Canada Coronavirus: Trudeau announces economic aid package to help Canadians amid outbreak
PM Justin Trudeau warns against 'knee-jerk' reactions to COVID-19
OTTAWA — Prime Minister Justin Trudeau says knee-jerk reactions to the novel coronavirus will not keep people safe, as he defended Canada's decision not to close its borders to foreign nationals coming from regions where the outbreak is spreading. Misinformation being spread about the virus, which can cause a respiratory disease known as COVID-19, is having negative impacts on some communities' ability to keep their populations safe, Trudeau warned Thursday while speaking to reporters in Toronto.
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.
"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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More than half of Canadians are now worried about whether their friends and family will be infected with the coronavirus. The Angus Reid Institute poll f inds that 53 per cent of Canadians surveyed said they are concerned about their friends or family becoming sick, a significant jump since the last poll on the topic in February, when only 39 per cent said the same. The latest poll also finds that while 52 per cent are worried about people in their community, 40 per cent are concerned about about coming down with the illness themselves, a 10 per cent jump from last month’s poll.
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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