Trudeau’s each day coronavirus replace: New spending to guard well being care employees ‘on the frontlines of this struggle’ (Full transcript)

In his March 31 briefing to Canadians, the prime minister introduced $2 billion will go in direction of objects like masks, face shields and robes


Prime Minister Justin Trudeau holds a each day replace on the coronavirus disaster every day in entrance of his house in Ottawa, the place he stays in isolation after his spouse examined optimistic for COVID-19. Listed here are his remarks for March 31, 2020.

Bonjour tout le monde, howdy everybody.

Very first thing I need to do that morning is to share an replace in regards to the Ukrainian Worldwide Airways tragedy that took so many harmless lives earlier this 12 months. At the same time as we face this new disaster, households and family members proceed to grieve and search solutions. I need to guarantee them and all Canadians that we have now been working laborious to get accountability and justice at the same time as we struggle this pandemic. On the similar time, we’ve additionally been creating a technique with our different worldwide companions to guarantee that such a tragedy by no means occurs once more.


Immediately I’m appointing the honourable Ralph Goodale as my particular adviser for Canada’s ongoing response to the downing of Flight 752. Together with his a long time of extraordinary service to Canada together with as minister of public security, Ralph has the appropriate experience to information our response to this air catastrophe and supply suggestions for greatest practices going ahead. He may even proceed to push to see households correctly compensated.

The second factor I need to do is share a narrative with you. Just a few weeks in the past, Dave Caputo, the proprietor of a startup named Trusscore within the Waterloo area, known as a gathering along with his workers. With mounting issues round COVID-19, Dave requested his crew how they might repurpose their constructing supplies manufacturing facility to make merchandise hospitals wanted.

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Just a few days later, that they had 4 prototypes drawn up. They determined to make massive panels, which hospitals might use to subdivide rooms and isolate individuals with COVID-19 from different sufferers. Nicely, on Monday, panels product of absolutely recyclable supplies—recycled supplies—have been delivered for gratis to a number of hospitals within the area, together with Grand River, St. Mary’s and Guelph Normal Hospital.

Dave and his crew confirmed what Canadians do in tough instances. We don’t again down from a problem. We roll up our sleeves and we get to work.

I do know that this pandemic has been extremely difficult for individuals proper throughout the nation, however we’re additionally seeing the most effective of what it means to be Canadian.


From coast to coast to coast, companies are retooling to provide face shields, ventilators, hand sanitizers and different provides our health-care professionals want. To make it simpler for firms to assist out throughout this vital time, we launched Canada’s plan to mobilize trade to struggle COVID-19 somewhat over every week in the past. Within the time since, we’ve spoken on to nearly three,000 firms who’ve reached out to supply their assist.

Earlier than we go any additional, I need to thank all of the house owners, entrepreneurs and managers who’ve answered our name to motion. This important help comes at a vital time, and the way in which you seemed round and stated not, “How can I hold myself secure?” however, “How can I hold myself and my workers secure—and assist out on this vital time?” is an actual signal of management and an indication of what Canadians do greatest. In robust instances, we pull collectively and we’re there for one another. We put up our palms and we ask, “How can we assist?”

I additionally need in the identical vein to thank everybody who’s making, transport and delivering these merchandise. Individuals who work within the manufacturing sector, when it comes to getting individuals the objects they want, are on the frontlines of this struggle. Our nation wants you thru these robust instances, and we thanks deeply for all the pieces you do.


We stated that we have been near reaching agreements with Thornhill Medical, Medicom, and Spartan Bioscience. Immediately, we’re saying that we have now moved ahead with contracts with these three Canadian firms to make provides corresponding to ventilators, surgical masks, and check kits. I need to acknowledge the nice work Minister Bains has carried out to make this occur. We’ve additionally signed letters of intent with 5 different firms: Precision Biomonitoring, Fluid Power Group, Irving Oil, Calgo Group, and Stanfields. We all know that the demand for vital tools and provides will develop within the coming weeks, so we’d like a sustainable, secure provide of those merchandise. And which means making them at house, and we’re optimistic that they are going to be accessible within the coming weeks.

Demand for these items goes up, so we’re ensuring Canada is able to sustain. That’s why our authorities can be allocating $2 billion to buy protecting private tools, together with for bulk purchases with provinces and territories. This consists of issues like extra masks and face shields, robes, ventilators, check kits and swabs, and hand sanitizer.

Protecting private tools is crucial to guard our well being care employees who’re on the entrance strains of this struggle. We acknowledge that extra is required and everyone seems to be working day and night time to obtain important provides. We’re coordinating with the provinces and territories, the general public well being company and the consultants, to verify our well being care employees get all the pieces they want. It is a precedence for our authorities and we’ll proceed to supply new options each day. We’re anticipating shipments to return in within the coming days and we’ll proceed to work tirelessly to get these provides to the place they’re wanted.


[Translation from French] Quite a few firms have additionally donated tools and medical tools to struggle COVID-19. Alibaba despatched us 500,000 surgical masks and 10,000 testing kits to assist us.

The COVID-19 medical group that brings collectively engineers, entrepreneurs and different well being care professionals is working with a lot of firms to supply medical tools.

Up till now they’ve been capable of get a dedication from Bombardier, 3M and Metronic to provide private protecting tools. And Toys“R”Us has pledged to supply child displays in order that there may be higher communication between sufferers and well being care professionals. These displays may even assist to cut back pointless journey inside the services.


I need to thank the various firms who’ve made a donation for his or her management and generosity. You’re doing all of your share and all Canadians must comply with your lead. [French translation ends]

There’s no query that we are going to want extra masks, ventilators and testing kits. However what number of extra we’d like relies upon fully on you. When you keep house and comply with public well being suggestions you may sluggish the unfold. And which means fewer sufferers in our hospitals, fewer individuals to check, fewer ventilators to make use of on vital sufferers.

So hold doing all of your half and assist us hold Canada secure. Merci Beaucoup.