PM Justin Trudeau provides update on federal response to COVID-19 – May 25, 2021
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On Parliament Hill, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau discusses the federal government’s response to the ongoing COVID-19 (coronavirus disease) pandemic. He is joined virtually by Jim Carr, the federal government’s special representative for the Prairies, Anita Anand, the minister of public services and procurement, as well as by Dr. Theresa Tam, Canada’s chief public health officer, and Dr. Howard Njoo, deputy chief public health officer. The prime minister outlines federal assistance for Manitoba as the province grapples with a surge in COVID-19 cases. The aid will include the deployment of medical staff and support from the Canadian Armed Forces. Trudeau also faces questions on the arrest by Belarus of journalist Roman Protasevich, holding an election during the pandemic, as well as on the Quebec government’s Bill 96 to recognize the province as a nation and French as the official and common language in Quebec.