Trudeau’s coronavirus replace: ‘Within the subsequent 48 hours we will likely be receiving a cargo of hundreds of thousands of masks’ (Full transcript)

In his April four handle to Canadians on the COVID-19 disaster, the PM mentioned the federal government is chartering flights to get private protecting gear delivered as shortly as potential


Prime Minister Justin Trudeau holds a each day replace on the coronavirus disaster every day in entrance of his dwelling in Ottawa. Listed here are his remarks for April four, 2020.

Bonjour a tous.

The previous couple of weeks have been arduous in several methods for everybody. You’re anxious about your job or your enterprise. You’re involved about your well being, or the  well being of an aged guardian. It doesn’t matter what this has meant for you, I do know you’re searching for solutions, figuring out the place we at the moment are, and the place we is likely to be within the coming weeks and months is how we are able to all work out our response. For you, that might be planning on how to verify the youngsters continue learning, regardless that they’re at dwelling. For our authorities, the numbers and knowledge compiled by our specialists are crucial to understanding the scope of this pandemic, and informing the selections we make to maintain you protected, and we’ve made positive you may entry essentially the most dependable, correct data out there to us at We’re going to maintain releasing up-to-date knowledge each day and utilizing it to tell our selections. And we’ll proceed working with the provinces and territories on getting new data to have an entire nationwide image that we’ll share with you.


Whatever the various fashions or predictions, one factor is persistently clear: the measures which were put in place by all orders of presidency, from closing colleges to staying dwelling are saving lives. However it will solely hold working if everybody continues to do their half. If everybody takes their responsibility to nurses and docs, to the aged and to the weak critically. As critically as if it had been the lifetime of their guardian, or their little one on the road — as a result of it’s. The cashier on the retailer is somebody’s brother. The paramedic saving lives is somebody’s spouse. That’s what’s at stake right here — the lives of the folks we love, the lives of the folks our neighbours love. So do your half. Wash your palms. Keep two metres away from one another. And above all, keep dwelling.

[speaking in French] ….It’s actually at dwelling that the majority of us really feel most secure at this present time. However simply think about when you had been extra petrified of staying at dwelling than really going out and confronting this pandemic. Sadly that’s the truth for a lot too many Canadians, that’s the each day lives of ladies who’re victims of home violence….

Nobody ought to have to decide on between being someplace they’re unsafe, and risking getting COVID-19. That’s why we’ve invested $40 million for ladies’s shelters and sexual assault centres throughout the nation. And for Indigenous ladies and kids fleeing violence, we’re offering $10 million for emergency shelters. For different shelters, we’ve boosted funding for the Reaching Home program by over $157 million. It will assist purchase issues like bodily limitations, or lease new house to maintain folks protected. The communities that want this funding have now been recognized and cash is attending to them. For folks from Victoria to Hamilton and Regina to St. John’s, assist has arrived. I do know we’re asking quite a bit proper now — to remain dwelling, to not see mates, to shut your enterprise quickly. It’s not straightforward. I get that. However these sacrifices are needed. The value of appearing in any other case is simply too steep.


To those that are sick proper now, or have household in hospital within the ICU. To those that’ve misplaced a liked one, or a buddy. We’re considering of you, we’re right here for you, and also you remind us of what’s on the road. All of us must take bodily distancing very critically. Finished proper, these measures will save lives and bridge us slowly however absolutely again to regular. On the similar time, we’re working across the clock to get Canada the sources we’d like. Within the subsequent 48 hours we will likely be receiving a cargo of hundreds of thousands of masks by a chartered cargo flight. We’re additionally working with provinces to move their medical provides when potential, gadgets ordered by Quebec will likely be on this flight. Our authorities has additionally leased a warehouse in China to assist acquire and distribute this stuff as shortly as potential. And going ahead, the flights we’re chartering to get the supplies right here embody Canadian corporations Cargojet and Air Canada. I wish to take a second to thank everybody — whether or not you’re working in a warehouse, flying the airplane or a part of the bottom crew to your dedication….

So this weekend, keep at dwelling. Shield your family members, and our front-line staff. Save lives.

I wish to take a second to speak to children once more immediately. Even at dwelling, there’s numerous stuff happening, there’s numerous stuff to do. I’ll be holding a video conference tomorrow with Dr. Tam to speak by way of a few of your questions. I do know plenty of you will have despatched them in and I look ahead to seeing you tomorrow. Tomorrow you’ll even have an opportunity to ask somebody who is aware of higher than anybody else about staying inside — an astronaut. Canadian astronaut Jeremy Hansen will likely be stay on YouTube tomorrow to speak with you, so ask your mother and father to assist ship in a query forward of time.


[speaking in French] …. To guard your wages and the financial system, we’ve got developed a three-step plan which is able to assist us to guard jobs, to assist small companies and to assist those that have misplaced their earnings. To guard your well being and the well being of all our important staff, we’re working with a number of companies to fabricate and distribute medical provides, and likewise PPEs as effectively.

We will likely be serving to you, we’ll assist you to to get by way of this storm. We’d like you to do your share as effectively. We’d like you to step as much as the plate. I do know I can rely on you. This weekend, keep dwelling, please. Please save our front-line staff. Save lives.

Thanks very a lot.