Federal cabinet shifts retreat focus to COVID-19

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Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau speaks during a news conference on COVID-19 situation in Canada from his residence on March 20, 2020, in Ottawa, Canada.

The prime minister last week warned Canadians are "going to have to learn how to continue to live with COVID-19 for many, many more months", while Tam warned that failing to control its spread could result in another lockdown.

Tam is expected to address cabinet ministers at the retreat, which was originally slated to focus on plans to rebuild Canada's shattered economy.

"The way we can prevent that is by remaining vigilant", Trudeau concluded.

Underlining that point, ministers were to hear presentations from Canada's top public health doctor Theresa Tam and the co-chairs of two federal task forces: one created to advise the government on measures to support developing a COVID-19 vaccine and the other on COVID-19 immunity.

Deputy Prime Minister and Finance Minister Chrystia Freeland and Small Business, Export Promotion and International Trade Minister Mary Ng will be making the announcement Tuesday afternoon.

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Trudeau had previously indicated the speech would present a bold plan for rebuilding a more sustainable, equitable and clean economy.

The Canadian Press reports that-according to sources-the speech itself will focus more on getting through the pandemic than how to rebuild the economy after it's over. "How can we make ... more in North America and how can we sell to the world?"

March 10 was the date of a government briefing note prepared for Hajdu, reported by the CBC, which incorrectly told her that with only 12 reported cases in Canada, the risk of COVID-19 spreading was low and we were "well-equipped to contain cases coming from overseas".

On Monday, Quebec and Ontario provinces, the most populous in Canada and the hardest-hit by the pandemic, confirmed almost 600 cases. "But our focus is very much on what we need to do to control COVID-19". "But we're going to be prepared to react as we did last time".

Parliament is set to resume with a throne speech on September 23. Singh and the NDP have the power to bring down the government this fall.

The Liberal caucus, CP says, is calling on the government to adopt the idea in a priority policy resolution for consideration at the party's upcoming national convention in November.

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