Good afternoon, kittens. Today’s briefing bingo was done live on Twitter, and laterblogged here because of internet speed-related technical difficulties.
Our briefing bingo for today is named after the Bela Lugosi film “How to Handle Women.” Given that audiences for his live appearances were 90% female, and that he had five wives, we can conclude that Bela not only could Get It, but could most probably Handle It as well.
Speaking of handling things, it’s the Justin Trudeau hour:
And I note that the other federal officials are also doing a briefing today. Some day I might be arsed to cover more than one briefing in a day, but that day? Is not this day, kittens.
Not today, kittens.
And me without coffee. I. Can’t. Even. Nothing, kittens, nothing is sacred anymore.
This whole briefing has undercurrents of frustration, alienation, and impending retribution, because (spoiler: not just because it’s 2020!):
“That letter” being the letter than many Canadians received telling them that they had to repay their CERB benefits “by January 1, 2021”. I did not receive this letter, although when I tried to sign in to get my CRB benefits again (the dog-sitting biz is still quite thoroughly en toilette) I did get notified that my benefits are frozen, and that I needed to provide documentation proving I qualify, and further, that I needed to provide that documentation by fax. The message helpfully noted that there are many free online services that will convert photos/scans to fax, and this is true, but literally none of them will convert and fax the 49 pages of proof I needed. Just another example of the government demanding, in a perfectly reasonable tone of voice, something which is literally impossible for many desperate people to provide.
I’m lucky. The Sister is a senior admin who can fax/scan/digitize/whatever any document on Earth. But people without Sisters, without income, are also without access to the other options which exist in non-Covidian times. The welfare office has fax machines and public computers, and it’s completely closed down. The library, ditto. Community centres, same.
Essentially the poorest people in Canada, the ones who need the CRB supports the most, are completely cut off from accessing those benefits, simply because CRA insists that they fax in the documents, rather than emailing or mailing. And the letter that many received seems to imply that if you don’t provide the documentation by January 1, you could be facing prosecution.
UPDATED TO ADD: Just called the 1-800 number and spoke with a very nice CRA rep who confirmed they did receive my documents and gave me the very interesting information that they are actually YES REALLY allowed to receive the documents by e-filing eg email and uploads, AND they can accept them by mail as well, postal mail. You know, actual posties. So, basically, if you don’t have access to a fax machine, call and they will give you other options. 1-800-959-2019 or 1-800-959-2041 from 6am to 3am EST. Why do they leave a mere three hours uncovered? No idea why, kittens. Just to be difficult, I imagine.
Anyhoodle, this is the big story for today, the one that Justin Trudeau has to beat back lest it cost him electability. After all the work the federal government has done to give Canadians confidence and security, the last thing any PM needs is to be seen as “the guy who took Christmas away.” So today’s speech will be big on the reassuringnosity and seasonal cheer and “we’ve got your backs”. [updated to add: if only I’d known how many “every step of the way”s there would be. I might make a bingo card entirely consisting of “every step of the way.”]
Shall we begin? Let us begin, kittens. Here are our bingo cards:
- First Generation
- Second Generation
- Third Generation
- Fourth Generation
- Fifth Generation
- Sixth Generation
- and the long awaited Seventh Generation Card.
- and all of our other Covid Briefing Bingos are on the category page.
And we’re off.
Mark your “technical difficulties” square, also “audio problems” “Facial hair” “Seasonal porchscaping” “Can see your breath” “Back at Rideau Cottage” squares. And “Starts more than ten minutes late”. We begin with a mention of Hanukah, so mark your “shout out to religious festival” square too.
You can mark the “Christmas specifically mentioned” from the Seventh Generation card about a hundred times.
And “Vaccine” square. And where did our sign language interpreters go? They vanished. Is it a conspiracy? Oh, and mark “Conspiracy mentioned” w/r/t the vaccine safety. And “Begins in English” because the greeting was French, the actual info was English. Something’s up with my internet and I’m not even sure I can blog this briefing. Pretty damn laggy for some reason. And there’s zero chance I can run my transcription program.
“We’ve got your back” and “whatever it takes, as long as it takes” and “shoutout to non-religious holiday” for New Year’s. I mean, it’s non-religious unless you’re a druid or something. And Trudeau doesn’t look like a druid, even with the beard. It’s too posh, not the least bit Straggly Hippie.
And “Calls reporter by name”. Lots of people call reporters names, but you know what I mean.
“Donc” there you go, mark it. A friend of mine says that Trudeau has a very anglo accent in French, but I’m not hearing it. Do you?
We also have the “Second Wave,” “Scarf,” and “Holiday Decorations” squares. I could have sworn we had a “gloves” square, but we do not.
“Every step of the way” yes again.
Interesting question about the country’s credit rating. And mark your “PPE” and “Rapid Test” squares. And “Every step of the way” yet again. I should make “Economy comes roaring back” a square for the next card.
“Exigencies” is not the kind of word you hear out loud often. Ever, really. Except today. That’s one of those words you just put in writing, unless you are a Prime Minister or something.
“Drinks water” square active. Question about speed of the vaccine deployment gives Trudeau yet another chance to mention we’ve reserved more doses of vaccine per capita than anywhere else. He says we’ll loosen restrictions and speed up once we’re sure of safety. He wants to pre-empt the tinfoil hat brigade. He knows it’s a Trust War.
And yet ANOTHER “Every step of the way”.
And mark your “Neglects to translate the answer into the other language” square. Okay, NOW he translates it. Thank you, moderator.
“Swaps out your sign language interpreters” square is active now. #cdnpoli #BriefingBingo And there’s a question Trudeau doesn’t get often: “What went wrong?” re: the Christmas we could have had vs what we do have.
“Drinks water” square is active, did I mention? And I think I’m going to give that “Thousand Yard Stare” as well. We’ve all been in that headspace a lot this year.
He’s off on a riff about how next Christmas we will all be able to spend time with and hug our relatives.
Justin Trudeau I will swear to give you all of my votes forever if you PROMISE me that I will NOT have to hug my relatives next Christmas. The karaoke hymns at the last Christmas party are a particularly painful memory.
Mark your “Two Michaels” square and “My aunt calls during the briefing”. Trudeau is very angry indeed at China, and that’s as close to a threat as I’ve seen from him. “Coercive diplomacy” square too.
And we wrap up with a “Merry Christmas” which is echoed by all the reporters just off-camera.
And now I’m going to see if I can run the CPAC video through my transcription program and get the whole thing, questions and all. Wish me luck, kittens. Wish. Me. Luck.
Meanwhile in the US:
Here’s your full transcript. The process is a little messier than I’d thought, but okay. Was tempted to put up the unedited transcript for the lulz, but restrained myself because I’m hoping Trudeau will promise me I don’t have to hug my relatives next Christmas. It’s a big ask, so I’ve got to behave myself. Failing that, would an rt kill ya? Reviewing this in its entirety it seems to me that “CBC Cadence” square, also, is active, so mark that one.
Updated to add: yeah, no. This was a Big Fail. While the speech is usually posted on the PM’s site by evening, the questions are a big mess and it’ll take literally more time to edit them than to have transcribed them in the first place. I can’t see me repeating this experiment, however useful it would be to get a verbatim record of the Q&A. I tapped out right in the first question, it was such a mess. Went back in later to clean it up a bit, but it’s still not done.
It’s been a difficult year. There’s no other way to put it. When times get tough, Canadians step up. I want to start today by thanking all Canadians for all their efforts in the fight against this global pandemic. You’ve made a lot of sacrifices over the past many months. You helped keep people safe. You helped save lives. Everything we did, small and big, from following public health orders and making sure our selves and our loved ones and our front line workers were safe made a difference, so thank you.
[Transcription app says that he said: “See ya. And I loved one of my workers were saying. Thank you.” So, clearly, we will not be relying 100% on this transcription app.]
On this eighth and final day of Hanukkah, with only one week to go until Christmas there are more than 75,000 active COVID-19 cases across the country. Deaths per capita are continuing to rise in many G7 countries including Canada. Countries around the world, continue to feel the pain of the second wave. We need to take this very seriously, as numbers continue to head in the wrong direction.
Our fight against this virus is not over, even as we’re preparing to say Goodbye and Good Riddance to 2020.
It may be the holiday season, but we have to be more careful than ever.
On Monday, vaccinations started for the most vulnerable and our frontline workers. Canada has secured agreements for up to 417,000 doses of COVID-19 vaccines, ahead of schedule. This includes over 200,000 early doses of the Pfizer vaccine scheduled for next week, and 168,000 doses of the Moderna vaccine before the end of December, pending Health Canada approval. I want to assure you again that any vaccine approved in Canada will be both safe and effective, and that health experts are making those decisions, independently.
In January, we’ll be getting 125,000 doses of the Pfizer vaccine per week for a total of about 500,000 doses for the month.
With the guaranteed millions of doses coming in 2021, every Canadian who wants a vaccine will get one, no matter where they live. This is the largest immunization campaign in our country’s history, and I know that we have the right plan, and the expertise that we need. Getting a vaccine in a week or a month won’t do you any good if you catch COVID-19 today. That’s why we need to keep working to halt the spread of COVID-19. So please continue to follow public health guidelines. Avoid gatherings. Practice social distancing, use the COVID alert app, do the right thing for the most vulnerable, and think of being careful as a gift you can give your fellow Canadians, especially frontline workers, who continue to step up every single day to keep us safe. To keep Canadians safe.
[holy hell, this program does not like CBC candence. It thinks every phrase is a separate paragraph, which, honestly, is how it’s probably written in his notes]
[French translation] We are making a lot of efforts to make sure that Canadians have access to safe and effective vaccines throughout the country. At the same time, we are also making sure that we procure our development treatments to find COVID-19, as well as other viral infections in Africa, today I’m under announcing an investment of close to $9 billion through the National Research Center in Canada to support the development of these treatments. This investment will go to four companies for treatments against COVID-19, two in Montreal and so in Vancouver. It is important to continue developing solutions right here in Canada to fight against COVID-19, and to prepare for any other eventualities. It is through working with researchers and scientific scientists and businesses that we will see an object.
For many Canadians the holidays are a time to cook good food and have a few extra pieces of dessert because, well, why not?
For far too many others, the reality is very different, especially during this pandemic. More than a third of Canadians who rely on food banks are children. That’s unacceptable. In a country like Canada, no child should go hungry. In October our government announced another $100 million under the Emergency Food Security Fund, doubling our investment from the Spring. This morning, Minister Bibeau outlined the details of where that additional funding will go, including $30 million for food security in First Nations, Metis, and Inuit communities. With these funds, food banks, local food organizations and indigenous groups will be able to purchase, and safely distribute food to help vulnerable people and communities.
I want to say a special thanks to all the volunteers and workers of food organizations who stepped up to help their fellow Canadian. I met many of you virtually in October. I remember you sharing how you had to adapt really quickly when the pandemic hit.
Thank you for your work, your time, and your generosity and for your commitment to answering the call for others in need.
[Translated from French] I know we would have all like things to be different for the holidays. The year has already been difficult, and once again we are asking for extra efforts on your part. But this is not time to let down our guard. There is hope. We know that that since arriving. We were not sure that we will have a vaccine against COVID-19, when we talked about it. Six months ago, scientists and researchers have done incredible work here and throughout the world. And now we know that the risk and to the pandemic. And it’s coming.
But we’re not yet there.
We have millions of dose reserved for Canadians, everyone will be able to get to that scene in 2021 in Canada. But before we get there.
Together, we need to spend in difficult winter. We must continue doing what we’ve been doing for months. Be careful.
Avoid gatherings follow public health guidelines, download and use the COVID alert.
Christmas will not be the same this year.
But it’s still going to be an opportunity for us to be with close ones, physically or virtually.
And to think about how we were able to go through this pandemic as individuals and societies be there for one and each and everyone.
And to grieve the thousands of Canadians we have lost, but to step up efforts.
To have even better Christmas in 2021, far better than the one we have, we are going to have this year. But to do that, we must hang in there.
We may have our vigilance through as a gift to public health workers working in the frontlines to protect us even during the holidays to save lives. We all have a duty to protect them. We have the capacity to do so. Let’s continue doing what we have to do, and we shall get to this. Our government has done everything we can to protect you and your family. We’ve sent millions of pieces of PPE to the provinces and territories. We’ve created special programs for families and workers who need it, we’ve supported small businesses so that they can stay open and hold on. We presented historic measures to rebuild a more resilient economy that works for everyone.
Now I know that this won’t be the kind of holiday season we might have hoped for. But that doesn’t mean we can’t feel hopeful for what comes next. This past year has had its challenges we face them together, then this new virus started spreading. Few people thought we’d have an improved and safe vaccine, so quick. So thanks for scientists to researchers and two experts around the world, stepped up and worked incredibly hard. We’ve all done incredible things this year. And it’s important that we keep supporting you and the work you do, that we keep listening and trusting you in your expertise and your work to keep us all safe. The vaccination campaign has started. Millions of doses are already secured and will be coming in the coming monthsoutWe planned thoroughly.
We’re relying on advice from the best experts, and we’re working with the provinces and territories to roll them up.
Canada has the most vaccine secured per capita, and the most diverse portfolio of vaccine options in the world. We’re also doing our part to help developing countries get access to more tests, treatments, and vaccines, so we can fight this pandemic everywhere.
There are reasons to be hopeful for 2021.
Just like through this Spring, Summer, and Fall. We will continue to be there for you. We will have your back, every step of the way. We will do as a government whatever it takes, for as long as it takes, to keep you safe and supported.
We’re coming into the final miles of this crisis. And we can’t give up now.
So stay home.
And we will get through this, together. Merry Christmas, Happy Holidays and (mostly) Happy New Year.
Now we’re on to questions:
Question [French]. Thank you Mr. Prime Minister, I like to come back to the CERB. People have been asked to repay money they received by the 31st of December. In subsequent interviews you asked CRA to be indulgent. What should those people do? What should they do exactly. Thank you very much.
Thank you very much Raymond. We know that already millions of payments were made. So, some people received the CERB without being entitled to receive it. So Canadians understand that it’s important to be fair, and responsible. But I also know, and I’ve heard Canadians say that they are concerned by that information that they received by the Canada Revenue Agency.
What I’m telling them is, do not worry. You don’t need to make those payments before the end of the year. It was just for your information. We understand that of the hundreds of thousands of people who receive those letters, there are people in very different situations. We will be looking into those situations in the upcoming months. So be certain that we are there to help the most vulnerable.
Rest assured. [originally the transcription software had this as “Breast reassured.” Well, none of me is, really.] We want to make sure that we’re not giving money to people who need it just to take in back in six months. We are there to help most the vulnerable people and that’s a promise we made as a government and we shall continue keeping that promise.
So people will not be taxed? Because it’s written in black and white that if you don’t repay by the 31st of December that you will be taxed. So you’re confirming?
I can confirm that people who made honest mistakes, maybe people who received some of those payments, don’t have to worry about taxes. We will work with everyone. The pandemic is still here. People are still anxious and worried. It is a Christmas, is going to be a Christmas, unlike any other. I don’t want people to get worried. I’ve made a promise that we shall meet the people who can help the people who need help, and shall continue doing so. [Drops back into English] We were serious when we said, we would be there for people. We didn’t deliver support for millions of Canadians who needed it just to claw it back at Christmas. Already we’ve seen over a million repayments of people who got the sort of payments unjustly or extra CERB payments and that’s because Canadians are fair, fair minded, and responsible but every step of the way we promised to be there for vulnerable people so I don’t want this to be an extra stressor on the Christmas that is already not like others. So be reassured in-good-faith mistakes will not be penalized, will not be pursued. We’re going to work with people over the coming weeks and months to ensure that that people get the support they need. I think all Canadians want to be focused on the things that matter the most this Christmas: your health, the health of your loved ones, and the opportunity to recollect this past year and look towards the next year with new optimism. These letters should not be a source of anxiety for anyone.
Thank you. Next question please Operator. Next question Dylan Robertson, Winnipeg Free Press.
Good morning, Prime Minister. Your Quebec Lieutenant Pablo Rodriguez told Le Devoir that you can’t increase health transfers, because the structural expense would jeopardize Canada’s credit rating. You’ve never mentioned the credit rating issue in this context before. In fact, you said you will increase the health transfer. So is Mister Rodriguez making this up?
Obviously, we’re proud of Canada’s very strong credit rating because it contributes to us going into this pandemic with one of the strongest fiscal balance sheets of any of the G7 countries and we continue to have. But as I’ve said, our focus is on being there for Canadians, as long as they need it, whatever it takes during this pandemic, and that’s what we’re doing, which is why we have flowed billions of dollars in supports directly to Canadians to workers to families to small businesses, why we’ve flowed money to provinces to support the most vulnerable, to help with their health systems, why we’ve delivered on PPE, on rapid tests and testing kits, and now on vaccines that we’re paying for. We’ve demonstrated every step of the way that we’re doing what it takes, because we know that that’s not just the right thing to do. That’s the best way to ensure that our economy comes roaring back for the long term. I have said, we will sit down and work with the provinces on expanding health transfers because we know that long term, there is a need for that. But those decisions are to be taken once we see the other side of this pandemic and we have a better idea of what the future looks like. Our focus is on being there to support Canadians. And that’s what we’re going to continue to do.
Reporter: Okay, so you didn’t actually answer the question on the accuracy of that statement, but I just want to ask you about Revera and the pension plans. Revera has given false information to Winnipeg health officials numerous times about important [?] like how many staff it has during outbreaks. Revera is owned by the public sector pension plan. So why are you not leveraging those shares to get the company to increase the staffing in care homes?
Right now our focus is on supporting seniors, vulnerable Canadians right across the country with whatever is necessary. That is why we have worked closely with the provinces on extra help, we put forward a billion dollars more in the fall economic statement to help with Infection Control and Prevention and other measures in long term care homes. We continue to work with the Red Cross, and we sent in the army through these past months, and we are focused on being there to support vulnerable Canadians and seniors during this crisis. I have no doubt that as this crisis in its current exigencies draws to an end, there will be many reflections about how we deliver long term care to seniors across this country in a way that respects their dignity, their safety, and ensures the best quality of care right across the country. The federal government is happy to be part of that conversation and part of those reflections that I know provinces are going to have are around differing outcomes in different styles of care homes. I think those are important conversations to have. But right now, our focus is on doing everything we can to support the vulnerable Canadians in those care homes.
Question from Tonda MacCharles, Toronto Star.
Good morning, Prime Minister, speaking of what you were just talking about, on reflection. You spoke when you spoke to us after you met with the premiers. You said that you, you thought it was necessary to take lessons on public health from what was happening in this pandemic, and that we have learned lessons, just as we did through SARS. And yet, I don’t hear you ever suggesting sort of what that looks like. I know there’s an in-house Lessons Learned exercise going on at Health Canada but can you speak more specifically to how you would like to see that Lessons Learned exercise unfold? Is it a federal inquiry? Do you think each province has to undertake their own? What do you see?
I think every day during this unprecedented pandemic we’ve been learning from what we did the previous days, the previous weeks, and that is ongoing so we can make sure that every given week every given month we’re giving the very best support in the best ways to Canadians and that means listening to our experts, that means looking at the outcomes of what we’ve been able to do, it means learning from what other jurisdictions are doing and certainly this has been a constant exercise in examining what has been done, what could be done better and bringing those in as quickly as possible. Of course, as we get through this pandemic, there are going to be many, many larger lessons to learn to set down and to set in place so that future governments faced with similar situations, although we certainly hope not, will be better equipped with what we learned through this pandemic. I think that is simply understood that we will have to be very serious about making sure we learn all these lessons that were tragically extremely hard learned through this pandemic. But we haven’t yet decided or determined what that looks like we’re still very much focused on getting through this second wave right now.
Unknown Speaker 20:57
And the other any other day. You want to go to an interview and you told an interviewer that you in contemplating you know when the next election might happen, possibly in 2021 he said you believe that you have won your government functions that is not necessarily in the driver’s seat on that. Or that an election. First you have to get through the pandemic. You have to get through this pandemic first so I don’t understand what does that look like to you, what do you determine the, what will determine whether through the pandemic is a 50% Canadian vaccination that a certain level of infection control of infection. Can you speak to that, when have you been up to be sufficiently through the pandemics.
Unknown Speaker 21:44
Thank you, you lay out exactly sort of the range of reflections and uncertainties that we know for 2021 know that we are going to be vaccinating millions of Canadians and vaccinating every Canadian who wants it and that will get us significantly through this pandemic. Know that experts still have to evaluate carefully which threshold of vaccination will allow us to start releasing some of the restrictions in various places across the country will maybe in certain sectors, or will they be in certain regions. There are many things we don’t know what we do know, however, is we’re still very much in the middle of this second way, and the decisions that we take now as Canadians to keep ourselves safe are going to make a difference for the coming months. As to political considerations and what what decisions happen around the elections, where we will see is that’s not our focus right now. Our focus is on supporting Canadians now and in the months to come and getting them vaccinated. As we get through this pandemic.
Unknown Speaker 22:53
Glen McGregor CTV News. Prime Minister, the United States is expected to vaccinate about 10 times as many people per capita, as we are by the end of the year, and this schedule Pfizer delivers you just mentioned. Looks like the rate of deliveries is going to be constantly, the same right we’re getting them. In December, as we’ll be getting in January. My question is, what, what are you going to do to close that gap, given that the strategy you’ve talked about a broad variety of candidates is kind of a gamble there, we don’t know they’re going to be approved we don’t know when they’re going to be delivered, but we do know at the current rate of your approved vaccine, the Americans are going to vaccinate a lot higher percent of the population before we do, be talking about that. Yeah. Indeed, we have secured as you point out one of the best ranges of vaccine portfolios of any country in the world and we’ve secured more potential doses per Canadian than anywhere else. So, we know that while it is important, it is great news that we’re starting to vaccinate. Now, in December ahead of schedule is a once we get a significant proportion of the population vaccinated that we will start to be able to look at loosening restrictions. The Americans have a healthcare system that will have challenges and will have successes we have our own process, we’re focused on our own process to make sure that as many Canadians as possible get vaccinated as quickly as possible with vaccines that are safe and effective and approved by Health Canada. We’re Of course, watching approvals elsewhere around the world, but the decisions made as to what is right for Canadians and what is safe for Canadians will be done. The Canadian experts who are putting our safety first, with a gold standard of approach that, that is that is the envy of the world. We will continue to focus every step of the way on delivering safe, effective vaccines for as many Canadians as possible, as soon as possible.
Unknown Speaker 24:57
So don’t go smooth and of course on face to labor dance that you have access to safe and effective vaccines to the greatest number of Canadians, as quickly as possible.
Unknown Speaker 25:13
Indeed, we do have the best portfolio of potential vaccines among countries and we also have the greatest potential doozies per person than other countries, but we know that it will take many months before we get to levels where we can relax some restrictions, but until then we must listen to our scientists, but on every stage, we are doing all we can to make sure that Canadians are protected when it comes to their health and safety radio Canada question. I understand that you are saying that you are not going to abandon contingency need. We do have freelance workers who do not have a lot of money and will have to repeat the service, but at the same time. businesses took advantage of sir. So be able to make lots of profits and paying dividends to their members, but these ones are not going to be everything deserved. Do you think that this is unfair. And we are facing an unprecedented crisis and pandemic. And, as a government, we needed to take a decision.
Unknown Speaker 26:26
Do we analyze every application in March and April, to make sure that we were giving money, only to those who need it most.
Unknown Speaker 26:39
Including, so not forgetting the situation that we do not know what the coming weeks and months. Were going to look like. Or did we have to take a decision to quickly help people so that they could be able to get through the pandemic yes indeed the government made a choice. We decided to help people.
Unknown Speaker 27:03
And we exist. Later on we’ll find out how equitable that was and find out if anyone took advantage of the system, and require those who wanted to engage in fraud to pay back the choice we made to help the most people possible was the right decision for Canada, already we have seen that, even with all the tragedies. we saw the tragedy. Hit us later less harm than other countries and when we look at jobs that have returned. We are now at 80% of jobs that were lost, that have returned because of cobit, and the United States, it’s only at about 60% so we made that decision. Now, we shall find out how we can continue helping the vulnerable people. And if people did not act right, for example businesses in the way that they use those grants. We shall look into that, that the basic decision we made was to be there for Canadians. And that’s the decision we made at the very beginning, wanted to make sure that everything will be fair. So as far as helping conditions is concerned with the right, follow up questions. Let’s be clear so companies that abused the service, and who may profit from the seller with subsidy will have to pay back in the coming months.
Unknown Speaker 28:43
We shall look into the rules to find out if the rules were respected, to find out the, everything was equitable as intended. The choice we made was primarily to help Canadians, get through the pandemic. And later on, find out what was properly used or what could have been an opportunity for businesses to take advantage of the pandemic.
Unknown Speaker 29:12
People no choice. I got a lot of choice that every government around the world did not a chart choice that every political party might have made but we made a choice to help Canadians rapidly, the very start of this pandemic. Pulling supports to families to workers almost immediately supports to small businesses and businesses of all sizes rapidly afterwards.
Unknown Speaker 29:38
That has worked. That has worked to keep food on the table to prevent Canadians from plunging deep into death, also works to hold on. And many small businesses and main streets across the country. They will be able to instead of having to rebuild from scratch when this pandemic is done, we’ll be able to simply reopen.
Unknown Speaker 30:02
That’s going to help us roaring back.
Unknown Speaker 30:05
We’re already seeing the impact of that choice we made to help Canadians are positive echoes people have seen better health outcomes than many of our peer countries around the world in terms of fighting COVID-19. People are also seeing 80% of the jobs that were lost because of COVID-19 already back in our economy. First, the United States, or just around 55 or 60%, those jobs come back. Oh, we’ve done well, because that was the right decision to take. But that choice to get health out quickly to everyone meant that we understood that after the fact, have to look at things and see if it was done fairly if people took advantage of this and improper ways like I said good faith mistakes, will not be punished but there are people who committed fraud and companies who perhaps profited in ways that is not right and those are things that we will look at.
Unknown Speaker 31:07
Again, the focus on this pandemic is getting through it. I think that’s what Canadians expect from Mr. Tom Hardy CBC. I’m just wondering, have you heard anything from advisor about whether they can ramp up deliveries as the year goes on, either from other companies about how quickly they can deliver just to get an idea of how quickly vaccines will be coming in. So, let’s put a second part on this. A while back, you said that if Canadians buckled down, they might be able to save them so what do you think went wrong.
Unknown Speaker 31:36
First of all, we need to work with all the vaccine producers to try and share as many doses as possible for community as quickly as possible we’re pleased to have a clarity and predictability, right to the end of January in terms of deliveries of Pfizer. But as we said with potential medicinal vaccines arriving before, before the end of December, pending pending Health Canada and the Pfizer vaccines already coming in and reaching Canadians. We are very confident about our ability to vaccinate 3 million Canadians at the very least, by the end of the first month of 2021, but there’s much more to do. We will continue to work with all the vaccine companies.
Unknown Speaker 32:25
And we’re regards to Christmas and Thanksgiving, we saw that cases were rising we continue to be in the second wave. But I know that Canadians have been doing the right kinds of things across the country. Yes, people are tired. And people are frustrated and cases are still creeping up on places and going in the wrong direction overall.
Unknown Speaker 32:51
I’ve seen it in the conversations I’ve had in reports from across the country how Canadians get it, that we just need to hold on for a few more months, and vaccines are starting to rise right. We’ll get through this. And even sir, good at making it through long tough winters and this is going to be a longer and tougher one than we’re even used to, but I know because I’ve seen what they’re for each other people wanting to do the right thing even though it’s hard. We’re going to be able to keep cases under control. Because Canadians. Stay focused on the things that matter most for Michael Turpin global national despite what you just seven Canadians, doing the right thing and today we’re seeing over 2000 cases, again, and we’re going into a period where people are likely going to want to try and bend the rules a little bit because of the holidays, they want to get together with people. How frustrating has it been for you that no matter what you say out here, no matter what Dr Tam says that the numbers continue to go up somehow.
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I think the vast majority of Canadians are being incredibly thoughtful about what they’re doing, about how they’re keeping themselves, their loved ones, parents and grandparents frontline workers safe.
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You’ve seen the challenges of this coronavirus hit extremely hard in communities across the country, and indeed in countries around the world.
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That’s why we need to continue to remain vigilant and attentive, but the uncertainty we’ve had over the coming months. When we didn’t even know whether or not there would be a safe and effective vaccine has now been lifted to a large degree we know that there will be an end to this COVID crisis. We know that that scenes provide. And, and it’s coming. And it’s tough. This is where the spring will be better in the summer may well be much better.
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To get there, we’ll hang on to get there, we have to stay disciplined and be there for each other.
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I know as much as many of us want to see our loved ones this Christmas that we won’t be able to see, except through a TV or computer screen.
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We also want to be able to see them and give them big hugs next Christmas, and are happy to have them here with us next Christmas to all of us thinking about doing our part. This Christmas, and in the coming months of this winter.
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Foster Zhong said in French. I believe that people have to continue doing their part, we see people wearing masks. Attending physical discomfort distancing following advice, even if it’s difficult.
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Canadians living through difficult winters
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are countries known for the winter. We can see that.
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Either way, we. This winter will be another difficult one. And we shall get through it. And we know that the sun is coming and summer will be better.
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Spring may even be much better.
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But, at this time, we need to think bs we want to see our loved ones.
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But at this time.
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We need to think, yes we want to see our loved ones, and our friends, this Christmas.
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We can only see them through computer screens in most cases.
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That is so that we will be able to see them next year, next Christmas, we will be able to get together and celebrating without lots of images without a lot of losses of parents and grandparents and vulnerable people, all we know how to do as Canadians, and we shall get through this process. As you fit. Good riddance to 2020 your message to the Chinese government on how they’re treating Michael COVID, Michael spattering Could you please clarify your marks made this week if not you are actually optimistic they will be getting out anytime soon as a tangible sign of that will be the third Christmas. Michael COVID and Michael Scott or spend in arbitrary detention in China is incredibly frustrating to me.
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But the Chinese government continues to not understand that Canada is a country that respects the rule of law, and will continue to that.
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We are a country that rejects coercive diplomacy, and arbitrary detention. And that China’s approach.
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The way it’s been adapting itself is not improving relations with any country around the world and indeed is harming its own interests.
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We will continue to pursue every avenues to bring to Michael’s home as soon as possible. I remain hopeful. Yeah, good news, an hour from now, a day from now, a week from now, a month from now.
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We continue with and be optimistic that we’re going to be able to bring them.
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But we will not put in danger other Canadians, for we will not flinch in our defense of the rule of law and the values that Canadians will do, we will continue our interest. our citizens, every step of the way.
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Thank you very much everyone.
All right, that is the Prime Minister of Canada on this Friday before for the Christmas break anyway giving up.
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