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WE ARE WAITING TODAY, AGAIN, FOR THE PRIME MINISTER TO ADDRESS THE COUNTRY FOR THE THIRD TIME SINCE HIS SELF-ISOLATION I'M ROSEMARY BARTON HERE IN THE NATION'S CAPITAL

LET'S TAKE A LOOK LIVE NOW AT RIDEAU COTTAGE THAT IS THE PRIME MINISTER'S OFFICIAL RESIDENCE HERE IN WAOLT JUSTIN TRUDEAU ON THE PHONE FOR MOST OF THIS MORNING AS A HIS CABINET COVID COMMITTEE ALSO MET HE IS EXPECTED TO REALLY EMPHASIZE THE IMPORTANCE OF SOCIAL DISTANCING WHAT WE'VE BEEN TALK ABOUT NOW — TALKING ABOUT NOW FOR A NUMBER OF WEEKS BUT THE MESSAGE REALLY RAMPED UP IN THE LAST COUPLE OF DAYS AS A WAY TO CONTAIN AND MITIGATE THE SPREAD OF THIS VIRUS

HE WILL ALSO, WE ARE EXPECT IN THE ADDRESS, SOME OF THE NEW RESTRICTIONS AT THE BORDER WHICH DOES NOT APPLY TO AMERICANS THIS MORNING, THERE WAS AN ANNOUNCEMENT OUT OF THE MOST POPULOUS PROVINCE IN THIS COUNTRY AND THAT, OF COURSE, IS ONTARIO THERE ARE EIGHT NEW CASE OF COVID-19 HERE IN ONTARIO THAT BRINGS THE PROVINCIAL TOTAL TO 185 THE HIGHEST IN THIS COUNTRY

FIVE OF THOSE CASES HAVE BEEN RESOLVED SO FAR BUT EARLIER THIS MORNING, ONTARIO PREMIER DOUG FORD ANNOUNCED A STATE OF EMERGENCY, MAKING IT NOW THE SECOND PROVINCE TO DO SO THE PREMIER SAYS IT'S AN ATTEMPT TO, AGAIN, HELP STOP THE SPREAD >> WE'RE FACING AN UNPRECEDENTED TIME IN OUR HISTORY THIS IS A DECISION THAT WAS NOT MADE LIGHTLY

COVID-19 CONSTITUTES A DANGER OF MAJOR PROPORTIONS WE'RE TAKING THIS MEASURE BECAUSE WE MUST OFFER OUR FULL SUPPORT AND EVERY POWER POSSIBLE TO HELP OUR HEALTH CARE SECTOR FIGHT THE SPREAD OF COVID-19 >> Rosemary: SO THIS IS JUST THE LATEST PROVINCE TO DO THAT TO CONFIRM FOR YOU, AT LAST COUNT, WE HAVE 449 PREASSUMED OR CONFIRMED CASES OF COVID-19 IN THIS COUNTRY AND WE STILL ARE AT FOUR DEATHSFUL ALL OF THEM IN NORTHERN VANCOUVER, BRITISH COLUMBIA, RELATED TO AN ELDERLY CARE CENTRE

THE CBC'S MEAGAN FITZPATRICK JOINS ME NOW, THOUGH, FROM ONTARIO'S LEGISLATURE LET'S START HERE, MEAGAN, AS WE WAIT FOR THE PRIME MINISTER BECAUSE THIS WAS A SIGNIFICANT ANNOUNCEMENT TODAY IN ONTARIO THOUGH MANY PEOPLE STILL WONDERING WHAT DOES IT MEAN CONCRETELY? CAN YOU SPELL THAT OUT FOR US A LITTLE BIT? >> Reporter: YEAH LET'S GO THROUGH SORT OF WHAT'S NOW OPENED AND CLOSED IN THIS PROVINCE, ROSEMARY FOR STARTERS, THE PREMIER DID ANNOUNCE PART OF THESE MEASURES INCLUDE NO MORE GATHERINGS OF 50 PEOPLE OR MORE IN PUBLIC SPACES AND SO ANY EVENTS PLANNED, PARADES, FOR EXAMPLE, CANCELED

HE ALSO SAID THAT INCLUDES GATHERINGS WITHIN PLACES OF WORSHIP NOW IT MEANS A LOT FOR BUSINESSS IN THIS PROVINCE RESTAURANTS AND BARS CLOSED EFFECTIVE IMMEDIATELY THEY CAN ONLY STAY OPEN IF THEY'RE PROVIDING TAKEOUT OR DELIVERY SERVICE AND LIBRARIES WILL BE CLOSED IN THIS PROVINCE

RECREATION CENTRES, LICENSED DAYCARES, PRIVATE SCHOOLS HAVE BEEN ORDERED TO CLOSE WE KNOW THAT PUBLIC SCHOOLS HAVE BEEN TOLD TO CLOSE FOR TWO WEEKS AFTER THIS WEEK'S MARCH BREAK THEATERS ARE CLOSED, PERFORMING ARTS CENTRES, MOVIE THEATRE AS WELL WHAT REMAINS OPEN, ESSENTIAL SERVICES ARE STILL OPERATING, PREMIER FORD SAID PHARMACIES OPEN, GROCERY STORES OPEN, MALLS ARE STILL OPEN

THOUGH WE DO KNOW A LOT OF RETAIL CHAINS HAVE PROACTIVELY DECIDED TO CLOSE THEIR STORES BUT OFFICES CAN REMAIN OPEN AS WELL AS FACTORIES AND PUBLIC TRANSIT IS STILL OPERATING AS WELL, ROSEMARY I HEARD HIM SAY IN THIS CLIP THAT IT IS NOT A DECISION THAT THE GOVERNMENT TOOK MIGHTLY HE SAID HE WAS TALKING TO HIS CABINET LATE LAST NIGHT AND EARLY THIS MORNING HE DID MAKE THIS DECISION BASED ON THE ADVICE OF HIS CHIEF MEDICAL OFFICER OF HEALTH, DR DAVID WILLIAMS

AS PART OF PRESS CONFERENCE, TOO, JUST TO NOTE BECAUSE THERE IS LIKELY A LOT OF WORRIED WORKERS IN THIS PROVINCE BASED ON TODAY'S NEWS, WHAT IT MEANS FOR THEM AND WHAT IT MEANS FOR SMALL BUSINESS OWNERS AND HE DID TALK ABOUT A RELIEF PACKAGE THAT WILL BE OFFERED BY THE GOVERNMENT $300 MILLION IS BEING DEDICATED TO THE COVID-19 RESPONSE SO FAR SOME OF THAT MONEY COMING FROM THE FEDERAL GOVERNMENT SOME OF IT COMING FROM PROVINCIAL COFFERS SOME OF THE MONEY IS ALREADY DEDICATED TO FRONTLINE HEALTH CARE, THOUGH, IN THIS PROVINCE

HE WAS TALKING ABOUT BUYING MORE PROEKE THIVE — PROTECTIVE EQUIPMENT AND SUPPORT FOR BUSINESSES AND WORKERS IN THIS PROVINCE, MORE TO COME ON THAT IN THE COMING DAYS HE SAYS THAT HIS MINISTERS ARE IN TOUCH WITH THEIR FEDERAL COUNTERPARTS AND LIKELY MORE MEASURES ANNOUNCED IN CONJUNCTION IN THE DAYS AHEAD BUT HE DID URGE THE FEDERAL GOVERNMENT TO HURRY UP AND REFORM THE EI SYSTEM

>> Rosemary: OK, GREAT MEAGAN FITZPATRICK, WE'LL COME BACK LIVE TO YOU WE APPRECIATE THAT WE'RE STANDING BY RIGHT NOW TO HEAR FROM THE PRIME MINISTER, JUSTIN TRUDEAU, FOR THE THIRD TIME SINCE HE HAD TO SELF-ISOLATE BECAUSE HIS WIFE HAS TESTED POSITIVE FOR COVID-19 SO HE IS IN THERE DOING HIS WORK WITH HIS WIFE AND THREE KIDS AROUND HIM

HE DID, HOWEVER, GIVE A COUPLE OF INTERVIEWS THIS MORNING AND TO LOOK INTO THOSE A LITTLE BIT TALK ABOUT THOSE AS WE WAIT FOR HIM TO EMERGE IN JUST A FEW MINUTES' TIME, I'M TOLD VASSY KAPELOS, THE HOST OF "POWER & POLITICS", IS STANDING BY WITH ME HERE IN OTTAWA HE DID THIS MORNING TALK A LITTLE BIT MORE ABOUT THOSE ECONOMIC MEASURES THAT MEAGAN ALLUDED TO, AND THAT IS IMPORTANT IT SOUNDS LIKE AN ANNOUNCEMENT IS LIKELY TOMORROW

>> Vassy: YEAH, IT SOUNDS LIKE HE INDICATED — I THINK YESTERDAY HE SAID AS EARLY AS TODAY BUT MY UNDERSTANDING FROM SPEAKING WITH A COUPLE OF PEOPLE SURROUNDING HIM IS THAT THEY HAVE A FEW MORE DETAILS TO WORK OUT SO THEY DO ANTICIPATE MAKING THAT ANNOUNCEMENT TOMORROW A LOT OF BIG QUESTIONS AROUND SOMETHING AS SIMPLE AS THE TAX DEADLINE, FOR EXAMPLE WILL THAT BE EXTENDED CONSIDERING THAT IS JUST AROUND THE CORNER, TWO WEEKS AWAY THERE IS ALSO THAT ASK THAT MEAGAN WAS TALKING ABOUT, NOT JUST FROM THE PREMIER OF ONTARIO, BUT HEARD IT FROM THE PREMIER OF B

C AND THE PREMIER OF ALBERTA LOTS OF DIFFERENT PROVINCES THEY ARE LOOKING FOR HELP WITH EI

, EITHER EXPANDING THE PROGRAMME, CHANGING THE CRITERIA, DIFFERENT PAYMENTS FOR DIFFERENT PEOPLE WILL THERE BE DIRECT PAYMENTS TO INDIVIDUALS IN THIS INSTANCE AS WELL? HE SAID ESSENTIALLY THAT EVERYTHING IS ON THE TABLE AND THAT IS AMONG THE THINGS THEY'RE CONSIDERING AND TRYING TO WORK OUT THOSE EI QUESTIONS, THOUGH, THE TAX QUESTIONS ARE THE MORE IMMEDIATE ONES THAT NEED TO BE ANSWERED TOMORROW AND THEN BUSINESSES AS WELL

WHEN YOU SEE THE PROVINCE OF ONTARIO WITH THAT STATE OF EMERGENCY, CLEARLY GIVING INSTRUCTIONS AND ORDERS THAT CARRY PENALTIS IF THEY'RE NOT FOLLOWED TO BUSINESSES TO SHUT DOWN IN CERTAIN INSTANCES, TO ONLY OPERATE, FOR EXAMPLE, WITH RESTAURANTS AND VIA DELIVERY AND TAKEOUT THAT HAS VERY SERIOUS ECONOMIC CONSEQUENCES, NOT JUST FOR THE WORKERS BUT THE PEOPLE WHO RUN THE BUSINESSES THOUGH THEY DID MAKE AN ANNOUNCEMENT LAST WEEK THAT INVOLVED MORE LENDING CAPACITY FOR BANKS AND MORE CREDIT MADE AVAILABLE TO THE TUNE OF $10 BILLION THROUGH THE EXPORT DEVELOPMENT BANK, FOR EXAMPLE, THE BUSINESS DEVELOPMENT BANK, BUSINESSES WILL BE LOOKING FOR MORE AND PROVINCES HAVE INDICATED THAT THEY WILL NEED MORE FOR THOSE BUSINESSES >> Rosemary: YEAH HE HINTED AT ALLOWING E

I FOR THOSE QUALIFIED HE TALKED ABOUT MORE MONEY FOR BUSINESSES AND THAT WOULD PROBABLY BE SMALL AND MEDIUM-SIZED BUSINESSES AS OPPOSED TO LARGE CORPORATIONS HE HINTED AT MORTGAGE HELP, WHICH WE'VE SEEN IN OTHER COUNTRIES, EVEN THIS MORNING FRANCE GOING AS FAR AS TO SAY IT WILL PAY BILLS FOR PEOPLE IF NEEDED AND SOME CHILD BENEFITS OR INCREASE OF WHERE THE CHILD BENEFIT IS BUT TODAY IS NOT REALLY ABOUT THAT

TODAY IS AN ENTIRELY DIFFERENT MESSAGE BUT ALMOST AS CRITICAL, VASSY >> Vassy: YEAH DEFINITELY, ROSEY AND TODAY'S MESSAGE I'M TOLD — I KNOW OUR COLLEAGUES HAVE BEEN TOLD AS WELL — VERY MUCH ABOUT REINFORCING WHAT DR

TAM SAID YESTERDAY AND THAT IS THE MESSAGE AROUND SOCIAL DISTANCING WE'VE BEEN HEARING IT QUITE A BIT BUT IT'S SORT OF ESCALATED OVER THE PAST FEW DAYS DON'T GET TOGETHER, FOR EXAMPLE, WITH MORE THAN 50 PEOPLE NO EVENTS FOR MORE THAN 50 PEOPLE

PERHAPS THEY WILL GO FURTHER THAN THAT, I DON'T KNOW AT THIS POINT, BUT REINFORCING THAT MESSAGE WE ALSO — AND I KNOW YOU'LL TOUCH ON THIS BUT HEARD DURING ANOTHER ONE OF HIS INTERVIEWS ABOUT THE BORDER AND YOU DID SAY THAT THAT MIGHT BE PART OF THE DISCUSSION TODAY, THE RESTRICTIONS AT THE BORDER CANADIANS WHO HAVE SYMPTOMS AND NOT BEING ALLOWED TO COME INTO CANADAMENT HE SAID TODAY IN ONE OF THOSE INTERVIEWS THAT THERE WILL BE PEOPLE WHO CAN'T COME HOME I IMAGINE HE IS GOING TO GET A LOT OF QUESTIONS ABOUT THAT

HOW MANY PEOPLE DO THEY ANTICIPATE, UNDER WHAT CIRCUMSTANCES? IT IS A VERY — HIS TONE YESTERDAY AND THE MESSAGE YESTERDAY AS WELL AS IN THOSE INTERVIEWS A VERY SERIOUS ONE TO PEOPLE WHO ARE ABROAD RIGHT NOW CERTAINLY ONE THAT THE GOVERNMENT WANTS THOSE PEOPLE TO BE LISTENING TO GETTING HOME, THOUGH, RIGHT NOW, I THINK THE REALITY OF IT IS AND THE PRIME MINISTER INDICATED, IS NOT GOING TO BE EASY AND MAY, IN SOME INSTANCES, BE IMPOSSIBLE I'LL BE LOOKING TO SEE HIM EXPAND ON THOSE STATEMENTS AS WELL >> Rosemary: WE HAVE A TWO-MINUTE WARNING

AND WHY IT ALSO MIGHT BE COMPLICATED TO GET HOME WESTJET SAYS IT IS SUSPENDING ALL COMMERCIAL AND INTERNATIONAL AND TRANSBORDER FLIGHTS FAR 30-DAY PERIOD, STARTING SUNDAY SO, THAT MAKES IT DIFFICULT AND NUMBERS THAT WE JUST GOT, TOO, SHOWS THAT THERE IS MORE THAN 400,000 CANADIANS REGISTERED WITH GLOBAL AFFAIRS IN DIFFERENT COUNTRIES THAT IS NOT A COMPLETE LIST

OF COURSE, IT DOESN'T MEAN THAT ALL THOSE PEOPLE WILL WANT TO COME HOME BUT THAT IS THE KIND OF NUMBERS WE'RE TALKING ABOUT AND JUST ANECDOTICALLY, THE NUMBER OF PEOPLE REACHING OUT ON TWITTER TO SAY THEY'RE STUCK, I HAVE DOZENS AND DOZENS HERE'S THE PRIME MINISTER TO ADDRESS CANADIANS AGAIN LET'S BRING THAT TO YOU NOW LIVE

THE PRIME MINISTER OF CANADA >> Prime Minister Trudeau: BEFORE WE GET GOING, I WANT TO RECOGNIZE THAT EARLIER TODAY THE PROVINCE OF ONTARIO ANNOUNCED A PROVINCIAL STATE OF EMERGENCY AT THE FEDERAL LEVEL, WE'VE BEEN COORDINATING WITH THEM AND CONTINUE TO DO SO ONTARIO IS TAKING THE RIGHT STEPS TO PROTECT PEOPLE AND THE HEALTH CARE SYSTEM AND TODAY'S ANNOUNCEMENT IS AN EXAMPLE OF WHAT WE'RE SEEING ACROSS THE COUNTRY

NATIONAL COORDINATION AND LOCAL ACTION THAT MAKES SENSE FOR THE CIRCUMSTANCES ON THE GROUND AND I WANT YOU TO KNOW CANADA IS HERE FOR YOU IN ONTARIO, AND IN ALL PARTS OF THE COUNTRY ON THAT NOTE, I WANT TO RECOGNIZE ALL OF THE PEOPLE ON THE FRONT LINES OF OUR HEALTH CARE SYSTEM WHETHER YOU ARE A DOCTOR OR A NURSE, A HOSPITAL ADMINISTRATOR OR MAINTENANCE STAFF, YOU ARE DOING AN INCREDIBLE JOB

I KNOW THAT ALL CANADIANS ARE GRATEFUL I ALSO WANT TO THANK ALL OF THE RETIRED HEALTH CARE WORKERS PUTTING UP THEIR HAND TO COME BACK AND TAKE CARE OF CANADIANS BUT LET'S DO MORE THAN JUST SAY THANK YOU TO OUR HEALTH CARE WORKERS LET'S ALSO DO WHAT WE CAN TO LIGHTEN THEIR LOAD IN HER UPDATE ON MONDAY, DR

TAM WAS CLEAR ABOUT WHAT WE SHOULD AND SHOULDN'T BE DOING DO WASH YOUR HANDS OFTEN DO SNEEZE INTO YOUR ELBOW AND DON'T GATHER IN GROUPS OF MORE THAN 50 PEOPLE THESE MEASURES, AND ESPECIALLY SOCIAL DISTANCING, ARE HOW WE CAN EASE THE BURDEN ON OUR DOCTORS AND NURSES SO THEY CAN FOCUS ON OUR FELLOW CANADIANS WHO NEED IT THE MOST

THIS IS AN ESPECIALLY IMPORTANT DAY ON ST PATRICK'S DAY LOTS OF YOU PROBABLY HAD PARTIES PLANNED OR WERE GOING TO HEAD OUT WITH FRIENDS NOW IS THE TIME TO FIND ANOTHER WAY TO CELEBRATE, AND TO DO THAT AT HOME I KNOW PEOPLE WOULD PROBABLY PREFER TO JUST CARRY ON AS NORMAL

I WOULD, TOO BUT WE ALL MUST TAKE ALL ACTION THROUGH SOCIAL DISTANCING TO PROTECT OUR HEALTH AND THE HEALTH OF OTHERS [SPEAKING FRENCH] >> Interpreter: OUR DOCTORS AND NURSES NEED YOUR HELP YOUR NEIGHBOURS NEED YOUR HELP

THE MOST VULNERABLE IN YOUR COMMUNITIES NEED YOUR HELP AS MUCH AS POSSIBLE, STAY HOME GO OUT ONLY IF YOU ABSOLUTELY MUST AND TRY TO WORK FROM HOME LET THE KIDS RUN AROUND THE HOUSE >> Prime Minister Trudeau: OUR DOCTORS AND NURSES NEED YOUR HELP

YOUR NEIGHBOURS NEED YOUR HELP VULNERABLE PEOPLE IN THE COMMUNITY NEED YOUR HELP AS MUCH AS POSSIBLE, STAY HOME DON'T GO OUT UNLESS YOU ABSOLUTELY HAVE TO WORK REMOTELY IF YOU CAN

LET THE KIDS RUN AROUND A BIT IN THE HOUSE THINGS WILL GET BETTER AS THE SITUATION WITH COVID-19 CONTINUES TO GROW, OUR GOVERNMENT WILL KEEP TAKING ACTION, TOO FOR EXAMPLE, ONE OF THE THINGS WE'RE DOING TO FLATTEN THE CURVE IS THAT, AS OF WEDNESDAY, PARKS CANADA IS SUSPENDING VISITOR SERVICES AT ALL NATIONAL PARK, AND HISTORIC SITES WHAT THIS MEANS FOR OUR PARKS IS THAT PRETTY MUCH ANYTHING WITH A DOOR WILL BE CLOSED

[SPEAKING FRENCH] >> Interpreter: WHEN IT COMES TO TRAVEL, WE HAVE AA NOUNSED NEW MEASURES GLOBAL AFFAIRS HAS SET UP AN EMERGENCY LOAN PROGRAMME OF UP TO $5,000 TO HELP PEOPLE WHO NEED MONEY QUICKLY IN ORDER TO COME BACK HOME OR TO MEET THEIR NEEDS WHILE THEY ARE WAITING TO RETURN WE TOOK THIS DECISION AFTER ANNOUNCING THAT WE WOULD BE CLOSING OUR BORDER TO PEOPLE WHO ARE NEITHER CITIZENS OR PERMANENT RESIDENTS OF CANADA THIS DOES INVOLVE A CERTAIN NUMBER OF EXCEPTIONS INCLUDING FLIGHT CREWS AND U

S CITIZENS CANADIAN ABROAD WHO NEED HELP ON AN URGENT BASIS CAN ALWAYS CALL 1-613-996-8885 TO SEND AN E-MAIL TO SOS@GCCA WITH RESPECT TO THE ECONOMY, THE ENTIRE GOVERNMENT IS WORKING TOGETHER TO MAINTAIN THE STRENGTH OF OUR ECONOMY

WE ANNOUNCED A SERIES OF MEASURES INVOLVING $10 BILLION TO PROTECT JOBS AND SUPPORT BUSINESSES AND VERY SOON, WE WILL BE MAKING FURTHER ANNOUNCEMENTS IN THAT AREA >> Prime Minister Trudeau: AS PART OF AN EMERGENCY LOAN PROGRAMME TO GLOBAL AFFAIRS CANADA IT WILL HELP PEOPLE WHO NEED IMMEDIATE FINANCIAL ASSISTANCE RETURN HOME OR COVER THEIR NEEDS IF THEY HAVE TO WAIT TO GET BACK CANADIANS ABROAD IN NEED OF EMERGENCY ASSISTANCE CAN ALWAYS CALL 1-613-996-8885 OR E-MAIL SOS@INTERNATIONALGC

CA THIS COMES AS WE ANNOUNCE THAT WE'RE CLOSING OUR AIR BORDERS TO PEOPLE WHO AREN'T CANADIAN CITIZENS OR PERMANENT RESIDENTS WITH SOME EXCEPTIONS LIKE FOR AIRCREW AND US CITIZENS EARLIER TODAY, THE SPECIAL CABINET COMMITTEE ON COVID-19 MET ONCE AGAIN TO DISCUSS OUR RESPONSE

AND FULL CABINET WILL HAVE A MEETING THIS AFTERNOON WE ARE HARD AT WORK TO CREATE THE RIGHT SUPPORT PACKAGE FOR CANADIANS WHILE PROTECTING PEOPLE'S JOBS AND OUR ECONOMY AND TOMORROW, WE'LL BE MAKING ANOTHER MAJOR ANNOUNCEMENT ON ECONOMIC ACTIONS TO SUPPORT CANADIANS AS QUICKLY AS POSSIBLE BY TEND OF THE WEEK, WE WILL HAVE MORE TO SAY ABOUT CHANGES FOR THE UPCOMING TAX SEASON WE ARE LOOKING AT GIVING MORE FLEXIBILITY FOR PEOPLE TO MAKE PAYMENTS AND FOR BUSINESSES TO HAVE MORE LIQUIDITY DURING THIS TIME

THROUGHOUT THIS, WE'RE WORKING TOGETHER RIGHT ACROSS THE COUNTRY I HAVE DIRECTED THE HOUSE LEADER TONE GAUGE WITH I COUNTERPARTS TO DISCUSS A BRIEF RETURN AT THE HOUSE OF COMMONS SO WE CAN BRING IN EMERGENCY ECONOMIC MEASURES THERE ARE ECONOMIC PIECES THAT WILL NEED QUICK PASSAGE THROUGH THE HOUSE IN ORDER TO SUPPORT CANADIANS WE ARE ALSO EXAMINING THE EMERGENCY MEASURES ACT TO SEE IF IT IS NECESSARY OR IF THERE ARE OTHER WAYS THAT WILL ENABLE US TO TAKE THE ACTIONS NEEDED TO PROTECT PEOPLE COORDINATION AT ALL LEVELS AND BETWEEN ALL PARTIES VITAL

I HAVE ASKED THE CHAIR AND VICE CHAIR OF THE CABINET COVID COMMITTEE TO ENSURE THAT THERE ARE REGULARIZED BRIEFINGS FOR PREMIERS, LEADERS OF THE OPPOSITION AND OTHER STAKEHOLDERS FOR THE FORESEEABLE FUTURE AND YESTERDAY OUR REGULAR CALLS WITH ALL PARLIAMENTARIANS BEGAN, WHICH THE PUBLIC HEALTH AGENCY OF CANADA IS MODERATING RIGHT NOW, WE MUST ALL WORK TOGETHER THE BOTTOM LINE IS THIS — EACH ONE OF US CAN MAKE CHOICES THAT HELP THE PEOPLE AROUND US IN FACT, WE CAN MAKE CHOICES THAT WILL SAVE LIVES

IF WE ACT NOW, EVEN IF IT SEEMS LIKE A BIG ASK, THINGS WILL BE BETTER TOMORROW THANKS TO OUR OUTSTANDING PUBLIC HEALTH PROFESSIONALS, WE HAVE THE INFORMATION WE NEED TO MAKE INFORMED CHOICES SO IF YOU CAN, SEND AN E-MAIL OR PICK UP THE PHONE INSTEAD OF MEETING IN PERSON ORDER TAKEOUT INSTEAD OF GOING OUT TO DINNER AND TRY TO SUPPORT YOUR NEIGHBOURS AND FRIENDS IF THEY'RE WORRIED OR NEED HELP

CANADA, LET'S WORK TOGETHER I KNOW WE CAN DO THIS MERCI BEAUCOUP >> Reporter: YOU MENTIONED JUST NOW YOU'RE THINKING OF RECALLING PARLIAMENT FOR EMERGENCY MEASURES BEFORE PARLIAMENT ROSE, THEY GAVE YOU A FINANCIAL ACT THAT ALLOWS YOU TO SPEND WHATEVER YOU NEED TO SPEND ON THIS

WHAT SORT OF MEASURES MIGHT YOU NEED TO TAKE THAT YOU DON'T ALREADY HAVE? >> Prime Minister Trudeau: THOSE ARE TWO SEPARATE THINGS WE ARE TALKING ABOUT RECALLING PARLIAMENT BRIEFLY TO PASS LEGISLATIVE MEASURES TO ALLOW US TO DO THINGS AROUND EI AND A NUMBER OF METHODS TO GET MONEY INTO THE POCKETS OF CANADIANS WE ARE ALSO SEPARATELY LOOKING AT THE EMERGENCY MEASURES ACT TO SEE IF THERE ARE TOOLS THAT THEY OFFER US THAT ALLOW US TO DO MORE THINGS THAT ARE NEEDED FOR CANADIANS THAT CAN'T BE DONE OTHER WAYS

[SPEAKING FRENCH] >> Interpreter: WE ARE LOOKING AT THE POSSIBILITY OF RECALLING PARLIAMENT IN ORDER TO PASS LEGISLATIVE MEASURES THAT WOULD ALLOW US TO DELIVER AID DIRECTLY TO CITIZENS WE HAVE THE ABILITY TO INVEST RIGHT AWAY TO HELP CANADIANS, BUT THERE ARE LEGISLATIVE MEASURES THAT NEED TO BE AGREED TO BY PARLIAMENT IN ORDER TO MOVE FORWARD AND THAT IS WHY WE ARE DOING THAT >> Reporter: [SPEAKING FRENCH] >> Interpreter: NOW THE NUMBER OF CASES IN THE UNITED STATES IS CONSTANTLY INCREASING AND THERE IS A SIGNIFICANT SITE IN WASHINGTON AND ELSEWHERE

WHEN DO YOU EXPECT TO CLOSE THE BORDER WITH THE UNITED STATES? AS I SAID, WE ARE CURRENTLY CO-ORDINATING OUR EFFORTS WITH THE US GOVERNMENT AND OFFICIALS AND DOING EVERYTHING WE CAN TO PROTECT CANADIANS NOTHING HAS BEEN RULED OUTMENT WE'RE LOOKING AT ALL THE OPTIONS WE WILL DO EVERYTHING WE CAN TO KEEP CANADIANS SAFE

AND AT THE SAME TIME, WE ARE ENSURING THAT WE'RE NOT HARMING CANADIANS BY PREVENTING ESSENTIAL GOODS FROM GETTING THROUGH >> Reporter: EVERYWHERE IN THE COUNTRY — CALGARY, VANCOUVER, TORONTO, MONTREAL — WHY NOT A FEDERAL DIRECTIVE ON SOMETHING LIKE CLOSING BARS AND RESTAURANTS OR OTHER NONESSENTIAL BUSINESSS? >> Prime Minister Trudeau: WE HAVE TAKEN SIGNIFICANT MEASURES UP UNTIL THIS POINT EVERY STEP OF THE WAY WE WILL CONTINUE TO TAKE NECESSARY MEASURES WE KNOW A NUMBER OF PROVINCES ARE MOVING FORWARD IN MEASURES THAT ARE APPROPRIATE FOR THEM

WE WILL CONTINUE TO LOOK AT WHAT WE CAN DO AT THE FEDERAL LEVEL TO KEEP CANADIANS SAFE EVERYTHING THAT NEEDS TO BE DONE TO KEEP CANADIANS SAFE IS BEING DONE >> Reporter: [SPEAKING FRENCH] >> Interpreter: RADIO-CANADA NOW HOW LONG WILL THIS LAST? PEOPLE ARE NOW SAYING WE'RE READY TO MAKE AN EFFORT, BUT HOW LONG IS THIS GOING TO SNAKE ARE WE TALK ABOUT WEEKS, MONTHS? CAN YOU BE CLEAR WITH THEM? YOU'RE ASKING THEM TO MAKE SIGNIFICANT EFFORTS

HOW LONG? WELL, WE'RE ASKING FOR SIGNIFICANT EFFORTS OF OUR CITIZENS AND WE WILL BE THERE TO SUPPORT OUR CITIZENS TO SUPPORT SMALL BUSINESSES AND LARGE BUSINESSES, TO SUPPORT PEOPLE WHO REQUIRE MONEY TO FEED THEIR FAMILY OR PAY THEIR RENT WE DON'T KNOW HOW LONG THIS WILL TAKE IT COULD BE WEEKS IT COULD BE MONTHS

BUT WE WILL BE THERE, STANDING TOGETHER TO SUPPORT CANADIANS IN ORDER TO GET THROUGH THIS EXTREMELY DIFFICULT TIME >> Prime Minister Trudeau: WE WILL BE THERE AS A COUNTRY, FOR OUR CITIZENS FOR OUR BUSINESSES, FOR CANADIANS WHO ARE WORRIED WHETHER IT'S MAKING SURE THAT SMALL BUSINESSES CAN REMAIN VIABLE THROUGH THIS DIFFICULT TIME, WHETHER IT'S SO THAT FAMILIES CAN TAKE CARE OF THEIR LOVED ONES AND PUT FOOD ON THE TABLE WE WILL MAKE SURE THAT CANADIANS ARE ABLE TO HOLD THROUGH THIS DIFFICULT TIME

WE DON'T KNOW EXACTLY HOW LONG THIS IS GOING TO TAKE WHETHER IT TAKES WEEKS OR MONTHS BUT WE KNOW THAT EVERY STEP OF THE WAY, WE WILL BE THERE TO SUPPORT EACH OTHER THAT IS WHAT CANADIANS DO >> Reporter: CANADA'S RESPONSIBLE FOR THE POOR LIVING CONDITIONS IN INDIGENOUS COMMUNITIES, WHICH MAKES THEM MORE VULNERABLE TO THE SPREAD OF COVID-19

WHY ISN'T MORE BEING DONE TO PREPARE THESE COMMUNITIES FOR THIS PANDEMIC? >> Prime Minister Trudeau: FROM THE VERY BEGINNING, WE HAVE BEEN WORKING CLOSELY WITH INDIGENOUS SERVICES, WITH INDIGENOUS LEADERSHIP ACROSS THE COUNTRY TO ENSURE THAT WHAT IS NEEDED TO BE DONE WILL BE DONE FOR INDIGENOUS AND REMOTE COMMUNITIES WE KNOW THAT THERE IS A HIGHER DEGREE OF VULNERABILITY THERE ARE ALREADY VULNERABILITIES BECAUSE OF DIFFICULT CONDITIONS IN SO MANY OF THOSE COMMUNITIES THAT IS WHY WE ARE TAKING EXTRA MEASURES TO ENSURE THAT INDIGENOUS PEOPLE ACROSS THIS COUNTRY REMAIN SAFE >> Reporter: PRIME MINISTER, UP UNTIL YESTERDAY, IT'S ALREADY ALMOST TWO MONTHS SINCE THE CORONAVIRUS INITIALLY OCCURRED IN CHINA AND WUHAN CITY AND HUBEI PROVINCE BECOME THE EPICENTER

SO, FOR TWO MONTHS, EVEN THOUGH 62 COUNTRIES HAVE TAKEN MEASURES TO RESTRICT TRAVEL FROM CHINA, CANADA DOESN'T BELIEVE IN CLOSING THE BORDER AND DIDN'T TAKE ANY MEASURES TO STOP TRAVELERS FROM THE EPICENTER AND THEN YESTERDAY, THE ANNOUNCEMENT TO CLOSE THE BORDER NOT ONLY TO PEOPLE FROM THE EPICENTER, BUT ALSO TO ALMOST EVERYBODY EXCEPT US CITIZENS SO, IT LOOKS LIKE, YOU KNOW, THE POLICIES ARE FROM ONE EXTREME TO ANOTHER

LIKE WHAT HAPPENED? WHAT MAKES THE GOVERNMENT TO MOVE THE POLICY FROM ONE EXTREME TO ANOTHER EXTREME? >> Prime Minister Trudeau: I THINK PEOPLE HAVE NOTICED THAT THE SITUATION HAS EVOLVED INCREDIBLY RAPIDLY AROUND THE WORLD AND THAT DOES REQUIRE DIFFERENT DECISION-MAKING AT DIFFERENT MOMENTS WE TOOK RESPONSIBLE DECISIONS TO KEEP CANADIANS SAFE, INCLUDING MEASURES AT THE AIRPORT, AS ISSUES STARTED TO HAPPEN IN WUHAN AND IN CHINA AND THAT WAS ABLE TO KEEP CANADIANS SAFE AS WE SAW A VERY LOW INCIDENTS OF SPREAD OF THE VIRUS IN CANADA, EVEN THOUGH WE DIDN'T DO WHAT OTHER COUNTRIES DID AND CLOSED THE BORDER BECAUSE WE FOLLOWED THE RECOMMENDATIONS OF OUR PUBLIC HEALTH OFFICIALS AND WE WERE ABLE TO CONTROL THE SPREAD OF THE VIRUS FROM THE VERY BEGINNING THE SITUATION HAS NOW CHANGED AND THE RECOMMENDATIONS OF OUR SCIENTISTS AND EXPERTS HAVE CHANGED AND WE ARE CONTINUING TO DO AND WILL CONTINUE TO DO EVERYTHING THAT IS NEEDED, EVERY STEP OF THE WAY TO PROTECT CANADIANS >> Reporter: YESTERDAY PRESIDENT TRUMP TOLD AMERICANS TO AVOID GATHERINGS OF MORE THAN 10 PEOPLE

TODAY YOU'RE STILL SAYING 50 PEOPLE WHY DON'T YOU BELIEVE THAT SAME ADVICE IS NECESSARY TO GIVE CANADIANS NOW AND AT WHAT POINT WOULD YOU BE AT THE POINT WHERE YOU WOULD GIVE CANADIANS THAT SAME RESTRICTION OF LIMITING GATHERS TO 10 PEOPLE >> Prime Minister Trudeau: THE ADVICE GIVEN YESTERDAY BY OUR CHIEF MEDICAL OFFICER OF CANADA, DR TERESA TAM, WAS TO AVOID GATHERINGS OF 50 PEOPLE OF COURSE, CANADIANS SHOULD LOOK TO AS MUCH SOCIAL DISTANCING AS POSSIBLE

THEY SHOULD LOOK TO STAY HOME THEY SHOULD LOOK TO TAKE MEASURES THAT KEEP THEMSELVES AND THEIR FAMILIES AND THEIR NEIGHBOURHOODS SAFE WHILE NOT OVERBURDENING OUR PUBLIC HEALTH SYSTEM THESE ARE THE THINGS THAT CANADIANS MUST DO AND WE'LL CONTINUE TO KEEP PEOPLE INFORMED ON THE BEST WAYS TO KEEP CANADIANS SAFE [SPEAKING FRENCH] >> Interpreter: DR

TERESA TAM, THE CHIEF MEDICAL OFFICER, ANNOUNCED YESTERDAY THERE SHOULD NOT BE GROUPS GETTING TOGETHER IN MORE THAN 50 AND THAT IS EXACTLY WHAT I REPEATED TODAY OF COURSE, ALL CANADIANS SHOULD TRY TO ISOLATE THEMSELVES AS MUCH AS POSSIBLE, STAY HOME WITH THEIR EM FAS, NOT GO INTO THE PUBLIC AND TAKE WHATEVER MEASURES ARE NECESSARY TO KEEP SUPPORTING EACH OTHER >> Reporter: YOU TOLD OUR COLLEAGUES AT RADIO-CANADA EARLIER THAT THERE ARE CANADIANS THAT JUST WON'T GET HOME CAN YOU GIVE US A SENSE OF HOW MANY CANADIANS WILL BE STRANDED AND WHAT KIND OF OPTIONS ARE AVAILABLE TO THESE CANADIANS LIKE REPATRIATION FLIGHTS, FOR EXAMPLE, AND HOW DO YOU JUSTIFY AT LEAVING THEM THERE? >> Prime Minister Trudeau: WE ARE LOOKING AT EVERY POSSIBLE WAY OF BRINGING CANADIANS HOME THERE ARE THREE MILLION CANADIANS AT ANY GIVEN MOMENT AROUND THE WORLD LIVING AND WORKING AND I THINK IT IS JUST REALISTIC TO KNOW THAT SOME OF THEM WILL NOT BE COMING HOME IN THE COMING WEEKS

BUT WE WILL MAKE MEASURES AVAILABLE TO GLOBAL AFFAIRS CANADA TO MAKE SURE AS MANY CANADIANS AS POSSIBLE, AS MANY CANADIANS AS WANT TO CAN COME HOME THIS IS SOMETHING THAT ALL CANADIANS ARE RESPECTING OF THEIR GOVERNMENT AND WE WILL BE DOING IT >> Interpreter: I THINK PEOPLE KNOW THAT THERE ARE ALMOST THREE MILLION CANADIANS WHO ARE TRAVELING OR LIVING ABROAD AT ANY POINTER IN TIME AND IT IS CERTAINLY THE CASE THAT SOME OF THEM WILL NOT BE ABLE TO RETURN TO CANADA IN THE COMING DAYS BUT THERE ARE CERTAINLY A LOT OF CANADIANS AROUND THE WORLD WHO WILL WANT TO COME BACK HOME AND THAT IS WHY GLOBAL AFFAIRS CANADA IS NOW MAKING MONEY AVAILABLE AND ASSISTANCE AVAILABLE TO THEM, LOOKING AT FLIGHTS

WE'RE LOOKING AT EVERYTHING WE CAN DO TO FACILITATE THEIR RETURN FOR AS MANY CANADIANS AS POSSIBLE AND AS SOON AS POSSIBLE >> Reporter: WHY ISN'T THE FEDERAL GOVERNMENT — SORRY, INVOKING A STATE OF EMERGENCY AND WHERE IS THE GOVERNMENT GOING TO FIND ALL THE MONEY TO PAY FOR ALL THE MEASURES THAT YOU HAVE TO RULE OUT OVER THE NEXT LITTLE WHILE? >> Prime Minister Trudeau: STATE OF EMERGENCY ISN'T NECESSARILY SOMETHING IN ITSELF IT'S A WAY OF ENACT AING MEASURES THAT OTHERWISE WOULD NOT BE ABLE TO BE ENACTED SO, WE'RE LOOKING AT THE EMERGENCY ACT TO LOOK AT WHAT THOSE MEASURES ARE, THAT IT WOULD MAKE AVAILABLE AND WHETHER THERE ARE OTHER WAYS, WITHOUT HAVING TO BRING IN A STATE OF EMERGENCY, THAT WE COULD INVOKE THEM WE ARE EXAMINING THAT VERY CAREFULLY

AND ON THE COST OF THE MEASURES, CANADA HAS TAKEN RESPONSIBLE FISCAL DECISIONS OVER THE PAST YEARS THAT HAVE ALLOWED US TO HAVE A SIGNIFICANT TROOP MANOEUVER ON INVESTING IN OUR ECONOMY WE ARE THE G-7 COUNTRY WITH THE LOWEST DEBT-TO-GDP RATIO, THE LOWEST DEFICIT AS — DEBT AS A PROPORTION OF THE SIZE OF OUR ECONOMY AND THAT ALLOWS US TO INVEST SIGNIFICANTLY IN CANADIANS, IN BUSINESSES, TO MAKE SURE WHO ARE ABLE TO MAKE IT DID THROUGH THIS DIFFICULT TIME AND MAKE SURE WE'RE ABLE TO PROSPER AND GROW ONCE WE'RE THROUGH THIS MOMENT

THAT IS THE RESULT OF THE DECISIONS WE HAVE TAKEN RESPONSIBLY AS A GOVERNMENT OVER THE PAST YEARS >> WE'LL NOW GO TO A FEW QUESTIONS ON THE PHONE JUST ONE QUESTION, NO FOLLOW-UP >> THANK YOU WE'LL TAKE QUESTIONS FROM THE TELEPHONE LINES

[SPEAKING FRENCH] IF YOU HAVE A QUESTION, PLEASE PRESS STAR 1 ON YOUR TELEPHONE KEY PAD [SPEAKING FRENCH] THE FIRST QUESTION IS FROM MARY WALSH FROM THE "GLOBE AND MAIL" PLEASE GO AHEAD

[SPEAKING FRENCH] >> Reporter: HI, PRIME MINISTER CANADIANS ARE GETTING VERY DIFFERENT MESSAGES FROM PROVINCE AND FROM YOU AND FROM CITIES THEY ARE VARYING FROM GATHERINGS UNDER 10 PEOPLE TO 50 PEOPLE AND I'M WONDERING IF YOU ARE WORRIED THAT CANADIANS ARE GETTING MIXED MESSAGES >> Prime Minister Trudeau: FROM ALL GOVERNMENTS IS VERY, VERY SIMILAR

STAY AT HOME AS MUCH AS YOU POSSIBLY CAN ENGAGE IN SOCIAL DISTANCING LOOK TO CARE FOR YOUR LOVED ONES AND DON'T GO OUT UNLESS YOU ABSOLUTELY HAVE TO THE VARIOUS RECOMMENDATIONS WILL BE SUITABLE TO VARIOUS JURISDICTIONS, BUT WE ARE COORDINATING VERY CLOSELY ACROSS JURISDICTIONS TO ENSURE THAT CANADIANS GO — GET THIS MESSAGE THAT IT IS TIME TO STAY HOME AS MUCH AS POSSIBLE >> Caller: THANK YOU

MERCI THE NEXT QUESTION, [SPEAKING FRENCH] PLEASE GO AHEAD >> Reporter: OUI GOOD AFTERNOON

[SPEAKING FRENCH] >> Interpreter: GOOD AFTERNOON, PRIME MINISTER I'D LIKE TO COME BACK TO THE ISSUE OF THE US BORDER

YOU SAID YOU HAVEN'T MADE ANY DECISION BECAUSE YOU DON'T WANT TO DISRUPT SUPPLY CHAINS WHAT IS THE DIFFERENCE BETWEEN CARGO COMING IN AND COULD YOU PLEASE CLARIFY YOUR POSITION ON THIS? IT LOOKS LIKE YOU'RE WAITING FOR DONALD TRUMP TO SAY IT'S OK NO, WE ARE, IN FACT, TRYING TO CO-ORDINATE OUR ACTIONS WITH THE US AUTHORITIES BECAUSE WE HAVE A HIGH LEVEL OF INTEGRATION AND WHEN IT COMES TO OUR SUPPLY CHAINS AND OUR ECONOMIES

BUT WE WILL ALWAYS TAKE THE BEST MEASURES FOR CANADIANS AND WE WILL BE LOOKING VERY CAREFULLY AT WHAT WE NEED TO DO IN THE NEXT FEW STEPS WE TOOK THE NECESSARY MEASURES EVERY STEP OF THE LINE AND WE WILL CONTINUE TO ANNOUNCE MORE AS WE GO ALONG BASED ON SCIENCE AND THE RECOMMENDATIONS OF EXPERTS MERCI

>> Rosemary: ALL RIGHT AND THAT IS JUSTIN TRUDEAU NOW SPEAKING OUTSIDE OF HIS HOME AT RIDEAU COTTAGE HERE IN OTTAWA WHERE HE IS SELF-ISOLATING WITH HIS FAMILY BECAUSE OF HIS WIFE'S POSITIVE COVID-19 DIAGNOSIS LET'S BRING IN VASSY KAPELOS AND DAVID COCHRANE THE MESSAGE THERE WAS REALLY ONE OF LET'S BE SURE THAT WE DO THE MOST WE CAN RIGHT NOW TO LIMIT CONTACT WITH PEOPLE THE PUBLIC HEALTH AGENCY IS SAYING DON'T ANYWHERE WITH 50 OR MORE PEOPLE

YOU TWO ARE THE ONLY HUMANS HAVE I SEEN IN THE LAST 24 HOURS — SO I AM ALL GOOD WITH THE SOCIAL DISTANCING [LAUGHTER] VASSY, WHAT STOOD OUT FOR YOU THERE? >> Vassy: A COUPLE OF THINGS, AND ONE — SOME FACTUAL INFORMATION THAT HE PROVIDED BUT ACTUALLY I THOUGHT ONE SENTENCE THAT HE DELIVERED WILL HAVE A BIG IMPACT ON CANADIANS AND THAT IS THE RESPONSE HE GAVE TO THE QUESTION WHEN HE WAS ASKED HOW LONG HE THINKS THESE MEASURES WILL HAVE TO BE IN PLACE HOW LONG HE THINKS CANADIANS WILL HAVE TO ACT IN THIS MANNER AND HE SAID HE DIDN'T KNOW BUT THAT IT COULD BE WEEKS OR MONTHS AND I THINK WE ALL KNOW THAT

ON SOME LEVEL, THAT IS WHAT WE'RE HEARING FROM PROFESSIONALS, HEALTH PROFESSIONALS I THINK TO HEAR THE PRIME MINISTER SAY THAT, WE'LL HAVE AN IMPACT ON CANADIANS AND IT SPEAKS TO THE SERIOUSNESS OF WHAT'S GOING ON RIGHT NOW AS FAR AS WHAT CAME OUT OF WHAT HE SAID, A FEW THINGS THAT WE ARE EXPECTING AN ANNOUNCEMENT REGARDING THE ECONOMY TOMORROW THAT TWARS THE END OF THE WEEK, THEY WILL HAVE SOMETHING ON TAXES WE WERE SPEAKING BEFORE ABOUT THE UPCOMING DEADLINE AND WHETHER OR NOT THAT WILL BE DELAYED

A LOT OF BUSINESS OWNERS THINKING ABOUT THAT AS WELL AS INDIVIDUAL CANADIANS AND HE TALKED ABOUT THE POSSIBILITY OF THE HOUSE COMING BACK AND THAT THE HOUSE LEADER, PABLO RODRIGUEZ, WAS IN CONVERSATIONS WITH HIS COUNTERPARTS TO FIGURE OUT HOW TO DO THAT IT LOOKS LIKE THAT WOULD HAPPEN IN ORDER TO PASS LEGISLATION THAT WOULD ALLOW THEM TO AMEND EI OR I AM INTERPRETING IT TO ALLOW THEM TO OFFER DIRECT PAYMENTS TO CANADIANS HE DIDN'T USE THOSE EXACT WORDS BUT TO GET MONEY DIRECTLY TO PEOPLE WHO NEED IT

AS WE ARE SPEAKING, I BELIEVE THE — BILL MORNEAU'S COUNTERPART IN THE UNITED STATES IS ANNOUNCING SOMETHING VERY SIMILAR THAT THEY ARE ABOUT TO DO SOMETHING LIKE THAT ANNOUNCE PAYMENTS TO AMERICANS AS WELL THAT IS SOMETHING TO WATCH AND FINALLY THEY ARE CONSIDERING THE EMERGENCIES ACT I'M TOLD TO LOOK AT THE ONE SECTION OF THE ACT THAT INVOLVES PUBLIC WELFARE AND THAT IS CERTAINLY AROUND SHUTTING DOWN THINGS MORE BROADLY AND TAKING A FEDERAL APPROACH TO ALL THE INSTRUCTIONS THAT WE'RE GETTING AT THE MOMENT

>> Rosemary: OK THAT COMES ON A DAY THAT ONTARIO HAS DECLARED A PROVINCIAL STATE OF EMERGENCY, ALTHOUGH NOT USED ALL THE POWERS AT THE PREMIER'S DISPOSAL RIGHT NOW JUST SHUTTING DOWN CERTAIN PLACES, HE COULD GO MUCH BROADLY AND THE FEDERAL EMERGENCY ACT IS NOT CLEAR WHETHER IT'S NECESSARY BECAUSE IT ESSENTIALLY ALLOWS THE GOVERNMENT TO GO IN AND DO THINGS THAT PROVINCES MAY NOT BE DOING THEY ARE LOOKING AT WHETHER THOSE THINGS ARE NEEDED HE ALSO TALKED ABOUT CANADIANS THAT ARE STUCK OVERSEAS AFTER SAYING EARLIER THIS MORNING THAT HE, ON A RADIO INTERVIEW, THAT THERE ARE CANADIANS WHO AREN'T GOING TO GET HOME

THAT IS JUST NOT GOING TO HAPPEN BUT THERE ARE SOME MEASURES IN PLACE >> Reporter: YEAH THERE WILL BE FINANCIAL SUPPORT FOR PEOPLE BUT AS YOU SAID, THERE ARE AS MANY AS THREE MILLION CANADIANS WHO WILL BE ABROAD INTERNATIONALLY AT ANY GIVEN POINT IN TIME AND GIVEN THE RAPID ESCALATION OF WHAT HAS HAPPENED HERE, A LOT OF PEOPLE MAY BE STUCK — NOT BECAUSE THE GOVERNMENT WON'T LET THEM COME HOME — BUT BECAUSE THERE IS NO CAPACITY OR FLIGHT SURGE

BUT THERE IS NO WAY TO MOVE THEM THE BORDERS ARE GETTING THICK AND THE SMALL WORLD IS GETTING QUITE LARGE IN DISTANCE AS WE DO THIS UNPACKING THEMATICALLY IN THIS, LISTEN DO YOUR DOCTOR BUT CANADA'S A COUNTRY OF RIGHTS BUT ONE OF RESPONSIBILITIES AND ESSENTIALLY SAYING THAT NOW IS THE TIME FOR RESPONSIBILITIES FOR PEOPLE TO BE RESPONSIBLE IN THEIR OWN PERSONAL BEHAVIOUR

EVERYONE SHOULD WORK FROM HOME AS MUCH AS THEY CONFIRM BUT ONE OF THE TRAPS, AS PEOPLE FOLLOW THE MEDICAL ADVICE OF SOCIAL DISTANCING AND NOT GOING OUT, THE ECONOMIC DAMAGE CAUSED BY COVID-19 SIMPLY EXPANLDS SO WE NOW KNOW THAT THE STIMULUS OR AID PACKAGE WILL COME TOMORROW I THINK THE LEGISLATIVE CHANGES THEY NEED TO MAKE TO EMPLOYMENT INSURANCE IS TO ALLOW PEOPLE WHO DON'T QUALIFY FOR EI, WHO ARE SELF-EMPLOYED OR SMALL BUSINESS OWNERS TO QUALIFY FOR EI

AS A WAY OF MAKING SURE THAT THEY PUT MONEY INTO THEIR POCKETS AND PUT A FINANCIAL FLOOR UNDER PEOPLE IN THIS ENORMOUSLY DIFFICULT TIME SO THEY CAN KEEP THE LIGHTS ON AND THE FRIDGE FULL THE WAY THEY WOULD DO LEGISLATION, THIS IS THE THING THAT PABLO RODRIGUEZ TOLD US WHEN THEY SUSPENDED THE HOUSE OF COMMONS UNTIL AT LEAST APRIL 20 THEY HAVE A DEAL TO BRING EVERYBODY BACK NOT 338 MEMBERS OF PARLIAMENT, BUT A MUCH SMALLER GROUP, MAYBE RANDOM NUMBERS OF, SAY, 40 PROPORTIONAL TO THE STANDINGS THEY CAN ALL SPREAD OUT IN THE HOUSE OF COMMONS AND THEY CAN ALL WORK TOGETHER TO GIVE THE GOVERNMENT THE LEGISLATIVE AUTHORITY THEY NEED

SO, WE KNOW BILL MORNEAU WILL ROLL OUT THE MORE SPECIFIC DETAILS OF THIS TOMORROW AND A SENSE OF THE ORDER OF MAGNITUDE, ROSEY, ECONOMISTS HAVE BEEN TELLING THE GOVERNMENT ANY STIMULUS PACKAGE NEEDS TO BE THE EQUIVALENT OF 1% OF GDP SO THAT IS IN THE $20 TO $30 BILLION RANGE I'M TOLD MORE OR LESS THAT IS WHERE IT'S GOING TO LAND, IN ADDITION TO THE $10 BILLION IN CREDIT THAT WAS EXTENDED TO SMALL AND MEDIUM-SIZED BUSINESSES ON FRIDAY

>> Rosemary: AND STEVE MNUCHIN IS GIVING A PRESS CONFERENCE RIGHT NOW WE'LL TRY TO BRING YOU SOME OF THAT LATER IN WHICH HE SAYS HE WILL DROP THE PAYROLL TAX CUT AND HE IS GOING TO FIND WAYS TO DIRECTLY GET MONEY TO AMERICANS AND HE WAS ASKED WHETHER THE MARKETS SHOULD REMAIN OPEN AS THEY CONTINUE TO STUMBLE ALONG SORT OF BLINDLY AND HIS ANSWER WAS YES LET ME ALSO JUST BRING PEOPLE UP TO DATE ON NEWS OF ANOTHER DEATH IN THIS COUNTRY RELATED TO COVID-19 THIS IS NOW THE FIFTH DEATH IN CANADA THOUGH FOR THE FIRST TIME HERE IN THE PROVINCE OF ONTARIO

IT IS A MAN WHO DIED AT THE ROYAL VICTORIA HOSPITAL IN BARRIE A MAN IN HIS 70s WITH UNDERLYING CONDITIONS WHO HAD CONTACT WITH ANOTHER PERSON WHO TESTED POSITIVE FOR COVID-19 IT IS MY UNDERSTANDING THAT THE DEATH, HE ONLY TESTED POSITIVE FOR COVID-19 AFTER BUT THAT WOULD BE THE FIRST DEATH IN ONTARIO REMEMBER, FOUR OTHER DEATHS IN BRITISH COLUMBIA

ALL RELATED TO ONE LONG-TERM CARE CENTRE WHERE THERE HAS BEEN AN OUTBREAK AND THIS, AGAIN, REITERATES THAT WHOLE MESSAGE THAT THERE ARE PARTICULAR PIECES OF POPULATION THAT ARE MORE VULNERABLE, OBVIOUSLY MORE SUSCEPTIBLE TO GETTING THE VIRUS, MORE SUSCEPTIBLE TO DYING BUT WHAT YOU HEARD FROM THE PRIME MINISTER TODAY AND WE'RE STANDING BY TO TAKE YOU TO SOME CABINET MINISTERS SPEAKING SHORTLY AS WELL, IT'S NOT REALLY ABOUT WHETHER YOU ARE SUSCEPTIBLE, BUT WHETHER YOU WILL SPREAD IT AND ALSO ALLOWING CAPACITY AT HOSPITALS, WHICH IS REALLY THE CRITICAL PART OF THIS RIGHT NOW AS WELL I'LL TELL YOU THAT THE PRIME MINISTER DID ANNOUNCE $5,000 LOAN FOR CANADIANS STUCK ABROAD WHO NEED MONEY TO GET BY OR WHO NEED MONEY TO GET OUT

AND YOU CAN E-MAIL SOS@INTERNATIONALGCCA FOR THAT HERE'S CHRYSTIA FREELAND >> AND THEN YOU'LL HAVE A CHANCE TO ASK YOUR QUESTIONS

[SPEAKING FRENCH] >> Interpreter: THANK YOU ALL FOR BEING HERE TODAY >> LET ME START BY SAYING HOW SAD I WAS TO HEAR THAT THERE ARE NOW FOUR CANADIANS — FOUR MORE CANADIANS WHO HAVE DIED OF COVID-19 AND TO THEIR FAMILIES AND FRIENDS, ALL OF US EXTEND OUR SINCEREST CONDOLENCES TODAY WE HAVE JUST HELD A TWO-HOUR MEETING OF THE CORONAVIRUS CABINET COMMITTEE

IN PARTICULAR, WE DISCUSSED OUR BORDER WITH UNITED STATES AND THE EMERGENCY ACT AS NAY I CAN'T UNDERSTAND KNOW, THE EMERGENCY ACT IS A MEASURE OF LAST RESORT WHICH GRANTS THE FEDERAL GOVERNMENT EXTRAORDINARY POWERS I COULD NEVER BE INVOKED WITHOUT CONSULTATION WITH THE PROVINCES WE ARE IN A DIFFICULT SITUATION AS THE W

HO SAID THIS MORNING, DURING ITS DAILY UPDATE, THIS IS THE DEFINING GLOBAL HEALTH CRISIS OF OUR TIME [SPEAKING FRENCH] >> Interpreter: WE KNOW THAT THE SITUATION WILL GET WORSE BEFORE IT GETS BETTER

WE ARE ADJUSTING AS THINGS MOVE FORWARD BECAUSE THE SITUATION IS EVOLVING EVERY HOUR AND EVERY DAY YESTERDAY THE PRIME MINISTER ANNOUNCED NEW MEASURES THAT ARE MORE ROBUST TO FURTHER STOP THE SPREAD OF THE VIRUS AND TO HELP CANADIANS AND PROTECT THEIR SAFETY WE KNOW THAT THESE ARE EXTRAORDINARY MEASURES BUT THE EXTRAORDINARY CIRCUMSTANCES, WE SEE NOW, DEMAND THEM >> TO FLATTEN THE CURVE OF THE PANDEMIC IN CANADA IS CLOSING

THAT IS WHY I'D LIKE TO EMPHASIZE TODAY HOW IMPORTANT IT IS THAT EACH ONE OF US TAKES PERSONAL RESPONSIBILITY EACH OF US NEEDS TO PROTECT OURSELVES AND EACH OTHER [SPEAKING FRENCH] >> Interpreter: YESTERDAY, DR TAM ENCOURAGED ALL CANADIANS TO AVOID PUBLIC GATHERINGS OF MORE THAN 50 PEOPLE

IT IS EXTREMELY IMPORTANT THAT WE ABIDE BY ALL OF THESE RECOMMENDATIONS WE CAN WORK ONLINE AND WE ARE ENCOURAGING YOU TO STAY HOME >> YESTERDAY SHE URGED ALL OF US TO AVOID GATHERINGS OF MORE THAN 50 PEOPLE IT IS VERY IMPORTANT FOR ALL OF US TO LISTEN CAREFULLY TO HER I CAN ASSURE YOU OUR GOVERNMENT DOES

POSTPONE, CANCEL OR MOVE YOUR EVENTS ONLINE AND PLEASE STAY HOME FOR EMPLOYERS AND MANAGERS, PLEASE FIND WAYS FOR YOUR STAFF TO WORK FROM HOME, IF AT ALL POSSIBLE MILLIONS OF CANADIANS ARE ALREADY STEPPING UP AND CHANGING THEIR BEHAVIOUR IN ORDER TO KEEP THEMSELVES, THEIR FAMILIES AND THEIR NEIGHBOURS SAFE THE WAY WE WILL FLATTEN THE CURVE IS BY PRACTICING SOCIAL DISTANCING AND LISTENING TO THE EXCELLENT ADVICE FROM CANADA'S HEALTH EXPERTS

IF YOU CAN HELP A NEIGHBOUR IN NEED, PLEASE DO SO WHILE MAINTAINING SOCIAL DISTANCE WE ALL NEED TO WORK HARD TO PROTECT THE MOST VULNERABLE CANADIANS [SPEAKING FRENCH] >> Interpreter: WE MUST ALL PRACTICE SOCIAL DISTANCING AND STAY HOME AS MUCH AS POSSIBLE A TEAM CANADA MEANS THAT WE ARE TAKING CARE OF EACH OTHER

WE RELY ON EACH OTHER >> I'D LIKE TO CONCLUDE BY OFFERING MY DEEPEST THANKS TO EVERYONE ON THE FRONTLINES HEALTH CARE WORKERS, NURSES, DOCTORS, PUBLIC HEALTH OFFICIALS, RESEARCHERS, BORDER SERVICE OFFICERS, AIRPORT STAFF AND THE MANY OTHERS WHO ARE WORKING SO HARD AROUND-THE-CLOCK FOR ALL OF US THANK YOU MERCI

NOW WE'LL HEAR FROM OUR MINISTER OF HEALTH AND DOCTORS TAM AND GNU AND THEN FROM OUR MINISTER OF HERITAGE AND THEN OUR MINISTER OF PUBLIC SAFETY AND EMERGENCY PREPAREDNESS AND THEN FROM OUR MINISTER OF TRANSPORT AND, LAST BUT VERY MUCH NOT LEAST, FROM OUR [SPEAKING FRENCH] SO, MINISTER OF HEALTH, MINISTER HAJDU >> THANK YOU VERY MUCH, DEPUTY PRIME MINISTER >> Interpreter: [INAUDIBLE] >> CONDOLENCES TO THE FAMILIES WHO HAVE CONTRACTED COVID-19 AND FAMILIES WHO HAVE SOMEONE THAT'S ILL AND WHAT THAT MEANS FOR THEIR LOVED ONE AND THEIR FAMILY

AS WE CAN SEE FROM THE NUMBERS AND DR TAM WILL TALK ABOUT THAT IN A MOMENT, WE'VE SEEN A SUBSTANTIAL INCREASE IN THE NUMBER OF CASES IN CANADA OVER THE PAST SEVERAL DAYS AND WHEN WE SAY THE WINDOW IS CLOSING, THIS IS EXACTLY WHAT WE MEAN AS WE SEE NUMBERS DRAMATICALLY INCREASE EACH DAY, WHAT WE'RE TRYING NOW TOGETHER AS A SOCIETY TO DO SO FLATTEN THE CURVE OF INFECTION AND WE ALSO SEE THOSE NUMBERS INDICATE THAT WE SEE AN INCREASED LEVEL OF COMMUNITY TRANSMISSION THE FLATTEN THE CURVE MESSAGE TODAY IS REALLY THE MOST IMPORTANT ONE THE MEASURES THAT WE TAKE TODAY WILL HELP US ENSURE THAT WE CAN ACTUALLY REDUCE THE LEVEL OF COMMUNITY TRANSMISSIONS THAT ARE HAPPENING ACROSS THE COUNTRY

SO IT IS IMPORTANT THAT PEOPLE ARE TAKING IMMEDIATE ACTION YOU KNOW THE CHANGES THAT WE ANNOUNCED YESTERDAY AROUND THE BORDER, AND I WON'T REPEAT THOSE BUT MANY CANADIANS TRAVELING ABROAD ARE VERY CONCERNED AND THIS IS WHY WE'RE SETTING UP A PROGRAMME TO SUPPORT THOSE CANADIANS AND HELP THEM TO RETURN HOME THE CHANGES THAT ARE HAPPENING RIGHT NOW ARE DISRUPTIVE AND THEY ARE FAST THIS IS A STRESSFUL TIME FOR EVERYONE

WE DO HAVE THIS OPPORTUNITY RIGHT NOW TO DO WHAT NEEDS TO BE DONE TO ENSURE THE HEALTH AND SAFETY OF ALL OF OUR CITIZENS AND PROTECT OUR HEALTH CARE SYSTEM TO BE ABLE TO RESFONLD — RESPOND TO THE MOST CRITICAL OF CASES IT IS UP TO ALL OF US TO LIMIT THE SPREAD OF COVID-19 STAY HOME, ESPECIALLY WHEN YOU'RE SICK, AND AVOID LARGE GATHERINGS, EVEN IF YOU'RE HEALTHY ANYTHING FROM 50 NOW IS TOO BIG IT IS ST

PATRICK'S DAY TODAY, BUT WE HAVE TO PRACTICE SOCIAL DISTANCING, EVEN ON DAYS THAT WE NORMALLY WOULD BE CELEBRATING WITH ONE ANOTHER DON'T SHAKE HANDS KEEP A TWO-METRE DISTANCE FROM EACH OTHER ACTING TOGETHER NOW WILL ALSO PROTECT ALL OF OUR FRONTLINE WORKERS, THE HEALTH CARE PROVIDERS AND BOARD OF SERVICE AGENTS, OUR POLICE OFFICERS ACROSS OUR COUNTRY, PUBLIC HEALTH OFFICIALS WORKING SO HARD TO PROTECT US AND I WANT TO THANK ALL OF OUR WORKERS FOR EXTRAORDINARY EFFORTS UNDER SUCH DIFFICULT CIRCUMSTANCES BUT I ALSO WANT TO THANK ALL THE OTHER WORKERS WHO ARE KEEPING THE GROCERY STORES STOCKED AND THE LIGHTS ON

THANK YOU SO MUCH WE SEE Y WE APPRECIATE YOU AND WE'RE SO GRATEFUL AS CANADIANS THAT YOU CONTINUE TO SERVE YOUR FELLOW CITIZENS I'M VERY IMPRESSED TO SEE CANADIANS COMING TOGETHER THIS WAY IN A CRISIS, BUT I'M NOT SURPRISED WE SEE WHAT NEEDS TO BE DONE TOGETHER AND WE ARE DOING IT

THIS PAN DEMOCRAT SICK NO EXCEPTION WE WILL GET THROUGH THIS HARD TIME TOGETHER SO MY LAST APPEAL IS MAKE SURE THAT YOU'RE KIND TO ONE ANOTHER CHECK IN WITH VULNERABLE PEOPLE BY PHONE THINK OF WAYS YOU CAN HELP TO ENSURE THAT WE GET THROUGH THIS TOGETHER

[VOICE BREAKING] THERE ARE SCARED PEOPLE THERE ARE LONELY PEOPLE THERE ARE FRIGHTENED PEOPLE AND IT DOESN'T TAKE A LOT TO REACH OUT TO THEM AND SAY THAT YOU'RE THERE WITH THEM EVEN IN SPIRIT, TO ASK WHAT THEY MIGHT NEED WE CAN DO THINGS FOR ONE ANOTHER

WE CAN DELIVER GROCERIES TO SOMEONE WHO HAS NO ABILITY TO GET OUT WE CAN ENSURE THAT THERE ARE WAYS THAT WE CAN SUPPORT OUR COLLEAGUES AND OUR CITIZENS SO JUST MAKE SURE YOU CONTINUE TO ASK HOW YOU CAN HELP THE SAME MESSAGES THAT WE LEARNED AS CHILDREN APPLY NOW SHARE

BE KIND ASK HOW YOU CAN HELP TOGETHER AS CANADIANS WE WILL GET THROUGH THIS >> OK WELL, THANK YOU VERY MUCH, MINISTER HAJDU

WE'LL NOW HEAR FROM DR TAM, PLEASE >> THANK YOU AND GOOD AFTERNOON, EVERYONE GLOBALLY, THERE ARE NOW OVER 180,000 CASES OF COVID-19 IN OVER 160 COUNTRIES

AS OF RIGHT NOW, WE HAVE OVER 440 CASES IN CANADA MOST OF THE CASES CONTINUE TO BE AMONG TRAVELERS OR THEIR CLOSE CONTACTS AND WE STILL HAVE EIGHT CONFIRMED CASES AMONG CANADIANS REPATRIATED FROM THE GRAND PRINCESS CRUISE SHIP AND THERE ARE QUARANTINES IN CF

B TRENTON WHAT'S CONCERNING IS WHAT WE'RE SEEING IN ONTARIO, INCLUDING THREE CASES REPORTED YESTERDAY THAT HAVE NO LINK TO TRAVEL OUTSIDE OF CANADA THESE CASES ARE CURRENTLY BEING INVESTIGATED AS COMMUNITY TRANSMISSION THE CLUSTER OF CASES IN THE LONG-TERM CARE FACILITY IN BRITISH COLUMBIA AND NOW THE ONE DEATH REPORTED THIS ONTARIO, REMINDS US OF THE SERIOUS NATURE OF THIS VIRUS AND ITS IMPACT ON HIGH-RISK GROUPS

WE ALSO HAVE A NUMBER OF CASES IN SEVERAL PROVINCES THAT ARE CONNECTED TO A LARGE DENTAL CONFERENCE IN VANCOUVER WITH ABOUT 15,000 PARTICIPANTS THIS, AGAIN, IS A REMINDER OF WHAT THESE LARGE GATHERINGS CAN DO TO AMPLIFY COVID-19 AND WHY IT IS SO IMPORTANT TO PRACTICE SOCIAL DISTANCING TO DELAY THE SPREAD IF CANADA IS TO SUCCEED AT DELAYING THE OUTBREAK AND FLATTENING THE EPIDEMIC CURVE, WE WILL ALL NEED TO BRING OUR BEST GAME AND TEAM CANADA SPIRIT TO BEAR, TO PROTECT OUR COUNTRY AND, MOST IMPORTANTLY, TO PROTECT OUR VULNERABLE POPULATIONS PUBLIC HEALTH AUTHORITIES ARE CONTINUING WITH A STRONG EFFORT TO DETECT CASES, TO METICULOUSLY TRACE AND MANAGE CONTACTS OUR PROVINCIAL AND NATIONAL LABORATORIES HAVE TESTED OVER 137,000 INDIVIDUALS TO DATE

THIS ALLOWS US TO IDENTIFY CASES QUICKLY AND INTERRUPT ANY CHAINS OF TRANSMISSION AND SLOW THE SPREAD OF COVID-19 FOR EVERY ONE OF US, WE NEED TO KNOW THAT EACH OF OUR ACTIONS TO INCREASE THE PHYSICAL SPACE BETWEEN US, BY CUSHING SOCIAL GATHERINGS, AVOIDING ENTERTAINMENT IN CROWDED AND CLOSED SPACES, POSTPONING TRAVEL AND LIVING WITH EVERYDAY INCREASES, WE CAN DELAY AND DAMPEN THE IMPACT OF COVID-19 AND PROTECT OUR MOST VULNERABLE BUT IF THE MEASURE OF A SOCIETY IS IN HOW IT CARES FOR ITS MOST VULNERABLE, I'M CALL ON ALL CANADA TO PULL TOGETHER AND FLATTEN THIS CURVE I'D LIKE TO REMIND CANADIANS THAT THERE IS AN ONGOING NEED TO CONTINUE DONATING BLOOD WE NEED BLOOD DONORS TO BOOK AND KEEP THEIR APPOINTMENTS TO PREVENT SHORTAGES

CANADIAN BLOOD SERVICES HAS ROBUST CLEANING, INFECTION CONTROL AND SCREENING PRACTICES IN PLACES TO PROTECT ALL DONORS, STAFF AND VOLUNTEERS SINCE THIS IS ST PATRICK'S DAY, I WOULD LIKE TO QUOTE A WISE IRISH COLLEAGUE AND A LEADER IN THE COVID-19 INTERNATIONAL RESPONSE MIKE RYAN, DIRECTOR OF THE WORLD HEALTH ORGANIZATION EMERGENCIES PROGRAMME HAS SAID "BE FAST, HAVE NO REGRETS THE VIRUS WILL ALWAYS GET YOU IF YOU ARE NOT PREPARED

IF YOU NEED TO BE RIGHT BEFORE YOU MOVE, YOU WOULD NEVER WIN SPEED TRUMPS PERFECTION THE GREATEST ERROR IS NOT TO MOVE" SO LET'S SHOW THEM HOW WE CAN MOVE CANADA AND THIS IS OUR CHANCE RIGHT HERE, RIGHT NOW THANK YOU

>> OK THANK YOU VERY MUCH, DR TAM DR NU? >> [SPEAKING FRENCH]

>> Interpreter: THANK YOU AND GOOD AFTERNOON, EVERYONE AT THE GLOBAL SCALE, THERE ARE MORE THAN 180,000 CASES OF COVID-19 AND 160 COUNTRIES RIGHT NOW THERE ARE MORE THAN 440 CASES OF COVID-19 IN CANADA MOST OF THOSE CASES CONTINUE TO BE IDENTIFIED AMONG TRAVELERS THERE ARE ALSO EIGHT CONFIRMED CASES OF CANADIANS WHO ARE REPATRIATED FROM A CRUISE SHIP, THE GRAND PRINCESS, AND WHO ARE NOW QUARANTINED AT C

FB TRENTON THE INCREASE IN THE NUMBER OF CASES IN ONTARIO IS PARTICULARLY CONCERNING WITH THREE CASES IDENTIFIED YESTERDAY THAT HAVE NO LINK TO TRAVEL OUTSIDE CANADA THOSE CASES ARE CURRENTLY BEING INVESTIGATED FOR COMMUNITY TRANSMISSION

OTHER CASES IN A LONG-TERM CARE FACILITY IN BC WHERE SOME PEOPLE HAVE DIED, REMINDS US OF THE SERIOUSNESS OF THIS SITUATION AND ITS IMPACT ON PEOPLE AT HIGH RISK THERE IS NOW ONE DEATH IN ONTARIO AS WELL WE CAN ALSO SEE A NUMBER OF CASES IN VARIOUS PROVINCES THAT ARE CONNECTED TO A LARGE CONFERENCE OF DENTAL SURGEONS IN VANCOUVER

WHERE 15,000 PEOPLE WERE IN ATTENDANCE THAT SHOWS US ONCE AGAIN THE EFFECT OF LARGE GATHERINGS ON THE INCREASE IN CASES OF COVID-19 AND THE IMPORTANCE OF SOCIAL DISTANCING IN ORDER TO DELAY THE SPREAD IF CANADA WANTS TO SUCCEED IN DELAYING THE SPREAD OF THE VIRUS AND FLATTENING THE EPIDEMIC CURVE, WE MUST GIVE THE BEST OF OURSELVES AND PULL TOGETHER IN ORDER TO PROTECT OUR COUNTRY AND PARTICULARLY OUR VULNERABLE CANADIANS THERE ARE SUSTAINED EFFORTS TO DETECT THE CASES OF COVID AND ARE DOING ROBUST CONTACT TRACING THE PUBLIC HEALTH LABORATORIES IN THE PROVINCES AND IN WINNIPEG ARE CONDUCTING TESTS ON MORE THAN 37,000 CANADIANS

WE WILL BE IN A POSITION TO DETECT THOSE CASES AND DETERMINE THE TRANSMISSION TRAJECTORY FOR THE WELFARE OF ALL, WE NEED TO ENSURE THAT THROUGH EACH OF OUR ACTIONS WE ARE KEEPING A PROPER DISTANCE BETWEEN OURSELVES AND OTHERS BY AVOIDING SOCIAL GATHERINGS AND CLOSE, WELL-ATTEND AND ENTERTAINMENT COMPLEXES WE CAN DELAY THE SPREAD OF THIS DISEASE AND MITIGATE THE IMPACKS AND PROTECT THE MOST VULNERABLE CANADIANS IF A SOCIETY IS JUDGED BY ITS ABILITY TO TAKE CARE OF THE MOST VULNERABLE, WE'RE ASKING ALL CANADIANS TO COME TOGETHER AND FLATTEN THE CURVE

BEFORE CONCLUDING, WE JUST WANT TO REMIND ALL CANADIANS THAT WE STILL NEED BLOOD DONATIONS IN OTHER WORDS TO PREVENT ANY SHORTAGES, WE NEED BLOOD DONORS TO CONTINUE TO KEEP THEIR APPOINTMENTS AND PROVIDE BLOOD THE CANADIAN BLOOD SERVICES HAS PUT IN PROPER HYGIENE PRACTICES TO FIGHT INFECTION AND CAN PROTECT ANY DONORS AS WELL AS EMPLOYEES AND VOLUNTEERS TO CELEBRATE ST PATRICK'S DAY, I'D LIKE TO QUOTE A WELL-KNOWN IRISHMAN, DR

MIKE RYAN FROM THE WORLD HEALTH ORGANIZATION HE IS THE CHIEF PHYSICIAN WHAT HE SAID IS BE FAST AND HAVE NO REGRETS THE VIRUS WILL CATCH US IF WE'RE NOT READY SPEED WILL ALWAYS TRUMP PERFECTION

THAT IS THE MOST IMPORTANT THING THE BIGGEST MISTAKE IS TO NOT TAKE ACTION LET'S SHOW THEM WHAT CANADA CAN DO LET'S TAKE THIS OPPORTUNITY NOW THANK YOU

>> [SPEAKING FRENCH] >> [SPEAKING FRENCH] >> Interpreter: YOU'RE FROM THE MINISTER OF CANADIAN HERITAGE, STEPHEN GUILBEAULT GOOD MORNING, EVERYONE MY SINCEREST CONDOLENCES TO THE FRIENDS AND FAMILY FOR CANADIAN VICTIMS TO DATE AND TO SAY THAT I AM WITH ALL OF THOSE WHO ARE TOUCHED — WHO ARE AFFECTED BY THE SPREAD OF THIS VIRUS

WE ARE FULLY AWARE OF THE DECISIONS OF THE PUBLIC HEALTH AUTHORITIES ON INDEPENDENT WORKERS, COMMUNITY ORGANISATIONS AND THE ARTS, CULTURE AND SPORTS SECTOR WE HAVE SAID THAT WE WOULD CONTINUE TO TAKE PROACTIVE DECISIONS, AS THE SITUATION INVOLVES, AND THAT IS WHAT WE'RE DOING THAT ALSO MEANS PREVENTION ON A LARGE SCALE THAT IS WHY, AS OF TOMORROW, THAT IS MARCH 18 AND UNTIL APRIL 30, ALL PARKS CANADA FACILITIES WILL BE CLOSED AND PARKS CANADA WILL NO LONGER ADMIT ANY VISITORS IT WILL SUSPEND ALL OF ITS VISITORS LINKED TO ITS NATIONAL PARKS, HISTORIC SITES AND MARINE CONSERVATION AREAS

ONLY ESSENTIAL SERVICES REGARDING SEARCH AND RESCUE AS WELL AS MAINTENANCE WILL BE MAINTAINED >> AND UP TO APRIL 30 THE PHYSICAL INSTALLATIONS OF PARKS CANADA WILL NO LONGER BE OPEN PARKS CANADA WILL NO LONGER ADMIT VISITORS AND WE'LL SUSPEND ALL SERVICES RELATED TO THE NATIONAL PARK, HISTORIC SITES, AND NATIONAL MARINE CONSERVATION AREAS ONLY ESSENTIAL RESEARCH, RESCUE, SECURITY SERVICES AND MAINTENANCE WILL BE MAINTAINED

[SPEAKING FRENCH] >> Interpreter: THE PRIME MINISTER SAID YESTERDAY AND I REPEAT, THE NUMBER ONE PRIORITY IS TO PROTECT THE HEALTH AND SAFETY OF CANADIANS NO DECISION IS TAKEN LIGHTLY AND THAT IS WHY IF YOU ARE IN DOUBT, FOLLOW THE DIRECTIVES OF YOUR LOCAL HEALTH AGENCY AS WELL AS THE CANADA PUBLIC HEALTH AGENCY I MIGHT REMIND YOU THAT THE CLOSING OF PARKS CANADA IS UNDER THE RESPONSIBILITY OF ENVIRONMENT CANADA AND IS PART OF JOINT EFFORTS WITH PROVINCE AND MUNICIPALITIES TO PROTECT HEALTH AND SAFETY OF OUR COMMUNITIES BY FOCUS ON SOCIAL DISTANCING MEASURES PLEASE STAY HOME

THAT IS THE BEST WAY TO PROTECT YOURSELF AND TO PROTECT YOUR FAMILY AND THE MOST VULNERABLE POPULATIONS THESE ARE JOINT AND INDIVIDUAL EFFORTS AND THESE ARE WHAT IS NEEDED TO SLOW THE SPREAD OF CORONAVIRUS WE HAVE TO TEMPORARILY SUSPEND ACTIVITIES TO PRESERVE OUR VALUES AND REFERRING TO MUTUAL AID AND SOLIDARITY I WOULD LIKE TO THANK ALL CANADIANS FOR YOUR RIGOR AND PATIENCE AND THANKS TO THOSE WHO ARE BEING CREATIVE BY PUTTING THEIR TOOLS FREE OF CHARGE OR AT A VERY LOW PRICE AT THE SERVICE OF CANADA YOU ARE REACHING OUT TO CANADIANS AND THAT IS VERY IMPORTANT

ALL CULTURE — OUR CULTURE CONTINUES TO LIVE ONLINE AND THANK YOU FOR EVERYONE WHO PROVIDES INFORMATION TO ENLIGHTEN US WITH REGARD TO CURRENT EVENTS OTHER ANNOUNCEMENTS WILL FOLLOW IN COMING DAYS >> Reporter: [INAUDIBLE] THANK CANADIANS FOR YOUR DETERMINATION AND PATIENCE THANK YOU AS WELL FOR THOSE WHO CONTINUE TO FREELY OFFER THEIR CREATIVE MATERIAL FOR THEIR PUBLIC AND CONTINUING YOUR VERY IMPORTANT EDUCATIONAL WORK OUR CULTURE LIVES ON, ONLINE, THROUGH YOUR PLATFORMS

THANK YOU FOR ENSURING THAT PEOPLE HAVE ACCESS TO QUALITY INFORMATION, WHICH KEEPS US UP TO DATE ON CURRENT EVENTS MORE INFORMATION WILL FOLLOW IN THE COMING DAYS MERCI >> Interpreter: THANK YOU, MINISTER GUILBEAULT >> NOW BILL BLAIR

PLEASE >> THANK YOU, DEPUTY PRIME MINISTER AS A RESULT OF THE MEASURES THAT WE ANNOUNCED YESTERDAY AND ON THE ADVICE OF PUBLIC HEALTH, THE CANADA BORDER SERVICES HAVE INCREASED THEIR OPERATIONAL POSTURE AND I'D LIKE TO QUICKLY REVIEW THE MEASURES THAT ARE NOW IN PLACE ALL INTERNATIONAL TRAVELERS ARE BEING ASKED DO YOU CURRENTLY HAVE A COUGH, DIFFICULTY BREATHING OR DO YOU FEEL YOU HAVE A FEVER? THEY ARE ALSO CONFIRMED TO ASK THE FOLLOWING STATEMENT I'VE ACKNOWLEDGED THAT I'VE BEEN ASKED TO SELF-ISOLATE FOR THE NEXT 14 DAYS TO PREVENT THE POTENTIAL SPREAD OF COVID-19

THERE IS NOW AN ENHANCE BORDER OFFICER PRESENCE AT ALL MAJOR PORTS OF ENTRY, TO CARRY A PUBLIC HEALTH SCREENING AND OUT REACH AND OFFICERS ARE ON THE LOOKOUT FOR ANY TRAVELER WHO LOOKS SICK OR WHO REPORTS THAT THEY ARE FEELING SYMPTOMS AND THEY WILL REFER ALL SUSPECTED CASES TO PUBLIC HEALTH AUTHORITIES THESE MEASURES HAVE NOT ONLY COME INTO EFFECT FOR AIR TRAVELERS, BUT HAVE ALSO BEEN IMPLEMENTED FOR LAND, RAIL AND FERRY TRAVELERS INSTRUCTIONAL HANDOUTS ARE BEING PROVIDED TO ALL A TRAVELERS ARRIVING IN CANADA THE HAND-OUT ADVISES THEM TO SELF-ISOLATE AT HOME FOR 14 DAYS, TO MONITOR THEMSELVES FOR SYMPTOMS AND TO CONTACT PUBLIC HEALTH AUTHORITIES SHOULD THEY DEVELOP SYMPTOMS IN ADDITION, MASKS ARE DISTRIBUTED TO HIGH-RISK TRAVELERS AS REQUIRED AND THERE IS AN INCREASED SIGNAGE AT OWL OF OUR POINTS OF ENTRY AS WELL AS ENHANCED CLEANING AND DISINFECTION OF HIGH TRAFFIC AREAS AND FACILITIES AT OUR AIRPORTS

I ALSO WOULD LIKE TO TAKE THE OPPORTUNITY TO CLARIFY FOR CANADIANS, WE KNOW THAT THERE ARE VERY MANY CANADIANS, FOR EXAMPLE, WHO ARE PRESENTLY IN THE UNITED STATES AND ARE QUICKLY MAKING THEIR WAY HOME I WANT TO ENSURE THEM ALL CANADIANS WILL ALWAYS BE ALLOWED TO RETURN TO CANADA AND IF THE CANADIAN WHO RETURNS IS EXHIBITING SYMPTOMS WHEN THEY PRESENT THEMSELVES AT A LAND BORDER OR PORT OF ENTRY, THEY WILL IMMEDIATELY BE REFERED TO PUBLIC HEALTH AGENCY OF CANADA QUARANTINE OFFICER FOR EXAMINATION BUT THEY WILL, OF COURSE, BE ALLOWED INTO THE COUNTRY AND FOLLOWING THAT ASSESSMENT, THE TRAVEL WILL EITHER BE GIVEN A MASK AND INSTRUCTED TO SELF-ISOLATE AT HOME OR IN MORE SEVERE CASES, SUBJECT TO EXAMINATION BY A QUARANTINE OFFICER

HIGHER VOLUME LAND BORDER CROSSS WILLING HAVE A PUBLIC HEALTH REPRESENTATIVE ON SITE, WHILE SMALLER PORTS OF ENTRY WILL GO THROUGH EXAMINATION OF SYMPTOMS OVER THE PHONE WITH PUBLIC HEALTH WE ARE CONSTANTLY EVALUATING THE SITUATION AND WE WILL TAKE WHATEVER MEASURES THAT MAY BE PROVED NECESSARY WE'LL CONTINUE TO WORK CLOSELY WITH HEALTH AUTHORITIES, BORDER OFFICIALS, OUR PROVINCIAL AND A TERRITORIAL PARTNERS AND WE'RE IN VERY CLOSE CONTACT, WORKING WITH OUR INTERNATIONAL PARTNERS TO ENSURE THAT WE DO WHAT IS BEST FOR CANADIANS I'D ALSO LIKE TO SPEAK, BECAUSE WE HAVE A NUMBER OF INQUIRIES OF INDIVIDUALS THAT CROSS OUR BORDERS REGULARLY SEEKING REFUGEE STATUS THE MEASURES THAT ARE CURRENTLY IN PLACE IS THOSE INDIVIDUALS ARE IMMEDIATELY TAKEN INTO CUSTODY BY THE RCMP

THEY ARE SCREENED THOROUGHLY BY OUR CUSTOMS BORDER OFFICERS THIS PROCESS TAKES ABOUT 24 HOURS AND THEY ARE ALSO NOW BEING SCREENED FOR ANY EVIDENCE OF SYMPTOM AND QUESTIONED ABOUT WHERE THEY HAVE BEEN UNDER NORMAL CIRCUMSTANCES, WHEN THIS PROCESS IS CONCLUDED AND AS THEY GO INTO OUR PROCESS ES OF DETERMINING THE ELIGIBILITY FOR REFUGEE STATUS, THEY ARE TEMPORARILY HOUSED IN MONTREAL BUT BECAUSE OF THE NEED FOR THE 14-DAY SELF-ISOLATION, WE'RE MAKING SEPARATE ARRANGEMENTS FOR THOSE INDIVIDUALS TO BE PLACED IN APPROPRIATE HEALTH IN ORDER TO ACCOMMODATE THE REQUIREMENT FOR THE PERIOD OF ISOLATION

WE ARE DOING THIS BECAUSE WE BELIEVE IT IS NECESSARY AND IN THE BEST INTEREST OF KEEPING ALL CANADIANS HEALTHY AND SAFE THANK YOU >> THANK YOU VERY MUCH, MINISTER BLAIR >> Interpreter: AND NOW WE GO TO THE MINISTER OF TRANSPORT >> MERCI

THANK YOU [SPEAKING FRENCH] >> Interpreter: THANK YOU GOOD AFTERNOON I'D LIKE TO ALSO ADD MY CONDOLENCES TO THOSE WHO LOST A FAMILY OR FRIEND COVID

YESTERDAY OUR GOVERNMENT ANNOUNCED EXTRAORDINARY MEASURES TO PROTECT CANADIANS' HEALTH AND SAFETY WITH REGARD TO COVID-19 AS OF MIDNIGHT TONIGHT, ALL INCOMING FLIGHTS FROM EUROPE, ASIA AND SOUTH AMERICA WILL BE REDIRECTED TO MONTREAL, TORONTO, CALGARY OR VANCOUVER AS OF TOMORROW MORNING, AS OF TOMORROW NOON, RATHER, CANADA WILL REDUCE THE EMBARKMENT OF FOREIGN NATIONALS ON FLIGHTS TO CANADA FROM ALL COUNTRIES EXEMPT THE UNITED STATES CANADA WILL ALSO REFUSE ACT A SAYSES TO FOREIGN NATIONALS FROM THE UNITED STATES IF THEY HAVE RESIDE OUTSIDE OF CANADA OR IN THE UNITED STATES OVER THE PAST 14 DAYS >> ANY PASSENGER EXHIBITING COVID-19 SYMPTOMS, REGARDLESS OF NATIONALITY, WILL NOT BE ALLOWED TO BOARD A FLIGHT TO CANADA

ALSO, EVERY TRAVELER NEED TO REMAIN IN SELF-ISOLATION FOR 14 DAYS IF THEY COME TO CANADA, WHETHER IT IS BY PLANE OR THROUGH LAND BORDER AND REGARDLESS OF THEIR NATIONALITY THESE MEASURES ARE ROBUST AND UNPRESS DENLDED — UNPRECEDENTED WE ARE ASSESSING THE SITUATION ON AN HOURLY BASIS AND TAKING ACTION AS APPROPRIATE TO PROTECT CANADIANS THANK YOU

>> THANK YOU VERY MUCH, MR GARNEAU AND NOW THE PRESIDENT OF THE TREASURY BOARD >> Interpreter: THANK YOU, MS FREELAND

AS MY COLLEAGUES HAVE SAID, THE SITUATION IS CHANGING RAPIDLY AND, IN THIS CONTEXT, WE HELD A MEETING OF THE CABINET COMMITTEE ON COVID-19 AND WE WILL HAVE A FULL CABINET MEETING BECAUSE ALL OF THE MINISTERS PLAY AN IMPORTANT PART OF MANAGING THIS CRISIS, WHICH IS UNPRESS DENED IN THE HISTORY OF OUR COUNTRY THIS MORNING, PRIME MINISTER TRUDEAU ANNOUNCED A NUMBER OF MEASURES THAT I WILL SUMMARIZE VERY QUICKLY THE HOUSE OF COMMONS SUMMONED BY MR PABLO RODRIGUEZ, THE LEADER OF THE HOUSE, TO GIVE LEGISLATIVE APPROVAL VERY QUICKLY TWO MEASURES OF ECONOMIC STUM US WILL AND SUPPORT, ESPECIALLY TO CANADIANS WHO ARE GOING THROUGH DIFFICULT CONDITIONS RIGHT NOW AND SO PARLIAMENT WILL BE RECONVENED RAPIDLY

WE'RE CONSIDERING THE USE OF THE EMERGENCY MEASURES ACT ALL MEMBERS OF THE CABINET ARE BEING CONSULTED IN ORDER TO HEAR FROM — TO GET THE OPINIONS OF THE PROVINCES AND TERRITORIES AND ALSO THIS MORNING WE HAVE RECEIVED IMPORTANT NOTICES FROM THE PUBLIC HEALTH AGENCY, GATHERINGS OF 50 PEOPLE OR MORE ARE DISCOURAGED THE PUBLIC HEALTH AGENCY ALSO REMINDS CANADIANS TO NOT TRAVEL ABROAD, UNLESS IT IS FOR ESSENTIAL REASONS THAT ALL VISITORS, SUCH AS MINISTER BLAIR SAID, REGARDLESS OF WHERE THEY COME FROM AND REGARDLESS OF WHERE THEY GO THROUGH MUST SELF-ISOLATE FOR A MINIMUM OF 14 DAYS AND WE WOULD ENCOURAGE AND SHOULD NOT LEAVE THEIR HOMES UNLESS NECESSARY I MIGHT ALSO REMIND THAT THE PRIME MINISTER ANNOUNCED MERGE LOANS OF UP TO $5,000 FOR PEOPLE GOING THROUGH DIFFICULT TIMES, A PEOPLE WHO WISH TO COME BACK TO CANADA BUT ARE HAVING TROUBLE DOING SO

SO PRIME MINISTER TRUDEAU ANNOUNCED THE AVAILABILITY OF THESE EMERGENCY LOANS AND FINALLY IN COOPERATION WITH OTHER CABINET MINISTERS MS FREELAND AND MYSELF WILL BE FORMING, CREATING A FORMAL MECHANISM TO WORK WITH THE PROVINCES AND TERRITORIS IN THIS EMERGENCY CONTEXT WE'RE ALSO GOING TO BE — WORK TO PUT IN PLACE A MECHANISM TO ENSURE THAT ALL MEMBERS OF PARLIAMENT, AS WELL AS THE OPPOSITION MEMBERS CAN QUICKLY HAVE ACCESS TO THE CORRECT INFORMATION SO THEY CAN DO THE WORK THAT IS REQUIRED WITH THEIR CONSTITUENTS AND THERE IS GOING TO BE A COUNCIL THAT WILL REGULARLY MEET AND REPRESENT SOCIAL ORGANISATIONS AND WORKERS AND TO DEAL WITH THIS CRISIS BUT THE PRIME MINISTER'S MAIN MESSAGE IS THAT PEOPLE SHOULD TAKE CARE OF THEMSELVES AND OF OTHERS BECAUSE THERE ARE A GREAT NUMBER OF PEOPLE, AS MINISTER HAJDU SAID, THERE ARE MANY PEOPLE WHO FEEL ALONE AND VULNERABLE AND ANXIOUS AND IN THIS DIFFICULT CONTEXT THAT WE'RE GOING THROUGH, WE HAVE TO REMEMBER TO TAKE CARE OF OTHERS AND TAKE CARE OF OURSELVES

THANK YOU WE ARE NOW READY TO TAKE QUESTIONS THANK YOU WE'RE GOING TO QUESTION PERIOD NOW >> MINISTER BLAIR WILL BE AVAILABLE FOR QUESTIONS AFTER CABINET

SO WE'LL GO WITH THREE QUESTIONS IN THE ROOM AND THEN OVER THE PHONE [SPEAKING FRENCH] >> Interpreter: THREE QUESTIONS IN THE ROOM AND THEN THREE QUESTIONS OVER THE PHONE AND THEN WE'LL ALLER — ALTERNATE THAT WAY INAUDIBLE FOR THE INTERPRETER

>> Reporter: [INAUDIBLE] >> Interpreter: YOU ARE ORGANIZING THINGS WITH THE AIRLINE COMPANY CONCRETELY WHAT DO YOU INTEND TO PUT IN PLACE? >> [SPEAKING FRENCH] >> Interpreter: YES, DEFINITELY AND THAT IS SOMETHING THAT MINISTER CHAMPAGNE IS DOING AS WELL

WE'RE SPEAKING WITH OUR CANADIAN AIRLINES IN ORDER TO BE ABLE TO REPATRIATE CANADIANS WHO ARE STUCK ABROAD AND CURRENTLY IN DISCUSSIONS WITH THEM SO AS TO CHOOSE CERTAIN PLACES IN THE COUNTRY WHERE IT WILL BE POSSIBLE TO SEND FLIGHTS SO THAT WE CAN REPATRIATE THOSE PEOPLE SORT OF A BRIDGE TO THESE DESTINATIONS WE'RE IN THE PRELIMINARY PHASE RIGHT NOW OF THESE DISCUSSIONS BUT I'M CERTAINLY HOPEFUL THAT IS THE DIRECTION WE'RE HEADING IN >> Reporter: [INAUDIBLE] >> Interpreter: YOU TALKED ABOUT EMERGENCY MEASURES AND I WOULD LIKE TO KNOW WHAT THIS ACT WILL ALLOW YOU TO DO TO RECONVENE PARLIAMENT BECAUSE IN THE MOTION ON FRIDAY, IT — THE INTERPRETER CANNOT HEAR THE QUESTION

>> [SPEAKING FRENCH] >> Interpreter: SO, REGARDING RECALLING THE HOUSE MINISTER MORNEAU WILL SOON HAVE MORE SPECIFIC INFORMATION REGARDING THE MEASURES TO PUT IN PLACE AND SOME OF THOSE MEASURES WILL REQUIRE THE PARLIAMENT TO BE RECONVENED NOW ALSO WE NEED TO WORK WITH ALL THE PROVINCES, INCLUDING QUEBEC TO ENSURE THAT THE FEDERAL GOVERNMENT HAS ALL THE TOOLS IT NEEDS TO SUPPORT THEM AND IN THIS KIND OF EMERGENCY CONTEXT AND CRISIS

WE MUST ENSURE THAT THE FEDERAL GOVERNMENT HAS ALL THE TOOLS REQUIRED TO HELP BECAUSE — [MICRO PHONE FEEDBACK] >> [SPEAKING FRENCH] >> Interpreter: SO THAT WE A HAVE ALL THE TOOLS THAT WE NEED FOR THE CANADIAN GOVERNMENT TO DO OUR JOB OVER THE NEXT LITTLE WHILE AND ONE OF THE CONSIDERATIONS THAT — AND THAT PRIME MINISTER TRUDEAU REFERED TO IS THE USE OF THE EMERGENCY MEASURES ACT THANK YOU [NO AUDIO] >> I THINK THERE IS TESTING FOR THOSE [INAUDIBLE] BUT ALSO THOSE WHO HAVE SYMPTOMS ARE, FOR EXAMPLE, ARE HOSPITALIZED WITH PNEUMONIA, FOR INSTANCE THAT IS REALLY KEY

IF YOU TEST PEOPLE WHO DON'T HAVE A TRAVEL HISTORY, THAT IS HOW YOU'RE GOING TO DETECT COMMUNITY SPREAD SO, THIS IS HAPPENING WE'RE HEARING FROM JURISDICTIONS NOW WHETHER IT IS IN BRITISH COLUMBIA OR ONTARIO THAT THEY'RE LOOKING AT CERTAIN CASES THAT LOOK LIKE THEY HAVE BEEN ACQUIRED IN THE COMMUNITY SO, THIS IS A SIGNAL FOR US THAT WE MUST DO EVERYTHING THAT WE CAN NAB TO STOP THE CHANGE OF TRANSMISSION YOU CAN'T ELIMINATE THE POSSIBILITY OF COMMUNITY SPREAD IN CERTAIN AREAS AND THAT IS WHY YOU'RE SEEING THESE MUCH INCREASED IN PUBLIC HEALTH ACTION TO ESSENTIALLY ASK EVERYONE TO SOCIAL DISTANCE

THIS IS THE REALLY KEY WAY THAT YOU CAN INTERRUPT THE CHAIN OF TRANSMISSION WE ARE COLLABORATING WITH PROVINCES AND TERRITORIES ON A DAILY BASIS AND RIGHT NOW WE ARE WORKING TOGETHER TO EFFECT ANY KIND OF NEED TO PURCHASE AND TO GET THOSE KITS SO, AS FAR AS I KNOW, WHILE WE ARE PLANNING CERTAINLY TO HAVE TO FOCUS THOSE TEST KITS ON THE PEOPLE WHO ARE MOST LIKELY TO HAVE THE VIRUS, WE ARE NOT SEEING ANY MAJOR ISSUES FROM THE PERSPECTIVE OF BEING ABLE TO DETECT CASES AND TO BE ABLE TO DETECT IF WE DO HAVE COMMUNITY TRANSMISSION IN CANADA BUT I WOULD SAY THAT YOU NEED TO, AS EVERYBODY HAS SAID, LOOK WHERE THE PUCK IS GOING AND NOT NECESSARILY WHERE WE'RE AT NOW AND JUST DO EVERYTHING YOU CAN TO INTERRUPT POTENTIAL CHANGE OF TRANSMISSION, EVEN IF YOU ARE NOT SEEING IT SO THAT IS THE APPROACH WE'RE TAKING RIGHT NOW

THIS IS VERY DIFFUSELY SPREAD BETWEEN PROVINCES AND TERRITORIES IT IS UP TO THEM AND WITHIN THEIR OWN LABORATORIES TO [INAUDIBLE] THE TEST WE HAVE TESTED OVER 37,000 PEOPLE ALREADY AND WE KNOW THAT THE DAILY CAPACITY OF PROVINCES IN GENERAL IS MUCH BIGGER THAN THAT SO WE HAVE NOT EXCEEDED THE CAPACITY AND WE'RE CONTINUING TO WORK TOGETHER TO LOOK AT SUPPLIES >> I'M JUST ADD

— I'LL JUST ADD WE HAVE A NUMBER OF PROCESSES HAPPENING UNDER HEALTH CANADA TO ACCELERATE APPROVAL OF ALTERNATIVE TESTING PROCESSES WE'LL HAVE MORE TO SAY ABOUT THAT ONCE WE HAVE DETAILS >> Interpreter: QUESTION INAUD TONIGHT THE INTERPRETER INAUDIBLE FOR THE INTERPRETER

>> Reporter: [SPEAKING FRENCH] >> Interpreter: WHAT MINISTER BLAIR SAID IS ONCE THESE PEOPLE HAVE BEEN TAKING INTO CUSTODY BY THE RCMP AND CBSA, THEY WILL BE REQUIRED TO BE IN QUARANTINE OR SELF-ISOLATION FOR A PERIOD OF 14 DAYS RIGHT NOW THEY — IT IS NOT PLANED THAT THEY WILL BE IN THIS SITUATION IN MONTREAL, BUT RATHER IN PLACES THAT I WILL HAVE TO COME BACK TO ON THIS THEY ALL HAVE TO SPECIFY WHERE THESE PLACES ARE, BUT WE WILL NEED TO SUPERVISE THEM IN THESE PLACES THEY WILL NEED TO BE SUPERVISED FOR 14 DAYS AND BE PROVIDED WITH CERTAIN SERVICES

>> Reporter: [INAUDIBLE] >> THANK YOU THAT'S A GREAT QUESTION I THINK I'LL REPEAT WHAT DR TAM AND FRANÇOIS-PHILIPPE CHAMPAGNE HAVE MOST RECENTLY SAID

NOW IS THE TIME TO COME HOME I BELIEVE THE PRIME MINISTER HAS ALSO SAID THAT AND IT IS IR RESPECTIVE OF YOUR CIRCUMSTANCE WHETHER YOU ARE A SNOWBIRD OR SEMIPERMANENT RESIDENCE IN FLORIDA OR ARIZONA OR NOT, IT IS TIME TO COME HOME AS WE CAN SEE AND AS WE'VE SEEN SINCE EARLIER DAYS, THIS IS A VERY FLUID SITUATION AND THINGS CHANGE RAPIDLY ALSO, ON TOP OF THAT, IF PEOPLE DO BECOME ILL, IT IS MUCH BETTER TO BECOME ILL IN YOUR OWN HOME COUNTRY WHERE YOU KNOW THAT YOU HAVE APPROPRIATE HEALTH COVERAGE IN A WAY THAT YOU CAN BE CERTAIN

AS A CANADIAN AND FINALLY, I'LL JUST SAY THAT AS SITUATIONS CHANGE, WORLDWIDE, WITH BORDER AND TRAVELS AND QUARANTINES AND VARIOUS LOCAL STATE LEVEL AND FEDERAL LEVEL MEASURES, WE CAN'T PREDICT WHERE OTHER COUNTRIS WILL GO AS THEY TRY TO SKATE TO WHERE THE PUCK IS GOING AND IT IS OF UTMOST IMPORTANCE THAT SNOWBIRDS AND THEIR FAMILIES — FAMILIES OF SNOWBIRDS ENCOURAGE THOSE FOLKS TO COME HOME NOW >> AND I DO WANT TO BE CLEAR — CANADIANS WILL ALWAYS BE ABLE TO COME HOME PEOPLE NEED TO BE CLEAR ABOUT THAT THAT IS THE RIGHT WHEEL HOUSE

>> WE'LL NO — NOW GO OVER THE PHONE >> THANK YOU MERCI PLEASE PRESS STAR 1 IF YOU HAVE A QUESTION [SPEAKING FRENCH]

THE FIRST QUESTION IS FROM MARIEKE WALSH FROM THE "GLOBE AND MAIL" PLEASE GO AHEAD >> Caller: HI, THERE THANK YOU I'M WONDERING IF YOU COULD? SPEAK SPECIFICALLY TO THE EMERGENCIES ACT

WHAT SPECIFIC POWERS ARE YOU STRONGLY REVIEWING AND WHY? >> THANK YOU WELL, I'LL PROVIDE YOU WITH TWO PIECES OF ADVICE THE FIRST ONE, AS THE PRIME MINISTER SAID, JUST THIS MORNING, WE ARE CONSIDERING THE USE OF THE EMERGENCY MEASURE ACT AND THE OBJECTIVE BEING THAT WE WANT TO BE PREPARED TO ASSIST THE IMPORTANT WORK OF PROVINCES AND TERRITORIES AND, THEREFORE N THAT CONTEXT, ALL CABINET MINISTERS ARE [INAUDIBLE] RAPIDLY TO ENGAGE WITH THEIR COUNTERPARTS TO SEE IF THIS IS AN AVENUE THAT WILL MAKE US EVEN MORE EFFECTIVE IN WORKING WITH THEY WILL AND SUPPORTING THEIR IMPORTANT WORK IN THE CONTEXT OF THIS CRISIS THE SECOND THING IS THAT THE ACT SAYS BASICALLY THAT WE CAN USE THAT LAW TO EITHER REGULATE THE MOVEMENT OF PEOPLE, THE MOVEMENT OF GOODS AND RESTRICTIONS TO THAT MOVEMENT AND THAT IMPLIES, THEREFORE, POSSIBLE RESTRICTIONS ON TRAVEL, EVACUATIONS OF PEOPLE T PROVISION OF ESSENTIAL GOODS AND SERVICES IN THE CONTEXT OF THE EMERGENCY SITUATION IN WHICH WE ARE CURRENTLY FINDING OURSELVES >> YES

>> Reporter: [INAUDIBLE] >> IF I COULD ADD ONE MONEY THING — COULD ADD ONE THING WE'RE VERY AWARE THAT THE EMERGENCY SERVICES ACT IS A MEASURE OF LAST RESORT, WHICH DOES GRANT EXTRAORDINARY POWERS TO THE FEDERAL GOVERNMENT WE BEGAN A DISCUSSION OF IT TODAY AND WE'RE ALSO VERY AWARE AS HE HAS JUST EXPLAINED THAT ET COULD NEVER BE INVOKED WITHOUT CONSULTATION WITH THE PROVINCES

>> Reporter: CAN YOU PLEASE CLARIFY? WE'RE HEARING MIXED MESSAGES, FROM MY UNDERSTANDING, WHO CAN COME HOME? YOU'RE SAYING EVERYBODY CAN COME HOME BUT AT THE SAME TIME, YOU'RE SAYING PEOPLE WHO ARE ILL OR HAVE SYMPTOMS CAN'T GET ON THE PLANE SO, CAN YOU CLARIFY THAT FOR EVERYBODY? >> YES WHAT THE DP

M SAID IS THAT ALL CANADIANS CAN COME HOME AND BY CANADIANS WE INCLUDE PERMANENT RESIDENTS AND WE ALSO INCLUDE IMMEDIATE FAMILY AND IMMEDIATE FAMILY MEMBERS WHAT THE CLARIFICATION IS, IF A PERSON IS SYMPTOMATIC, THEY WILL NOT BE ALLOWED TO COME HOME UNTIL THEIR SYMPTOMS ARE TREATED WHEREVER THEY HAPPEN TO BE AND THAT IS WHY WE HAVE ALSO ANNOUNCED THAT THERE WILL BE SOME FINANCIAL HELP AS THEY GET THROUGH THAT DIFFICULT PERIOD AND EVENTUALLY ARE ABLE TO COME HOME >> [SPEAKING FRENCH]

>> Interpreter: THANK YOU MERCI OUR NEXT QUESTION IS FROM LAURA OSMOND WITH THE CANADIAN PRESS PLEASE GO AHEAD [SPEAKING FRENCH]

>> Reporter: HI, THERE SORRY FOR THE DELAY WE HAVE A NUMBER OF QUESTIONS ABOUT FLATTENING THE CURVE RIGHT NOW YOU'RE TRYING TO MAKE SURE THAT PEOPLE SOCIALLY DISTANCE AND FLATTEN THAT CURVE SO IT DOESN'T GO ABOVE SORT OF THE LINE FOR WHAT OUR HEALTH CARE SYSTEM CAN HANDLE WHAT IS HAPPENING NOW TO SORT OF MAKE THAT LINE GO HIGHER, TO INCREASE THE CAPACITY OF OUR HEALTH CARE SYSTEM? >> THANK YOU

IT'S PATTY HAJDU I'LL ANSWER THAT AND TURN IT OVER TO DR TAM THAT WORK HAS BEEN HAPPENING TO PREPARE OUR HEALTH CARE SYSTEM SINCE THE VERY EARLY DAYS SINCE WE NOTICED INCREASED ACTIVITY IN WUHAN AND DR TAM IMMEDIATELY CALLED A MEETING OR CONVENING, IF YOU WILL, OF A SPECIAL COMMITTEE THAT INCLUDES PUBLIC HEALTH OFFICERS FROM ALL ACROSS THE PROVINCES AND TERRITORIES TO BEGIN THAT PLANNING

OF COURSE, IN THE EARLY DAYS IT WAS VERY UNCLEAR HOW SERIOUS THIS WOULD BE FOR CANADA, BUT WE KNEW SHOULD WE SEE ANY OUTBREAK IN CANADA AND GOD FORBID WHERE WE FIND OURSELVES NOW IN A FULL PANDEMIC, THAT OUR HEALTH CARE SYSTEM WOULD NEED TO BE FORTIFIED AND PROVINCES AND TERRITORIES NEED TO BE TAKING APPROPRIATE STEPS TO DO THAT WORK I WILL ALSO INDICATE THAT THE COMMITTEE THAT DR TAM CONVENED IS NOT JUST THE PUBLIC HEALTH OFFICERS, BUT THERE ARE SEVERAL COMMITTEES THAT WORK ON THAT TECHNICAL ASPECT OF THAT PREPARATION, INCLUDING WHAT KINDS OF EQUIPMENT AND HUMAN RESOURCING CONCERNS AND A NUMBER OF OTHER MEASURES AND SO WE HAVE BEEN WORKING WITH PROVINCES AND TERRITORIES TO BOOST OUR CAPACITIES AND TO UNDERSTAND WHAT KINDS OF DEMANDS WOULD BE PLACED ON THE HEALTH CARE SYSTEM IF WE WERE TO SEE THE SAME TYPE OF CURVE WE WERE SEEING FIRST IN CHINA AND LATER IN ITALY AND IRAN I'LL TURN IT OVER TO DR

TAM TO TALK ABOUT SOME OF THOSE SPECIFICS >> YEAH IT'S ACTUALLY QUITE INCREDIBLE ACROSS THE COUNTRY TO HEAR FROM EVERY PROVINCE AND TERRITORY, HOW THEY'RE PLANNING TO READY THE HEALTH SYSTEM SO, SOME OF THE MEASURES THAT THEY'RE TAKING INCLUDE ALREADY INVOKING RESPONSE PLANS IN HO*EMENT FACILITIES — IN HEALTH FACILITIES

THEY ARE REDUCING ANY FOIL IMPACT ON THOSE VERY VALUABLE HOSPITAL ASSETS AND HOSPITAL BEDS THEY ARE USING TELEMEDICINE IN A WAY THAT I FEEL TO BE MAYBE A LEGACY OF THE OUTBREAK ITSELF IS THE FACT THAT PEOPLE ARE USING INNOVATIONS TO TRY AND GET CARE TO PEOPLE IN DIFFERENT WAYS THEY ARE DOING CONSULTATIONS REMOTELY WHAT YOU ARE TRYING TO DO IS REDUCE THE OUNCE OF CAPACITY IN THE HEALTH CARE SYSTEM TO TREAT THOSE WHO HAVE MORE SERIOUS PRESENTATIONS OF THE COVID-19 WE SEE ASSESSMENTLE TOOS FOR PEOPLE WHO COME FROM TRAVEL, FOR INSTANCE, WHO MAYBE DON'T NEED TO BE LOOKED AT IN A CLINIC SO YOU DON'T INUNDATE THOSE SYSTEMS AS WELL IS ALSO AT PLAY

AS WELL, WE'RE READYING ALL THE SYSTEMS THE LABL SYSTEMS, THE SURVEILLANCE SYSTEMS, PROTECTING OUR HEALTH WORKERS VERY IMPORTANT COLLABORATING ON GETTING EQUIPMENT, WHICH INCLUDES THE PURCHASING, FOR EXAMPLE, OF VENTILATORS SO, ALL OF THOSE THINGS TOGETHER HELP IMPROVE AND INCREASE THAT LINE THAT YOU SAW WHERE YOU WANT TO GET THAT CURVE UNDER, OF COURSE, WITH THAT LINE ON THE UPWARD TRAJECTORY >> Reporter: THANK YOU

AND FOR DEPUTY PRIME MINISTER, WE GOT A PREVIOUS [INAUDIBLE] OF THE ECONOMIC MEASURES THAT WERE GOING TO BE ANNOUNCED TOMORROW BUT WHAT KINDS OF THINGS ARE YOUR COMMITTEE CONSIDERING, CONSIDERING A LOT OF ECONOMIC SUPPORTS TEND TO BE THINGS THAT GET PEOPLE SPENDING MONEY AND THAT IS NOT NECESSARILY APPROPRIATE RIGHT NOW AS PEOPLE ARE STAYING HOME MORE AND NOT GOING OUT INTO THE COMMUNITY AS MUCH >> SO FIRST OF ALL, THE PRIME MINISTER HAS FORESHADOWED THAT WE WILL BE UNVEILING MINISTER MORNEAU WILL BE UNVEILING SOME FURTHER STRONG ECONOMIC MEASURES I WOULD NEVER STEAL HIS THUNDER, BUT LET ME ASSURE EVERYONE THAT WE UNDERSTAND THE SERIOUSNESS OF THIS SITUATION AND THE FEDERAL GOVERNMENT ABSOLUTELY UNDERSTANDS THAT WE NEED TO DO AND WE WILL DO WHATEVER IT TAKES TO ENSURE THAT OUR ECONOMY CAN WEATHER THE STORM THIS IS ECONOMICALLY A UNIQUE SITUATION

BECAUSE, ON ONE HAND, THE VERY IMPORTANT MEASURES WE ARE TAKING TO PREVENT THE HEALTH AND SAFETY OF CANADIANS, SIMULTANEOUSLY ARE LEADING TO A REDUCTION OF ECONOMIC ACTIVITY WE ARE, AS A COUNTRY, ASKING PEOPLE TO STAY HOME AND WE ARE SEEING — AND WOULD REALLY LIKE TO PRAISE THIS, FORWARD-LOOKING ACTION BY CITIES AND PROVINCES SHUTTING DOWN PLACES WHERE PEOPLE GATHER THAT IS ABSOLUTELY THE RIGHT THING TO DO AND IT DOES INEVITABLY HAVE AN ECONOMIC IMPACT THE WAY WE'RE THINKING ABOUT THIS, AND I'M NOT GOING TO GO INTO THE DETAILS BUT THE WAY WE ARE THINKING ABOUT IT IS VERY MUCH, I WOULD SAY, ALONG THE LINES OF THINGS WE'RE SEING FROM OTHER COUNTRIES THAT HAVE BEEN — FACED THIS EARLIER THAN WE HAVE

COUNTRIES LIKE SINGAPORE, WHICH HAVE FOCUSED ON WHAT CAN YOU DO TO BE SURE THAT THIS PERIOD WHEN WE NEED TO SOCIALLY DISTANCE AND WE NEED TO STAY HOME, ECONOMIC ACTIVITY INEVITABLY, THEREFORE, SUBSIDES HOW CAN WE TAKE MEASURES TO ENSURE THAT NO DAMAGE IS DONE TO SECTORS OF THE ECONOMY, THAT NO DAMAGE IS DONE TO CANADIAN BUSINESSES AND THAT INDIVIDUAL CANADIANS ARE ABLE TO CONTINUE TO GET THROUGH THAT AND ABLE TO CONTINUE TO BUY GROCERIES AND PAY THEIR RENT DURING THIS PERIOD AT THE SAME TIME, THERE IS A REAL FOCUS ON ENSURING THAT ALL THE ESSENTIAL SERVICES THAT WE NEED, EVEN IN THIS TIME OF SOCIAL DISTANCING, ARE ABLE TO GO ON SO MINISTER HAJDU TODAY AND YESTERDAY HAS MADE THE IMPORTANT POINT THAT WE'RE THANKING OUR HEALTH CARE PROFESSIONALS BUT WE NEED TO THANK ALL THE PEOPLE THAT ARE ENCURING THAT WE ALL HAVE GROCERIES IN OUR STORES, THAT WE STILL HAVE MEDICINES IN OUR DRUGSTORES, THAT WE STILL HAVE HEAT AND LIGHT IN OUR BUILDINGS

SO THAT ALSO NEEDS TO BE AND IS A PART OF OUR ECONOMIC APPROACH AND I SEE THE MENSTER WHO IS ALSO VERY INVOLVED IN OUR ECONOMIC THINKING KIND OF LOOKS LIKE HE IS FIDGETING BESIDE ME DO YOU WANT TO ADD ANYTHING? >> [SPEAKING FRENCH] >> Interpreter: [INAUDIBLE] TO COME BACK TO WHAT YOU'RE SAYING BUT YES, WE ARE IN A VERY UNIQUE TYPE OF ECONOMIC CRISIS IT'S UNPRECEDENTED IN THE INDUSTRY OF CANADA BECAUSE WE HAVE ISSUES OF BOTH SUPPLY AND DEMAND

CANADIANS HAVE A VERY LIMITED DEMAND BECAUSE OF THE ECONOMIC INSECURITY THAT PREVAILS THEY HAVE TO PAY FOR FOOD, FOR RENT, AND BUY MEDICATION GOODS AND SERVICES THAT CANADIANS NEED TO SURVIVE, THAT IS WHAT THEY NEED TO SURVIVE FOR THE NEXT FEW WEEKS, BUT IN ADDITION THERE IS THE PROBLEM OF SUPPLY BECAUSE THE PRODUCTION OF GOODS AND SERVICES IS SLOWED DOWN, IT'S VERY COMPLICATE OF THE RIGOROUS POLICIS THAT WE'RE PUTTING IN PLACE TO PROTECT THE HEALTH AND SAFETY OF CANADIAN WORKERS AND FAMILIES SO IT IS A NEW ECONOMIC SITUATION AND THE MEASURES THAT ARE GOING TO BE ANNOUNCED ARE MEASURES THAT ARE GOING TO TAKE INTO ACCOUNT THESE ISSUES OF BOTH SUPPLY AND DEMAND

WITH REGARD TO CONSUMPTION THANK YOU >> THANK YOU LAST QUESTION ON THE TELEPHONE >> Reporter: THANK YOU

MERCI NEXT QUESTION IS FROM LAUREN GARDENER FROM POLITICO >> PLEASE GO AHEAD >> Reporter: THANK YOU FOR TAKING MY QUESTION I'M WONDERING WHAT SORT OF FINANCIAL AID MIGHT THE CABINET BE CONSIDERING FOR TRANSPORTATION CARRIERS IN CANADA

I'M THINKING SPECIFICALLY AIR CANADA, TRANSAT, WESTJET AND VIA RAIL AS THEY SEE DEMAND FROM IT >> MR GARNEAU? [PLEASE STAND BY] >> WE HAVE BEEN THOUGHTFUL ABOUT AND LISTENING TO WHAT WE'RE HEARING FROM THE INDIGENOUS AND NORTHERN COMMUNITIES AND AS MINISTER HAJDU SAID AND THE PRIME MINISTER SAID, THERE WILL BE ADDITIONAL SPECIFIC MEASURES ANNOUNCED VERY SOON JUST ABOUT THIS HE WILL — THE IDEA BEHIND THESE DAILY BRIEFINGS IS MINISTERS WHO HAVE PARTICULAR ANNOUNCEMENTS TO MAKE WILL BE HERE THAT IS WHY WE HAVE THE MINISTER WITH US TODAY TO TALK ABOUT PARKS

YOU'LL BE SEEING MINISTER MILLER WHEN HE HAS SPECIFIC MEASURES TO ANNOUNCE HE DID TODAY SHARE WITH MEMBERS OF THE COMMITTEE WHAT IS HAPPENING IN SPECIFIC COMMUNITIES I ALSO WANT TO SAY AS WE HEARD FROM DR TAM, DR NEW, MINISTER HAJDU, WE'RE SEEING ACROSS THE PROVINCE, WHETHER IT'S CITIES, PROVINCES, INDIGENOUS COMMUNITIES, CANADIANS ACTING AND TAKING THE RIGHT MEASURES FOR THOSE COMMUNITIES

PREMIER FORD PHONED ME THIS MORNING BEFORE ANNOUNCING ONTARIO'S EMERGENCY DECISION AND THAT IS WHAT WE NEED TO DO WE ALL NEED TO BE ACTING AND TAKING THE RIGHT MEASURES IN OUR OWN COMMUNITIES AND THAT INCLUDES INDIGENOUS COMMUNITIES AT THE SAME TIME, THE FEDERAL GOVERNMENT IS HERE TO LEAD AND PROVIDE THE NECESSARY RESOURCES AND WE'RE GOING TO DO THAT, TOO >> GLOBAL NEWS FOR NEXT QUESTION

>> Reporter: [INAUDIBLE] >> OUR ACTION WHEN IT COMES TO THE US BORDER IS VERY MUCH ABOUT UNDERSTANDING THAT THE CANADA-US

BORDER IS A PARTICULAR RELATIONSHIP AND A PARTICULAR BORDER FOR CANADA NEARLY 200,000 PEOPLE CROSS THAT BORDER EVERY DAY AND THAT BORDER AND THAT TRAFFIC THAT GOES ACROSS THAT BORDER IS LITERALLY A LIFELINE FOR BOTH THE CANADIANS AND THE AMERICANS ON BOTH SIDES OF THAT BORDER WE GET OUR GROCERIES, THANKS TO TRUCKERS WHO DRIVE LET ME ENCOURAGE POTENTIAL VISITORS NOT TO MAKE THOSE TRIPS TO CANADA UNLESS IT'S ESSENTIAL NOW IS NOT THE TIME FOR OUR AMERICAN FRIENDS TO BE COMING JUST FOR A VISIT THAT IS FOR THE HEALTH OF POTENTIAL VISITORS AND FOR THE HEALTH OF CANADIANS

SO BC HAS BEEN VERY CLEAR ABOUT THAT AND FEDERAL GOVERNMENT IS VERY CLEAR ABOUT THAT, TOO NOW AS THE PRIME MINISTER SAID YESTERDAY, NOTHING IS OFF THE TABLE FOR CANADA AND WE ARE VERY URGENTLY REVIEWING THE SITUATION

ALSO IN CLOSE PARTNERSHIP AND COLLABORATION WITH OUR SOUTHERN NEIGHBOURS MINISTER BLAIR HAD A CONVERSATION YESTERDAY WITH HIS COUNTERPART, THE SECRETARY OF HOMELAND SECURITY, SO THESE ARE ONGOING AND URGENT CONVERSATIONS PARTICULAR CARE NEEDS TO BE TAKEN BECAUSE THAT BORDER IS A LIFELINE AND WE WANT TO BE CLEAR TODAY TO STRONGLY DISCOURAGE ALL NONESSENTIAL TRAVEL IN BOTH DIRECTIONS ACROSS THAT BORDER GIVEN THE SITUATION THAT OUR CONTINENT IS IN IT DOESN'T MAKE SENSE >> MAYBE IF I CAN ADD, AS A MEMBER OF PARLIAMENT WHO IS CLOSE TO A BORDER WITH THE UNITED STATES, WHEN WE SAY NONESSENTIAL TRAVEL, THAT INCLUDES CROSSING THE BORDER TO BUY CIGARETTES AND ALCOHOL, TO PICK UP PACKAGES DELIVERED TO THE UNITED STATES, TO DO GROCERY SHOPPING IN THE UNITED STATES BECAUSE THE PRICES MAY OR MAY NOT BE LOWER OR YOU CANNOT FIND SPECIFIC ITEMS IN CANADA

THESE ARE NONESSENTIAL TRIPS WHEN WE'RE SAYING NONESSENTIAL TRIPS, THERE ARE SOMETIMES THINGS HAVE TAKEN FOR GRANTED ON A BORDER TOWN FOR A VERY LONG TIME >> Reporter: [INAUDIBLE] — WHY IS THAT COMING TOMORROW? THAT PACKAGE? >> WELL, WE DID HAVE SOME STRONG ECONOMIC MEASURES ANNOUNCED BOTH ON WEDNESDAY OF LAST WEEK, THE $1 BILLION CORONAVIRUS RESPONSE PACKAGE AND THEN A FURTHER $10 BILLION SET OF MEASURES ANNOUNCED ON FRIDAY THOSE ARE STRONG RESPONSES I THINK WE ALL AGREE WITH ALL OF THE PREMIERS AND ALL CANADIANS THAT CANADA NEEDS TO DO MORE

AND WE WILL YOU WILL BE HEARING VERY SOON FROM MINISTER MORNEAU ABOUT A STRONG FURTHER SET OF ACTIONS WE WILL TAKE AS YOU HEARD FROM MINISTER DUCLOS, CANADA IS IN A FORTUNATE POSITION IN THAT WE HAVE THE FISCAL FIRE POWER TO ACT AND WE WILL AND I REALLY WANT TO ASSURE CANADIANS THAT THE FEDERAL GOVERNMENT WILL DO WHAT IT TAKES TO GET US THROUGH THIS CRISIS AND TO ENSURE THAT CANADIAN WORKERS, CANADIAN BUSINESSES, ARE IN A POSITION TO COME ROARING BACK WHEN THE MEASURES IMPOSED BY SOCIAL DISTANCING CAN BE SET ASIDE AND WE'RE GOING TO BE LISTENING TO OUR HEALTH EXPERTS AS TO WHEN THAT TIME IS, BUT THAT TIME WILL DEFINITELY COME

AND OUR JOB AS A GOVERNMENT RIGHT NOW IS, FIRST OF ALL, HEALTH AND SAFETY OF CANADIANS ABSOLUTE PRIORITY I THINK WE ALL AGREE WE NEED TO DO WHATEVER IT TAKES WE HAVE TO PUT IN PLACE THE MEASURES TO HELP US GET THROUGH THAT PERIOD WE HAVE TO BE SURE THAT OUR ECONOMY IS READY TO COME BACK OUT OF THE GATE STRONG WE'RE GOING TO DO THAT AND YOU'RE GOING TO LIKE WHAT YOU HEAR FROM MINISTER MORNEAU VERY SOON

>> THANK YOU THIS CONCLUDES THE PRESS CONFERENCE >> ALL RIGHT, THAT IS A LONG PRESS CONFERENCE BY A SERIES OF CABINET MINISTERS AND PUBLIC HEALTH OFFICIALS TO BRING US UP TO DATE ON BASIC MESSAGE, THAT IS TO DO AS MUCH AS POSSIBLE TO TRY AND LIMIT THE SPREAD OF CORONAVIRUS THE PRIME MINISTER SAYING AGAIN TODAY, STAY HOME IF YOU DON'T HAVE TO LEAVE THE HOUSE, DON'T HE, OF COURSE, HIMSELF IS SELF-ISOLATING

I'LL BRING YOU UP TO DATE ON A COUPLE OF BITS OF NEWS IMPORTANT FOR YOU TODAY WE DO HAVE A FIFTH DEATH IN THIS COUNTRY AND IT IS THE FIRST ONE IN THE PROVINCE OF ONTARIO THE PROVINCE WITH THE HIGHEST NUMBER OF CASES NOW CONFIRMING A FIRST DETECTIVE OF AN ELDERLY MAN, 77 YEARS OLD, WHO HAD UNDERLYING CONDITIONS WASN'T KNOWN TO BE INFECTED WITH COVID-19, BUT SUBSEQUENTLY THAT WAS THE CASE AND HIS CASE WAS RELATED TO THE FACT HE WAS IN CONTACT WITH SOMEONE ELSE

SO THAT'S ONE DEATH IN ONTARIO AND FOUR DEATHS IN BRITISH COLUMBIA ALL RELATED TO A LONG-TERM CARE CENTRE THERE AND THE OTHER MESSAGE I THINK WE HEARD BOTH FROM DR TAM AND OTHERS TODAY IS THAT WHAT THEY'RE TRYING TO DO RIGHT NOW IS STOP THE CHAIN OF TRANSMISSION TO MAKE SURE THAT THE CASES THAT COULD HAPPEN FROM ONE TO ANOTHER WITHOUT TRAVEL ARE COMPLETELY BROKEN

AND THAT IS WHY THEY'RE ASKING EVERYONE TO REALLY LIMIT SOCIAL CONTACT LET'S BRING IN HOST OF "POWER AND POLITICS", VASSY KAPELOS AND DAVID COCHRANE FOR THE PERSPECTIVE I'LL START, VASSY, WITH YOU ON THE BORDER YOU KNOW, JUST BECAUSE THAT'S WHERE WE ENDED I THOUGHT THE LANGUAGE THAT THE DEPUTY PRIME MINISTER USED THERE WAS USEFUL, BECAUSE I THINK PEOPLE ARE STILL STRUGGLING TO UNDERSTAND, SAYING THAT THE BORDER IS A LIFELINE

>> YEAH, THAT'S THE EXACT TERM SHE USED IT'S UNDERSTANDABLE EVEN IF YOU BREAK IT DOWN TO DAILY NEEDS WHAT IS EVERYONE NEED, THINKING ABOUT QUARANTINE OR SELF-ISOLATION FOR TWO WEEKS, ENOUGH FOOD TO GET THROUGH THE TWO WEEKS MOST OF OUR FOOD, AS THE DEPUTY PRIME MINISTER POINTED OUT, BUT A NUMBER OF EXPERTS OVER THE PAST 24 HOURS, DURING THE WINTER MONTHS COMES FROM THE UNITED STATES THERE IS A CONSTANT BACK-AND-FORTH OF PEOPLE WHO ARE TRANSPORTING THAT FOOD ACROSS THE BORDER

SHE DID SAY ALSO — THIS IS SOMETHING THEY HAVE SAID SINCE YESTERDAY — THERE ARE A LOT OF ONGOING CONVERSATIONS WITH CABINET MINISTERS AND THEIR COUNTERPARTS IN THE UNITED STATES I KNOW PRESIDENT TRUMP SPOKE EARLIER ABOUT THE BORDER AS WELL HE HAS EXPRESSED A DESIRE NOT TO CLOSE IT DOWN BECAUSE OF THE INTEGRATION AS WELL, BUT CLEARLY THERE SEEMS TO BE SOME KIND OF CONVERSATION GOING ON ABOUT WHAT MIGHT BE DONE TO ADDRESS THE BORDER IT IS A CONCERN FOR CANADIAN OFFICIALS AND WE SEE THAT PARTICULARLY, FOR EXAMPLE, IN ONTARIO, WHERE SO MANY OF THE CASES, ESPECIALLY OVER THE PAST FEW DAYS, THAT ARE ARISING WHEN THEY IDENTIFY THE ORIGIN, IT'S FROM THE UNITED STATES THERE IS A GREATER CONCERN AND WE SAW THAT YESTERDAY ABOUT THE TRANSMISSION OF THIS THROUGH PEOPLE WHO ARE COMING HOME FROM MARCH BREAK, SAY, FOR EXAMPLE, THE GOVERNMENT HAS NOW SAID IF YOU HAVE ANY SYMPTOMINGS, YOU CAN'T EVEN GET ON THE PLANE REGARDLESS OF WHERE YOU'RE COMING FROM

THE BORDER IS A JUSTIFIED CONCERN THE SOLUTION, HOWEVER, AS THOSE MINISTERS AND AS THE PRIME MINISTER HAVE POINTED OUT IS NOT REALLY A SIMPLE ONE >> NO BECAUSE YOU ALLUDED TO THE CLIP FROM DONALD TRUMP, WE'LL BRING YOU MORE HE DID SAY MORE ABOUT THE CONVERSATIONS

LET ME SHOW PEOPLE THAT CLIP >> President Donald Trump: CANADA HAS NOT CLOSED IT TO THE UNITED STATES, SO WE'RE WORKING CLOSELY WITH THE UNITED STATES, BUT THEY HAVE NOT CLOSED IT THEY HAVE CLOSED IT TO THE WORLD, BUT NOT THE UNITED STATES >> ARE YOU CONSIDERING CLOSING THE US

LAND BORDERS? >> I DON'T WANT TO SAY THAT, BUT WE'RE DISCUSSING THINGS WITH CANADA AND MEXICO, QUITE HONESTLY, AGAIN THE RELATIONSHIP IS OUTSTANDING WITH BOTH, OUTSTANDING WE JUST SIGNED OUR DEAL, USMCA, AND THE DEAL IS VERY STRONG >> OBVIOUSLY, THOSE CONVERSATIONS ONGOING DAVID, LET ME BRING YOU IN FOR YOUR THOUGHTS ON WHAT WE HEARD FROM THE MINISTERS TODAY IS REALLY A LESSON ABOUT BEHAVIOR AND ATTEMPT TO TRY TO STOP FURTHER TRANSMISSION

>> YEAH, THERE IS A REAL MESSAGE AMPLIFICATION COMPONENT TO WHAT IS HAPPENING THERE TODAY AN LISTENING TO DR TAM AND PUTTING IN THE URGENCY OF THE EFFECTIVENESS OF SOCIAL DISTANCING THE NUMBERS WE GOT YESTERDAY, ESSENTIALLY, 87% OF THE CASES WERE TRAVEL-RELATED, 13% IS COMMUNITY SPREAD THAT IS YESTERDAY THAT IS CHANGING FASTER THAN THE STOCK MARKET

THE COMMUNITY SPREAD IS AT REAL WORRISOME STUFF, THAT'S WHY THE SOCIAL DISTANCING IS FRONT AND CENTRE ON EVERYTHING TODAY TWO QUICK POINTS THERE WAS CONFUSION ON EVERY CANADIAN BEING ABLE TO COME HOME, BECAUSE IT'S TRUE AND NOT TRUE AT THE SAME TIME IF YOU'RE A CANADIAN AND YOU'RE ABROAD AND YOU'RE SICK AND YOU CAN GET TO THE CANADIAN BORDER, YOU'RE ALLOWED IN YOU CAN DRIVE THERE, TRAIN THERE, BIKE THERE

WE HEARD BILL BLAIR SAY YOU WILL BE ASSESSED BY PUBLIC HEALTH OFFICER IT BECOMES MORE COMPLEX IF YOU HAVE TO FLY INTO CANADA INTERNATIONALLY THAT'S WHERE THE SICK CANADIANS CAN'T COME HOME IF YOU GET TO THE BORDER, YOU CAN COME HOME, BUT IF YOU'RE SICK YOU CAN'T GET ON THE PLANE THAT IS THE DISTINCTION

THE ANSWERS WERE CONFUSING AND CONFLICTING THROUGHOUT THE NEWS CONFERENCE AND WE HAD THE ADDED CHALLENGE OF NOT BEING ABLE TO HEAR ALL THE QUESTIONS, SO THE CONTEXT MAY HAVE BEEN LOST ON PEOPLE LOOKING AHEAD TO TOMORROW, THEY SAY WE'RE GOING TO HEAR FROM BILL MORNEAU SOON, WE'RE GOING TO HEAR FROM BILL MORNEAU TOMORROW I DON'T KNOW IF CALLING THIS A STIMULUS PACKAGE IS RIGHT THIS IS AN AID PACKAGE THIS IS TRYING TO PUT AS MUCH AS OF A FLOOR AS YOU CAN TO THE INTERNATIONAL SLUMP THAT IS COMING

YOU HEARD CHRYSTIA FREELAND SAYING IT'S ABOUT HELPING BUSINESSES WAR BACK ONCE THIS PANDEMIC PHASE CHANGES AS YOU ASK PEOPLE TO SELF-ISOLATE AND AS MORE PEOPLE LISTEN, YOU REDUCE ECONOMIC ACTIVITY, YOU REDUCE INCOME AND THE MEASURES THAT THE PRIME MINISTER TALKED ABOUT, CHANGING THE CHILD BENEFIT, THE REBATES, THEY'RE GOING TO PULL ALL THE LEVERS THEY HAVE WHERE THEY CAN PUT MONEY DIRECTLY INTO YOUR BANK ACCOUNT TO KEEP A ROOF OVER YOUR HEAD, LIGHTS ON AND FRIDGE FULL OF FOOD AND THE BUSINESSES TO HAVE THE ABILITY TO COME BACK WHEN THIS IS OVER A LOT OF COMPANIES COULD COME BACK 10 YEARS AGO, THEY'RE TRYING TO AVOID THAT >> I WANT TO BRING IN A DOCTOR ON STANDBY I HOPE I GOT YOUR NAME RIGHT, DOCTOR

THANK YOU FOR BEING HERE YOU'RE AN INFECTIOUS DISEASE SPECIALIST I WANT TO ASK YOU WHAT YOU TOOK FROM — I DON'T KNOW IF YOU'VE BEEN SITTING THERE THE WHOLE TIME, I APPRECIATE IF YOU HAVE BEEN — WHAT ABOUT THIS BIG PUSH TO GET PEOPLE TO STAY HOME AND NOT INTERACT? >> THIS IS EXACTLY THE MESSAGE FOR A COUPLE OF WEEKS NOW IT'S SO IMPORTANT, THIS IDEA OF SOCIAL DISTANCING I'M SO GLAD TO SEE WE'VE BEEN DOING IT IN THE MESSAGING AND WHAT WE'RE ACTUALLY SEEING

THE STATE OF EMERGENCY WAS IMPORTANT BECAUSE IT ALLOWED THE PROVINCE TO GO DOWN CERTAIN THINGS THAT ARE IMPORTANT, CLOSING RESTAURANTS, BARS, LIBRARIES ANY OF THESE THINGS THAT ARE GATHERING I THINK THE MESSAGING HAS INTENSIFIED, BUT HASN'T CHANGED WE'VE BEEN TALKING ABOUT THIS FOR A WEEK, IT'S IMPORTANT TO FLATTEN THE CURVE >> IF THE MESSAGE IS RAMPING UP, IT'S BECAUSE THE WINDOW TO FLAT THE CURVE IN TERMS OF HOW MANY CASES THERE ARE AND THE CAPACITY OF OUR HEALTH SYSTEM, IT IS SHUTTING

PATTY HAJDU WAS PRETTY CLEAR ABOUT THAT >> AND I COMPLETELY AGREE IT'S IMPORTANT WE HAVE TO DO THIS BEFORE WE HAVE TO LEARN LESSONS FROM ITALY, SPAIN AND CHINA IF YOU DON'T DO THIS EARLY ENOUGH, THEN IT'S NOT GOING TO HAVE AS MUCH AS AN EFFECT

WE'RE TRYING TO GET THE BIGGEST BANG FOR OUR BUCK BY DOING THIS RIGHT NOW AND I'M OPTIMISTIC THAT IT WILL HAVE AN EFFECT TO BLUNT THE OUTBREAK >> ONE MORE QUESTION THAT IS AROUND THE EVENT CANADA'S RECOMMENDATION FROM THE PUBLIC HEALTH AGENCY IS STILL SAYING DON'T GO ANYWHERE WITH 50 PEOPLE — YOU CAN GO PLACES WITH 50 PEOPLE OR MORE

IN THE UNITED STATES, THE RECOMMENDATION IS 10 I'M JUST NOT GOING ANYWHERE, I'D RATHER BE SAFE THAN SORRY DO YOU THINK THE NEXT MOVE OR THINK CANADA SHOULD MOVE IN THE DIRECTION OF LIMITING INTERACTIONS TO AN EVEN SMALLER GROUP OF PEOPLE? >> YES I THINK THE NUMBERS — THEY'RE NOT NECESSARILY SCIENCE-BASED THE MAIN IDEA IS TO AVOID ANY NONESSENTIAL CONTACT

I KNOW IT'S DIFFICULT AND SOMETIMES IT'S NOT PRAGMATIC IF YOU GO TO THE GROCERY STORE TO GET WELL NEEDED SUPPLIES, JUST FOR NOW, STAYING AWAY FROM NONESSENTIAL MEETINGS, GROUPS OF ANY SIZE LIKE PRIME MINISTER TRUDEAU SAID, IT'S NOT GOING TO BE LIKE THIS FOREVER BUT WE ALL HAVE A RESPONSIBILITY >> THANK YOU VERY MUCH LET ME JUST GO BACK TO VASSY FOR A MOMENT AS WE WRAP UP THE COVERAGE HERE ON CBC AND CBC NEWS NETWORK

WHAT WILL YOU BE WATCHING FOR TOMORROW AS WE WAIT FORT KEY PACKAGE OF MEASURES TO HELP THE ECONOMY? >> I'M WATCHING FOR EXACTLY WHAT DAVID OUTLINED, THAT IS TO WHAT DEGREE IS THIS ABOUT AID AND WHAT KINDS OF AID ARE GOING TO BE OFFERED? IT SOUNDS LIKE THEY NEED LEGISLATIVE APPROACH TO HELPING EI APPLY TO MORE PEOPLE I'M GETTING A LOT OF MESSAGES WORRIED ABOUT THIS WEEK'S PAYMENTS, THIS WEEK'S BILL, WILL THIS ADDRESS THE NEED RIGHT NOW, WHAT IS IN IT FOR SMALL BUSINESSES, AND HOW BIG IS IT GOING TO BE? IF YOU'RE LOOKING AT THAT 1% GDP FIGURE, IT COULD BE $20 BILLION

I'M HEARING IT TO BE HIGHER THAN THAT BECAUSE THE ASSESSED NEED AT THIS POINT, WHICH COULD CHANGE AND WILL CHANGE, IS ALREADY SO GREAT >> ALSO MAYBE JUST A POINT ABOUT THE EMERGENCY'S ACT WHICH WAS MENTIONED A NUMBER OF TIMES IN THE PRESS CONFERENCE THAT IS AN ACT THAT REPLACED THE WAR MEASURES ACT AND IT SEEMS WHILE IT'S ON THE TABLE, IT'S UNLIKELY THAT THE GOVERNMENT IS GOING TO PULL THE TRIGGER ON THAT NOW >> THEY WERE EXPLICIT IT WAS A LAST RESORT AND WOULD NEED TO BE DONE IN CONCERT WITH THE PROVINCES IT SOUNDS LIKE THEY JUST BEGAN THE DISCUSSIONS, I THINK THEY SAID TODAY

SO MY GUESS IS THAT IS A LITTLE WAYS OFF THEY DIDN'T SAY UNDER WHICH REQUIREMENTS THEY NEED TO INVOKE IT IT SOUNDS LIKE THE DISCUSSIONS ARE AT A PRELIMINARY STAGE, BUT IF IT WERE INVOKED, THAT WOULD BE A GAME-CHANGER >> THANK YOU FOR THAT VASSY WILL HAVE MORE COVERAGE ON "POWER AND POLITICS" LATER AT 5:00 EASTERN

AND DAVID, YOU CAN CHECK HIM ON "THE NATIONAL" JUST AN UPDATE, THE KEY MESSAGES FROM THE GOVERNMENT TODAY THE PRIME MINISTER AND HIS CABINET MINISTERS SAYING THAT, AGAIN, TODAY, YOU REALLY NEED TO LIMIT YOUR CONTACT WITH OTHER PEOPLE THAT IF YOU CAN STAY HOME, YOU SHOULD STAY HOME IF YOU ARE OVERSEA, YOU SHOULD TRY AND GET HOME SOON

THEY ANNOUNCED A MEASURE TO BORROW MONEY, TO LEND CANADIANS MONEY RATHER, $5,000 TO GET BACK TO PAY FOR TICKETS IF YOU NEED TO GET BACK THERE ARE SOME AIRLINES, INCLUDING WESTJET THAT ARE LIMITING TRAFFIC AS OF SUNDAY AND WE KNOW THAT THE BORDER IS BEING CLOSED TO PEOPLE WHO ARE NOT CANADIAN OR US CITIZENS AS OF MIDNIGHT WEDNESDAY SO MIDNIGHT TOMORROW

WE'RE EXPECTING THAT ECONOMIC PACKAGE TO BE ANNOUNCED BY THE FINANCE MINISTER TOMORROW THAT IS THE GOVERNMENT'S NEXT BIG MOVE TO TRY AND HELP THE ECONOMY AS THINGS CONTINUE TO RAMP UP THIS IS THE END OF OUR COVERAGE HERE ON CBC TELEVISION YOU CAN WATCH CONTINUING COVERAGE ON CBC NEWS NETWORK I'M ROSEMARY BARTON

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