Update on Trudeau’s coronavirus: “In the next 48 hours, we will receive a shipment of millions of masks” (Full transcript)


In his April 4 speech to Canadians on the COVID-19 crisis, the Prime Minister said that the government was chartering flights to get personal protective equipment delivered as quickly as possible.

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau has a daily update on the coronavirus crisis outside his home in Ottawa. Here are his remarks from April 4, 2020.

Good morning all.

The past few weeks have been difficult in different ways for everyone. You are worried about your job or your business. You care about your health or that of an elderly parent. No matter what it meant to you, I know you are looking for answers, knowing where we are now and where we might be in the weeks and months to come, this is how we can all understand our answer. For you, this could be planning how to ensure that children continue to learn, even when they are at home. For our government, the numbers and data compiled by our experts are essential to understanding the magnitude of this pandemic and informing the decisions we make to keep you safe, and we have made sure that you can access the most reliable and details available to us at canada.ca/coronavirus. We will continue to publish updated data daily and use it to inform our decisions. And we will continue to work with the provinces and territories to obtain new information so that we have a complete national picture that we will share with you.

Regardless of the different models or forecasts, one thing is always clear: the measures that have been put in place by all levels of government, from closing schools to keeping them at home, are saving lives. But it will only work if everyone continues to do their part. If everyone takes their duty to nurses and doctors, to the elderly and the vulnerable seriously. As seriously as if it was the life of their parents or their child at stake – because it is. The store cashier is someone’s brother. The paramedic who saves lives is someone’s wife. This is what’s at stake here – the lives of the people we love, the lives of the people our neighbors love. So do your part. Wash your hands. Stay two meters apart. Above all, stay at home.

[speaking in French] …. It’s really at home that most of us feel safer today. But just imagine if you were more afraid of staying at home than going out and facing this pandemic. Unfortunately, this is the reality of far too many Canadians, it is the daily life of women victims of domestic violence …

No one should have to choose between being in a dangerous place and risking obtaining COVID-19. That’s why we’ve invested $ 40 million in women’s shelters and sexual assault centers across the country. And for Indigenous women and children fleeing the violence, we are providing $ 10 million for emergency shelters. For the other shelters, we have increased funding for the Reaching Home program by more than $ 157 million. This will help you buy things like physical barriers or rent new space to keep people safe. The communities that need this funding are now identified and the money is getting to them. For people from Victoria to Hamilton and from Regina to St. John’s, help has arrived. I know we are asking a lot right now – staying at home, not seeing friends, temporarily closing your business. It is not easy. I understand that. But these sacrifices are necessary. The price to pay for doing otherwise is simply too high.

To those who are currently ill or have relatives in the intensive care hospital. To those who have lost a loved one or friend. We are thinking of you, we are there for you and you remind us of what is at stake. We must all take physical distance very seriously. If done well, these steps will save lives and slowly but surely bring us back to normal. At the same time, we are working tirelessly to get the resources we need in Canada. Over the next 48 hours, we will receive a shipment of millions of masks by chartered aircraft. We are also working with the provinces to transport their medical supplies when possible, the items ordered by Quebec will be on this flight. Our government has also rented a warehouse in China to help collect and distribute these items as quickly as possible. And in the future, the flights that we charter to get the equipment here include the Canadian companies Cargojet and Air Canada. I want to take a moment to thank everyone – whether you work in a warehouse, fly the plane, or join the ground crew for your dedication ….

So this weekend, stay at home. Protect your loved ones and our frontline workers. Save lives.

I want to take a moment to talk to the kids again today. Even at home, there is a lot going on, there is a lot to do. I will be holding a videoconference tomorrow with Dr. Tam to discuss some of your questions. I know many of you have sent them and I look forward to seeing you tomorrow. Tomorrow you will also have the option of asking someone who knows better than anyone to stay inside – an astronaut. Canadian astronaut Jeremy Hansen will be live on YouTube tomorrow to speak with you, so ask your parents to help you send a question in advance.

[speaking in French] …. To protect your wages and the economy, we have developed a three-step plan that will help protect jobs, support small businesses and help those who have lost their income. To protect your health and that of all of our essential workers, we work with several companies to manufacture and distribute medical supplies, as well as PPE.

We will help you, we will help you weather this storm. We also need you to do your part. We need you to get on the plate. I know I can count on you. Stay home this weekend, please. Please save our front line workers. Save lives.

Thank you so much.



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