Liberals extend emergency COVID-19 wage subsidy program

TO COVID-19, SET TO START AS USUAL AT 11:15 EASTERN, ABOUT 15 MINUTES’ TIME WE ARE EXPECTING THE PRIME MINISTER TODAY TO GIVE US MORE DETAILS ABOUT THE EXTENSION OF OTTAWA’S EMERGENCY WAGE SUBSIDY, THAT IS THE PROGRAMME WHERE THE GOVERNMENT COMMITS TO HELP WITH THE PAYROLL TO REHIRE WORKERS THEY MAY HAVE LAID OFF BECAUSE OF THE COVID SHUTDOWNS IT’S A $73 BILLION PROGRAMME IT PAYS $847 PER WEEK PER EMPLOYEE AND I WAS SCHMOESED TO RUN UNTIL THE BEGINNING OF JUNE BUT THERE HAD BEEN AN ANNOUNCEMENT IT WILL BE EXTENDED AND WE’RE GOING TO HEAR MORE ABOUT THE DETAILS OF THAT COMING UP I’LL BRING IN MY COLLEAGUES, THE HOST OF “POWER & POLITICS”, VASSY KAPELOS AND THE CBC’S CATHERINE CULLEN FROM OUR PARLIAMENTARY BUREAU SO, MORE DETAILS ABOUT THIS EXTENSION, WHICH HAS HAD SOME UPTAKE, BUT NOT A HUGE AMOUNT GIVEN IT HAS BEEN OPEN FOR THREE WEEKS, VASSY WHAT CAN YOU TELL US? >> Vassy: YEAH MY UNDERSTANDING IS THAT THE PROGRAMME WILL BE EXTENDED UNTIL THE END OF AUGUST AND MIGHT BE MODIFICATIONS AS WELL TO SOME OF THE CRITERIA FOR QUALIFYING RIGHT NOW, IN ESSENCE, THERE IS SOME SORT OF NUANCES TO IT BUT BASICALLY YOU HAVE TO SHOW THAT YOUR REVENUES HAVE DROPPED 30% COMPARED TO THE SAME TIME LAST YEAR OR AT LEAST THE FIRST TWO MONTHS OF THIS YEAR AND AS BUSINESSES RE-OPEN IN THIS COUNTRY — WE’RE SEEING IT IN VARIOUS PROVINCES AT VARIOUS SPEEDS — OF COURSE THAT REVENUE CALCULATION MAY DIFFER YOU MIGHT HAVE NOT LOST 30%, BUT 27% AND DOES THAT MEAN AT 25 FACT THAT YOU SHOULDN’T QUALIFY TO HELP YOU AS YOU MAKE IT THROUGH THIS DIFFICULT TIME ON TO THE OTHER SIDE MAYBE, OR AT LEAST SOME PART OF THE OTHER SIDE OF THE PANDEMIC SO, MY UNDERSTANDING IS THAT THERE WILL BE SOME ACKNOWLEDGMENT OF THAT AND THAT THE SUBSIDY ITSELF WILL BE EXTENDED UNTIL THE END OF AUGUST AND YOUR POINT ON THE UPTAKE, OR THE TAKE UP OF IT, OF THE PROGRAMME SO FAR, I THINK IT IS A REALLY SIGNIFICANT ONE AND OBVIOUSLY HAS INFORMED THE GOVERNMENT’S DECISION TO EXTEND THE PROGRAMME INITIALLY, THE THOUGHT WAS THAT THIS PROGRAMME WOULD BE A WHOLE LOT MORE EXPENSIVE THAN THE CERB, RIGHT? THAT IS THE PROGRAMME THAT YOU GET $2,000 A MONTH UP TO FOUR MONTHS IF YOU HAVE TO STAY HOME OR CAN’T WORK OR YOU’VE BEEN LAID OFF BECAUSE OF COVID-19 THIS WAS DESIGNED TO GET PEOPLE OFF THAT PROGRAMME AND MOVE THEM OVER TO THE CEWS OR WAGE SUBSIDY PROGRAMME I HAVE INTERESTING NUMBERS FOR EXAMPLE, THE COST OF PROGRAMME WAS SUPPOSED TO BE ABOUT $70 BILLION, SOMEWHERE IN THE NEIGHBOURHOOD OF THAT ONLY ABOUT $3.4 BILLION HAS BEEN DOLED OUT SO FAR THEY WERE ALSO EXPECTING ABOUT ONE MILLION APPLICANTS THEY HAD ABOUT .10 OF THAT, ABOUT 130,000 MOST APPLICATIONS, SHY OF 9,000, HAVE NOT YET BEEN APPROVED AND MONEY DOLED OUT BUT THAT IS A VERY SMALL NUMBER COMPARED TO THE CERB, FOR EXAMPLE, WHERE THERE WERE EXPECTED TO BE FOUR MILLION RECIPIENTS AND NEARLY DOUBLE THAT I THINK IT TELLS ALWAYS STORY ABOUT THE SPEED AT WHICH THE ECONOMY IS RE-OPENING THE ANTICIPATION PROBABLY A FEW MONTHS AGO WAS THAT WE MIGHT BE FURTHER AHEAD THAN WE ARE NOW THERE MIGHT BE MORE PEOPLE AT WORK AND NOT STAYING HOME BECAUSE OF COVID-19 BUT THE REALITY IS THAT JUST ISN’T THE CASE AT THIS POINT PROVINCES JUST STARTED OPENING UP THIS WEEK AND SO MANY OF THEM ARE NOT VENG AT THAT POINT ONTARIO, FOR EXAMPLE, DOESN’T EVEN OPEN RETAIL STORES UNTIL NEXT TUESDAY AND THERE IS THAT CONSTANT FEAR, OF COURSE, THAT IF THINGS RE-OPEN TOO QUICKLY, THAT WE MIGHT HAVE A SETBACK AND THINGS MIGHT HAVE TO CLOSE AGAIN I THINK PEOPLE ARE TREPIDATIOUS ABOUT GOING BACK TO WORK IN GENERAL AND ABOUT RE-OPENING THEIR BUSINESSES AND WE SEE THAT REFLECTED IN THE DATA FOR THESE TWO PROGRAMMES AND IT SEEMS TO MAKE SENSE THAT THE GOVERNMENT WOULD THEN HAVE TO EXTEND THIS PROGRAMME AS THE ECONOMIC RE OPENING TAKES LONGER THAN ANTICIPATE AED >> Rosemary: AND THE CERB PROGRAMME IS $30 BILLION SO YOU’RE QUITE RIGHT TO HIGHLIGHT THAT IT IS PROBABLY MORE THAN THEY ANTICIPATED AND THEY ARE ACTIVELY — IT IS THE GOVERNMENT’S HOPE FOR PEOPLE TO MOVE FROM THE CERB, AS YOU SAY, TO THE WAGE SUBSIDY, IF YOU CAN A COUPLE OF THINGS THAT I HOPE THE PRIME MINISTER WILL BE ASKED ABOUT I WONDER TOO,, THOUGH, IF IT DOESN’T SPEAK TO — OR MAYBE IF WE’VE BEEN OVERLY OPTIMISTIC IN THINKING HOW MANY BUSINESSES WILL BE ABLE TO COME BACK AFTER WHAT THE GOVERNOR OF THE BANK OF CANADA SAID YESTERDAY, THAT THERE WERE DEFAULTS AND THEY WERE GOING TO HAPPEN AND MAYBE THAT WAGE SUBSIDY PROGRAMME WILL NOT BE AS BIG BECAUSE THERE WILL BE MORE BANKRUPTCIES THAN ANTICIPATED AND I ALSO WONDER IF THE CERB HAS, YOU KNOW — WELL, I’M GET CATHERINE TO TALK ABOUT THIS IN A MOMENT, BUT THIS IS WHAT THE CONSERVATIVES ARE TALKING ABOUT, TOO, RIGHT? THAT THE CERB IS THERE AND AT THIS POINT IT COULD BE GETTING IN THE WAY OF THE WAGE SUBSIDY I DON’T MEAN IT TO SOUND LIKE — I DON’T FEEL PEOPLE SHOULD GET THE BENEFIT BUT THEY HAVE TO FIND A WAY TO SHIFT FROM ONE TO THE OTHER AND I THINK THAT’S THE DIFFICULT SPACE THAT WE’RE IN RIGHT NOW OK, CATHERINE, I’LL GET YOU TO PICK UP ON THAT POINT AND GO BACK TO VASSY, TOO >> Reporter: WE DID JUST HEAR FROM ANDREW SCHEER EARLIER THIS MORNING AND HE HAS A LAUNDRY

LIST OF CONCERNS ABOUT VARIOUS GOVERNMENT PROGRAMMES YOU’RE RIGHT TO NOTE THE WAGE SUBSIDY HE FINDS IT COMPLETELY OUTRAGEOUS THAT THE PRIME MINISTER DOESN’T THINK THAT SENDING HUNDREDS OF MILLIONS OF DOLLARS EACH MONTH TO FRAUDSTERS A PROBLEM THAT IS PROBABLY NOT HOW JUSTIN TRUDEAU WOULD CHARACTERIZE HIS STANCE ON THIS THE PRIME MINISTER HAS SAID — AND HE GOT QUITE FIERY ABOUT IT YESTERDAY — THAT WHEN IT COMES TO THIS PROGRAMME, THE EMERGENCY RESPONSE PROGRAMME, THE PRIORITY HAS BEEN TO GET MONEY INTO THE HANDS OF CANADIANS SO THEY CAN PAY THEIR BILLS THE PRIME MINISTER ACKNOWLEDGED THERE IS GOING TO BE FRAUD, PERHAPS 1%, 2% OF THE PROGRAMME THAT, HE SAYS, IS GOING TO BE DEALT WITH LATER AND WE HAVE FROM REPORTING OF OUR COLLEAGUES AT THE NATIONAL POST, THINGS THAT HAVE BEEN CONFIRMED BY FEDERAL OFFICIALS THAT THERE IS SOME SORT OF LIST OF PROBLEMATIC FILES THAT IS EMERGING IN ALL OF THIS KARLA QUALTROUGH, THE MINISTER OF EMPLOYMENT, ONE OF PEOPLE IN CHARGE OF THIS FILE TOLD VASSY THE OTHER DAY THAT IT IS NOT THE 200,000 NUMBER THAT WAS PUT OUT THERE BUT I KNOW FROM MY OWN CONVERSATIONS WITH C.R.A OFFICIALS THERE IS A LIST OF PROBLEMATIC FILES BUT THEY’RE PUTTING THE EMPHASIS ON GETTING MONEY OUT TO CANADIANS ANDREW SCHEER, IN FACT, ACCUSED THE PRIME MINISTER OF USING THIS HEALTH CRISIS TO REMAIN UNACCOUNTABLE HE IS ONCE AGAIN CALLING FOR A PARLIAMENT HE SAYS AS CANADA RE-OPENS, THE HOUSE OF COMMONS SHOULD BE BACK, THEY SHOULD BE HAVING MORE IN-PERSON MEETINGS, NO NOT WITH THE ENTIRE 338M.P.s, BUT STILL WITH A FULLER COMPLEMENT IN ORDER TO HOLD THE GOVERNMENT TO ACCOUNT ONE MORE INTERESTING NOTE, SOMETHING WE’VE BEEN ASKING THE GOVERNMENT ABOUT, WHICH IS HOW ARE WE GOING TO PAY FOR ALL OF THIS, THE GOVERNMENT HAS SAID, LISTEN, WE’RE TRYING TO FEEL OUT THE SIZE OF THIS EMERGENCY WE’RE STILL DEALING WITH I THE QUESTIONS OF HOW WE’LL DEAL WITH IT WILL COME LATER THAT IS SORT OF WHAT ANDREW SCHEER HAD TO SAY LATER WHEN HE ASKED WOULD YOU TAX, WOULD YOU CUT? HE SAID THAT IS A QUESTION FOR THE NEXT LEADER BECAUSE HE IS OUTGOING AND HE WILL BE REPLACED IN AUGUST >> Rosemary: PROBABLY NOT A GOOD IDEA TO BOX THE NEW LEADER INTO A COMMITMENT ON THAT FRONT [LAUGHTER] IT’S INTERESTING, THOUGH, VASSY, JUST AROUND THE CERB IF THE GOVERNMENT HAD PUT THE WAGE SUBSIDY IN PLACE BEFORE THE CERB, I DON’T KNOW IF THAT WOULD HAVE BEEN POSSIBLE, GIVEN IT IS A MUCH BIGGER PROGRAMME BUT I WONDER IF THAT WOULDN’T HAVE — I DON’T KNOW — MAYBE THAT WOULD HAVE BEEN MORE EFFECTIVE OF COURSE, HINDSIGHT IS 2020 THESE ARE HUGE PROGRAMMES THEY’RE COMING UP WITH BUT OBVIOUSLY THEY HAD TO GET SOME CASH OUT THE DOOR QUICKLY AND I GUESS THE WAGE SUBSIDY PROGRAMME IS FAR MORE COMPLEX >> Vassy: YEAH FROM A FEW DIFFERENT PERSPECTIVES FIRST OF ALL F YOU LOST YOUR JOB OR IMMEDIATELY, YOU KNOW, THAT WEEK OF MARCH 13 AFTER THAT FRIDAY WHEN ALL OF A SUDDEN TRAVEL WAS SHUT DOWN A LOT OF PEOPLE ENDED UP LOSING THEIR JOB AT THAT POINT OR BEING LAID OFF SO T NEED WAS ACUTE AT THAT POINT TO PAY YOUR RENT TWO WEEKS IN THERE I UNDERSTAND WHY THE CERB PROGRAMME WAS ROLLED OUT WHEN IT WAS AT THE SAME TIME, THE ISSUE IF YOU TALK TO BUSINESS OWNERS, FOR EXAMPLE, IS PROBABLISTOMY WHAT GOVERNMENT IS GRAPPLING WITH IN THAT TIMELINES ARE VERY UNCLEAR IF I OWN A STORE AND I, YOU KNOW, I DON’T KNOW WHEN I’M GOING TO OPEN IF IT IS GOING TO BE TWO MONTHS OR FOUR MONTHS OR SIX MONTHS OR A HAIR SALON IT’S VERY DIFFICULT TO ASSESS WHETHER OR NOT I SHOULD BE PAYING WAGES, WILL I BE RE-OPENED IN THREE MONTHS? EVERY BUSINESS OWNER I HEAR FROM IS CLOUDED, IS COVERED IN A MYRIAD OF QUESTIONS ABOUT THEIR OWN BUSINESS’S FUTURE SO, IT IS NOT EASY TO BE ABLE TO FIGURE OUT, OK, I’M GOING TO NEED THE WAGE SUBSIDY AT THIS POINT AND, OF COURSE, IT ENDS IT’S SUPPOSED TO END AT THE END OF JUNE AND WE’RE ALREADY A MONTH AND A HALF — A MONTH AND A HALF, YEAH — I LOST COMPLETE TRACK OF TIME NOW [LAUGHTER] AWAY FROM THAT SO I DON’T KNOW WHAT THE PERFECT MIX IS BUT I DO KNOW THAT BUSINESS OWNERS ARE CERTAINLY — AND I’M SPEAKING MORE OF THE SMALL AND MEDIUM-SIZED ONES OBVIOUSLY THERE’S BEEN UPTICK WITH BIGGER COMPANIES AS WELL THE MAJORITY OF THEM ARE ACCESSING LESS THAN $100,000 IN THESE WAGE SUBSIDIES I THINK THE DIFFICULTY IS IN PLANNING AND FIGURING OUT THE REST OF YOUR BUSINESS ALONGSIDE HOW MANY EMPLOYEES YOU KEEP ON AND FOR HOW LONG AND THAT’S WHY I THINK TO A CERTAIN EXTENT THE UPTICK IS WHERE IT IS >> Rosemary: AND THAT IS THE CASE THE PRIME MINISTER WILL PROBABLY MAKE AROUND THE EXTENSION FOR ALL OF THOSE REASONS THAT IS WHY THE EXTENSION NEEDS TO GO UNTIL AUGUST OK I’M GOING TO JUST LEAVE YOU TWO FOR A MOMENTS AS WE WAIT FOR THE PRIME MINISTER AND TALK ABOUT IF YOU ARE NOT FOLLOWING A CALENDAR LIKE VASSY AND MYSELF AND SURELY CATHERINE AS WELL, I’LL REMIND YOU THAT THIS WEEKEND IS THE VICTORIA DAY WEEKEND AND NORMALLY, UNDER NORMAL CIRCUMSTANCES, WE’RE ALL PLANNING ALL SORTS OF INTERESTING THINGS TO DO OUTSIDE, INCLUDING GOING TO COTTAGES AND RECREATIONAL PROPERTIES, OUT OF TOWN AND TRYING TO GET THEM READY FOR THE SUMMER BUT THRONGS OF SEASONAL RESIDENTS ROLLING INTO SMALL COTTAGE COMMUNITIES HAVE TRIGGERED REAL CONCERNS, OBVIOUSLY, ABOUT THE PANDEMIC AND AREAS THAT PROBABLY DON’T HAVE THE FACILITIES TO HANDLE THAT SO I’M JOINED NOW BY PHIL HARDING T MAYOR OF MUSKOKA LAKES, A VERY POPULAR COTTAGE AREA NORTH OF TORONTO GOOD TO SEE YOU, MAYOR >> THANK YOU AND GOOD MORNING >> Rosemary: HOW ARE YOU FEELING ABOUT THE WEEKEND AHEAD? OBVIOUSLY IT IS GOING TO BE VERY UNUSUAL

WHAT ARE YOU ANTICIPATING? >> I’M ANTICIPATING THAT A NUMBER OF PEOPLE WILL BE COMING UP WE KNOW THAT THE CHIEF MEDICAL OFFICER OF HEALTH HAS SUGGESTED THAT WE DON’T TRAVEL BUT MANY PEOPLE HAVEN’T BEEN AT THEIR SEASONAL PROPERTIES FOR SIX MONTHS AND FEEL THE NEED TO CHECK ON THEM SO, THEY WILL BE MAKING THEIR WAY NORTHBOUND BUT I DO BELIEVE THAT GENERALLY SPEAKING THEY WILL BE ISOLATING AT THEIR PROPERTIES >> Rosemary: WHAT ABOUT THE REST OF IT? EVEN IF THEY COME UP AND CHECK ON THEIR COTTAGES AND STAY FOR THE WEEKEND WHAT ABOUT THE INFLUX OF PEOPLE IN TERMS OF COMMUNITY SPREAD? THOSE PEOPLE MAY NEED TO GET GROCERIES OR PICK UP THINGS AND MAY NEED TO GO — MAY WANT TO GO AND GET AN ICE CREAM IF YOUR ICE CREAM PLACES ARE OPEN WHAT ABOUT THAT PART OF IT? >> SO FOR THE MOST PART, OUR RETAIL IS STILL NOT OPEN IT’S NOT ALLOWED TO OPEN UNTIL AFTER THE WEEKEND WE DO HAVE OUR GROCERY STORES OPEN BUT THEY’RE FOLLOWING A NUMBER OF PROTOCOLS AND COVID-19 PROTOCOLS, SAME WITH OUR HARDWARE STORES WE’RE ENCOURAGING THOSE PEOPLE COMING NORTH TO MAKE SURE YOU BRING SUPPLIES REALLY FOR THIS WEEKEND OR NEXT WEEKEND IF YOU COME UP BECAUSE OF THE TIME DELAY TO MANAGE PEOPLE UNDER COVID PROTOCOLS YOU DON’T WANT TO SPEND YOUR WEEKEND STANDING IN LINE TO BUY A LOAF OF BREAD IF YOU CAN BRING IT, PLEASE BRING IT >> Rosemary: WHAT ARE YOUR CONCERNS FOR THE SUMMER? I KNOW WE WERE TALKING THERE ABOUT HOW UNKNOWN EVERYTHING IS I WOULD IMAGINE MUCH OF THE REVENUE FOR YOUR TOWN IS FROM PEOPLE THAT ARE NOT THERE, SEASONAL DWELLERS, IF YOU WILL ARE YOU ANTICIPATING TAKING A FINANCIAL HIT BECAUSE THINGS JUST MIGHT BE MORE COMPLICATED THIS SUMMER? >> THE TOURISM SECTOR TO MUSKOKA, IN PARTICULAR, IS MASSIVE AND ALL OF OUR HOTELS RIGHT NOW ARE CLOSED I DO BELIEVE THAT IF THEY ARE ABLE TO OPEN IN THE NEXT COUPLE OF WEEKS, THAT WE WILL BE UNDER A REDUCED CAPACITY SO THERE IS NO QUESTION THAT SUMMER 2020 IS GOING TO BE VASTLY DIFFERENT REVENUES FROM A TOURISM SECTOR, FROM AN ATTRACTION PERSPECTIVE WILL BE DOWN PERSPECTIVE WILL BE DOWN CONCERT VENUES WILL NOT BE HAPPENING NECESSARILY BECAUSE WE STILL WON’T BE ALLOWING LARGE SOCIAL GATHERINGS SO, IT IS GOING TO BE VERY DIFFERENT BUT I DO HOPE THAT IT BECOMES MORE COMMUNITY-MINDED WHERE PEOPLE CAN SPEND TIME AT THEIR OWN PROPERTY >> Marcy: WHAT ARE YOU TELLING PEOPLE, THEN, ABOUT COMING UP? I KNOW A LOT OF PROVINCES ARE SAYING, ENJOY YOUR WEEKEND IN YOUR BACKYARD IF YOU DON’T NEED TO GO SOMEWHERE, DON’T GO SOMEWHERE WHAT IS YOUR BEST ADVICE FOR PEOPLE THAT ARE — THAT WANT TO COME UP THERE AND SEE THEIR BEAUTIFUL HOMES IN A BEAUTIFUL REGION? >> CERTAINLY SO PEOPLE HAVE SOME SIGNIFICANT INVESTMENTS IN THEIR PROPERTIES AND SUMMER COTTAGES MANY PEOPLE HAVE BEEN UP HERE ISOLATING FOR THE LAST SIX, EIGHT WEEKS SINCE MARCH BREAK, FOR THAT MATTER SO, WE RESPECT THAT THE ONE MESSAGE I REALLY WANT TO DELIVER TO PEOPLE IS THAT WE ARE ONE COMMUNITY THE BHAOEM ARE HERE YEAR ROUND, THE SEASONAL PEOPLE NEED THE PEOPLE WHO ARE HERE YEAR ROUND EVERYONE IS AFRAID OF THIS VIRUS WHEN YOU ARE OUT IN PUBLIC, EVERYONE — LOCAL OR SEASONAL — PLEASE WEAR A MASK PROTECT YOURSELF PROTECT EVERYONE AROUND YOU SO AS NOT TO SPREAD THIS VIRUS THAT IS NUMBER ONE >> Rosemary: ARE YOU CONCERNED ABOUT THE GOING BACK AND FORTH? IT’S WHEN THEY START TO OPEN THEIR COTTAGES BUT MOVE BACK AND FORTH BETWEEN THE CITY AND YOUR REGION AND I WONDER IF THAT’S A BIG CONCERN, GIVEN THAT WE KNOW THE SITUATION IS OBVIOUSLY WORSE IN THE G.T.A >> CERTAINLY IT’S A PROBLEM AGAIN, OUR CHIEF MEDICAL OFFICER OF HEALTH HAS SAID PLEASE, UNNECESSARY TRAVEL IS NOT ENCOURAGED AT THIS TIME SO I’M SAYING THE SAME THING A LOT OF CLOSE FRIENDS WHO WILL NOT E HERE, ENJOYING COTTAGE COUNTRY THIS WEEKEND, TO HELP STOP THE SPREAD BUT AS THE ECONOMY RE-OPENS, AND AS THE GOVERNMENT TRIES TO GET THINGS BACK, PEOPLE ARE GOING TO HAVE TO TRAVEL WE KNOW THAT BUT LET’S MAKE SURE THAT WE SANITIZE THE GAS PUMPS LET’S MAKE SURE THAT WE USE, AGAIN, PROTECTIVE EQUIPMENT WHEN WE DO HAVE TO GO IN STORES, WHEN WE WALK BY SOMEONE ON THE STREET TAKE A STEP BACK TAKE A STEP ASIDE SO AS NOT TO INTERFERE WITH ANYONE AND THAT’S THE NEW SOCIALLY ACCEPTABLE THING TO DO, TO STEP AWAY FROM SOMEONE >> Rosemary: YEAH IT’S WEIRD, BUT YOU’RE RIGHT IT’S WHAT YOU EXPECT NOW FROM PEOPLE THANK YOU FOR MAKING THE TIME FOR US TODAY HOPE THE WEEKEND GOES OK NICE TO SEE YOU >> THANK YOU AND BE SAFE >> Rosemary: THANK YOU YOU AS WELL THAT IS PHIL HARDING T MAYOR OF MUSKOKA LAKES, ONTARIO AS WE WAIT FOR THE PRIME MINISTER TO EMERGE FROM HIS HOME THERE AND TALK TO US TODAY ABOUT THE EXTENDED WAGE SUBSIDY, I’LL REMIND YOU THAT TODAY IS THE OPENING DAY FOR STUDENTS WHO HAVE BEEN AFFECTED BY THE PANDEMIC TO FILE FOR THE STUDENT BENEFIT WHICH HAS ALSO BEEN ANNOUNCED BY THE GOVERNMENT THAT WAS A $9 BILLION PACKAGE AND I’LL BRING IN MY COLLEAGUES VASSY KAPELOS AND CATHERINE CULLEN TO TALK ABOUT THAT THIS OPENS UP TODAY AND SHOULD HELP STUDENTS IN SOME WAY FOR THE NEXT FOUR MONTHS OR SO, VASSY >> Vassy: YEAH THE IDEA IS THAT IF YOU’RE A STUDENT AND YOU APPLY FOR THIS EMERGENCY BENEFIT, WHICH WORKS, I SHOULD SAY, FROM A TECHNICAL POINT OF VIEW, EXACTLY LIKE THE C.R.B SO YOU SHOULD HAVE IT IN YOUR ACCOUNT SOME TIME NEXT WEEK YOU’LL GET $1250 FOR MAY, JUNE,

JULY AND AUGUST, PROVIDED THAT YOU QUALIFY, PROVIDED THAT YOU CAN’T FIND A JOB, THAT YOU’RE LOOK FOR WORK AND YOU DO HAVE TO ATTEST TO THAT AND SO THAT APPLICATION OPENS TODAY THERE WERE, AS PART OF THAT $9 BILLION PACKAGE — AND PLEASE CUT ME OFF IF THE PRIME MINISTER COMES ON, MY SCREEN IS A BIT DELAYED — THERE WAS A HOST OF OTHERS, LIKE IF YOU VOLUNTEER YOU CAN ACCESS A GRANT THE INFORMATION I’VE BEEN TRYING TO GET MY HANDS ON INFORMATION ABOUT THAT AND WHEN THE APPLICATION PROCESS FOR THAT OPENS BECAUSE I’VE HAD A NUMBER OF STUDENTS REACH OUT WHO DO WANT TO VOLUNTEER AND GET SOME CREDITS FOR I BUT THEY’RE UNABLE TO FIND ANY INFORMATION ABOUT IT AND I HAVEN’T GOTTEN A RESPONSE YET FROM THE GOVERNMENT SO WE WILL PUT THAT OUT AS SOON AS WE GET IT >> Rosemary: ALL RIGHT THANK YOU AND HERE’S THE PRIME MINISTER OF CANADA >> Prime Minister Trudeau: THE LAST FEW MONTHS WILL HAVE CHANGED YOUR DAILY ROUTINE IN WAYS BIG AND SMALL CANADIANS IN EVERY SECTOR HAVE FACED CHALLENGES AND TOUGH CHOICES AT WORK AND THAT INCLUDES PEOPLE AT RESEARCH INSTITUTES WHO ARE MAKING THE DISCOVERIS THAT KEEP US SAFE AND HEALTHY SCIENCE AND RESEARCH IS OUR DOOR TO A BRIGHTER FUTURE AND THAT HAS NEVER BEEN CLEARER BUT BECAUSE OF THE PANDEMIC, MANY LABS HAVE CLOSED OR ARE AT RISK OF IMMINENTLY CLOSING SO, UNDERSTANDABLY, PEOPLE ARE WORRIED ABOUT THEIR JOBS AND THEIR FUTURE SO, TODAY, WE ARE ANNOUNCING $450 MILLION TO HELP RESEARCHERS AND RESEARCH INSTITUTIONS BRIDGE TO BETTER TIMES FOR UNIVERSITIES AND AFFILIATED RESEARCH INSTITUTES THAT HAVE BEEN AFFECTED BY THIS PANDEMIC, WE WILL PROVIDE TEMPORARY SUPPORT ON WAGES, BY DELIVERING THIS MONEY THROUGH FEDERAL GRANTING AGENCIES, WE WILL GET HELP OUT AS QUICKLY AS FOBL THE PEOPLE WHO NEED IT [SPEAKING FRENCH] >> Interpreter: TODAY, I AM ANNOUNCING THAT WE WILL BE INVESTING $450 MILLION TO HELP RESEARCHERS AND RESEARCH INSTITUTIONS GET THROUGH THE CRISIS THESE FUNDS WILL HELP TO MAINTAIN THE WAGES OF PEOPLE IN CONDUCTING RESEARCH SO THAT THEY CAN CONTINUE THEIR ESSENTIAL WORK WE’RE LUCKY BECAUSE CANADIAN RESEARCHERS ARE AMONG THE BEST IN THE WORLD EVERY DAY, THEY MAKE DISCOVERIES THAT HELP US TO STAY HEALTHY AND SAFELE AND WE HAVE TO SUPPORT THEM >> Prime Minister Trudeau: FOR TOO MANY CANADIANS HAVE LOST THEIR JOBS BECAUSE OF COVID-19 AS OUR ECONOMY GRADUALLY RE-OPENS, WHATEVER — WHEREVER WE CAN DO SO SAFELY, WE NEED YOU BACK WE NEED YOU IN YOUR JOB ON YOUR TEAM BRINGING LIFE INTO OUR COMMUNITIES AND OUR ECONOMY THAT’S EXACTLY WHY WE BROUGHT IN THE CANADA EMERGENCY WAGE SUBSIDY BACK IN MARCH BECAUSE, WHEREVER POSSIBLE, WE WANTED TO KEEP YOU CONNECTED TO THE JOB YOU LOVE AND TO THE WORKPLACE WHERE YOU CONTRIBUTE EVERY DAY WHEN WE LAUNCHED THIS PROGRAMME, I TALKED ABOUT THE NEIGHBOURHOOD SPOTS IT WOULD SUPPORT THE LOCAL RESTAURANT, THE SALON, THE GYM THAT HAD BEEN FORCED TO CLOSE OR SEEN BUSINESS DRY UP TODAY A LOT OF THOSE PLACES ARE LOOKING TOWARD RE-OPENING AND THEY NEED TO BE ABLE TO BRING BACK WORKERS AND HIRE MORE AS THIS HAPPENS SO THIS MORNING, I CAN CONFIRM THAT WE WILL EXTEND THE CANADA EMERGENCY WAGE SUBSIDY BY ANOTHER THREE MONTHS, TO THE END OF AUGUST BUSINESS OWNERS, PLEASE TAKE CONFIDENCE FROM THIS ANNOUNCEMENT YOU NOW HAVE SOME RUNWAY TO CATCH YOUR BREATH AS YOU GET RESTARTED SO, PLEASE, BRING BACK YOUR EMPLOYEES GOING FORWARD, WE NEED TO MAKE SURE THAT THIS PROGRAMME KEEPS WORKING FOR PEOPLE THAT IT KEEPS ENCOURAGING EMPLOYERS TO REHIRE STAFF AND EVEN EXPAND, WHERE POSSIBLE OVER THE NEXT MONTH, WE’LL WORK WITH BUSINESS AND LABOUR STAKEHOLDERS ON ANY ADJUSTMENTS THAT MIGHT BE NEEDED ONE OF THINGS WE’LL BE LOOKING AT IS THE 30% REVENUE DECLINE THRESHOLD FOR ELIGIBILITY AS BUSINESSES START UP, MEETING A DECLINE SHOULDN’T BE A BARRIER TO GROWTH I KNOW WE’LL FIGURE OUT SOLUTIONS WHERE NEEDED WHILE CONTINUING TO SUPPORT EMPLOYERS AND EMPLOYEES BECAUSE THAT IS WHO THIS IS ALL ABOUT IF YOU ARE A BUSINESS OWNER AND IF YOU’RE A WORKER, WE’RE HERE FOR YOU NOW AND THROUGHOUT THE SUMMER AT THE SAME TIME, WE ALSO BROADENED ELGABILITY FOR THIS BENEFIT MINISTER MORNEAU WILL HAVE MORE DETAILS SHORTLY BUT THESE CHANGES WILL GET EVEN MORE PEOPLE BACK ON THE JOB SO TO BUSINESS OWNERS WHO HAVEN’T APPLY — HAVEN’T APPLIED YET, GO ONLINE AND DO SO THE HELP IS THERE FOR YOU [SPEAKING FRENCH] >> Interpreter: TODAY, I CAN CONFIRM THAT WE WILL BE EXTENDING THE WAGE SUBSIDY BY THREE MONTHS UNTIL THE END OF AUGUST IF YOU ARE A BUSINESS OWNER AND YOU ARE PREPARING TO RE-OPEN YOUR BUSINESS, THIS SUBSIDY WILL BE THERE FOR YOU AND FOR

YOUR EMPLOYEES WE MUST ENSURE THAT THE PROGRAMME CONTINUES TO HELP PEOPLE, THAT IT ENCOURAGES EMPLOYERS TO REHIRE THEIR WORKERS AND EVEN EXTEND THEIR ACTIVITIES AS MUCH AS POSSIBLE SO, OVER THE COURSE OF THE NEXT MONTH, WE WILL BE WORKING WITH BUSINESS STAKEHOLDERS AND WORKERS TO MAKE ANY NECESSARY ADJUSTMENTS AND WE WILL BE LOOKING, IN PARTICULAR, AT THE ELGABILITY THRESHOLD, WHICH IS A DECLINE IN REVENUE OF 30% WHEN BUSINESSS ARE RED DOI TO START UP AGAIN AND EXPAND, THAT THRESHOLD SHOULD NOT BE A BARRIER TO GROWTH WE WILL ALSO BE EXTENDING THE SCOPE OF THE WAGE SUBSIDY TO ENCOURAGE EVEN MORE PEOPLE TO GO BACK TO WORK MINISTER MORNEAU WILL HAVE ADDITIONAL DETAILS A ABOUT THIS LATER TODAY SINCE THE MONTH OF MARCH, WE HAVE BEEN LOOKING TO PROVIDE MORE SUPPORT FOR PARENTS AND WORKERS, STUDENTS AND SENIORS AND FOR THE INDUSTRY’S HARDEST HIT AS WELL AS SMALL BUSINESSES WE ARE HELPING PEOPLE WHO NEED THAT HELP AND TODAY, WE ARE HONOURING THOSE COMMITMENTS >> Prime Minister Trudeau: TODAY KICKS OFF THIS YEAR’S HIRING PERIOD FOR CANADA’S SUMMER JOBS THE FIRST SET OF JOB POSTINGS ARE UP ON THE JOB BANK WEBSITE AND THOUSANDS MORE WILL BE POSTED OVER THE COMING WEEKS IF YOU ARE A STUDENT OR RECENT GRAD, GO TO JOBBANK.GC.CA OR DOWNLOAD THE JOB BANK APP TO CHECK IT OUT AND TELL YOUR FRIENDS ABOUT IT, TOO IF THEY DON’T ALREADY KNOW THERE ARE LOTS OF OPPORTUNITIES AVAILABLE THESE PLACEMENTS MEAN A PAYCHEQUE AND VALUABLE EXPERIENCE AND JOBS THAT ARE KEY TO OUR FIGHT AGAINST COVID-19 NO ONE PROGRAMME CAN SINGLE HANDEDLY SOLVE THE FACT THAT THERE ARE FEWER JOBS OUT THERE BECAUSE OF PANDEMIC SO, FOR STUDENTS AND RECENT GRADS WHO STILL NEED HELP, YOU CAN APPLY FOR THE CANADA EMERGENCY STUDENT BENEFIT GO TO CANADA.CA TO SIGN UP FOR PARENTS WHO RECEIVED THE CANADA CHILD BENEFIT AND BHAOEM GET THE G.S.T.-H.S.T. CREDIT, WE ALSO HAVE MORE NEWS TO SHARE TODAY ALTHOUGH EVERYONE SHOULD DO THEIR BEST TO FILE THEIR TAXES IN TIME FOR THE NEW JUNE 1 DEADLINE YOUR BENEFITS WON’T AUTOMATICALLY BE CUT OFF IF, FOR SOME REASON, YOU MISSED THAT DATE YOUR C.C.B. AND G.S.T. AND H.S.T. BENEFITS WILL CONTINUE UNTIL THE END OF SEPTEMBER BUT BE SURE, IN ORDER TO KEEP GETTING THEM, YOU NEED TO FILE YOUR TAXES AS SOON AS YOU CAN SO THERE IS ENOUGH TIME FOR THE PAPERWORK TO BE PROCESSED AND YOU WILL BE ABLE TO CONTINUE RECEIVING THOSE BENEFITS BEYOND SEPTEMBER [SPEAKING FRENCH] >> Interpreter: IF YOU’RE A STUDENT, DO CONSULT THE JOB BANK WEBSITE WHERE WE WILL BE PUTTING A FIRST SET OF POSTINGS UP TODAY IF YOU CANNOT FIND A SUMMER JOB, THE EMERGENCY STUDENT RESPONSE BENEFIT WILL BE THERE FOR YOU YOU ARE ABLE TO APPLY STARTING TODAY EVERYONE SHOULD TRY AS MUCH AS POSSIBLE TO FILE A TAX RETURN BY JUNE 1 BUT IF YOU’RE NOT ABLE TO DO THAT IN TIME, YOUR BENEFITS SUCH AS THE CANADA CHILD BENEFIT OR THE G.S.T. CREDIT WILL NOT STOP ALL OF A SUDDEN YOU WILL CONTINUE TO RECEIVE THEM UNTIL THE END OF SEPTEMBER BUT WE ARE STILL ASKING YOU TO FILE YOUR INCOME TAX RETURN AS SOON AS POSSIBLE SO THAT WE HAVE THE TIME TO PROCESS YOUR FILE AND SO THAT YOU CAN CONTINUE TO RECEIVE THOSE BENEFITS AFTER SEPTEMBER PEOPLE ARE GOING THROUGH TOUGH TIMES RIGHT NOW BUT BY WORKING TOGETHER, AND BY BEING THERE FOR EACH OTHER, WE WILL COME OUT OF THIS THANK YOU >> [SPEAKING FRENCH] >> Operator: THANK YOU MERCI [SPEAKING FRENCH] >> Reporter: [SPEAKING FRENCH] FRENCH [NO TRANSLATION] [NO TRANSLATION] >> Prime Minister Trudeau: [SPEAKING FRENCH] >> Interpreter: CAN THEY EXPECT YOU TO EXTEND THE CERB OR NOT? THE BEST THING IS THAT PEOPLE REMAIN CONNECTED TO THEIR JOB, SO THEY CAN GO BACK TO WORK AS SOON AS THE ECONOMY STARTS TO RE-OPEN AND THAT RETAINS THAT ATTACHMENT BETWEEN EMPLOYERS AND THEIR WORKERS NOW THE WAGE SUBSIDY ALSO WILL

GIVE MORE MONEY, IN MANY CASES, TO PEOPLE THAN THE CERB THAT IS ASSISTANTS WE’RE PROVIDING TO ALLOW FOR AN ECONOMIC RECOVERY AND, OF COURSE, THAT WILL BE AN INTEGRAL PART OF THE RECOVERY NOW WE ARE IN A SITUATION WHERE MILLIONS OF CANADIANS HAVE LOST THEIR JOBS AND NOT RECEIVING PAYCHEQUES AND THERE IS NO POSSIBILITY OF THEIR BENEFITING BECAUSE THEY DON’T HAVE AN EMPLOYER AND THEY ARE BENEFITING FROM THE CERB THE FACT IS THAT PEOPLE WOULD BE ABLE TO USE THE WAGE SUBSIDY MORE IF EMPLOYERS REHIRE THEM AND THEY’LL EVEN BE ABLE TO HIRE NEW WORKERS AS A RESULT OF THAT WAGE SUBSIDY AND THAT MEANS ENSURING A QUICK RECOVERY AND AN EVERY ONE FOLLOW-UP? YES, SO AM I TO UNDERSTAND, YOU SEEM TO BE SAYING THAT THE CERB WILL NOT REALLY BE EXTENDED IS THAT TRUE? WELL, WE ARE LOOKING AT THE FACT THAT MILLIONS OF CANADIANS STILL NEED THE CERB BUT, OF COURSE, WITH THE ECONOMIC RECOVERY AND WITH FEWER AND FEWER PEOPLE, HAVING LOST THEIR JOBS AS THEY BECOME REHIRED, I THINK WE WILL BE ABLE TO HAVE MORE PEOPLE BENEFITING FROM THE WAGE SUBSIDY THAN THE CERB BUT, AGAIN, WE WILL BE LOOKING AT THE SITUATION VERY CAREFULLY AND WE WILL BE THERE FOR PEOPLE WHO NEED HELP >> Operator: THANK YOU MERCI [SPEAKING FRENCH] >> Reporter: [SPEAKING FRENCH] >> Interpreter: GOOD MORNING, MR. TRUDEAU WITH RESPECT TO THE PROBLEMS RELATED TO THE CERB AND THE DIRECTIVE TO IGNORE THEM, WHAT DO YOU INTEND TO DO ABOUT THOSE PROBLEMS? WELL, I THINK WE HAD A VERY CLEAR CHOICE MAKE AT THE BEGINNING OF THIS PANDEMIC EITHER WE WOULD TRY TO GOAT MONEY INTO THE HANDS OF PEOPLE AS QUICKLY AS POSSIBLE AND INTRODUCE MEASURES TO DETECT FRAUD AND GET THE MONEY BACK AFTER THE FACT OR INTRODUCE A SYSTEM THAT WOULD HAVE CALLED FOR VERY CLOSE VERIFICATION KHEX ON EVERY FILE BEFORE SENDING OUT ANY MONEY BUT WE’RE IN A SITUATION NOW WHERE PEOPLE NEEDED THE MONEY IMMEDIATELY SO THE CHOICE WE MADE, AND THE ONLY CHOICE THAT COULD HAVE BEEN MADE WAS TO QUICKLY GET MONEY INTO THE HANDS OF ALL THOSE PEOPLE WHO APPLIED FOR THE CERB AND SIGN THE ATTESTATION AND THEN AFTERWARDS, AND THAT IS WHAT WE’RE PREPARING FOR NOW, INTRODUCING MEASURES TO RECOLLECT THAT MONEY FROM FRAUDSTERS AND, OF COURSE, THAT I WILL SUFFER THE CONSEQUENCES >> Prime Minister Trudeau: A STRAIGHT FORWARD CHOICE THAT WE HAD TO MAKE FROM THE VERY BEGINNING DO WE GET THE MONEY OUT AS QUICKLY AS POSSIBLE TO EVERYONE WHO NEEDED IT AND THEN BRING IN MAESHS THAT GO BACK AND CREATE CONSEQUENCES AND GET THE MONEY BACK FROM PEOPLE WHO TOOK IT WITHOUT NEEDING IT, OR DO WE PUT IN PLACE A PROCESS THAT VERIFIES CAREFULLY EVERY APPLICATION SO THAT ONLY THOSE WHO NEEDED IT GET IT AND NOBODY HAD TO — AND FRAUDSTERS WOULDN’T BE ABLE TO GET IT THE PROBLEM WITH THE SECOND APPROACH WOULD HAVE BEEN IT WOULD HAVE BEEN MONTHS BEFORE DELIVERING TO THE WELL OVER SEVEN MILLION CANADIANS WHO NEEDED IT, THE CANADA EMERGENCY RESPONSE BENEFIT IN THIS SITUATION, IN THIS CRISIS, WE MADE THE DELIBERATE CHOICE TO GET THE MONEY OUT THE DOOR TO MILLIONS OF CANADIANS WHO NEEDED IT AND BRING IN MEASURES TO GO BACK, GO AFTER RETROACTIVELY PEOPLE WHO MIGHT HAVE TRIED TO DEFRAUD THE SYSTEM THE RESPONSE IN ORDER TO KEEP CANADIANS SAFE AND HEALTHY NEEDED TO BE TO GET THEM THE MONEY QUICKLY AND THAT IS EXACTLY WHAT WE DID BUT WE WILL ENSURE THAT FRAUDSTERS OR PEOPLE WHO GOT THE BENEFITS UNFAIRLY OR INAPPROPRIATELY, WILL HAVE TO PAY THEM BACK >> Interpreter: FOLLOW-UP? I GUESS WHAT YOU’RE SAYING IS THAT THINGS WILL NOT CHANGE BUT MY FOLLOW-UP QUESTION HAS TO DO WLT RETURN OF PARLIAMENT MR. SCHEER, AGAIN, IS DEMANDING A RETURN OF PAR WLAMENT A LIMITED NUMBER OF M.P.s YOU SAID YOU DIDN’T WANT THAT TO HAPPEN HAS YOUR POSITION CHANGED?

WE NOW HAVE A PARLIAMENT THAT MEETS IN PERSON TWICE A WEEK WITH A LIMITED NUMBER OF M.P.s WHO ONLY COME FROM A LIMITED NUMBER OF PLACES AROUND THE COUNTRY AND TWO DAYS A WEEK WE HAVE VIRTUAL SESSIONS WHERE MEMBERS OF PARLIAMENT FROM ALL ACROSS THE COUNTRY CAN SPEAK, CAN REPRESENT THEIR COMMUNITIES SO I THINK THIS IS A BALANCE THAT IS YIELDING VERY GOOD RESULTS BECAUSE IT ALLOWS ALL MEMBERS OF PARLIAMENT TO EXPRESS THE CONCERNS OF THEIR REGIONS AND THEIR CONSTITUENTS, NOT JUST PEOPLE WHO HAPPEN TO BE CLOSE TO OTTAWA AT THE SAME TIME, WE ARE HOLDING IN-PERSON SESSIONS IN A SAFE MANNER TO ENSURE THAT THE HOUSE OF COMMONS CONTINUES TO OPERATE WE PROPOSED THAT THAT CONTINUE IN THAT WAY, BUT OF COURSE WE WILL BE WORKING WITH ALL THE OPPOSITION PARTIES TO ENSURE THAT DURING THIS CRISIS OR IN SPITE OF THIS CRISIS OR MAYBE BECAUSE OF THIS CRISIS, WE CONTINUE TO DEFEND OUR DEMOCRACY AND OUR DEMOCRATIC INSTITUTIONS >> Prime Minister Trudeau:s WE HAVE A SYSTEM RIGHT NOW WHERE PARLIAMENT SITS ONCE A WEEK, IN PERSON, WITH A LIMITED NUMBER OF M.P.s WHO ARE HIGHLY CONCENTRATED AROUND THE — WITHIN DRIVING DISTANCE FROM OTTAWA WHO GET TO ACTUALLY BE THERE IN PERSON BUT TWO MORE VIRTUAL SESSIONS EVERY WEEK WHERE M.P.s FROM EVERY CORNER OF THE COUNTRY GET TO REPRESENT THE CONCERNS OF THEIR COMMUNITIES THAT IS SOMETHING THAT HAS BEEN EXTREMELY EFFECTIVE IN MAKING SURE THAT WE ARE HEARING FROM THE BREADTH AND SCOPE OF CONCERNS ACROSS THIS COUNTRY AND NOT JUST THOSE FOLKS WHO ARE WITHIN DRIVING DISTANCE OF OTTAWA WE PROPOSED TO CONTINUE THAT AND I KNOW THERE WILL BE DISCUSSIONS WITH THE OTHER PARTIES ON THE BEST WAY TO MOVE FORWARD BUT WE ALL AGREE WE NEED TO CONTINUE WITH A STRONG DEMOCRACY AND A FUNCTIONING PARLIAMENT IN A WAY THAT ENSURES THAT CONCERNS OF CANADIANS FROM EVERY PART OF THIS COUNTRY GET HEARD >> THANK YOU, OPERATOR NEXT QUESTION >> Operator: THANK YOU MERCI NEXT QUESTION, MIKE BLANCHEFIELD, THE CANADIAN PRESS LINE OPEN >> Reporter: HELLO, PRIME MINISTER NO CONTACT TRACING IS GOING TO BE KEY WHEN IT COMES TO RE-OPENING THE ECONOMY BUT RIGHT NOW THE PROVINCES AND EVEN SOME MUNICIPALITIS ARE ALL DOING THIS DIFFERENTLY WHEN WILL WE SEE A NATIONAL PLAN FOR CONTACT TRACING AND WHAT WILL IT LOOK LIKE? >> Prime Minister Trudeau:s I WAS VERY PLEASED TO HAVE A GREAT CONVERSATION WITH THE PREMIERS LAST NIGHT IT WAS OUR NINTH VIRTUAL FIRST MINISTERS MEETING SINCE THE BEGINNING OF THE COVID-19 CRISIS AS ALWAYS, WE’RE WORKING EXTRAORDINARILY WELL WE ALSO UNDERSTAND THAT MOVING FORWARD WITH A MASSIVE SCALUP OF CAPACITY TESTING ACROSS THE COUNTRY AND CONTACT TRACING THAT GOES BEYOND OUR OWN REGIONS AND JURISDICTIONS GOING TO BE IMPORTANT, PARTICULARLY AS THE ECONOMY STARTS TO RE-OPEN AND CANADIANS START TO CAREFULLY TRAVEL ACROSS PROVINCIAL BORDERS AND FROM ONE JURISDICTION TO THE OTHER IT IS STILL IMPORTANT THAT PEOPLE STAY HOME AS MUCH AS POSSIBLE, EVEN THROUGH THE RE-OPENING BUT THERE WILL BE MORE TRAVEL BECAUSE OF A RE-OPENED ECONOMY AND WE NEED TO MAKE SURE THAT WE DO HAVE COHERENCE IN OUR APPROACH, ACROSS THE COUNTRY, ON BOTH TESTING AND CONTACT TRACING WHICH IS SOMETHING THAT WE TALKED ABOUT A LOT LAST NIGHT AND WE’LL CONTINUE TO WORK TOGETHER ON TO MAKE SURE THAT CANADIANS ARE COVERED FROM COAST TO COAST TO COAST AS WE CONTROL THIS PANDEMIC [SPEAKING FRENCH] >> Interpreter: LAST NIGHT, WE HAD OUR NINTH VIRTUAL MEETING WITH THE PREMIERS SINCE THE ONSET OF THE COVID-19 OUTBREAK AND WE ARE LOOKING AT AN IMPORTANT INCREASE IN THE TESTING CAPABILITY AND THE CONTACT TESTING ACROSS THE COUNTRY THAT’S VERY IMPORTANT AND THAT’S THE ONLY WAY TO PREVENT A FUTURE OUTBREAK OF COVID-19 SO, WE WILL CONTINUE TO WORK TOGETHER SO THAT, AS THE ECONOMY STARTS TO RE-OPEN, CANADIANS WILL BE TRAVELING A LITTLE MORE NOT TOO MUCH, BUT A LITTLE BIT MORE AT THAT POINT, WE REALLY MUST BE ABLE TO PROPERLY MANAGE COVID-19 IN A NEW SITUATION AND WE WILL BE WORKING ON THAT >> Reporter: WHAT IS THE TIMELINE FOR THAT PLAN WITH THE PREMIERS, PRIME MINISTER? AND WHEN DO YOU THINK PARLIAMENT SHOULD BE EXPANDING BEYOND ONE EMERGENCY SITTING A WEEK SO IT CAN DEAL WITH LEGISLATION OTHER THAN COVID-19? >> Prime Minister Trudeau: FIRST OF ALL, WE KNOW THAT MASSIVE TESTING AND EFFECTIVE CONTACT TRACING ARE GOING TO BE ESSENTIAL TO GO ALONG WITH RE-OPENING OF THE ECONOMY THERE ARE A NUMBER OF PLACES THAT ARE STARTING TO LOOK AT RE-OPENING IN DIFFERENT PLACES AND THEY ALREADY KNOW THAT WE NEED TO STEP UP ON OUR TESTING, ON OUR CONTACT TRACING THE FEDERAL GOVERNMENT IS

OFFERING TO WORK VERY CLOSELY WITH THE PROVINCES ON EXPANDING MASSIVELY BOTH OUR TESTING AND CONTACT TRACING AND WE CERTAINLY HOPE THAT THE PROVINCES WILL WORK WITH US ON THAT BECAUSE EVERYWHERE ACROSS THE COUNTRY, AS WE RE-OPEN, WE NEED TO BE HYPERVIGILANT TO POSSIBLE RESURGENCES OF COVID-19 ON PARLIAMENT, I LOOK FORWARD TO BEING ABLE TO DEAL WITH A BROAD RANGE OF SUBJECTS WHEN THE TIME COMES RIGHT NOW, OUR FOCUS IS RIGHTLY ALMOST ENTIRELY ON COVID-19 AND GETTING CANADIANS THE SUPPORT NECESSARY TO GET THROUGH THIS FIRST PHASE OF THE CRISIS BUT ALSO MAKING SURE THAT CANADIANS ARE PROPERLY SUPPORTED THROUGH WHAT WILL BE A DIFFICULT AND CONVOLUTED PROCESS OF RESTARTING AN ECONOMY WHILE STAYING SAFE FROM THE FURTHER SPREAD OF COVID-19 >> THANK YOU OPERATOR, LAST QUESTION ON THE PHONE >> Operator: THANK YOU MERCI NEXT QUESTION, RADIO-CANADA LINE OPEN >> Reporter: YES HELLO, PRIME MINISTER ON MAY 13, AMNESTY INTERNATIONAL SENT YOU AN OPEN LETTER URGING YOU TO REVIEW YOUR CURRENT POLICY AND PRACTICE WONDERING IF CANADA COULD COMPLY WITS INTERNATIONAL OBLIGATIONS AND GUIDANCE FROM THE UNHCR TO THE TREATMENT OF REFUGEES WHAT IS YOUR RESPONSE TO THIS OPEN LETTER WHICH WAS SIGNED BY PEOPLE LIKE [INAUDIBLE] JAETSZ >> Prime Minister Trudeau: CANADA HAS A STRONG TRADITION OF PROTECTING THE MOST VULNERABLE AROUND THE WORLD, OF WELCOMING PEOPLE FLEEING PERSECUTION THEY HAVE CONTRIBUTED SIGNIFICANTLY TO CANADA’S BETTERMENT AND GROWTH OVER THE YEARS WE HAVE STRONG VALUES OF PROTECTING THE MOST VULNERABLE AND BEING A WELCOMING COUNTRY, WHILE AT THE SAME TIME, ENSURING THE STRENGHT AND THE RIGOR OF OUR IMMIGRATION SYSTEMS AND PROCESSES WE WILL CONTINUE TO DEFEND OUR VALUES WE WILL CONTINUE TO STAY TRUE TO THE WAY CANADIANS ARE OPEN AND WELCOMING WHILE EXPECTING THE RULES TO BE FOLLOWED AND THAT IS SOMETHING THAT WE WILL ALWAYS DO >> AS A FOLLOW-UP? >> Reporter: YES WHERE DO YOU DRAW THE LINE BETWEEN PROTECTING THE HEALTH OF CANADIANS AND FEELING YOUR OBLIGATIONS UNDER THE REFUGEE CONVENTION AND ALLOWING REFUGEES TO CLAIM ASYLUM IN CANADA? >> Prime Minister Trudeau: MY RESPONSIBILITY, FIRST AND FOREMOST, AS PRIME MINISTER OF CANADA, IS TO LOOK OUT FOR WELL-BEING, THE SAFETY, SECURITY OF CANADIANS AND THAT WILL ALWAYS BE MY TOP PRIORITY HOWEVER, IN A SITUATION OF A GLOBAL PANDEMIC RIGHT NOW, WE KNOW THAT WHAT WE DO IN CANADA IS NOT GOING TO BE ENOUGH TO KEEP US SAFE GOING FORWARD UNLESS WE’RE ALSO PART OF THE GLOBAL SOLUTION, UNLESS WE ARE HELPING OUT COUNTRIES AND PEOPLE AROUND THE WORLD IN DEALING WITH THE PANDEMIC WE’LL MAKE SURE WE’RE GETTING THAT BALANCE RIGHT BUT FIRST AND FOREMOST, MY JOB IS TO LOOK OUT FOR THE WELL-BEING OF CANADIANS >> Reporter: [SPEAKING FRENCH] >> Interpreter: RADIO-CANADA IT HAS BEEN CONCERNED THAT SOME MEMBERS OF THE C.A.F. HAVE CONTRACTED THE VIRUS BY SERVING DOES THAT CHANGE THE ROLE OF THE ARMY IN THESE HOMES AND WHAT DOES THIS MEAN FOR THEIR COLLEAGUES? THE MEN AND WOMEN IN THE CANADIAN ARMED FORCES HAVE ALWAYS BEEN READY TO TAKE RISKS IN ORDER TO PROTECT CANADIANS THEY HAVE ALWAYS BEEN THERE TO SERVE IN DIFFICULT TIMES AND IN TERRIBLE SITUATIONS AND THEY ARE AGAIN DOING THAT IN OUR LONG-TERM FACILITIES WE ARE DOING EVERYTHING WE CAN TO MINIMIZE THE RISKS THAT MEMBERS OF THE MILITARY FACE IN THEIR JOBS, WHETHER IT IS OVERSEAS OR HERE AT HOME AND, UNFORTUNATELY, AS WE ALL KNOW, THIS IS A SITUATION WHERE THERE ARE RIFNGS SO WE WILL BE ENSURING AND REINFORCING ANY MEASURES SO THAT OUR MILITARY MEMBERS STAY SAFE AS MUCH AS POSSIBLE AND A, OF COURSE, WE WILL NEED TO ENSURE THAT COVID-19 DOES NOT SPREAD WITHIN THE CANADIAN ARMED FORCES SO, WE WILL BE TAKING ANY NECESSARY ACTION TO DO THAT >> Prime Minister Trudeau: THE WOMEN AND MEN OF THE CANADIAN ARMED FORCES HAVE ALWAYS STEPPED UP TO DO DIFFICULT AND DANGEROUS THINGS, WHEN CALLED UPON THEIR SERVICE TO CANADA,

WHETHER BIT OVERSEAS OR HERE AT HOME, HAS ALWAYS BEEN EXEMPLARLY AND OUR RESPONSIBILITY AS CANADIANS, AS A GOVERNMENT, IS TO ENSURE THEM WE GIVE THEM THE PROPER SUPPORT TO MINIMIZE THE RISKS THAT THEY UNDERTAKE TO SERVE CANADA THEY GO INTO THAT KNOWINGLY WILLINGLY AND THAT IS WHY WE OFFER THEM OUR DEEPEST GRATITUDE EVERY DAY AT THE SAME TIME, WE NEED TO MAKE SURE THAT WE’RE DOING EVERYTHING WE CAN TO PROTECT THEM SO WE’LL LOOK AT THE PROTOCOLS IN PLACE AND SEE IF AND HOW THEY CAN BE STRENGTHENED AS WELL AS ENSURING THAT CASES OF COVID-19 DON’T SPREAD THROUGHOUT THE CANADIAN ARMED FORCES AND OTHERS WHO ARE SERVING THEIR COUNTRY >> Interpreter: NOW RADIO-CANADA TALKED ABOUT A WOMAN WHO WAS PREGNANT AND WANTED TO BRING HER HUSBAND OVER THE BORDER WHO WAS AMERICAN NOW APPARENTLY HER HUSBAND WAS TURNED BACK AT THE BORDER HOW DO YOU REACT TO THE FACT THAT THE CBSA IS APPLYING MORE RESTRICTIVE MEASURES THAN WHAT ARE PROVIDED FOR? WELL, WE KNOW IT’S VERY DIFFICULT RIGHT NOW FOR FAMILIES THAT ARE SEPARATED AND WHERE PEOPLE ARE MOURNING IN NOVA SCOTIA AND ELSEWHERE FOR LOVED ONES OR MEMBERS OF THEIR FAMILY WHO HAVE DIED IN LONG-TERM CARE HOMES WITHOUT BEING ABLE TO SEE THEM OR SAY GOOD-BYE TO THEM THIS REQUIRES A LOT OF SACRIFICES AND PUTS PEOPLE IN VERY DIFFICULT SITUATIONS AND THE BORDER AGENTS, LIKE EVERYONE ELSE , ARE TRYING TO APPLY THE RULES CONSISTENTLY BUT THERE ARE SITUATIONS THAT ARISE WHERE, UNFORTUNATELY, THEY’VE NEVER SEEN THAT PARTICULAR CIRCUMSTANCE AND WE ARE TRYING TO ADJUST AS BEST POSSIBLE >> Reporter: ON THE C A.F. MEMBERS CONTRACTING COVID-19, THERE IS A VETERANS SAYING THAT FORCES MEMBERS SHOULD BE, GIVEN THE DANGER OF ITS DEEMPLOYMENT, SHOULD BE GIVEN THE SAME KIND OF BENEFITS THAT WOULD RECEIVE OVERSEAS, DANGER PAY THING LIKE THAT IS THAT SOMETHING THAT YOUR GOVERNMENT IS OPEN TO? >> Prime Minister Trudeau: I THINK THAT IS SOMETHING THAT THE CANADIAN ARMED FORCES IS CERTAINLY LOOKING AT >> Reporter: OK CAN I ASK YOU THEN ABOUT THE WAGE SUBSIDY YOU ARE TALK ABOUT TODAY? YOU HAVEN’T SEEN BUSINESSES REHIRING PEOPLE AT A LEVEL THAT YOU WANTED DOES THAT SAY TO YOU THAT THERE IS A PROBLEM WITH THE PROGRAMME OR BUSINESSS ARE WORSE OFF THAN YOU THOUGHT? >> I THINK THERE IS A REFLECTION THAT THIS IS AN UNPRECEDENTED SITUATION AND THERE IS A LOT OF UNCERTAINTY ABOUT WHAT THE COMING MONTHS MIGHT BRING AS BUSINESSS ARE TRYING TO FIGURE OUT WHEN THEY MIGHT BE ABLE TO RE-OPEN OR LOOKING AT NUMBERS OF CASES AND TRYING TO IMAGINE WHAT THAT MIGHT MEAN FOR THEIR BUSINESS IN THE COMING WEEKS AND THE COMING MONTHS THEY ARE BUSY TRYING TO JUGGLE A WHOLE BUNCH OF DIFFERENT FACTORS THAT THEY HAVE VERY LITTLE WINDOW INTO THAT IS WHY IT WAS SO IMPORTANT FOR US TO ANNOUNCE THAT WE WILL BE CONTINUING WITH THE WAGE SUBSIDY OVER THE NEXT THREE MONTHS UNTIL THE END OF THE SUMMER TO GIVE BUSINESSES THE CERTAINLY TO KNOW THAT WE’LL BE THERE FOR THEM AS THE ECONOMY RE-OPENS, THERE IS A DANGER OF UNINTENDED CONSEQUENCES I MENTIONED THAT, FOR EXAMPLE, IF PART OF THE ELIGIBILITY CRITERIA FOR GETTING THE WAGE SUBSIDY IS DECREASE OF 30% OF YOUR BUSINESS, WE WOULDN’T WANT PEOPLE WHO ARE GETTING BACK THEIR BUSINESS GOING TO FEEL LIKE THEY HAVE TO HOLD BACK ON THEIR GROWTH, ON THEIR EXPANSION, ON THEIR REHIRING IN ORDER TO BE ABLE TO CONTINUE BENEFITING FROM THE WAGE SUBSIDY SO, WE’RE GOING TO WORK WITH INDUSTRY, WORK WITH LABOUR, WORK WITH STAKEHOLDER GROUPS TO MAKE SURE WE’RE GETTING IT RIGHT BUT THAT WAGE SUBSIDY IS GOING TO BE A REALLY IMPORTANT PART OF THE COMING MONTHS OF RECOVERY WE WILL CONTINUE TO BE THERE FOR BUSINESSES, TO GIVE THEM THE CERTAINTY, TO KNOW THAT THEY CAN REHIRE THEIR WORKERS AND GET BACK TO WORK IN A VERY CAREFUL WAY AS THE ECONOMY RE-OPENS >> Reporter: HI, PRIME MINISTER CANADIANS WITH UNDERLYING HEALTH CONDITIONS ARE CONCERNED THAT THEY MAY HAVE TO GO BACK TO WORK EARLY AND PUTTING THEIR HEALTH AT RISK IF THE CERB ISN’T EXTENDED WILL THERE BE ANY MEASURES PUT IN PLACE IF THE MOST VULNERABLE ARE PUT AT ?RIFK >> Prime Minister Trudeau: OUR FOCUS THROUGHOUT THIS PANDEMIC HAS BEEN THE SAFETY AND SECURITY OF CANADIANS WE KNOW THAT SOME CANADIANS ARE MORE VULNERABLE BECAUSE OF AGE, BECAUSE OF UNDERLYING HEALTH FACTORS AND A EVERY STEP OF THE WAY, WE HAVE FOCUSED ON GIVING THEM THE SUPPORT THEY NEED AND WE WILL CONTINUE TO DO SO >> Reporter: WHAT ARE THE SPECIFIC MEASURES ON THE TABLE FOR THOSE WORKERS? >> Prime Minister Trudeau:s WE’LL CONTINUE TO LOOK AT THE SITUATIONS, AS THEY COME UP AND AS WE SUPPORT PEOPLE WHO NEED IT DURING THIS COVID-19 CRISIS

WE’VE DELIVERED THE CERB TO OVER SEVEN MILLION CANADIANS WE’VE SEEN MILLIONS OF WORKERS GET ON THE WAGE SUBSIDY THERE ARE MEASURES IN PLACE FOR SO MANY DIFFERENT GROUPS BECAUSE WE KNOW THAT BEING THERE FOR EACH OTHER IS PART OF WHO CANADIANS ARE AND ALSO HOW WE’RE GOING GET THROUGH THIS AND THAT IS WHAT WE’LL STAY FOCUSED ON [SPEAKING FRENCH] >> Interpreter: WE KNOW THAT WE HAVE TO BE THERE FOR EACH OTHER, PARTICULARLY THE MOST VULNERABLE OF OUR SOCIETY AND THAT IS WHY WE INTRODUCED MEASURES TO PROVIDE FUNDING AND SUPPORT FOR MILLIONS OF CANADIANS AND WE WILL CONTINUE TO HELP THEM DURING THIS PANDEMIC OUR TOP PRIORITY WILL BE THE HEALTH AND SAFETY OF CANADIANS BECAUSE WITHOUT HEALTHY CANADIANS, THERE CAN BE NO ECONOMIC RECOVERY >> Reporter: FOR CANADIANS WHO HAVE LOVED ONES IN THE STATES, IS FAMILY REUNIFICATION CONSIDERED ESSENTIAL? ARE THEY ESSENTIAL ENOUGH TO CROSS THAT BORDER AT THIS POINT? I KNOW THAT SOME CBSA OFFICERS ARE SAYING NO TO THEM AND NOT LETTING THEM ACROSS AND COULD THIS BE NEGOTIATED AS PART OF ONGOING BORDER TALKS? >> Prime Minister Trudeau: WE KNOW THAT CANADIANS ARE FACING EXTREMELY DIFFICULT SITUATIONS BECAUSE OF COVID-19 K. WHETHER IT BE FAMILIES WHO CAN’T GRIEVE THE LOSS OF A PARENT OR A LOVED ONE, BECAUSE THEY CANNOT GATHER AND CANNOT HOLD FUNERALS BECAUSE OF COVID-19, THESE ARE THINGS THAT ARE EXTRAORDINARILY DIFFICULT FAMILIES ARE STRETCHED ACROSS THE COUNTRY AND UNABLE TO SEE EACH OTHER PEOPLE ARE STUCK OVERASSESS AND DESPITE THE HUNDREDS OF RE– THE REPATRIATION FLIGHTS WE’VE BROUGHT, THERE ARE OTHERS WHO SIMPLY CAN’T COME HOME THIS IS A DIFFICULT SITUATION BUT EVERY STEP OF THE WAY, WE NEED TO DO WHAT IS NECESSARY RIGHT NOW TO KEEP CANADIANS SAFE THAT IS OUR PRIORITY, TO CONTROL THE SPREAD OF COVID-19 TO MAKE SURE THAT WE GET IT UNDER CONTROL IN CANADA AND PREVENT THE IMPORTATION FROM OTHER COUNTRIES THAT CONTINUES TO BE THE PRIORITY THAT CANADA HAS AND I KNOW IT IS DIFFICULT ON CANADIANS, BUT WE NEED TO CONTINUE TO BE VERY, VERY CAREFUL IF WE MAKE A WRONG STEP IN THE COMING WEEKS, EVERYTHING WE SACRIFICED OVER THE PAST TWO MONTHS COULD BE FOR NOTHING IF WE SEE ANOTHER MASSIVE SURGE OF COVID-19 SO, WE’LL CONTINUE TO BE EXTREMELY INDIVIDUAL LENDS AND EXTREMELY CAREFUL ABOUT HOW WE MOVE FORWARD [SPEAKING FRENCH] >> Interpreter: WE KNOW THAT THESE ARE VERY DIFFICULT SITUATIONS FOR MANY, MANY FAMILIES ACROSS THE COUNTRY THAT ARE SEPARATED FROM THEIR LOVED ONE AND HAPPEN TO BE AT THE OTHER END OF THE COUNTRY OR IN ANOTHER COUNTRY THEY CANNOT MOURN THEIR PARENTS OR GRANDPARENTS WHO ARE IN TROUBLE IN OUR LONG-TERM CARE CENTRES BECAUSE WE HAVE TO STEM THE SPREAD OF COVID-19 AND THAT SIMPLY HAS TO CONTINUE TO BE OUR PRIORITY TO DO EVERYTHING WE CAN TO CONTROL COVID IN CANADA AND PREVENT OTHER CASES ARISING WHEN WE ALL ARE SUCCESSFUL BUT WE MUST HAVE, AS OUR TOP PRIORITY, THE PROTECTION OF ALL CANADIANS >> Reporter: IMMEDIATE FAMILY MEMBERS IN THE U.S. SHOULD NOT GO TO THE BORDER? >> Prime Minister Trudeau: WE HAVE ESTABLISHED RULES AROUND TRAVELING ACROSS BORDERS AND INTERNATIONAL TRAVEL THEY NEED TO BE RESPECTED BECAUSE WE HAVE TO KEEP CANADIANS SAFE WE HAVE TO CONTROL THE SPREAD AND WE WILL BE DOING THAT >> Reporter: AND MY SECOND QUESTION IS TALKS ARE BEGINNING BETWEEN THE YAO*UFPS AND THE FEDERAL GOVERNMENT ABOUT GETTING BACK TO WORK EXAMPLE, SERVICE CANADA, FOR EXAMPLE, TO DO THAT SAFELY DO WE KNOW WHEN THAT IS GOING TO HAPPEN AND I KNOW MANY CANADIANS ARE STRUGGLING TO FIND SUPPORT ONLINE >> Prime Minister Trudeau: I WILL HIGHLIGHT THAT THE FEDERAL GOVERNMENT DID NOT SHUT DOWN SERVICE CANADA OFFERINGS ARE MADE ONLINE OR VIA TELEPHONE, EVEN THOUGH WE CLOSED THE PHYSICAL CENTRES THE SERVICES THAT THE GOVERNMENT CONTINUES TO OFFER TO CANADIANS CONTINUE WE’VE SEEN THAT IN EXCEPTIONAL MEASURES LIKE THE CANADA EMERGENCY RESPONSE BENEFIT OR THE WAGE SUBSIDY OR THE STUDENTS BENEFIT OR THE SENIORS BENEFIT OR THE FISHERS BENEFIT YOU KNOW, THE LIST OF THINGS THAT PUBLIC SERVANTS IN THIS COUNTRY HAVE CONTINUED TO WORK ON AND DELIVERED FOR CANADIANS DURING THIS CRISIS IS EXTRAORDINARY AND WE NEED TO, AGAIN AND AGAIN, RECOGNIZE AND THANK THE INCREDIBLE PUBLIC SERVANTS WHO DELIVER THESE MEASURES WHILE FACING THE SAME KIND OF FEARS AND CHALLENGES, WHETHER IT IS CONCERNS ABOUT COVID-19 OR DEALING WITH WORKING AT HOME WITH A YOUNG FAMILY AROUND

OUR PUBLIC SERVANTS HAVE BEEN EXEMPLARY THROUGH THIS AND WE’LL CONTINUE TO WORK WITH THEM AND WITH THEIR UNIONS TO ENSURE THAT THEY ARE KEPT SAFE AS WE MOVE FORWARD >> [SPEAKING FRENCH] >> Prime Minister Trudeau: MERCI >> Rosemary: OK THAT IS THE PRESIDENT OF CANADA ON THIS FRIDAY BEFORE A LONG WEEKEND, HOWEVER YOU PLAN TO ENJOY IT IN THESE STRANGE TIMES BIG NEWS FROM THE PRIME MINISTER TODAY THAT THE WAGE SIX DID PROGRAMME IS GOING TO BE EXTENDED UNTIL THE END OF AUGUST AND I’LL BRING IN MY COLLEAGUES, VASSY KAPELOS AND CATHERINE CULLEN ABOUT THAT THIS HAS BEEN WELCOMED BY LOTS OF PEOPLE, I HAVE TO SAY AS WE WERE TALKING ABOUT, AND AS THE PRIME MINISTER SUGGESTED THERE, THERE IS ADDITIONAL RUNWAY FOR BUSINESSES BUT THERE WERE OTHER DETAILS AS WELL >> Vassy: YEAH AND WE’RE ANTICIPATING EVEN MORE DETAILS AROUND NINE MINUTES FROM NOW FROM THE FINANCE MINISTER ABOUT EXPANDING ELGABILITY YOU’RE RIGHT THE BIG NEWS IS THAT IT’S EXTENDED UNTIL THE END OF AUGUST I THINK FROM A POLITICAL PERSPECTIVE OR POLICY PERSPECTIVE, IT ALSO GIVES US A REAL INDICATION FROM THE FEDERAL GOVERNMENT THAT THIS IS WHERE THEY SEE FINANCIAL AID GOING THIS IS WHERE THEY SEE THE CENTRE OF ECONOMIC RECOVERY BEING VERSUSS THE CERB BECAUSE YOU HEARD A NUMBER OF QUESTIONS DIRECTED AT THE PRIME MINISTER, PRETTY BLUNTLY DOES THIS MEAN THE CERB IS OVER? WILL THE CERB BE EXTENDED? AND THERE WAS NO SPECIFIC ANSWER GIVEN THERE I SORT OF INTERPRETED IT AS THIS IS THE WAGE PACKAGE AND SUBSIDY THAT WE ARE FOCUSED ON THE IDEA IS TO GET MORE PEOPLE BACK ON THE PAYROLL AS BUSINESSES START TO RE-OPEN THAT IS GOING TO BE A DIFFICULT QUESTION GOING FORWARD, THOUGH, FOR THE PRIME MINISTER, BASED ON THOSE — THE UPTAKE NUMBERS THAT WE WERE DISCUSSING PRIOR TO HIS SPEECH OR TO HIS REMARKS TODAY AND THAT IS BECAUSE THE UPTAKE FOR THE WAGE PROGRAMME AT THIS POINT IS NOT VERY HIGH VERSUS THE CERB PROGRAMME THAT A NUMBER OF PEOPLE ARE ACCESSING ALSO, JUST WHILE WE WERE ON AIR, WE HAD FOUR DIFFERENT BUSINESSES REACH OUT TO ME ON TWITTER AND INSTAGRAM SAYING THAT THEY ARE HAVING DIFFICULTY HIRING PEOPLE BACK, EM ON A PART-TIME BASIS BECAUSE THEY’RE ACCESSING THE CERB AND THEY’RE NOT SAYING THAT THEY’D RATHER HAVE THE CERB, BUT THERE ARE WORRY FROM THEIR EMPLOYEES ABOUT THE SAFETY OF RETURNING TO WORK OR THE FACT THAT THE BUSINESSES WHO ARE HIRING PART-TIME WORKERS BACK MAY NOT BE ABLE TO PAY THOSE EMPLOYEES OR ARE NOT WILLING TO PAY THOSE EMPLOYEES AS MUCH AS THEY MIGHT BE MAKING ON THE CERB THERE IS A LOT OF DIFFERENT CALCULATIONS FOR BUSINESSES AS WELL AS EMPLOYEES THAT MIGHT GIVE US AN INDICATION AS TO WHY THE UPTAKE IS WHAT IT IS FOR NOW AND WHAT WILL BE INTERESTING TO SEE IS WHAT CHANGES OVER THE NEXT FEW MONTHS, ESPECIALLY AS ELIGIBILITY CRITERIA IS WIDENED IF THAT 30% REVENUE DROP DOESN’T HAVE TO BE MET TO QUALIFY DOES THAT INCREASE UPTAKE AS WELL? THAT IS WHERE THE GOVERNMENT’S EYES WILL BE AND JUST A FINAL NOTE THE EMPLOYMENT MINISTER HAD SAID LAST WEEK TO ME THAT THEY WILL BASE THAT DECISION ON WHETHER TO EXTEND CERB ON THE UPTAKE FOR THE WAGE PROGRAMME AS WELL THEY WILL BE LOOKING AT THOSE NUMBERS AND THEY’LL HAVE TO MAKE A DECISION PRETTY SOON IF YOU THINK IN A MONTH THAT PEOPLE WILL HAVE TO APPLY FOR THEIR LAST $2,000 THE RUBBER WILL HIT THE ROAD FOR THEM AND THEY HAVE TO FIGURE OUT DOES IT GET PHASE OUT OR CUT OFF COMPLETELY AND A LOT OF THOSE DECISIONS WILL BE BASED ON WHAT HAPPENS WITH THIS WAGE SUBSIDY >> Rosemary: AND SOME OF THE DETAILS HAVE BEEN PUT OUT IN A RELEASE BUT IT HAS BROADENED THIS PROGRAMME IN A BIG WAY TO INCLUDE, FOR INSTANCE, PARTNERSHIPS THAT ARE UP TO 50% OWN BY NONELIGIBLE MEMBERS IT ALSO WILL NOW APPLY TO PUBLIC COLLEGES AND SCHOOLS, INCLUDING PLACES THAT DO ARTS AND LANGUAGES BECAUSE THAT WAS A PROBLEM FOR — I DON’T KNOW IF IT WOULD INCLUDE BALLET SCHOOLS THAT HAD BEEN A PROBLEM FOR THEM SO, THEY’RE OBVIOUSLY SEEING PROBLEMS, ADDRESSING THEM AND BROADENING IT OUT AS THEY GO AND WE’LL HEAR MORE ABOUT THAT FROM THE FINANCE MINISTER IN A MOMENT I’LL BRING IN CATHERINE, TOO AS WE WERE ON AIR, THERE WAS NEWS ABOUT CANADIAN FORCES MEMBERS DOING WORK IN LONG TEMPLE CARE CENTRES IN QUEBEC, CATHERINE >> Reporter: YES THAT SOME OF THEM HAVE FALLEN ILL WITH COVID-19 ALTHOUGH I DON’T BELIEVE WE HAVE A SPECIFIC NUMBER I WAS INTERESTING TO SEE THE PRIME MINISTER TALKING ABOUT THAT SAYING THAT IT IS WORK THAT INVOLVES RISK THAT THEY TRY TO MINIMIZE THOSE RISKS INTERESTING TO SEE A KURT ANSWER FROM HIM WHEN HE WAS ASKED ABOUT OFFERING DANGER PAY FOR WORK DOMESTICALLY IN CANADA IN THOSE LONG-TERM CARE FACILITIES, SAYING THAT THE CANADIAN FORCES WOULD BE LOOKING AT IT ANOTHER THING THAT WAS QUITE INTERESTING IN TERMS OF A CHANGE OF TOWN, I WAS STRUCK TODAY AROUND THAT ISSUE OF THE EMERGENCY RESPONSE BENEFIT ABOUT HOW THE PRIME MINISTER’S LANGUAGE HAS CHANGED HIM AND HIS OFFICIALS OVER THE COURSE OF PAST COUPLE OF WEEKS INITIALLY WHEN WE STARTED ASKING THESE QUESTIONS ABOUT PEOPLE ACCESSING THE EMERGENCY RESPONSE BENEFIT WHO DO NOT QUALIFY THE RESPONSE WE GOT AGAIN AND

AGAIN FROM THE PRIME MINISTER AND MINISTER KARLA QUALTROUGH, IS CANADIANS ARE HONEST WE BELIEVE IN THE HONESTY OF CANADIANS WHEN I FIRST ASKED KARLA QUALTROUGH ABOUT REPORTS THAT SOME PEOPLE WERE ACCESSING THE PROGRAMME WHO DON’T AND WHETHER SHE’D HEARD THAT, SHE SAID I HEARD IT ANECDOTELY, BUT HONESTLY I KIND OF REJECT THAT I BELIEVE THAT MOST CANADIANS ARE HONEST TODAY YOU HEARD HIM USING THE TERM “FRAUDSTERS,” DEFENDING THE APPROACH THAT HIS GOVERNMENT HAS TAKEN ON THIS BUT THEY ARE EMPHASIZING THAT THEY’RE PLANNING TO CRACK DOWN MORE LATER >> Rosemary: YEAH, OK OH, THERE IS $450 MILLION FOR RESEARCHERS IN HOSPITALS BECAUSE IT CAME OUT OF SOME REPORTING THAT OUR COLLEAGUE DID AT THE “TORONTO STAR” WHERE SHE HIGHLIGHTED A GROUP OF PEOPLE, MEDICAL RESEARCHERS WHO ARE NOT PAID FROM THE PUBLIC SECTOR BUT FALL AURNL WEIRD CATEGORY SO, THE GOVERNMENT HAD MOVED TO MAKE SURE THAT THOSE PEOPLE WHO CAN’T QUALIFY FOR THE WAGE SIX — SUBSIDY WILL GET SUPPORT $450 MILLION FOR THEM I’M GOING TO LEAVE YOU BOTH IN JUST A MOMENT AS WE WAIT FOR THAT PRESS CONFERENCE TO START AT THE TOP OF THE CLOCK ONE OF POINTS THAT VASSY HIGH LIGHTED ABOUT BUSINESS OWNERS STRUGGLING TO GET THEIR EMPLOYEES TO COME BACK IS DEMONSTRATED IN OUR NEXT GUEST AND THAT IS LAURA McNUTT SHE OWNS A SMALL BUSINESS AND SHE JOINS US NOW FROM HALIFAX GOOD TO SEE YOU, LAURA >> GOOD AFTERNOON THANK YOU FOR HAVING ME >> Rosemary: YOU HAVE A VINTAGE CLOTHING STORE IT LOOKS COOL BEHIND YOU THERE TELL ME HOW YOU ARE — HOW YOU ARE DOING AND WHAT KIND OF SUPPORT YOU HAVE BEEN ABLE TO ACCESS FROM THE GOVERNMENT >> WELL, WE’RE A VERY TINY BUSINESS AND A LOT OF THE LOAN PROGRAMMES HAVE NOT APPLIED AND FOR THE MOST PART, I HAVE BEEN — I’VE HAD TO LAY OFF MY STAFF MY SOLE STAFF AND I WAS VERY INTERESTED IN THE PRIME MINISTER’S DELIVERY THIS AFTERNOON WITH RESPECT TO THE WAGE SUBSIDY AND POTENTIAL EXTENSION AND THAT LOOKS LIKE IT MIGHT BE SOMETHING THAT I COULD TAKE ADVANTAGE OF AS YOU SAID, THE CERB WHICH SERVED TO COMPENSATE AND EFFECTIVELY REWARD US FOR STAYING HOME, TO MY GAIT TRANSMISSION, MY STAFF [INAUDIBLE] IN TAKING THAT CERB SO IT CERTAINLY HAS BEEN CHALLENGING >> Rosemary: SO, DO YOU — DO YOU — I MEAN, THE CERB HAS NOT BEEN EXTENDED IS MAYBE WHAT PEOPLE ARE THINKING HERE DO YOU THINK THAT THAT WILL BE ENOUGH TO GET THEM TO COME BACK OR WILL THEY DELAY COMING BACK BECAUSE, AS YOU POINT OUT, THEY ARE MAKING MORE ON THE CERB? >> WELL, I WAS REALLY HOPING THAT THERE WAS A FACILITY THAT WOULD ALLOW US RETAIL AND OTHER BUSINESSES WHO NEED TO PROVIDE SOME KIND OF — WE HAVE TO INSTALL ELEMENTS AND STRATEGIES TO HAVE A SAFE ENVIRONMENT AND STAFF WOULD BE REALLY HELPFUL IF WE COULD SOME KIND OF COMPENSATION FOR THAT WHILE THEY’RE STILL HAVING THE CERB BENEFIT, OR AT LEAST A PORTION OF THE CERB BENEFIT SO, THAT FLEXIBILITY WOULD BE REALLY, I THINK, WELCOMED BY A LOT OF BUSINESSES YOU KNOW? SORRY >> Rosemary: THAT’S OK IT’S MY FAULT I HAD A COUPLE OF PEOPLE ON TWITTER ALSO SAY FOR SMALLER BUSINESSES LIKE YOUR OWN, THIS IS GREAT BUT I DON’T KNOW THAT I HAVE THE 25% TO PAY MY EMPLOYEE WOULD THAT BE THE CASE FOR YOU? >> ABSOLUTELY YOU KNOW, IT REALLY — WE’RE ALL HAMSTRUNG AND WE ARE VERY CONCERNED ABOUT THE APPETITE FOR REVENUE EVEN IN TERMS OF RETAIL ARE PEOPLE GOING TO COME AND SHOP THERE’S SO MANY QUESTIONS AND SUCH A DYNAMIC SITUATION [PLEASE STAND BY]

I REALLY APPLAUD THE ATTEMPTS TO SUPPORT ALL OF OUR VARIED BUSINESSES I MEAN, IT’S A MONUMENTAL TASK SO I AM, I’M REALLY GRATEFUL, SINCERELY, FOR WHAT APPEARS TO BE AVAILABLE I MEAN, IT’S CAUSING A LOT OF EXTRA EFFORT ON OUR PART AS BUSINESS OWNERS, BUT WE CAN’T BLAME THIS IS OUT OF OUR HANDS AND WHATEVER ASSISTANCE WE CAN GET IS WONDERFUL >> Rosemary: OKAY LAURA McNUTT, NICE TO MEET YOU I HOPE IT ALL WORKS OUT SHE OWNS A COOL VINTAGE CLOTHING STORE IN HALIFAX WE ALSO FOUND OUT TODAY THAT THE RESEARCH — SORRY THE STUDENT BENEFIT OPENS UP TODAY AS WELL FOR POST-SECONDARY STUDENTS YOU CAN GO ONLINE AND STARTED APPLYING FOR THAT EMERGENCY AID BENEFIT WE’VE REACHED ONE STUDENT NOW BRANDON IS IN AURELIA, ONTARIO GOOD TO SEE YOU, BRANDON >> THANK YOU FOR HAVING ME >> Rosemary: HAVE YOU APPLIED, I GUESS, FOR THE BENEFIT? WHERE ARE YOU AT? >> 6:00 A.M. THIS MORNING, I WAS UP TO APPLY WHEN THE PORTAL OPENED >> Rosemary: ANY PROBLEMS? >> NO, IT’S PRETTY SMOOTH SAILING IN MY CASE, I DON’T HAVE A C.R.A. ACCOUNT I CALLED THE C.R.A I HAD TO CONTACT MY BANK, MY FINANCIAL INSTITUTION TO SET UP DIRECT DEPOSIT TO MAKE IT EASIER AND OTHER THAN THAT, I WAS IN AND OUT FAIRLY QUICKLY ON THE PORTAL THIS MORNING >> Rosemary: GOOD TO KNOW THERE WAS SUPPOSED TO BE SOMETHING ON THE PORTAL THAT WOULD DIRECT YOU TO A JOB BANK OR AT LEAST SAY THAT YOU — THAT THERE WAS A POSSIBILITY YOU WOULD BE LOOKING FOR A JOB DID YOU SEE ANYTHING LIKE THAT? >> IN THE ATTESTATION IT DID MENTION A PIECE OF LOOKING FOR WORK, HOWEVER, I WAS SURPRISED THAT I WASN’T DIRECTED TO A JOB PORTAL THAT SAID, I DID GO AND REGISTER FOR THE GOVERNMENT OF CANADA’S JOB BANK >> Rosemary: OKAY >> JUST IN CASE THAT WOULD BE A REQUIREMENT AND I ENCOURAGE OTHER STUDENTS TO LOOK ON THERE, TOO THAT SAID, AND I’M SURE WE’LL TOUCH ON THIS, THERE ARE SOME CONCERNS AROUND THE FOLLOW-UP ON THAT ATTESTATION AND WHAT THAT WILL LOOK LIKE >> Rosemary: THE PRIME MINISTER MENTIONED THERE ARE SUMMER JOBS THE SUMMER JOB BANK IS NOW OPEN SO YOU’RE RIGHT, THERE ARE POSSIBILITIES THERE FOR STUDENTS LOOKING FOR WORK I IMAGINE YOU CALL FIND FOR THE 1250 BENEFIT HOW DOES THAT FACTOR INTO KEEPING YOU GOING? YOU KNOW, PAYING FOR THINGS? I DON’T THINK YOU CAN SAVE MONEY ON 1250, BUT GIVE ME A SENSE HOW THAT HELPS YOU? >> FOR MYSELF, I BARELY MADE MAY RENT THIS WILL HELP A LOT IN THE MONTHS COMING FORWARD, AND, OF COURSE, FOR FOOD I KNOW FOR STUDENTS IT WILL VARY IF THE STUDENTS LIVE IN THE NORTH, OR VANCOUVER, MONTREAL, BUT FOR MYSELF, IT WILL DEFINITELY — IT WILL HELP COVER THE BASICS AND HOPEFULLY, ALLEVIATE SOME OF THE ANXIETY AND STRESS I’VE HAD TO DEAL WITH NOT HAVING THE EMPLOYMENT I USUALLY HAVE DURING THE SUMMER >> Rosemary: AND WILL YOU THEN — I GUESS YOU CAN MAKE UP TO A THOUSAND DOLLARS AND YOU CAN DO VOLUNTEER WORK AND GET SOME MONEY THAT WAY, WILL YOU PURSUE EITHER OF THOSE THINGS, OR ARE YOU GOING TO TRY TO LOOK FOR A FULL-TIME OR PART-TIME JOB TO GET OFF THE BENEFITS? >> I’M DEFINITELY KEEPING MY OPTIONS OPEN ONE OF THE CHALLENGES FOR MYSELF BEING IN COTTAGE COUNTRY IS THAT A LOT OF THE INDUSTRY I WORK IN IS CONTRACT WORK IN THE CULTURE AND TOURISM INDUSTRY SO WE’VE LOST A LOT OF THAT IN MY AREA SO I’M PROBABLY GOING TO BE LOOKING MORE TOWARD VOLUNTEERING IT WILL REALLY JUST DEPEND ON WHAT BECOMES AVAILABLE AND, FOR ME, IT’S ABOUT MAKING SURE THAT MY HEALTH IS NOT COMPRISED IN THE WORK THAT I’M DOING, WHATEVER IT ENDS UP BEING >> Rosemary: THAT’S A GOOD THING TO THINK ABOUT YOU SAID YOU WERE STRESSED OUT HOW ARE YOU FEELING ABOUT THINGS NOW? WE’RE ALL SORT OF FEELING THE SAME WAY, BUT HOW ARE YOU FEELING AFTER TODAY? >> I’M FEELING A LITTLE BETTER I THINK — YOU KNOW, I STILL HAVE CONCERNS A LOT OF MY FRIENDS STILL DON’T QUALIFY BECAUSE THEY’RE INTERNATIONAL STUDENTS OR RECENT GRADUATES WHO GRADUATED BETWEEN SEPTEMBER AND DECEMBER 2019, SO YOU KNOW STUDENTS WHO ARE ORGANISING AROUND THIS ISSUE ARE STILL PUSHING TO TRY TO INCLUDE THEM IN SOME WAY, WHETHER IT’S THROUGH THE CESB OR ELSEWHERE I KNOW THERE ARE CONCERNS FOR STUDENTS AROUND WHETHER THAT $1250 IS GOING TO BE ENOUGH FORT MONTH, DEPENDING ON WHERE THEY LIVE OR THEIR COSTS AND THE OTHER THING THAT IS KIND

OF NERVE-RACKING FOR MYSELF AND OTHERS IS WHAT IS THE REPORTING GOING TO BE LIKE ON THE OTHER END OF THIS PROGRAMME >> Rosemary: OKAY BRANDON, GOOD OF YOU TO MAKE THE TIME FOR US TODAY I’M GLAD YOU’RE FEELING 5% LESS STRESSED OUT, THAT’S GOOD [LAUGHTER] >> THANK YOU >> Rosemary: AS ALWAYS, WE’RE HERE WITH ALL OF THE COVID-19 UPDATES FROM HEALTH OFFICIALS AND CABINET MINISTERS TODAY, WE’RE EXPECTING THE DEPUTY PRIME MINISTER AS THE PRIME MINISTER REFERENCED, WE’RE GOING TO HEAR MORE FROM THE FINANCE MINISTER ABOUT THE BROADENING OF THE WAGE SUBSIDY TO APPLY TO MANY MORE ORGANIZATIONS AND COMPANIES AS THE GOVERNMENT STARTS TO WRAP ITS HEAD AROUND, YOU KNOW, THE FACT THIS IS TAKING LONGER PROBABLY THAN ANY OF US ANTICIPATED AND SO THE PROGRAMME NOW EXTENDED UNTIL THE END OF AUGUST AND TRYING TO CATCH UP MORE PEOPLE THAT WERE NOT GOING TO HAVE ACCESS TO IT, WE’LL BRING THAT TO YOU IN A FEW MOMENTS UNTIL I SEE — THERE ARE TWO MINISTERS THERE WAITING REMOTELY FOR THE COLLEAGUES TO ENTER THE ROOM, UNTIL THEY DO, I’LL BRING BACK VASSY KAPELOS AND CATHERINE CULLEN TO TALK MORE I THOUGHT THE BUSINESS OWNER, LAURA, THAT WAS INTERESTING BECAUSE IT’S AN EXACT EXAMPLE I THINK OF SOME OF THE CONCERNS THE CONSERVATIVES HAVE BEEN RAISING WHEN YOU HAVE AN EMPLOYEE WHO MADE LESS THAN THE CERB NOW ON THE CERB AND SHE WANTS TO — LAURA WANTS HER TO COME BACK, SHE WANTS THE WAGE SUBSIDY ANYWAY, IT’S VERY COMPLICATED AND DOES SHOW THAT IT MAY BE DIFFICULT TO TRANSITION PEOPLE FROM THAT EMERGENCY BENEFIT ONTO A WAGE SUBSIDY, PARTICULARLY IF YOU’RE NOT PAID AS MUCH IN YOUR ACTUAL JOB >> Vassy: YEAH I THINK IT WAS COMPLETELY EMBLEMATIC OF ALL OF THE ISSUES THAT BUSINESS OWNERS FACE IN MAKING THE DECISION WHAT KIND OF FINANCIAL AID THEY’RE ABLE TO ACCESS AND A COUPLE OF QUESTIONS JUMPED IN MY HEAD LISTENING TO THE INTERVIEW THE FIRST, IF THE GOVERNMENT SIGNALLED THE CERB WAS GOING TO END, WOULD THAT MAKE A DIFFERENCE IN THE DECISION THAT EMPLOYEES MAKE? AT THE SAME TIME, CAN THEY SIGNAL THAT AT A TIME WHEN NOT EVERY EMPLOYEE IS ABLE TO BE ARE EHIRED? AND THEY MAY BE NEEDING TO ACCESS THAT BEYOND THE NEXT TWO MONTHS IF THEY SIGNAL THAT THE PROGRAMME IS GOING TO END, YOU WON’T LOSE ALL MONEY, ALL AID FROM THE GOVERNMENT BUT YOU CAN BALANCE THAT OUT WITH WAGES FROM YOUR EMPLOYER, WILL THAT MAKE A DIFFERENCE? I THINK THOSE KINDS OF DECISIONS CAN’T BE MADE TOO LONG FROM NOW ONLY BECAUSE PEOPLE LIKE YOUR GUEST THERE, RIGHT THOSE ARE DECISIONS SHE HAS TO MAKE RIGHT NOW AND IT WILL FACTOR INTO WHETHER OR NOT THAT BUSINESS CAN SURVIVE SO THE GOVERNMENT IS GOING TO HAVE TO SIGNAL PRETTY SOON WHAT THEY PLAN TO DO WITH THE CERB, EVEN THOUGH THEY’VE BEEN SAYING WE’RE STILL IN THIS ACUTE PHASE WHERE THEY CAN’T I’LL BE LOOKING FOR THOSE >> Rosemary: I’M GOING TO TAKE YOU BACK IT THE PRESS CONFERENCE THE DEPUTY PRIME MINISTER IS GIVING US INTRODUCTIONS >> Chrystia Freeland (Deputy Prime Minister):… AND OF COURSE, MINISTER OF HEALTH, PATTY HAJDU IS HERE TO ANSWER QUESTIONS >> Dr. Theresa Tam: GOOD AFTERNOON I WILL START WITH THE LATEST NUMBERS ON COVID-19 IN CANADA THERE ARE 73,829 CONFIRMED CASES, INCLUDING 5,499 DEATHS AND 36,528 CASES, OR 49%, HAVE NOW RECOVERED LABS ACROSS CANADA HAVE TESTED OVER 1,232,000 PEOPLE FOR COVID-19 WITH 6% OF THESE TESTING POSITIVE OVERALL WE’RE NOW TESTING AN AVERAGE OF 26-28,000 PEOPLE DAILY THESE NUMBERS CHANGE QUICKLY AND ARE UPDATED REGULARLY ON OUR WEBSITE WITH MANY AREAS OF THE COUNTRY CONTINUING TO SHOW DECREASED COVID-19 ACTIVITY, AND THE VICTORIA DAY LONG WEEKEND AHEAD OF US, GETTING OUTSIDE IS TOP OF MIND BY THE SAME TOKEN, THERE ARE MANY CANADIANS CONCERNED ABOUT HOW TO GO ABOUT THE NEXT WEEKS AND MONTHS SAFELY THIS IS A REASONABLE CONCERN THE REALITY IS THAT COVID-19 IS STILL OUT THERE AND WILL BE WITH US FOR THE FORESEEABLE FUTURE SO AS LOCAL AUTHORITIES CONTINUE TO SLOWLY REOPEN RECREATIONAL, SOCIAL AND ECONOMIC SPACES, THE RIGHT AND SAFEST WAY TO GO OUT IS TO GO OUT SMART THIS MEANS NOT DROPPING THE VITAL LAYERS OF PROTECTION AND

ARE INGRAINED AS OUR HYGIENE HABITS IT MEANS KEEPING 2 METRES OF PHYSICAL DISTANCING FROM OTHERS AVOIDING TOUCHING COMMON SURFACES AND CLEANING OUR HANDS WELL AND FREQUENTLY AND DEPENDING ON THE COVID ACTIVITY IN YOUR AREA, LOCAL AUTHORITIES MAY RECOMMEND THE USE OF NONMEDICAL MASKS OR FACIAL COVERINGS FOR EXAMPLE, WHEN USING PUBLIC TRANSIT HOWEVER, IN SOME INSTANCES, GOING OUT IS NOT OKAY WE ALL HAVE A RESPONSIBILITY TO DO THINGS TO KEEP OTHERS SAFE AND TO NOT RISK A SETBACK ON THE PROGRESS WE’VE MADE THAT MEANS COVERING EVERY COUGH AND SNEEZE FOR THOSE WHO ARE EXPERIENCING MILD SYMPTOMS CONSISTENT WITH COVID-19, IT MEANS STAYING HOME AND APART FROM OTHERS SO NO MATTER WHERE WE ARE THIS LONG WEEKEND, GOING OUT SHOULD ONLY BE AN OPTION IF WE CAN GO OUT SMART LIVING WITH COVID-19 MEANS WE’VE GOT TO MAINTAIN OUR HABITS OF PHYSICAL DISTANCING, FREQUENT HAND-WASHING, AND STAYING HOME IF SICK THANK YOU >> >> Chrystia Freeland (Deputy Prime Minister): THANK YOU VERY MUCH DR. TAM DR. NJOO [Speaking French][Voice of Interpreter] GOOD AFTERNOON AS USUAL I’LL START WITH THE LATEST NUMBERS ON COVID-19 IN CANADA THERE ARE NOW 73,829 CONFIRMED CASES, INCLUDING 5,499 DEATHS AND 36,528 RECOVERED TO DATE, LABS ACROSS THE COUNTRY HAVE TESTED 1,232,000 PEOPLE FOR COVID-19 WITH ABOUT 6% OF THOSE TESTING POSITIVE OVERALL WE’RE NOW TESTING AN AVERAGE OF 26-28,000 PEOPLE DAILY THESE NUMBERS DO CHANGE QUICKLY AND ARE UPDATED REGULARLY ON CANADA.CA/CORONAVIRUS WITH MANY AREAS OF THE COUNTRY CONTINUING TO SHOW DECREASED COVID-19 ACTIVITY AND THE VICTORIA DAY LONG WEEKEND AHEAD OF US, GETTING OUTSIDE IS TOP OF MIND BY THE SAME TOKEN, THERE ARE MANY CANADIANS WHO ARE CONCERNED ABOUT HOW THEY CAN GO ABOUT THESE NEXT WEEKS AND MONTHS SAFELY THIS IS A REASONABLE CONCERN THE REALITY IS THAT COVID-19 IS STILL OUT THERE AND WILL BE WITH US FOR THE FORESEEABLE FUTURE SO AS LOCAL AUTHORITIES CONTINUE TO SLOWLY REOPEN RECREATIONAL, SOCIAL AND ECONOMIC SPACES, THE RIGHT AND SAFEST WAY TO GO OUT IS TO GO OUT SMART THAT MEANS NOT DROPPING THE LAYERS OF PROTECTION WE’VE USED TO PLANK THE CURVE AND HAVE WELL INGRAINED AS OUR HYGIENE HABITS GOING OUT SMART MEANS KEEPING TWO METRES OF PHYSICAL DISTANCING FROM OTHERS WHEREVER AND WHENEVER POSSIBLE AVOIDING TOUCHING COMMON SURFACES AND CLEANING OUR HANDS WELL AND FREQUENTLY AND DEPENDING ON COVID ACTIVITY IN YOUR AREA, LOCAL AUTHORITIES MAY RECOMMEND THE USE OF A NONMEDICAL MASK AS AN ADDED LAYER OF PROTECTION FOR WHEN IT’S NOT POSSIBLE TO MAINTAIN A 2-METRE DISTANCE FROM OTHERS FOR EXAMPLE, WHEN USING PUBLIC TRANSIT HOWEVER, IN SOME INSTANCES, GOING OUT IS NOT OKAY WE ALL HAVE A RESPONSIBILITY TO DO THINGS TO KEEP OTHERS SAFE AND TO NOT RISK A SETBACK ON THE PROGRESS WE’VE MADE THAT MEANS COVERING EVERY COUGH AND SNEEZE BUT FOR THOSE WHO ARE EXPERIENCING EVEN MILD SYMPTOMS CONSISTENT WITH COVID-19, IT ALSO MEANS STAYING HOME AND STAYING APART FROM OTHERS SO, NO MATTER WHERE YOU ARE THIS LONG WEEKEND, GOING OUT SHOULD ONLY BE AN OPTION IF WE CAN GO OUT SMART LIVING WITH COVID-19 MEANS WE’VE GOT TO MAINTAIN OUR HABITS OF PHYSICAL DISTANCING, FREQUENT HAND-WASHING AND STAYING HOME IF SICK THANK YOU >> Chrystia Freeland (Deputy Prime Minister): NOW WE’LL HEAR FROM OUR MINISTER OF INNOVATION, SCIENCE AND INDUSTRY, NAVDEEP BAINS >> THANK YOU VERY MUCH OVER THE PAST MONTH OUR GOVERNMENT HAS BEEN WORKING HARD TO MAKE SURE THAT ALL CANADIANS CAN KEEP FOOD ON THE TABLE AND A ROOF OVER THEIR HEADS WE’VE MADE CHANGES TO OUR EMPLOYMENT INSURANCE PROGRAMME, INTRODUCED THE CANADA EMERGENCY RESPONSE BENEFIT AND PROVIDED A

WAGE SUBSIDY FOR BUSINESS OWNERS TO AVERT LAYOFFS TODAY WE’RE ANNOUNCING A NEW PROGRAMME THAT WILL PROVIDE TEMPORARY SUPPORT FOR CANADA’S RESEARCH TALENT HELP SUSTAIN RESEARCH CAPACITY AT UNIVERSITIES AND HELP RESEARCH INSTITUTES DURING THESE EXTRAORDINARY TIMES [Speaking French][Voice of Interpreter] TODAY WE’RE ANNOUNCING A NEW PROGRAMME THAT WILL PROVIDE TEMPORARY SUPPORT FOR CANADA’S RESEARCH TALENT AND HELP SUSTAIN RESEARCH CAPACITY AT UNIVERSITIES AND HEALTH RESEARCH INSTITUTES DURING THESE TIMES [End of Translation] AND HEALTH RESEARCH INSTITUTES EMPLOY TENS OF THOUSANDS OF HIGHLY QUALIFIED RESEARCH PERSONNEL I’M TALKING ABOUT THE RESEARCHERS, LAB TECHNICIAN, TRAINEES AND OTHER SUPPORT PERSONNEL WHO ARE THE DRIVING FORCE FOR CANADA’S RESEARCH, BOTH UNIVERSITIES AND HELP RESEARCH INSTITUTES LIKE THE SICK KIDS RESEARCH INSTITUTE IN TORONTO, THE MONTREAL CLINICAL RESEARCH INSTITUTE THESE PEOPLE ARE SIGNIFICANT DRIVERS OF INNOVATION THEY GENERATE THE DISCOVERIES AND INVENTIONS THAT HELP PEOPLE AND THE ECONOMY MANY OF THESE VERY RESEARCHERS HAVE THE EXPERTISE WE NEED TO HELP US BETTER UNDERSTAND COVID-19 AND HOW TO FIGHT IT THESE HIGHLY QUALIFIED PERSONNEL ARE AT RISK OF BEING LAID OFF RIGHT NOW ON GOVERNMENT SOURCES OF REVENUE, OF PRIVATE SECTOR CONTRACTS, CHARITABLE DONATIONS AND ENDOWMENTS THAT ACCOUNT FOR MUCH OF THE INCOME THAT FUNDS THE RESEARCH ARE DRYING UP DUE TO THE COVID-19 CRISIS TO HELP THEM, WE’LL BE PROVIDING UP TO $450 MILLION TO HELP SUSTAIN THE ACADEMIC RESEARCH COMMITTEE THROUGH THE CRISIS CAUSED BY COVID-19 [Speaking French][Voice of Interpreter] TO HELP THEM, WE’LL BE PROVIDING UP TO $450 MILLION TO HELP SUSTAIN THE ACADEMIC RESEARCH COMMUNITY THROUGH THE CRISIS CAUSED BY COVID-19 [End of Translation] HEALTH RESEARCH INSTITUTE FEDERAL GRANTING FUNDING ARE ALSO ELIGIBLE FOR THIS PROGRAMME IN SUPPORT OF THEIR RESEARCH-RELATED ACTIVITY IN ADDITION TO PROVIDING WAGE SUPPORT FOR RESEARCH PERSONNEL, THIS INVESTMENT WILL ALSO HELP UNIVERSITY AND HEALTH RESEARCH INSTITUTES COVER THE UNANTICIPATED COSTS ASSOCIATED WITH MAINTAINING RESEARCH ASSETS AT RISK DUE TO THE PANDEMIC AND RAMPING UP RESEARCH ACTIVITIES ONCE PHYSICAL DISTANCING MEASURES ARE RELAXED AND ULTIMATELY LIFTED [Speaking French][Voice of Interpreter] THIS INVESTMENT IS IN ADDITION TO MEASURES WE’VE PUT IN PLACE TO MAINTAIN JOBS AND EXCELLENCE IN SCIENCE AND RESEARCH IN CANADA [End of Translation] CRITICAL THAT WE SUPPORT AND RETAIN OUR RESEARCH TALENT NOT ONLY BECAUSE THEY’RE CANADIANS THAT NEED OUR HELP RIGHT NOW, BUT ALSO TO ENSURE THAT OUR UNIVERSITIES, HEALTH RESEARCH INSTITUTES, HAVE THE TALENT AND KNOWLEDGE NECESSARY TO SUPPORT POST PANDEMIC ECONOMIC RECOVER YEARS AGO WE MADE A SINGLE LARGEST INVESTMENT IN FUNDAMENTAL RESEARCH IN CANADIAN HISTORY THAT WAS BECAUSE THIS GOVERNMENT RECOGNIZES THE VALUE OF THE WORK DONE BY SCIENTISTS AND RESEARCHERS IN THIS COUNTRY AND IT IS IN THAT SPIRIT THAT WE STAND WITH THEM TODAY THANK YOU VERY MUCH >> Chrystia Freeland (Deputy Prime Minister): OKAY, THANK YOU VERY MUCH I’LL JUST ASK OUR TECHNICIANS PERHAPS TO TURN UP THE VOLUME IF YOU CAN IT HASN’T BEEN A PERFECT TRANSMISSION AND, BILL, I WILL ASK YOU, IF YOU DON’T MIND TO SPEAK A LITTLE BIT SLOWLY BECAUSE THE TRANSMISSION IS — THERE IS A LITTLE BIT OF STATIC ON IT IF YOU SPEAK SLOWLY AND WE TURN UP THE VOLUME, OUR CHANCES OF UNDERSTANDING EVERY WORD WILL BE IMPROVED OKAY SO NOW WE’RE GOING TO HEAR FROM OUR FINANCE MINISTER, BILL MORNEAU BILL, PLEASE >> Hon. Bill Morneau: THANK YOU I THINK AS WE ALL KNOW, WE’VE BEEN WORKING HARD OVER THE LAST MONTHS TO PROTECT JOBS WE INTRODUCED THE CANADA WAGE SUBSIDY TO DO JUST THAT TODAY, THE WAGE SUBSIDY IS HELPING ALMOST TWO MILLION WORKERS ACROSS CANADA AND THOUSANDS OF APPLICATIONS ARE BEING RECEIVED EVERY SINGLE DAY — SLOWLY STARTING TO CHANGE AWAY FROM LOCKDOWN PROCEDURES WE KNOW THAT BUSINESSES CONTINUE

TO NEED SUPPORT TO KEEP WORKERS ON PAYROLL OR EVEN TO REHIRE THEM AS THINGS PICK UP THAT’S WHY OUR GOVERNMENT HAS ANNOUNCED WE’LL EXTEND THE CANADA EMERGENCY WAGE SUBSIDY TO AUGUST 29, 2020 WE PLAN ON CONSULTING WITH BUSINESSES AND LABOUR REPRESENTATIVES OVER THE COURSE OF THE NEXT MONTH AND ANY POTENTIAL ADJUSTMENTS THAT WE MAKE FOLLOWING THE CONSULTATION PERIOD, INCLUDING POSSIBLE ADJUSTMENTS TO THE REVENUE DECLINE THRESHOLD WE’LL SEEK TO PROMOTE JOBS AND TO PROMOTE GROWTH [Speaking French][Voice of Interpreter] OUR GOVERNMENT HAS ANNOUNCED ITS INTENTION TO EXTEND THE WAGE SUBSIDY BENEFIT TO AUGUST 29 WE WILL BE CONSULTING WITH VARIOUS STAKEHOLDERS IN THE MONTHS TO COME WE WILL BE MAKING ADJUSTMENTS, INCLUDING POTENTIAL ADJUSTMENTS TO THE REVENUE DECLINE THRESHOLD TO PROMOTE JOBS AND GROWTH [End of Translation] NEW REGULATIONS ARE EFFECTIVE IMMEDIATELY AND RETROACTIVE TO MARCH 15TH WAGE SUBSIDY IS NOW AVAILABLE TO REGISTERED JOURNALISM ORGANIZATIONS AND ALL REGISTERED CANADIAN AMATEUR ATHLETIC ASSOCIATIONS THIS INCLUDES HOCKEY CANADA, LACROSSE CANADA AND OTHERS ALSO, ELIGIBLE NOW ARE TAX EXEMPT INDIGENOUS-OWNED CORPORATIONS AND PARTNERSHIPS THAT INCLUDE INDIGENOUS GOVERNMENTS AND ELIGIBLE EMPLOYERS THIS WILL ENSURE MORE INDIGENOUS EMPLOYERS CAN SUPPORT THEIR WORKERS AND NONPUBLIC COLLEGES AND SCHOOLS ARE NOW ELIGIBLE, INCLUDING DRIVING SCHOOLS AND ART SCHOOLS WHICH FOSTER CANADA’S WORLD-CLASS TALENT, LIKE THE NATIONAL BALLET SCHOOL FOR EXAMPLE WITH WAGE SUBSIDY, IT WILL BE AVAILABLE TO PARTNERSHIPS WITH NONELIGIBLE MEMBERS AS LONG AS THE NONELIGIBLE MEMBERS ARE NOT MAJORITY OWNERS [Speaking French][Voice of Interpreter] WE ARE ALSO MAKING CHANGES TO ENSURE THAT MORE WORKERS CAN BENEFIT FROM THE WAGE SUBSIDY NEW REGULATIONS WILL COME INTO FORCE IMMEDIATELY AND WILL BE BACK DATED TO MARCH 15TH THE SUBSIDY IS ALSO AVAILABLE TO JOURNALISM, AMATEUR SPORT ASSOCIATIONS, NONPUBLIC COLLEGES AND SCHOOLS, INCLUDING LANGUAGE SCHOOLS AND DRIVING SCHOOLS [End of Translation] WE ALSO INTEND TO PROPOSE LEGISLATION TO PROVIDE GREATER FLEXIBILITY FOR EMPLOYERS TO USE THE WAGE SUBSIDY TO REHIRE AND SUPPORT WORKERS WHO MAY NOT HAVE BEEN REGULAR EMPLOYERS IN THE EARLY MONTHS OF THIS YEAR, BUT NONETHELESS IMPORTANT TO OPERATIONS WORKERS LIKE SEASONAL EMPLOYEES [Speaking French][Voice of Interpreter] WE ALSO INTEND TO MAKE LEGISLATIVE CHANGES TO GIVE GREATER FLEXIBILITY TO EMPLOYERS FOR THE USE OF THE SUBSIDY AND AS A RESULT, THEY WILL BE ABLE TO HIRE BACK WORKERS WHO PERHAPS WERE NOT REGULAR EMPLOYEES DURING THE FIRST MONTHS OF THIS YEAR AS WAS THE CASE WITH TEMPORARY FOREIGN WORKERS [End of Translation] FORMED ON THE AMALGAMATION OF TWO PREDECESSOR ORGANIZATIONS MY MESSAGE TO EMPLOYERS REMAINS THE SAME WE HOPE THAT YOU APPLY TO THIS PROGRAMME AND REHIRE YOUR WORKERS WHILE MUCH REMAINS UNKNOWN, THERE IS ONE THING THAT I DO KNOW WORKERS DRIVE OUR ECONOMY BY MAKING SURE THAT THEY HAVE JOBS TO GO BACK TO, WE’RE MAKING SURE THAT CANADA STANDS READY TO RECOVER THANK YOU VERY MUCH BACK TO YOU >> Chrystia Freeland (Deputy Prime Minister): THANK YOU VERY MUCH, BILL [Speaking French][Voice of Interpreter] >> WE’RE NOW PREPARED TO TAKE YOUR QUESTIONS >> AS USUAL WE START WITH THE QUESTIONS ON THE PHONE, ONE QUESTION, ONE FOLLOW-UP AND TURN TO THE ROOM OPERATOR, OVER TO YOU >> PLEASE PRESS STAR 1 AT THIS TIME IF YOU HAVE A QUESTION THE FIRST QUESTION >> Reporter: [Speaking French][Voice of Interpreter] MY QUESTION IS FOR MR. MORNEAU LET ME START OVER HOW MUCH WILL THE EXPANDED WAGE SUBSIDY PROGRAMME COST WITH THE

EXPANSION THAT YOU’RE PROPOSING? >> Hon. Bill Morneau: [Speaking French][Voice of Interpreter] THIS IS AN IMPORTANT QUESTION WE ARE ENSURING EMPLOYERS WAGE SUBSIDY WILL BE AVAILABLE UNTIL THE END OF AUGUST THIS IS IMPORTANT FOR THEIR — AS I SAID, WE ARE GOING TO BE CONSIDERING ADJUSTMENTS TODAY I CANNOT SAY SPECIFICALLY OR PRECISELY WHAT OUR ESTIMATES ARE, BUT WHEN WE HAVE MORE INFORMATION, WE WILL PROVIDE THE APPROPRIATE FIGURES >> Reporter: ON A DIFFERENT SUBJECT AGAIN FOR MINISTER MORNEAU, WITH RESPECT TO HEALTH TRANSFERS TO THE PROVINCES YOU KNOW AS I DO THAT THE HEALTH BUDGETS WILL BE EXPLODING WITH THE SITUATION WE’RE CURRENTLY FACING ARE YOU OPEN TO INCREASING HEALTH TRANSFERS TO THE PROVINCES? >> Chrystia Freeland (Deputy Prime Minister): BILL, BEFORE YOU ANSWER THE QUESTION, THERE IS A REQUEST HERE FROM THE REPORTERS IN OTTAWA THAT YOU REPEAT YOUR REPLY TO THE FIRST QUESTION IN ENGLISH, PLEASE >> Hon. Bill Morneau: SO I HAVE TO REMEMBER THE REPLY TO THE FIRST QUESTION, IS THAT IT? [LAUGHTER] THE FIRST QUESTION WAS ABOUT THE WAGE SUBSIDY AND OUR EXPECTATIONS ON COSTS AND AS I MENTIONED, FIRST AND FOREMOST WE WANT TO GIVE ASSURANCES TO BUSINESSES THAT THE WAGE SUBSIDY WILL BE EXTENDED TO THE END OF AUGUST THAT GIVES THE ABILITY TO REHIRE WORKERS WITH SOME SENSE OF SECURITY THAT SAID, WE’RE LOOKING TO POTENTIALLY MAKE ADJUSTMENTS TO THE PROGRAMME TO MAKE SURE IT ENCOURAGES HIRING SO WITH THOSE ADJUSTMENTS WHICH WE’RE GOING TO CONSULT ON STILL TO COME, I CAN’T YET MAKE A PRECISE ESTIMATES ON THE COST IMPLICATIONS [Speaking French][Voice of Interpreter] WITH RESPECT TO OUR APPROACH FOR WORKING WITH THE PROVINCES, CLEARLY, THERE WILL BE COSTS WE WILL BE FACING DIFFICULTIES BECAUSE OF COVID-19 AND THE COST OF OUR HEALTH CARE SYSTEM WILL BE VERY SIGNIFICANT IT WILL BE SUBJECT OF OUR DISCUSSIONS IN DISCUSSIONS WITH THE PROVINCES WE’LL LOOK AT HOW WE CAN WORK TOGETHER THIS REMAINS THE SITUATION WITH PROVINCIAL AND FEDERAL JURISDICTIONS BUT, OF COURSE, WE’LL BE HOLDING DISCUSSIONS AND WE WILL BE WORKING TOGETHER TO ENSURE THAT OUR SYSTEM WORKS AND THAT WE HAVE SUFFICIENT FUNDING TO CONTINUE TO FACE COVID-19 [Speaking French][Voice of Interpreter] >> Chrystia Freeland (Deputy Prime Minister): AND I COULD ALSO ADD THAT THE QUESTION OF COST IN THE FIGHT AGAINST COVID-19 IS SOMETHING THAT WAS DISCUSSED BY THE PRIME MINISTER AND THE PROVINCIAL AND TERRITORIAL LEADERS YESTERDAY NIGHT THE PRIME MINISTER STATED ONCE AGAIN THAT THE FEDERAL GOVERNMENT IS THERE TO HELP THE PROVINCES AND TERRITORIES WITH THEIR WORK TO FIGHT COVID-19, INCLUDING ON VERY IMPORTANT ISSUES SUCH AS TESTING >> THANK YOU, DEPUTY PRIME MINISTER OPERATOR, THE NEXT QUESTION? >> THE NEXT QUESTION, CANADIAN PRESS PLEASE GO AHEAD >> Reporter: HI THIS QUESTION IS FOR DR. TAM AND THE DEPUTY PRIME MINISTER AS WELL GIVEN THE DISCUSSIONS THAT THE PROVINCE IS STEPPING UP MORE COORDINATED APPROACH ON CONTACT TRACING AND ITS IMPORTANCE IN REBOOTING THE ECONOMY, WHAT IS THE URGENCY — WHAT URGENCY DO YOU FEEL ABOUT GETTING A NATIONAL PLAN IN PLACE TO DEAL WITH CONTACT TRACING? AND WHEN DO YOU SEE THAT TAKING SHAPE? AND WHAT WILL IT LOOK LIKE? >> Dr. Theresa Tam: SO CONTACT TRACING IS ONE OF THE ABSOLUTE CORNERSTONES OF OUR PUBLIC HEALTH STRATEGY GOING FORWARD CONTACT TRACING IS, OF COURSE, DONE AT THE LOCAL LEVEL WITH SUPPORT AS NEEDED FROM THE PROVINCIAL AND FEDERAL LEVELS SO I THINK FROM A — IN GENERALITIES DONE BY PUBLIC HEALTH STAFF OR OFFICIALS,MENTED — AUGMENTED BY THE INCREASED CAPACITY THAT HAS BEEN PUT IN PLACE BY JURISDICTIONS

SOME OF THEM HAVE HAD STUDENTS AND OTHER SURGE CAPACITIES AS WELL WE ARE OFFERING ADDITIONAL SUPPORT AS NEEDED ON THAT FRONT THERE HAVE BEEN A NUMBER OF DISCUSSIONS ABOUT TECHNOLOGICAL APPLICATIONS THERE ARE SOME JURISDICTIONS THAT HAVE BEGAN TO TRY SOME OF THIS AND SHARING SOME OF THE LESSONS I DO KNOW THAT THERE HAS BEEN FURTHER DISCUSSIONS I THINK AT THE MINISTERIAL LEVEL >> Chrystia Freeland (Deputy Prime Minister): I CAN JUST ADD, MIKE, IT’S A REALLY GOOD QUESTION AS YOU HAVE SEEN IN THE READOUT FROM THE CALL BETWEEN THE FIRST MINISTERS LAST NIGHT, TESSING AND CONTACT TRACING AND WORKING TOGETHER ON THAT WAS ONE OF THE MAIN ISSUES DISCUSSED THERE WAS A REAL ENTHUSIASM OF ALL OF THE FIRST MINISTERS AND OF COURSE OF THE PRIME MINISTER FOR US AS A COUNTRY TO REALLY CONTINUE TO STEP UP TESTING AND CONTACT TRACING AND A REAL SHARED RECOGNITION THAT DOING THAT IS VERY IMPORTANT AS WE LOOK TOWARDS REOPENING OUR ECONOMY THERE WAS SOME DISCUSSION OF THE COLLABORATION THAT IS ALREADY HAPPENING FOR EXAMPLE, THIS WEEK THE FEDERAL GOVERNMENT HAS BEEN WORKING FOLLOW-UP >> Reporter: OKAY FOR THE DEPUTY PRIME MINISTER, U.S. MEDIA REPORTS REPORT THE TRUMP ADMINISTRATION WANTS THE BORDER RESTRICTIONS TO HAVE AN INDEFINITE TIME LINE ARE THEY ASKING FOR THE CURRENT NON-ESSENTIAL TRAVEL, TO BE EXPANDED BEYOND THE 21ST AND IS CANADA PUSHING BACK ON THAT? >> Chrystia Freeland (Deputy Prime Minister): AS YOU KNOW, MIKE, I NEVER THINK IT’S A GOOD IDEA TO DISCLOSE PRIVATE NEGOTIATIONS I THINK IT’S NEVER GOOD TO NEGOTIATE IN PUBLIC BUT LET ME JUST ASSURE CANADIANS THAT DECISIONS ABOUT THE CANADIAN BORDER ARE GOING TO BE TAKEN BY CANADIANS IN THE CANADIAN NATIONAL INTEREST WITH THE HEALTH AND SAFETY OF CANADIANS FIRST AND FOREMOST OUR GOVERNMENT IS TAKING A VERY PRUDENT APPROACH AND IN THAT — THE CANADA-U.S. BORDER WAS DISCUSSED BY THE FIRST MINISTERS YESTERDAY ALSO AND THERE WAS, I WOULD SAY, A WIDELY SHARED VIEW EXPRESSED BY THE PREMIERS THAT TAKING A PRUDENT APPROACH RIGHT NOW IS THE RIGHT THING WE ARE ACTIVELY DISCUSSING WITH THE UNITED STATES WHAT TO DO NEXT ON THE CANADA-U.S. BORDER IT IS A VERY, VERY COLLEGIAL AND VERY FRIENDLY CONVERSATION AND I THINK IT WOULD BE ABSOLUTELY FAIR TO SAY THAT BOTH SIDES FEEL THE CURRENT MEASURES ARE WORKING REALLY, REALLY WELL IN RESTRICTING NON-ESSENTIAL TRAVEL, BUT ALSO REALLY IMPORTANTLY FOR BOTH COUNTRIES ENSURING THAT ESSENTIAL TRAVEL CONTINUES AND THAT WILL BE PARTICULARLY IMPORTANT AS WE LOOK TOWARDS THE REOPENING OF OUR ECONOMY FOR AREAS LIKE THE AUTO SECTOR, FOR EXAMPLE SO THE ESSENTIAL TRAVEL IS STILL HAPPENING, BOTH COUNTRIES FEEL VERY COMFORTABLE WITH THAT >> Ron: — >> Rosemary: I’M GOING TO PULL AWAY WE’LL COME BACK IN A MOMENT I WANT GET TO OTHER NEWS ABOUT THE CANADIAN MILITARY WE HEARD FROM THE PRIME MINISTER AND FROM REPRESENTATIVES OF THE CANADIAN FORCES THAT THERE HAS BEEN A NUMBER OF MEMBERS — AND WE’LL TRY TO GET ANSWERS HERE — WHO HAVE BEEN AFFECTED WHO HAVE CONTRACTED COVID-19

THEY ARE, OF COURSE, IN A NUMBER OF LONG-TERM CARE CENTRES IN QUÉBEC LOTS OF THEM IN QUÉBEC I THINK WE’RE UP TO 25 AND 5 IN ONTARIO TO HELP THE STAFFING OF THOSE LONG-TERM CARE CENTRES AND IN THERE AS SUPPORT MECHANISMS JOINING ME NOW TO DISCUSS THIS, BRIGADIER GENERAL THANK YOU FOR MAKING THE TIME >> THANK YOU FOR HAVING ME NICE TO SEE YOU, MS. BARTON >> Rosemary: TELL ME WHAT YOU CAN ABOUT THE CANADIAN FORCES MEMBERS WHO HAVE CONTRACTED THE VIRUS? IF YOU HAVE A NUMBER THAT IS HELPFUL >> IF I MAY FIRST SAY I’M HAPPY TO BE HERE WE HAVE MORE THAN A THOUSAND SOLDIERS, SOME MEDICAL PROFESSIONALS AND GENERAL SUPPORT TROOPS THAT ARE OPERATING IN THOSE 25 LONG-TERM CARE FACILITIES OBVIOUSLY, NO MISSIONS ARE WITHOUT ANY RISKS I’M NOT AT LIBERTY TO TALK TO SPECIFIC NUMBERS, BUT NUMBERS ARE VERY LOW WE KNEW UP FRONT THAT THIS WAS A PART OF THE RISK FOR OUR FORCES AND LIKE ANY CANADIANS AT THIS TIME, BE IT ON THAT ASSISTANCE MISSION OR JUST AS BEING A CANADIAN, THERE IS A RISK OF BEING INFECTED BUT MUCH IMPORTANT PART OF OUR PREPARATIONS WAS TO MAKE SURE THAT WE KNEW HOW TO DON AND WEAR THE PERSONAL PROTECTIVE EQUIPMENT TO ENSURE MAX — MAX SAFETY FOR THE PERSONNEL >> Rosemary: CAN I ASK YOU ABOUT THAT PERSONAL PROTECTIVE EQUIPMENT? WAS THE SAME KIND OF P.P.E GIVEN TO EACH MEMBER OF THE FORCES OR WAS IT DIFFERENT DEPENDING ON WHERE THEY WERE DEPLOYED? BECAUSE, OF COURSE, SOME LONG-TERM CARE CENTRES ARE IN A MUCH MORE SERIOUS SITUATION THAN OTHERS >> SO THE P.P.E., THE PERSONAL PROTECTIVE EQUIPMENT, IS DEFINITELY ALIGNED WITH THE CONDITIONS IN THE CENTRE, SO WE HAVE OUR — YOU KNOW, WE HAVE OUR HEALTH CARE PROFESSIONAL IN THE FORCES, WE ARE ENSURING THAT PROPER MEASURES ARE FOLLOWED AND THAT OUR TROOPS, LIKE THE PROVINCIAL HEALTH PROFESSIONALS, ARE WEARING WHAT IS APPROPRIATE TO THE CONDITIONS — WITH THE CONDITIONS THEY’RE OPERATING IN >> Rosemary: CAN I ASK YOU AGAIN, NOW ABOUT TESTING OBVIOUSLY, I DON’T KNOW IF YOU’RE TESTING — ARE YOU TESTING EVERYONE THAT IS GOING INTO THE HOMES? ARE YOU TESTING BASED ON SYMPTOMS? >> SO DIFFERENT SITUATIONS WITH DIFFERENT CENTRES, BUT AGAIN, FOLLOWING PROTOCOLS WHICH ARE WELL DEFINED AND IN LINE WITH HEALTH PROFESSIONALS SO EVERYBODY THAT WENT THROUGH — THAT WENT THROUGH THE DEPLOYMENT PROCESS WENT THROUGH A SCREENING, A MEDICAL SCREENING AND THEN DURING THE ASSISTANCE IN THE CENTRES, DEPENDING ON THE SITUATION IN SOME OF THE CENTRES, SOME SITUATIONS ARE MORE DIRE AND THEN THERE MIGHT BE SOME OF OUR MEMBERS THAT ARE TESTED, BUT IF NOT, IT GOES THROUGH A SCREENING PROCESS >> Rosemary: I WAS GOING TO SAY, ARE THEY TESTED ON A DAILY BASIS AS THEY’RE GOING IN AND OUT? OR IF THEY’RE IN THOSE DIRE SITUATIONS AS YOU POINT OUT? >> YEAH, I MEAN, THERE ARE A LOT OF SPECIFICS WITH THAT I THINK WHAT IS KEY TO HIGHLIGHT HERE IS THAT WE HAVE VERY THOROUGH PROCESS AGAIN CANADIAN ARMED FORCES HEALTH PROFESSIONALS THAT ARE WORKING WITH HEALTH PROFESSIONALS TO ENSURE THAT OUR FOLKS ARE WELL TESTED THE WAY WE’RE APPROACHING THE ASSISTANCE MISSION, WE BRING GROUPS OF 30-40 IN THE LONG-TERM CARE FACILITIES THE IDEA IS THAT WE’RE DEDICATED TO THAT CENTRE SO IT PREVENTS — IT PREVENTS US GOING FROM PLACES TO PLACES, WHICH BRINGS SAFETY TO A HIGHER LEVEL IN THOSE — IN THOSE LONG-TERM CARE FACILITIES, WE’RE DOING A LOT OF DIFFERENT WORK SOME FOCUSED ON THE PATIENTS THEMSELVES, PROVIDING ASSISTANCE IN THE CARING OF PATIENTS, FEEDING THEM, CHANGING BEDDING, MAKING SURE THEY’RE CLEAN, BUT THERE IS ALSO A NUMBER OF LOGISTICAL TASKS THAT OUR FOLKS

ARE TAKING ON, BE IT FOOD OR CLEANING AND EVEN SOME MANAGEAL WHERE THERE ARE GAPS IN THE CENTRE IT’S A TOUGH SITUATION WE NEVER WISH FOR THESE TYPE OF SITUATIONS, BUT WE’RE PROUD OF THE WORK WE’RE DOING AND COMMITTED TO ASSISTING OUR PROVINCIAL PARTNERS >> Rosemary: I KNOW IT’S DIFFICULT WORK AND I CERTAINLY — I CERTAINLY KNOW CANADIANS APPRECIATE IT, PARTICULARLY IN THE PROVINCES WHERE YOU’RE DEPLOYED I’VE BEEN WANTING TO TALK TO SOMEONE ABOUT THIS BECAUSE IT IS SO IMPORTANT AND I APPRECIATE YOU ALL STEPPING UP TO DO THIS HAVE YOU NOW HAD TO ISOLATE OTHER MEMBERS OF THE FORCES BECAUSE YOU HAVE A COUPLE OF CASES? WE’VE HEARD THREE CASES, JUST TO BE CLEAR YOU HAVE A FEW CASES NOW HAVE YOU HAD TO PULL ANYBODY OUT OF THEIR DEPLOYMENT AND ISOLATE PEOPLE? CAN YOU GIVE ME AN IDEA HOW THAT IS DEALT WITH? >> SO AGAIN, DELIBERATE PROCESS IF SOMEONE IS IDENTIFIED, SUSPECTED OR TESTED POSITIVE, THEN THERE IS — I MIGHT STRUGGLE WITH THE ENGLISH TERM — BUT IT ANALYSIS, WHICH MEANS WHAT NEEDS TO BE DONE WITH THE REST OF THE TEAM SO IT MIGHT MEAN THAT IN SOME CASES OTHER FOLKS WILL BE PUT IN ISOLATION, OR IN MOST OTHER SITUATIONS BECAUSE OUR FOLKS HAVE BEEN WELL TRAINED AND THEY ARE WEARING THE PERSONAL PROTECTIVE EQUIPMENT, THEN THE REST OF THE TEAM IS SAFE AND CAN CONTINUE ON WITH PROVIDING THAT MUCH REQUIRED ASSISTANCE >> Rosemary: HAS THAT HAPPENED YET? OR YOU’RE NOT SURE? >> NO, IT IS — SO LIKE I SAID, I’M NOT AT LIBERTY TO TALK NUMBERS, BUT SOME FOLKS HAVE EITHER BEEN ON OPERATION LASER, WHICH IS THE ASSISTANCE MISSION, OR JUST A NORMAL BUSINESS HAS BEEN INFECTED, VERY LOW NUMBERS BUT AGAIN, THAT PROCESS THAT I JUST TALKED ABOUT IS DONE SO THAT WE CAN ENSURE SAFETY AND PROTECTION OF OUR FORCE SO THAT WHEN THOSE MISSIONS COME OUR WAY, WE’RE READY TO BRING OUR TROOPS AND DEPLOY AND PROVIDE THE ASSISTANCE >> Rosemary: YOU’LL FORGIVE ME FOR AGAIN TRYING TO BE SPECIFIC WHEN YOU MIGHT NOT BE ABLE TO BE, BUT THAT’S PART OF WHAT I HAVE TO DO AS MY JOB WE HAD HEARD THERE WAS A CASE AT ONE OF THE HARDEST-HIT CHSLDs IN MONTREAL IS THERE ANYTHING HAPPENING AT THAT CHSLDs NOW THAT WOULD BE DIFFERENT BECAUSE OF THE POTENTIAL CASE THERE? >> SO, YEAH, IT WAS COVERED GREATLY IN THE NEWS DIFFICULT SITUATION THERE AND SO THE MEASURE THAT WAS TAKEN WAS THE WEARING OF PERSONAL PROTECTIVE EQUIPMENT GRADE — HAS BEEN UPGRADED AND THE WHOLE — THE WHOLE CENTRE IS BASICALLY CONSIDERED A HOT ZONE SO WITH THOSE MEASURES IN PLACE AND ANALYSIS BY THE — ANALYSIS TO DETERMINE WHAT COULD BE THE CAUSE, THEN WE’RE ENSURING PROPER SAFETY OF OUR FOLKS SO WE’RE STILL IN THERE OPERATING WITH PROPER PROTECTION MEASURES AND MITIGATING MEASURES TO PROVIDE THAT CARE TO THOSE PATIENTS THAT REALLY REQUIRE IT >> Rosemary: ARE ANY OF THE CASES OF COVID WITH THE MEMBERS, ARE THEY SERIOUS? OR ARE THEY STABLE? CAN YOU GIVE ME A SENSE OF HOW THEY’RE DOING? >> SO, YOU KNOW, WE ARE — OUR FORCES ARE FIT, YOUNGER, AND AGAIN AS PART OF THAT SCREENING, THAT MUCH REQUIRED PREPARATION, DELIBERATE PROCESS TO ENSURE THAT WHEN WE LAUNCH INTO THE ASSISTANCE MISSION WE HAVE THE FOLKS THAT ARE PREPARED AND FIT FOR THAT JOB, THAT’S PART OF ENSURING THAT WE’RE MITIGATING RISK IN A MISSION OF ASSISTANCE THAT, AGAIN, IS NOT WITHOUT RISK AND JUST LIKE THE OTHER HEALTH CARE PROFESSIONALS ARE FACING RISK I WOULD LIKE TO MAYBE HIGHLIGHT THE WORK AND THE TEAM WORK BETWEEN THOSE PROVINCIAL HEALTH CARE PROFESSIONALS AND OUR MEMBERS FROM THE CANADIAN ARMED FORCES

I WAS VISITING AT A CENTRE THE OTHER DAY AND WAS TOLD THAT ONE OF THE LADIES THERE, WITH UNOF THE NURSES — ONES OF THE NURSES, HAD BEEN WORKING FOR 40 DAYS STRAIGHT THIS IS WHY WE’RE THERE THIS IS WHY WE’RE TAKING THE PROPER PROTECTIVE MEASURES AGAIN NOT WITHOUT ANY RISKS, BUT VERY DELIBERATE APPROACH, VERY SERIOUS APPROACH, SO THAT WE CAN BE THERE ALONGSIDE OUR PROVINCIAL PARTNERS AND THAT WE CAN TAKE CARE OF THOSE PATIENTS SO WHERE REQUIRED WE CAN BRING DIGNITY — THE PROPER LEVEL OF DIGNITY BACK IN THOSE CENTRES >> Rosemary: LAST QUESTION TO YOU THE PRIME MINISTER WAS ASKED TODAY WHETHER FORCES MEMBERS SHOULD BE RECEIVING SOME SORT OF DANGER PAY FOR THE MISSION DO YOU KNOW IF THAT IS HAPPENING OR BEING CONSIDERED? >> WE’RE ALWAYS PROUD TO LAUNCH OPERATIONS THAT’S OUR ROLE WE’RE THERE TO PROTECT CANADIANS, DEFEND THE NATION, AT HOME AND ABROAD IF MORE MONEY COMES AS PART OF IT, THEN PEOPLE WILL BE HAPPY, BUT I’M NOT SURE WHERE THE POLICIES ARE ON THAT BUT THIS IS NOT WHAT US, IT’S THE ABILITY FOR US TO BE THERE WITH THOSE QUÉBECERS THAT REQUIRE IT >> Rosemary: WELL, IT IS IMPORTANT WORK I’M SORRY IT HAD TO BE A COUPLE OF CASES THAT GAVE US A CHANCE TO SPEAK WITH YOU ABOUT IT BUT I AM GLAD YOU DID THAT I KNOW CANADIANS ARE VERY GRATEFUL TO YOU AND ALL OUR FELLOW MEMBERS FOR STEPPING UP IN THIS WAY BRIGADIER GENERAL, THANK YOU VERY MUCH, I APPRECIATE IT >> THANK YOU FOR HAVING ME HAVE A GREAT DAY >> Rosemary: WANTED TO GET TO THAT BECAUSE IT WAS A LITTLE BIT OF BREAKING NEWS WE’LL GO BACK TO OTTAWA WHERE MINISTERS AND HEALTH OFFICIALS ARE STILL SPEAKING >> Chrystia Freeland (Deputy Prime Minister): FREE SHOTS ON GOAL? I THINK WE HAVE TO LET OUR REPORTER FRIENDS ASK MORE QUESTIONS IF THEY WISH BILL, CAN YOU SAY A FEW WORDS SO WE CAN SEE IF WE CAN HEAR YOU? OKAY CLEARLY BILL CAN’T HEAR US [LAUGHTER] LOOKING VERY RELAXED >> I THINK WE’LL JUST PAUSE AND RESUME IN A FEW MINUTES >> Chrystia Freeland (Deputy Prime Minister): IF YOU GUYS HAVE ANOTHER QUESTION OR TWO, YOU CAN ASK ONE >> Reporter: I HAVE A CURIOSITY [LAUGHTER] IF WE HAVE TIME I’M WONDERING HOW DR. TAM, YOU SUGGEST TO THOSE WHO ARE WORKING IN ESSENTIAL SERVICES AND HAVE BEEN WORKING VERY LONG HOURS FOR THE LAST COUPLE OF MONTHS TO KEEP THE ECONOMY GOING AND TO MAINTAIN HEALTH CARE SYSTEM, HOW YOU DEAL WITH THE POTENTIAL OF BURN OUT? AND AVOID THAT? >> Dr. Theresa Tam: I’M SURE MINISTER HAJDU IS VERY MUCH A SUPPORTER OF MAINTAINING THE MENTAL HEALTH OF WORKERS I THINK HEALTH CARE WORKERS HAVE BEEN WORKING THESE LONG HOURS, NOT JUST HEALTH CARE WORKERS, MANY OTHER ESSENTIAL SERVICES, PEOPLE WHO KEEP MANY SUPPLIES GOING AND I THINK THERE ARE MANY PROGRAMMES SET UP FOR EMPLOYEES IF YOU’RE A PART OF THOSE PROGRAMMES, TAKE ADVANTAGE OF IT FOR SURE THE MINISTER MAY WANT TO TALK ABOUT THE SUITE OF APPLICATIONS THAT WE HAVE, BUT IT’S A MATTER OF INDIVIDUALS BEING SUPPORTED BY THEIR FAMILIES, BY THEIR COMMUNITIES, BY THE WORK ENVIRONMENT THEY WORK IN AS WELL AS GETTING HELP WHEN NEEDED I HAVE TO SAY AS A HEALTH WORKER AND PERHAPS SOMEONE WHO HAS BEEN WORKING MANY HOURS, WE’RE NOT VERY GOOD SOMETIMES AT ASKING FOR HELP I KNOW DOCTORS ARE NOT VERY GOOD AT ALL IN SPOTTING OUR OWN, YOU KNOW, HEALTH NEEDS SO I THINK WE ALSO NEED TO BE ABLE TO TELL OUR COLLEAGUES — I ALWAYS SAY TO MY STAFF, YOU KNOW, IF I’M BEHAVING STRANGELY, WOULD YOU PLEASE TELL ME? BECAUSE I MIGHT NOT KNOW MYSELF [LAUGHTER] AND BEHAVIOURS OUT OF THE ORDINARY FOR ME AFFECTS HOW

EVERYBODY ELSE WORKS ON MY TEAM SO I THINK PARTLY A FEW DAYS EARLIER I THINK DURING MENTAL HEALTH WEEK I SAID, YOU KNOW, YOU’VE GOT TO KIND OF TALK ABOUT HOW YOU FEEL, WHICH IS NOT EASY FOR MANY HEALTH WORKERS IN PARTICULAR FEEL THEY HAVE TO HELP OTHERS AND SOMETIMES NEGLECT TO SORT OF HELP THEMSELVES, SO WE HAVE TO BE AWARE OF THAT AS WELL >> I’M TOLD WE HAVE MINISTER BAINS AND MORNEAU ON THE PHONE >> Reporter: MINISTER MORNEAU, IF YOU COULD REPEAT THE FIGURE THAT YOU GAVE FOR THE TOTAL AMOUNT OF STIMULUS THAT WOULD BE MUCH APPRECIATED AS THE LINE CUT OUT AS A FOLLOW-UP, WE’RE WONDERING, YOU HAVE SAID THAT IT’S TOO EARLY TO GIVE A FISCAL UPDATE OR BUDGET AT THIS POINT, BUT ONE OF OUR FINANCE OFFICIALS TOLD THE COMMUNITY THIS WEEK THERE WAS WORK ONGOING ON A FISCAL UPDATE, SO I’M WONDERING HOW YOU JIVE THOSE TWO POSITIONS? >> Hon. Bill Morneau: THANK YOU I CAN HEAR YOU CLEARLY NOW I HOPE YOU CAN HEAR ME >> Reporter: IT’S MUCH BETTER, THANK YOU >> Hon. Bill Morneau: IN RESPONDING TO YOUR FIRST QUESTION AROUND THE SCALE OF THE DIRECT SUPPORT THE REPORT ON THE DIRECT SUPPORT IS AT $151.7 BILLION OBVIOUSLY, ENORMOUS SUPPORT FOR CANADIANS AS WE TRY TO GET THROUGH THIS TIME AND SIGNIFICANT SUPPORT FOR BUSINESSES TO FIND A WAY TO GET ACROSS A DIFFICULT PERIOD WITH RESPECT TO THE PROVISION OF INFORMATION, OBVIOUSLY, WE’RE BEING TRANSPARENT AS WE ANNOUNCE NEW PROGRAMMES TO BE SURE TO GIVE A SENSE OF THE EXPECTATION OF THE COST OF THOSE PROGRAMMES YOU HEARD ONE OF MY FINANCE OFFICIALS THIS WEEK TALK ABOUT OUR NEED TO BE CONSTANTLY READY TO PROVIDE FISCAL UPDATES WE’RE CONSTANTLY CONSULTING WITH BUSINESS AND WITH INDUSTRY TO GET A GOOD SENSE OF WHERE OUR ECONOMY IS GOING THAT SAID, WE WANT TO MAKE SURE THAT THE SITUATION IS MORE STABLE BEFORE WE GIVE AN OUTLINE OF A FISCAL UPDATE WE’RE IN A VERY FLUID SITUATION AND AS WE HAVE A MORE STABLE SITUATION FROM WHICH TO PROVIDE ECONOMIC FORECASTS, WE WILL COME FORWARD WITH THE FORECASTS WHICH WE THINK IS APPROPRIATE >> THANK YOU, MINISTER FOLLOW-UP? >> Reporter: JULIE VAN DUSEN, CBC SO THERE WAS A HUGE UPTICK ON THE CERB, THE $2,000 A MONTH BENEFIT, NOT SO MUCH ON THE WAGE SUBSIDY I’M WONDERING IF THE ECONOMY STARTS TO REOPEN, IS THE CERB A DISINCENTIVE IN THAT SOME PEOPLE MIGHT RATHER STAY AT HOME? MAYBE THEY’RE TOO AFRAID TO GO TO WORK OR MAYBE THEY’RE OFFERED LESS THAN THE CERB OFFERS, THE $2,000 A MONTH? >> Hon. Bill Morneau: WELL, JULIE, THIS IS AN IMPORTANT QUESTION AND IT’S SOMETHING WE’RE WORKING ON THE ONE CORRECTION I’D MAKE IS THAT BOTH PROGRAMMES HAVE HAD REALLY SIGNIFICANT IMPACT WE’VE HAD, AS YOU KNOW, MORE THAN 7.5 MILLION PEOPLE WHO HAVE GONE ON THE EMERGENCY RESPONSE BENEFIT, BUT WE’VE ALSO HAD MILLIONS OF PEOPLE THROUGH THEIR EMPLOYERS APPLY THROUGH THE WAGE SUBSIDY SO WE SEE BOTH OF THE PROGRAMMES AS VERY IMPORTANT TO SUPPORT EMPLOYEES AND PEOPLE AND AS WE MOVE FORWARD, WE ARE EXACTLY AS YOU SAID TRYING TO MAKE SURE THERE IS INCENTIVE FOR AN EMPLOYER KEEP THEIR EMPLOYEES ON OR TO REHIRE WORKERS AS WE CAREFULLY OPEN UP AND AT THE SAME TIME, WE WANT TO MAKE SURE THERE IS SUPPORT FOR PEOPLE WHO ARE FACING THE CHALLENGE OF NOT BEING AT WORK SO WE’RE GOING TO WORK TOWARDS THE EXTENSION OF THE WAGE SUBSIDY APPROPRIATELY AND OBVIOUSLY HAVE TO LOOK AT HOW THAT RELATES TO THE EMERGENCY RESPONSE BENEFIT AND THE EMPLOYMENT INSURANCE SYSTEM THAT WORK IS ONGOING >> Rosemary: WE’RE GOING TO PULL AWAY FROM THE MINISTER BRIEFING IT HAD A LOT OF TECHNICAL DIFFICULTIES SO IT’S GOOD I CUT AWAY AT ONE POINT TO SPEAK TO THE BRIGADIER GENERAL ABOUT QUÉBEC BUT GOT A SENSE OF THE GOVERNMENT SUPPORT MORE THAN $151 BILLION THAT HAS BEEN BROUGHT IN TO BEAR BY THE GOVERNMENT TO TRY TO SUPPORT BOTH CANADIANS AND OVERALL ECONOMY I’LL BRING BACK VASSY KAPELOS AND CATHERINE CULLEN FOR THEIR TAKE ON ANYTHING THEY HEARD OR I MISSED WHILE DOING THE INTERVIEW >> Vassy: I WANT TO JUMP OFF WHAT YOU OUTLINE THE MAGNITUDE, THE QUANTIFICATION OF THE AMOUNT OF FINANCIAL AID AND THE PROGRAMMES THAT THE GOVERNMENT HAS BILLED OUT IN TEN WEEKS, NOT EVEN TEN WEEKS I WAS LOOKING UP AS SOON AS MR MORNEAU SAID ACCORDING TO THE GOVERNMENT OVER THE LAST FIVE YEARS, THE GOVERNMENT HAS AUTHORIZED

AVERAGE SPENDING OF $274 BILLION WHILE SPENDING $151 BILLION TOTAL SPENDING PER YEAR ON ALL PROGRAMMES — ALL PROGRAMMES — $250 BILLION IN AVERAGE SO WE’RE ALREADY AT $150 BILLION JUST ON COVID-19 MEASURES NOT TO MENTION WHATEVER ELSE THE GOVERNMENT HAS TO SPEND ON REGULAR STUFF I THINK THAT NUMBER IS STAGGERING AND TO THINK WE’RE JUST REALLY 10 WEEKS INTO SOMETHING WE’VE BEEN TOLD COULD LAST UP TO TWO YEARS, DEPENDING OFTEN THE DEVELOPMENT OF TREATMENT OR VACCINE, GIVES US A SENSE OF WHY SO MUCH OF THE CONVERSATION IN THE PAST FEW DAYS, POLITICALLY AT LEAST, HAS CENTRED AROUND, CAN YOU PROVIDE US WITH MORE INFORMATION ABOUT WHAT YOU PLAN TO DO AND HOW YOU MIGHT ADDRESS, MUCH LATER DOWN THE ROAD, THIS MUCH MONEY? SPENDING THIS MUCH MONEY AND HOW YOU PLAN TO RECTIFY THAT IN THE FUTURE OBVIOUSLY, THOSE AREN’T EASY QUESTIONS TO ANSWER AT THIS POINT, BUT THOSE QUESTIONS, AND MINISTER MORNEAU GOT THEM FROM THE JOURNALISTS AND OPPOSITION, WAYNE EASTER AT SOME POINT, HOW ARE YOU THINKING ABOUT GOVERNMENT SPENDING OVER THE NEXT COUPLE OF YEARS? OVER THE NEXT COUPLE OF MONTHS? YOU MAY NOT BE ABLE TO TELL US EXACTLY, BUT CAN YOU GIVE US A SENSE OF WHAT YOU’RE PLANNING I THINK ARE GENUINE QUESTIONS >> Reporter: JUST TO HIGHLIGHT THIS IS A MOMENT OF TRANSITION THAT THE GOVERNMENT IS LOOKING AT TODAY THEY’RE TALKING ABOUT USING THE WAGE SUBSIDY AS THE TOOL TO GET CANADA MOVING FORWARD, BUT THERE ARE SO MANY QUESTIONS THAT NEITHER WE, NOR THE GOVERNMENT, NO ONE KNOWS THE ANSWER TO ARE BUSINESSES READY? ARE EMPLOYEES READY AND IS THIS THE RIGHT TOOL TO MAKE IT HAPPEN? THE PRIME MINISTER TALKED ABOUT MAKING THE ECONOMY COME ROARING BACK, BUT HE SAID IT WAS A CONLUTED PROCESS >> Rosemary: HAVE A GOOD WEEKEND