Trudeau says more aid coming to Canadians as social distancing measures could last months


Nov 16, 2018
Prime Minister Justin Trudeau says the $82-billion financial package announced to offset the economic impact of the COVID-19 pandemic is just "a very first step" as health-care officials warn social distancing could last months.

A smaller-than-normal number of MPs will be called back on Tuesday at noon to adopt emergency measures announced earlier this week by the federal government that are intended to offset the economic impact of the COVID-19 pandemic.

The Senate will be called back Wednesday to pass the bill. Royal Assent is expected the same day, Radio-Canada has learned.

The package includes $27 billion in direct supports and another $55 billion to help business liquidity through tax deferrals.

"These are only a very first step," said Trudeau from outside his home in Ottawa, where he's been giving daily updates from self-isolation after his wife tested positive for the novel coronavirus.