GOVERNMENT WHERE LONG-TERM CARE IS CONCERNED THE N.D.P.’S POINT IS THERE IS STILL A LOT HAPPENING IN THESE HOMES AND WHAT WILL YOU DO ABOUT IT AND NOT SPECIFIC ANSWERS PROVIDED THERE AND IT FOLLOWED UP ABOUT OTHER THAN WE CARE AND WE’VE SENT IN THE MILITARY AND WE ACKNOWLEDGE THERE’S A PROBLEM BUT STILL, A DEFERENCE TO JURISDICTION >> Rosemary: IT WILL BE A DEBATE AND THERE WILL HAVE TO BE THIS UNCOMFORTABLE CONVERSATION AROUND LONG-TERM CARE, WHETHER WE’RE RESPECTING THE CONSTITUTION OR NOT, THERE WILL BE SOME SORT OF CONVERSATION ABOUT HOW THAT IS DIVIDED UP AND WHAT THE FEDERAL GOVERNMENT’S ROLE SHOULD BE DAVID, ANDREW SCHEER HAD A LOT OF QUESTIONS AROUND FRAUD OF THE CERB >> David: IT WAS ANYTHING ON THE JURISDICTIONAL QUESTION, HOW MANY TIMES HAVE WE HEARD CHRYSTIA FREELAND SQUABBLE ABOUT THIS MOST LIKELY, ROSIE, BECAUSE THIS IS A BIG QUEBEC ISSUE RIGHT NOW AND ALWAYS AN ISSUE IN DEALING WIT QUEBEC GOVERNMENT THE CERB, WHAT YOU’RE SEEING IN THAT AND IN BLANCHET’S QUESTIONS AND THE ISSUES RAISED BY THE N.D.P. IS THAT THE ROLL-OUT PHASE AND THE PROGRAMME-DESIGN PHASE IS LARGELY DONE WE HAVE SEEN A LOT OF THE BIG AID PROGRAMS ROLLED OUT NOW BY THE PRIME MINISTER AND MINISTERS AND NOW IT’S THE PULLING APART OF THESE PROGRAMMES AND POINTING TO THE FLAWS, WHO IS GETTING EXCLUDED AND AS ANDREW SCHEER SAID, WHO IS LINKING THE FACT THAT 200,000 OF THE 7.7 MILLION

RECEIVING CERB, ACCOUNTS FLAGS AS UNEQUALIFYING WHERE THERE ARE BUSINESSES AND OTHERS WHO ARE NOT QUALIFYING AND FOLLOWING THE RULES THIS WILL BE A CHALLENGE TO MANAGE WE TALKED ABOUT THE PROBLEM IN ROLLING OUT NATIONAL POLICY THIS RAPIDLY WILL LEAD TO PROBLEMS THE 200,000, POTENTIALLY, ACCORDING TO THE MEMO THAT THE NATIONAL POST HAS SEEN ARE GETTING PAYMENTS THAT THEY DON’T NECESSARILY QUALIFY FOR OR THEY FLAT OUT ARE TRYING TO RI OFF THE GOVERNMENT TO GET EXTRA CASH THERE IS A PROMISE THEY’LL BE CAUGHT AFTERWARDS BECAUSE THIS IS ALL RECONCILED AT TAX TIME AND PEOPLE WILL BE FORCED TO PAY BACK IT WILL BE INTERESTING WHETHER THAT WILL SATISFY THE GOVERNMENT AS A PUNISHMENT, WHETHER THERE SHOULD BE FINES ON TOP OF THAT THAT’S A QUESTION FOR ANOTHER DAY >> Rosemary: DAVID COCHRAN AND VASSY KAPELOS THE PRIME MINISTER MENTIONING YOU’LL BE DIRECTED TO A JOB BANK TO MAKE SUGGESTIONS IF YOU ARE LOOKING FOR WORK AS A STUDENT LET’S BRING IN THE DAILY BRIEFING FROM FEDERAL CABINET MINISTERS AND PUBLIC HEALTH OFFICIALS GIVING AN UPDATE ON THE RESPONSE TO COVID-19 AND THIS IS IT FROM THE BEGINNING DR. THERESA TAM >> I’LL START WITH THE LATEST NUMBERS OF COVID-19 NUMBERS IN CANADA THERE ARE NOW 71,486 CONFIRMED CASES, INCLUDING 5,209 DEATHS AND 34,496 OR 48% OF CASES HAVE NOW RECOVERED THE LABS ACROSS CANADA TESTED OVER 1,169,000 PEOPLE FOR COVID-19 TO DATE WITH ABOUT 6% OF THESE TESTING POSITIVE OVERALL WE’RE NOW TESTING ON AVERAGE OF 26 TO 28,000 PEOPLE DAILY AND THESE NUMBERS CHANGE QUICKLY AND ARE UPDATED REGULARLY ON CANADA.CA/CORONAVIRUS TODAY CANADA RELEASED INFORMATION ON EXCESS DEATHS IN CANADA EXCESS DEATHS IS A MEASURE OF THE ADDITIONAL DEATHS THAT HAVE OCCURRED OVER AND ABOVE THE EXPECTED NUMBER BASED ON TRENDS FOR PREVIOUS YEARS IT’S AN IMPORTANT WAY FOR US TO UNDERSTAND THE FULL IMPACT OF AN EXTRAORDINARY EVENT LIKE COVID-19 AGAINST EXPECTED MORTALITY (SPEAKING FRENCH) >> IT IS ALSO A REMINDER THAT A SIGNIFICANT CRISIS LIKE COVID-19 CAN HAVE HEALTH CONSEQUENCES BEYOND THE ILLNESS ITSELF SUCH AS INCREASED ILLNESS AND DEATH ASSOCIATED WITH MENTAL HEALTH ISSUES, PROBLEMATIC SUBSTANCE USE OR DELAYED HEALTH SEEKING FOR ACUTE AND CHRONIC HEALTH CONDITIONS >> COVID-19 CAN HAVE CONSEQUENCES BEYOND THE ILLNESS, SUCH AS AN ILLNESS OR DEATH ASSOCIATED WITH MENTAL HEALTH ISSUES, PROBLEMATIC SUBSTANCE ABUSE AND CHRONIC HEALTH CONDITIONS THE DELAYS IN SEEKING URGENT CARE FOR HEALTH, LIFE-THREATENING ILLNESSES, LIGHT HEART ATTACKS OR STROKE CAN RESULT IN IMMEDIATE INCREASES IN DEATH RATES WHILE DELAYS IN CHRONIC DISEASE CAN AFFECT MEDIUM AND LONG-TEM ILLNESS AND DEATH RATES LIKEWISE, DELAYED OR MISSED APPOINTMENTS FOR PREVENTION VISITS TO MAINTAIN ROUTINE VACCINATIONS INCREASES THE RISK OF THE INFECTIOUS DISEASE OUTBREAKS IN ASSOCIATED ILLNESS AND DEATHS SO AS WE REVIEW THESE NUMBERS THAT TELL US ARE THE BORDER IMPACTS OF COVID-19 ON THE HEALTH OF CANADIANS, I AM REMINDING EVERYONE THAT IT IS VITAL TO MAINTAIN HEALTH VISITS FOR YOURSELF AND FAMILY AND THAT INCLUDES KEEPING HEALTH VISITS FROM EVERYTHING FROM PREVENTION TO VACCINES TO MENTAL HEALTH AND CHRONIC DISEASE MANAGEMENT AND NOT GETTING LIFE-THREATENING HEALTH AND MENTAL HEALTH CONCERNS HEALTHCARE PROVIDERS HAVE IMPLEMENTED A RANGE OF PRECAUTIONS TO PREVENT THE SPREAD OF COVID-19 AND ENSURE PATIENT’S SAFETY THIS INCLUDES SCREENING PATIENTS BEFORE APPOINTMENTS, STAGGERING VISIT TIMES TO MAINTAIN SOCIAL DISTANCING AND IN SOME CASES MAKING VIRTUAL APPOINTMENTS AVAILABLE SO SPEAK WITH YOUR HEALTHCARE PROVIDER TO SEE WHAT OPTIONS ARE AVAILABLE FOR YOU AND YOUR FAMILY TO SAFELY HAVE YOUR HEALTH NEEDS MET THANK YOU MERCI >> THANK YOU, DR. TAM I’M PLEASED TO SEND OUT A MANAGE TO ALL ENTREPRENEURS WHO ARE WORKING NIGHT AND DAY FOR THE SURVIVAL OF THEIR BUSINESSES, AS WELL AS TO ENSURE THAT THEY CAN

BRING THEIR EMPLOYEES BACK INTO THEIR ORGANIZATIONS I KNOW THAT WE’RE GOING THROUGH A PERIOD OF MAJOR STRESS AND ANXIETY AND THE MESSAGE FOR YOU TODAY IS THAT THE GOVERNMENT IS HERE FOR YOU TODAY, I AM PLEASED TO ANNOUNCE THE LAUNCH OF THE REGIONAL RECOVERY FUND ABOUT, A ONE-BILLION DOLLARS FUND TO BE MANAGED BY THE ECONOMICAL AGENCIES AND THOSE AGENCIES ARE IN THE ATLANTIC, AND IN ONTARIO, THERE ARE TWO AND IN THE WEST, IT’S WESTERN DIVERSIFICATION AGENCY WE HAVE ALREADY CREATED A SAFETY NET FOR PEOPLE AND MAJOR ECONOMIC MEASURES FOR OUR BUSINESSES NOW, IF YOU HAVE FALLEN BETWEEN THE CRACKS OR IF, AS ENTREPRENEURS, YOU DO NOT HAVE ACCESS TO THE $40,000 CREDIT OR TO THE EMERGENCY RESPONSE BENEFIT OR OTHER HEALTH MEASURES, COME AND SEE US AND TALK TO YOUR ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT AGENCY BECAUSE WE WANT TO HELP YOU IF YOU ARE WORKING IN THE TOURISM SECTOR AND YOU HAVE NO ACCESS TO FUNDING IF YOU HAVE A BUSINESS IN MONTREAL, WE ARE HERE TO HELP YOU NOT ONLY FOR THE TOURISM SECTOR OF COURSE THERE ARE MANY OTHER EXAMPLES I COULD GIVE YOU SUCH AS THE HIGH-TECH SECTOR OR MANUFACTURING SECTOR THE IDEA IS THAT OUR AGENCIES WILL BE MORE FLEXIBLE AND BE ABLE TO ADAPT MEASURES ON THE GROUND AND RESPOND TO YOUR NEEDS WE’RE DOING THIS TO RELAUNCH OR ECONOMY TO ENSURE THAT THE ECONOMIC RECOVERY IS FAIR TO ALL >> FOR ALL HARD-WORKING ENTREPRENEURS THAT ARE WORKING DAY AND NIGHT RIGHT NOW FOR THE SURVIVAL OF THEIR BUSINESSES AND ALSO TO ENSURE THAT THEIR EMPLOYEES ARE ABLE TO HAVE ACCESS TO A GOOD JOB DURING AND AFTER THE PANDEMIC SO THE IDEA RIGHT NOW IS TO PROVIDE SOLUTIONS BECAUSE I KNOW, WE KNOW THAT YOU’RE GOING THROUGH A PERIOD OF STRESS AND ANXIETY MY MESSAGE TO ALL ENTREPRENEURS AND TO ALL CANADIANS IS THAT THE GOVERNMENT IS THERE FOR YOU AND WE’VE GOT YOUR BACK TODAY, WE’RE ANNOUNCING THE LAUNCH OF THE REGIONAL RELIEF THE REGIONAL RELIEF AND RECOVERY PROGRAMME AND THIS FUND IS A ONE BILLION DOLLARS FUND THAT IS THERE TO HELP BUSINESSES IF YOU HAVE A BUSINESS AND YOU FELL THROUGH THE CRACKS OF THE SYSTEM, IF YOU’RE NOT ABLE TO HAVE ACCESS TO THE WAGE SUBSIDY AND IF YOU’RE NOT ABLE TO HAVE ACCESS TO THE $40,000 LOAN, THE CEBA ACCOUNT, WELL, COME AND SEE YOUR REGIONAL DEVELOPMENT AGENCY AND WE’LL BE THERE TO HELP AND ALSO IN THE NORTH AND IN THE THREE TERRITORIES IT’S CANOR FOR EXAMPLE, IF YOU’RE IN THE TOURISM SECTOR AND YOU’RE NOT ABLE TO HAVE ACCESS TO FUNDING, COME AND SEE US IF YOU’RE IN THE TECH SECTOR AND YOU’RE A NEW START-UP, PLEASE FEEL FREE TO CONTACT FEDEV AND OTHER AGENCIES OR IF YOU’RE IN THE MANUFACTURING SECTOR, OBVIOUSLY WE’RE THERE TO HELP THE IDEA IS THAT WE CAN OFFER ENOUGH FLEXIBILITY AND BE ADAPTED TO REGIONAL REALITIES THE AGENCIES ARE CLOSE TO THE GROUND AND ARE THERE TO HELP SO THE GOAL OF THIS PROGRAM IS TO MAKE SURE THAT WE RESTART APPROPRIATELY, THE ECONOMY, AND THAT WE CAN HAVE AN EQUITABLE RELAUNCH OF OUR ECONOMY MERCI, THANK YOU >> NOW TO MY COLLEAGUE >> BON JOUR >> CAN YOU HEAR ME? >> YES, VERY WELL >> GOOD AFTERNOON, EVERYONE I’M VERY PLEASED TO BE WITH YOU HERE TODAY (SPEAKING FRENCH) >> AS YOU ALL KNOW VERY WELL, THE MONTH OF MAY IS WHEN STUDENTS ACROSS THE COUNTRY NORMALLY START SUMMER JOBS UNFORTUNATELY, THESE ARE NOT NORMAL TIMES AND MANY STUDENT JOBS ARE NO LONGER AVAILABLE DUE TO COVID-19, WHICH PRESENTS A

UNIQUE SET OF CHALLENGES TO YOUNG CANADIANS >> WE SHOULD BE SUPPORTED THROUGH THIS DIFFICULT TIMES AND ON APRIL 22nd, THE PRIME MINISTER ANNOUNCED A CANADA EMERGENCY STUDENT BENEFIT, A DIRECT SUPPORT TO STUDENTS WHO ARE STRUGGLING TO FIND WORK DURING THE SUMMER MONTHS AND WHO ARE WORRIED ABOUT PAYING BILLS AND TUITION IN THE FALL I’M HAPPY TO ANNOUNCE TODAY, STARTING THIS FRIDAY, MAY 15th, STUDENT CAN APPLY THROUGH THE CANADA REVENUE AGENCIES TO HELP MANAGE THE VOLUME OF APPLICATIONS, APPLICANTS WILL BE ASKED TO APPLY OVER FOUR DAYS, LIKE WE DID WITH THE CERB, DEPENDING ON THEIR MONTH OF BIRTH AND CAN EXPECT THEIR PAYMENT IN THREE TO FIVE BUSINESS DAYS FROM WHEN THEY ARE DEEMED ELIGIBLE IF THEY’RE USING DIRECT DEPOSIT IN YOU’RE A STUDENT AND NEVER FILED A TAX RETURN, YOU’LL NEED TO CALL THE CRA TO ACTIVATE YOUR SOCIAL NUMBER TO APPLY FOR THE SESB AND YOU’LL BE ABLE TO SET UP A MY ACCOUNT TO APPLY FOR THE BENEFIT THIS FRIDAY THE WEBSITE WILL BE GOING LIVE TODAY WITH CLEAR DETAILS ON WHO IS ELIGIBLE AND WHAT CANADIANS NEED TO KNOW IN ORDER TO APPLY WHEN THE APPLICATION PROCESS BEGINS (SPEAKING FRENCH) >> THE CESB WILL BE AVAILABLE FROM MAY TO AUGUST TO STUDENTS AND TO RECENT GRADUATES WHO ARE NOT RECEIVING THE CANADA EMERGENCY RESPONSE BENEFIT AND WHO ARE SEEKING WORK BUT UNABLE TO FIND IT BECAUSE OF COVID-19 >> IT’S FOR CANADIAN STUDENTS ABROAD AND HIGH SCHOOL GRADUATES STUDYING A PROGRAMME IN THE COMING MONTHS THROUGH THIS BENEFIT, ELIGIBLE STUDENTS WILL RECEIVE $1,250 PER MONTH THERE MAY TO AUGUST OF 2020 OR $2,000 A MONTH FOR STUDENTS WITH DISABILITIES OR STUDENTS WITH DEPENDENTS THIS MONEY WILL NOT HAVE TO BE PAID BACK JUST LIKE THE CERB, STUDENTS CAN MAKE UP TO A THOUSAND DOLLARS OVER THE FOUR-WEEK PERIOD FOR WHICH THEY ARE APPLYING (SPEAKING FRENCH) >> THE CESB WILL BE AVAILABLE TO ONE MILLION FULL-TIME AND PART-TIME STUDENTS >> WE ARE COMMITTED TO ALL CANADIANS, INCLUDING THE CANADIANS WHO NEED IT MOST THROUGH MEASURES LIKE THE CESB WILL DO WHAT IT TAKE THANK YOU >> THANK YOU, CARLA SO WE’LL MOVE ON TO QUESTIONS AND THANK YOU, MINISTER THIS BEGIN WITH THE TELEPHONE >> Operator: OUR FIRST QUESTION, PLEASE GO AHEAD >> Question: MY QUESTION IS FOR MINISTER QUALTROUGH, REGARDING THE BENEFITS FOR STUDENTS TWO WEEKS AGO WHEN THIS WAS DISCUSSED AND VOTED IN THE HOUSE OF COMMONS, OPPOSITION LEADERS HAD PROBLEMS WITH THE BENEFITS AND THEY WANTED SOME CHANGES AND THAT’S WHY THE BILL THAT WAS ADOPTED WAS PRETTY VAGUE AND THERE WAS A PROMISE THAT IN THE REGULATIONS, THERE WOULD BE SOME ADDITIONAL DETAILS YOU PROMISED TO THE N.D.P. THAT YOU WOULD PUT IT TO $2,000 FOR STUDENTS WHO HAVE CHILDREN WHICH YOU DID, BUT YOU ALSO PROMISED TO THE CONSERVATIVE PARTY THAT THERE WOULD BE A LINK BETWEEN STUDENTS AND AVAILABLE JOBS AND TO THE BLOC QUÉBÉCOIS, YOU PROMISED THE AMOUNT OF REVENUE THEY COULD KEEP BEFORE LOSING THE BENEFIT COULD BE CHANGED AND COULD CHANGE FROM THE THOUSAND DOLLARS THAT WAS FIRST DECIDED SO I DON’T SEE IN WHAT YOU’RE ANNOUNCING TODAY ANY INDICATION THAT YOU FULFILL YOUR PROMISE AND THAT YOU LISTEN TO THE OPPOSITION PARTIES CAN YOU BE MORE SPECIFIC ABOUT THAT? >> WELL, THANK YOU FOR THE QUESTIONS IT’S SUPER IMPORTANT TO CLARIFY AND MAYBE I’LL GO QUICKLY THROUGH EACH OF THEM WITH RESPECT TO THE CONCERNS THAT WE HAVE DIRECT LINKS TO AVAILABLE WORK, IT’S ACTUALLY RIGHT IN THE BILL ITSELF THAT WE HAVE TO DIRECT STUDENTS TO THE JOB BANK AND IN QUEBEC TO THE QUEBEC’S EQUIVALENT AND WE HAVE TO TELL STUDENTS WHERE THEY CAN FIND WORK AND WHAT JOBS ARE AVAILABLE WITH RESPECT TO THE LIMIT OF INCOME A STUDENT CAN EARN RIGHT NOW BY REGULATION, IT’S THE SAME AS A CERB BUT AS I’VE SAID, AS THE SITUATION WE’LL CONTINUE TO TALK ON THE CERB AND STUDENT BENEFIT AS TO HOW WE CAN MAKE IT EASIER FOR PEOPLE TO TRANSITION BACK INTO THEIR WORK AND I APOLOGIZE — I FORGET THE THIRD ONE WHAT WAS THE THIRD? >> THE N.D.P., BUT YOU MADE THE REQUEST >> WE WORKED REALLY HARD WITH THE — AND THANK YOU I THINK THE POINT IS, WE WORKED COLLABORATIVELY ON THIS AND BY GIVING REGULATORY FLEXIBILITY IN THIS ACT, WE CAN CONTINUE TO RESPOND QUICKLY WITHOUT HAVING TO GO BACK TO CHANGE THE LAW ITSELF >> ABOUT THE $1,000 OF REVENUES THAT A STUDENT COULD KEEP, WHICH IS THE SAME AS FOR SOMEONE GETTING THE CERB, ARE YOU SAYING THAT THAT COULD CHANGE IN THE NEAR FUTURE?

IS THAT WHAT I SHOULD TAKE AWAY FROM WHAT YOU’RE SAYING? >> I WOULDN’T SAY THE NEAR FUTURE I WOULD SAY AS WE LOOK AS A GOVERNMENT AND AS WE HEAD INTO RECOVERY AND PROVINCES OPEN UP THEIR ECONOMIES, THERE IS REGULATORY FLEXIBILITY IN BOTH CASES FOR THE CERB AND STUDENT BENEFIT TO MONITOR THE SITUATION AND CHANGE ACCORDINGLY AS IT EVOLVES, BUT NO, IT WOULD BE PREMATURE TO SAY THAT IS COMING ANY TIME SOON >> THANK YOU >> THANK YOU, MERCI OUR NEXT QUESTION IS FROM THE CANADIAN PRESS PLEASE GO AHEAD PLEASE UN-MUTE YOUR LINE >> Question: YES, THANK YOU WE’RE INTERESTED IN KNOWING ABOUT TESTING AND NOW THAT OFFICIALS HAVE AN APPROVED ANTIBODY TEST, WHAT PRECISELY DO THEY PLAN TO DO WITH IT IN TERMS OF PUBLIC TESTING SINCE THE SCIENCE ON COVID-19 IMMUNOLOGY ISN’T QUITE SETTLED YET? >> THIS IS THERESA TAM AND I’LL ANSWER THIS QUESTION SO YES, HEALTH CANADA AUTHORIZED THE CELL OF THE FIRST SIROLOGIC TEST, A TEST FOR USUAL ANTIBODIES OR YOUR ANTIBODIES TO THE VIRUS ITSELF AND SO, AS YOU CORRECTLY POINTED OUT, WE DON’T KNOW ENOUGH ABOUT THE IMMUNOLOGY OF COVID-19 AND THESE TESTS IN GENERAL, TESTS FOR ANTIBODIES APPEAR DAYS OR WEEKS AFTER THE INFECTION SO IT’S A LOOK AT WHAT THE PROPORTION OF THE POPULATION HAS BEEN INFECTED, FOR INSTANCE THE APPROACH THAT WE’RE TAKING IN CANADA IS TO USE THESE TESTS, FIRST OF ALL, IN THE CONTEXT OF OUR POPULATION STUDIES SO THE IMMUNITY TASK FORCE THAT WAS FORMED A SORT WHILE AGO HAS BEEN ACTIVE IN TRYING TO ACCELERATE AND PRIORITIZE THESE TESTS SO THAT WE CAN USE THEM TO DETERMINE ACROSS THE POPULATION AN ESTIMATION OF HOW MANY CANADIANS ARE INFECTED IN DIFFERENT PLACES OR DIFFERENT AGE GROUPS OR IN DIFFERENT RISK POPULATIONS, FOR INSTANCE THAT WON’T BE THE FIRST KEY USE AND AT THE SAME TIME, TOGETHER WITH RECORDINGS, ORGANIZATIONS AND FUNDS SUCH AS THE CANADIAN INSTITUTE FOR HEALTH RESEARCH, WE HAVE TO STUDY THE IMMUNOLOGY, THE IMMUNE RESPONSE TO THE VIRUS AT THE SAME TIME AND THEN WE CAN INTERPRET THESE TESTS AS TO WHAT THEY MEAN FOR AN INDIVIDUAL SO IT A LITTLE PREMATURE TO BE ABLE TO USE THESE TESTS AND INTERPRET THEM ON THAT BASIS FROM A POPULATION LEVEL, THESE TESTS WILL BE USED IN CONJUNCTION WITH THE PCR TESTS TO LOOK AT HOW THEY CAN BE INCORPORATED THEN INTO A WIDER TESTING STRATEGY, BUT RIGHT NOW, UNDER THE COLLABORATION OF THE IMMUNITY TASK FORCE, OUR PRIORITY IS FOCUSING ON THE POPULATION SURVEY AND ALSO TO UNDERSTAND THERE ARE DESIGNS OF THESE STUDIES OVER TIME, AS WELL, TO LOOK ACROSS AT LEAST TWO-YEAR TIME SPAN TO SEE HOW THE POPULATION CHANGES IN TERMS OF THE ANTIBODY RESPONSE THAT WOULD GIVE US EVEN MORE INFORMATION ABOUT HOW EFFECTIVE ARE THESE ANTIBODIES PROTECTING SOMEONE AGAINST, MAYBE A SECOND ENCOUNTER AGAINST THE VIRUS AND HOW LONG DOES IMMUNITY LAST FOR I THINK IT’S GREAT THAT THE TEST WAS AUTHORIZED I ALSO FEEL WE ARE BENEFITING FROM SOME OF THE INFORMATION COMING FROM OTHER COUNTRIES, WHERE THEY HAVE HAD SOME EXPERIENCE WITH SIROLOGY TESTING SOME OF THE TESTS DIDN’T PERFORM VERY WELL AND WE’RE LEARNING FROM THAT EXPERIENCE, AS WELL >> THANK YOU I’M NOT SURE WHO IS BEST TO ANSWER THIS ONE, BUT ONCE THE ECONOMY STARTS TO REOPEN AND MORE PEOPLE WITHOUT SICK-LEAVE BENEFITS ARE GOING TO BE RETURNING TO WORK, AS YOU KNOW WHAT WILL THE GOVERNMENT’S ROLE BE IN MAKING SURE THEY STAY HOME WHEN SICK WITHOUT PENALIZED FOR DOING THAT? >> I’M HAPPY TO WEIGH THIS ON THIS ONE SO WE’RE VERY AWARE THAT A KEY COMPONENT TO OUR RETURN-TO-WORK SAFELY AND POSITIONING BUSINESSES AND WORKERS TO FEEL

CONFIDENT THEY CAN GO BACK TO WORK WILL BE MAKING IT EASIER TO STAY HOME IF YOU’RE FEELING SICK OR IF YOU’RE NOT WELL OR IF YOU’RE WORRIED ABOUT HAVING BEEN EXPOSED TO COVID AND WE’RE WORKING ACTIVELY WITH THE PROVINCES I KNOW THIS IS THE DISCUSSION THAT’S HAPPENING BETWEEN THE PREMIERS AND THE PRIME MINISTER, TO SEE HOW WE CAN HELP AS YOU KNOW RIGHT NOW, UNDER THE CERB IF YOU’RE SICK OR IF YOU’RE QUARANTINED, OF COURSE, YOU CAN ACCESS THE CERB AND WE’LL LOOK TO SEE HOW WE CAN CONTINUE TO SUPPORT CANADIANS MOVING FORWARD AND IN WHAT WAY WE CAN BEST DO THAT >> Operator: THE LAST QUESTION ON THE PHONE (SPEAKING FRENCH) >> Operator: QUESTION FROM PRESS CANADA >> Question: MY QUESTION IS FOR MINISTER QUALTROUGH AND IF YOU CAN ANSWER IN FRENCH, THAT WOULD BE GREATLY APPRECIATED COULD YOU PLEASE TELL US IN PRACTICAL TERMS HOW YOU’RE GOING TO MATCH STUDENTS WITH THE AVAILABLE JOBS? WHAT IS THE FEDERAL GOVERNMENT GOING DO PRECISELY TO FULFILL THIS PROMISE MADE TO THE CONSERVATIVES? >> Answer: THANK YOU THAT’S A VERY IMPORTANT QUESTION WE CERTAINLY DON’T WANT TO DO ANYTHING TO DISSUADE PEOPLE FROM GOING BACK TO WORK AND FOR STUDENTS, THERE WILL BE OPPORTUNITIES, WE BELIEVE, TO WORK ACROSS THE COUNTRY THIS SUMMER SO ONE OF THE MEASURES WE’VE CREATED WAS AN ADDITIONAL 1,600 JOBS ACROSS CANADA WHEN WE CREATED THE APPLICATION FOR THE CESB, WE ALSO TOLD STUDENTS ABOUT THE JOB BANK I’M SORRY, I’M NOT SURE HOW TO SAY IT IN FRENCH IT’S AN OPPORTUNITY THAT SHOWS ALL OF THE AVAILABLE JOBS >> IT HELPS THEM TO BECOME CONNECTED WITH EMPLOYERS (SPEAKING FRENCH) >> ESSENTIALLY, WHAT WE’RE GOING TO DO IS THAT WE’VE CREATED A PORTAL SHOWING THE VARIOUS JOB OFFERINGS AND IN THE CONTEXT OF THE CESB, THOSE WHO WISH TO APPLY FIRST WILL HAVE TO GO THROUGH THE JOB PORTAL AND THEREFORE SEE WHAT JOBS ARE AVAILABLE IN THEIR OWN REGIONS AND THAT’S WHAT CARLA HAS JUST EXPLAINED TO YOU >> Question: IF I CORRECTLY UNDERSTOOD, THERE WON’T BE ANY OBLIGATION ON THE STUDENT’S PART THEY WILL BE ABLE TO BENEFIT FROM THE INFORMATION BUT WILL NOT BE FORCED TO APPLY FOR A JOB AND HAVE IT REFUSED, HAVE THEIR APPLICATION REJECTED BEFORE THREAT CAN APPLY FOR THE CESB CAN YOU EXPLAIN BECAUSE THE STUDENTS FINISH SCHOOL AT DIFFERENT TIMES, I IMAGINE THIS IS FOR STUDENTS WHO HAVE ONLY FINISHED UNIVERSITY, BECAUSE OTHERS HAVE NOT YET FINISHED SCHOOL CARLA, PLEASE UN-MUTE YOURSELF >> Answer: I’M SORRY, IT DEPENDS WHEN YOU FINISH YOUR STUDIES, INDEED SO FOR STUDENTS WHO ARE STILL IN HIGH SCHOOL, IT WILL BE AVAILABLE FOR ONLY TWO MONTHS, BUT FOR POST SECONDARY STUDENTS, IT BE AVAILABLE FOR FOUR MONTHS WE’RE NOT GOING TO FORCE STUDENTS TO ACCEPT A CERTAIN JOB, A SPECIFIC JOB, BUT THEY HAVE TO AFFIRM AND ATTEST IN THEIR APPLICATIONS THAT THEY ARE ACTIVELY SEEKING EMPLOYMENT AND THAT THEY’RE NOT REFUSING ANY JOBS AND THAT THEY’RE ACTIVELY SEEKING EMPLOYMENT >> Rosemary: WE’LL PULL AWAY FROM THIS FEDERAL BRIEFING HERE WITH CABINET MINISTERS AND FEDERAL PUBLIC HEALTH OFFICIALS OTHER DETAILS THERE ABOUT THE STUDENT AID THAT WILL BECOME AVAILABLE AS OF FRIDAY AND YOU WILL WHEN YOU APPLY FOR THAT AID WHEN YOU’RE A STUDENT FOR $1215 OR MORE BE DIRECTED TO A JOB BANK, WHERE YOU CAN LOOK AT ALSO JOBS THAT ARE AVAILABLE IF YOU WANT ONE BUT THE MINISTER MAKING IT CLEAR THEY WILL NOT FORCE YOU TO TAKE A JOB, BUT YOU WILL HAVE TO ATTEST YOU ARE LOOKING FOR A JOB YOU WILL GET FOUR MONTHS OF SUPPORT OF IF YOU’RE A UNIVERSITY STUDENT AND TWO MONTHS IF YOU’RE A HIGH SCHOOL STUDENT BECAUSE IN PRINCIPLE, YOU’RE STILL IN CLASS SO IMPORTANT DETAILS FOR LOTS OF STUDENTS LOOKING FOR ADDITIONAL HELP THE WHOLE CLASS OF 2020, ACTUALLY, HAVING A HARD TIME BECAUSE MANY OF THEM ARE NOT GOING TO GET THEIR TRADITIONAL

PROM THIS YEAR, THEIR BIG YEAR-END PARTY, BUT THEY WON’T MISS OUT ALL TOGETHER THIS YEAR’S HIGH SCHOOL GRADS ARE TURNING TO VIRTUAL PROMS DURING THIS PANDEMIC AND RAY DUFF IS A HIGH SCHOOL SENIOR AT THE ACADEMY FOR THE ARTS AND THEY’RE ON A COOL COMMITTEE CALLED THE PROM IS ON, 2020 IT’S A VIRTUAL PROM THAT ALL HIGH SCHOOL STUDENT SENIORS IN CANADA CAN JOIN AND THEY BOTH JOIN US NOW FROM THEIR HOMES HI TO YOU BOTH AND GOOD TO SEE YOU >> GOOD TO SEE YOU >> HI >> Rosemary: RAY, I’LL START WITH YOU AND SO YOU HAVE NO PROM THERE’S NOTHING TO DO AND WHO CAME UP WITH THIS IDEA AND WHY DID YOU GUYS DEC