In a Nov. 20 instruction to Canadians, the PM reacted to sobering COVID-19 modelling that predicted a huge spike in new everyday cases if Canadians do not decrease their contacts. These are Trudeau’s complete remarks.
After new federal modelling predicted Canada might see as much as 60,000 brand-new cases per day, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau held a press conference on the coronavirus crisis in front of his home at Rideau Home in Ottawa. For months, the PM held daily briefings in the exact same place. Here are his remarks for Nov. 20,2020 (This transcript leaves out French-language remarks, which broadly duplicated the Prime Minister’s message in English.)
So, I don’t desire to be here this early morning. We are facing a winter season that’s going to drive individuals inside more and more, and we’re really at risk of seeing caseloads go up, and health centers get overwhelmed, and more liked ones passing away.
If you were preparing to see pals this weekend, perhaps don’t. If there is a birthday party or an event for dinner you were considering doing, don’t do it. We’re in a minute today, where even with all the sacrifices I know Canadians have been making over these past 10 months, we are now going to need to actually tighten up as soon as again.
This is discouraging, due to the fact that I understand we’ve all heard stories of individuals who’ve tossed up their hands and are refraining from doing their part any longer. Individuals who have stopped wearing masks or people who are going out more than they should. And it’s tempting for everyone to state, all right, well, maybe I can chill out a bit more, too. The truth is we need to go in the opposite direction.
If there are individuals out there not following the rules when we understand we require to, well, then, those of up who need to are going to have to do even more. We need to lower our contacts.
To secure jobs, to support services, and to keep Canadians safe, we need to collaborate, everybody, as a group. The other day, I had a briefing with Dr. Tam, Dr. Njoo, Minister Hajdu and the leaders of the opposition to go over the current situation. All orders of federal government need to come together to stop the spread of this virus. This was something I talked about last week with the premiers at our 21 st virtual first ministers’ conference given that the pandemic started. Across the nation, we’re seeing premiers and mayors making really hard choices to enter into further shutdowns. I understand how hard that is, and I want them to know that they have my support, our support, as a federal government.
The very best way to safeguard the economy is to get the infection under control. Doing things to secure people’s health is the very best way to reduce long lasting damage to the economy. In the beginning, we thought about this as a contradiction, that the things we need to do to keep us safe are things that are really harming the economy. That was how we framed that first wave of shutdowns.
However we actually now know better, from seeing what’s happened around the globe, from seeing how Canadians have actually made it through that first wave and through this 2nd wave that’s ongoing. Doing the things that secure our health are really the best things to do to secure our economy. Entering into lockdown, and supporting companies while we’re in that lockdown, is a much better method of guaranteeing their success in a few months, in a couple of years, then attempting to difficult through an infection that is running around untreated.
We know that we need to be there for each other, and the federal government is going to continue to be there to assist companies that are impacted by these shutdowns.
That’s why it was so essential last night that our federal government’s costs supplying unprecedented levels of assistances to Canadian businesses ended up being law. I wish to thank all parliamentarians for collaborating to get this through.
In it, support measures include a new rent subsidy for organizations which will go straight to tenants, not the landlords. Up to 65 percent of lease can be covered for small companies affected by COVID-19, and if your company is dealing with a public-health lockdown, then we’re also offering an extra 25 percent rent aid through the brand-new lockdown support. Integrated with the rent help, hard-hit companies could get a lease subsidy of approximately 90 percent. Canadian companies can start applying for these brand-new procedures since Monday, and they will be retroactive until the beginning of October.
Finally, this brand-new law also indicates that the wage aid has actually been extended up until June of next year, securing tasks and assistance for employees right throughout the nation.
While we’re here to support businesses, we’ll also send additional targeted support to locations that are seeing worrying circumstances with rising cases. Minister Miller and Dr. Wong will have more to say in their routine upgrade later today, but the bottom line is that we will do everything we can to keep people safe right across the country.
This morning, Dr. Tam presented the upgraded COVID-19 modelling for Canada. I understand this isn’t what individuals desired to hear.
Overwhelmed health centers are an issue for people who require COVID-19 care. However it’s also a problem for people who need other care, whether it’s cancer treatments or emergency situation surgery. And each new case of COVID-19, every extra week that happens with more cases, puts included pressure on our front-line workers and our health-care system workers. Think about it.
Our medical professionals, nurses, individual assistance workers, orderlies, hospital personnel.
And they’re tired. We require to believe about them, as we believe about our loved ones who need medical assistance, who are vulnerable to COVID-19
The numbers reveal that right now, more of the most vulnerable Canadians are getting COVID-19, including senior citizens. And break outs at long-term care houses and Native neighborhoods are rapidly rising. The only way we can reverse the tide is if we minimize the number of people each people enter into contact with. If you live in an area that is experiencing a rise in cases, stay at home if you can and prevent all non-essential travel. To companies who can do so, please make arrangements for your workers to when again work from home. And if you do not need to, do not leave your home.
And if you haven’t already, join the over 5.3 million Canadians who have actually already downloaded the COVID Alert app– 5.3 million Canadians, that’s over a quarter of all the Canadians in jurisdictions that have used the app who own mobile phones.
It’s an easy thing to do to download the app free of charge. It’s an easy thing to do to take a moment as soon as you receive a COVID-19 favorable diagnosis to plug it in. Lots of provinces offer you that code right now, as soon as you get your favorable case. So please, plug it in right away. Some other places require you to make a telephone call, which will take a minute, to get the code to plug into the app. But doing our part with this tool will make a substantial distinction. That’s over 25 per cent of all people in taking part provinces that have the app and have mobile phones.
Of course, there’s 2 provinces that have not yet made the app available through their health-care systems.
First factor is I’m still hopeful that the local health systems will put together a system where they can give you that one-time code which will allow medical diagnoses in those provinces to be plugged in through this system to signal people. Second of all, from the minute you download that app, it starts to work in tracing your contacts with individuals who likewise have the app.
Assist us beat this 2nd wave and save lives, because that’s what’s at stake. I think about the female in Toronto who made it through the Holocaust and recently passed away from COVID-19
Every loss is a catastrophe, and each story reminds us of what is at stake in this battle against the pandemic.
I’ll be resolving you once again from these actions next week. We know how tough it is, but we understand it works due to the fact that we did it this spring.
This weekend, I’ll be practically joining the G20 as part of our government’s work to respond to this infection at house and abroad.
Here’s the bottom line. We have a long winter season ahead. As the winter season drives us indoors, we actually are in risk of seeing more transmission, and far too many more deaths. It’ll be difficult, but we know what we need to do. Use a mask, keep your range, download the app and use it, prevent gatherings of all sizes, and understand that together, being there for each other, we will make it through this. Thank you.