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Canada Coronavirus: Trudeau announces economic aid package to help Canadians amid outbreak

19:45  13 march  2020
19:45  13 march  2020 Source:   globalnews.ca

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Prime Minister Justin Trudeau said the federal government is preparing a significant fiscal stimulus package in the coming days to help Canadians and businesses hit hardest by the novel coronavirus outbreak.

"No one should have to worry about paying rent, buying groceries or finding child care,” Trudeau told reporters in Ottawa on Friday. “We will help Canadians financially."

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Trudeau, who is currently self-isolating after his wife, Sophie Grégoire Trudeau, tested positive for the novel coronavirus, said the economic aid package would be going to help the most vulnerable citizens “getting squeezed” by not going into work.

“We also know small businesses may struggle through this period of economic slowdown,” he said. “We are in the enviable position of having significant fiscal firepower available to support you."

Trudeau said further details will be released by Finance Minister Bill Morneau on Friday afternoon.

Reuters has reported that the total value of an aid package could be up to $20 billion across the country.

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