Prime Minister Justin Trudeau provided a stark update on the COVID-19 pandemic to Canadians on Friday morning, returning to Rideau Cottage.
"I don't want to be here this morning you don't want me to be here this morning," said Trudeau. "The cases across the country are spiking massively."
Trudeau said that the country was "really at risk of seeing case loads go up and hospitals get overwhelmed, and more loved ones dying."
"We need to do everything we can right now to slow the spread of COVID-19... If you were planning to see friends this weekend, maybe don't," warned the prime minister. "We are now going to have to really tighten up once again."
"We're going to need to have to do this for another few weeks, for another few months... We can do this. We've done it before."
"We need to reduce our contacts, we need to do it right now.
Trudeau said he spoke with Dr. Tam and health officials, as well as premiers to discuss the plans going forward. Trudeau said that the provinces had the federal government's supports in whatever measures they would take, including lockdown measures.
"Going into lockdown and supporting businesses while we're in that lockdown is a better way of ensuring their success in a few months, in a few years, than trying to tough through a virus that is running around unchecked," said Trudeau, saying that lockdowns were necessary to protect the economy.
Direct rent relief coming for businesses
Trudeau provided updates on last night's new government law that would allow new support measures, including rent subsidies that will go directly to tenants rather than landlords.
"If your business is facing a public health lockdown, then we're also providing an additional 25 percent rent subsidy through a new lockdown support."
This would allow businesses to potentially get up to 90 percent of their rent covered. The new law also means that the wage subsidy has been extended to June of next year.
Trudeau also confirmed that the border closure with the United States has been extended once again, this time to December 21.
Regarding Quebec's decision to allow limited gatherings during Christmas, Trudeau said that "There are many weeks still until Christmas and its right to give people hope that there might be ways that we might gather, but so much depends on what we do right now to reduce our contacts."
Trudeau noted that a normal Christmas was "out of the question."
"What kinds of limits we have in place, what kind of permissions public health is going to encourage us to have, depends a lot on what we do right now," said Trudeau.
"I think one of the things this pandemic has shown is that we have gaps in our social safety net, in our society... We do need to make changes to strengthen our social safety net... to make sure that as the world changes, through this pandemic and beyond, we're here to help people succeed," said Trudeau.
'Great Reset' a 'conspiracy theory,' says Trudeau
Trudeau was asked this morning about growing criticism both online and from some Conservative MPs, including Pierre Poilievre, of Trudeau's use of the term 'reset' when talking to the United Nations. The term coincides with the 'Great Reset' plan pushed by the World Economic Forum.
Trudeau was asked what he had to say to those, who see the term 'great reset' as evidence of some sort "of grand plot."
"We're in a time of anxiety where people are looking for reasons for things that are happening to them, the difficult moment we're in," said Trudeau. "It's nice to be able to try and find someone to blame, something to point to, something to get mad at."
"I think we're seeing a lot of people fall pray to disinformation, if Conservative MPs want to start talking about conspiracy theories, well that's their choice. I'm going to stay focused on helping Canadians get through this... and making sure that the world we leave to our kids is even better than the world we inherited from our parents."
Trudeau was recently slammed by Tucker Carlson for advocating for the 'Great Reset.'
This is a breaking news story and will be updated.
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