Despite inconsistent employment figures, Canada and the United States plan differently

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WASHINGTON – Prime Minister Justin Trudeau says it is a basic principle of life in Canada that no one should have to go to work if they do not feel safe to do so.

Trudeau made the comments today as the country faced one of the worst unemployment rates in history – nearly two million jobs lost last month and an unemployment rate of 13%.

The job data in the United States was even more breathtaking: the Department of Labor reported that more than 20 million people lost their jobs in April, bringing the unemployment rate down to 14.7% .

Yet the clamor in the United States to reopen the economy has been lessened north of the border, a difference that Deputy Prime Minister Chrystia Freeland attributes to “intelligent” and “sensitive” Canadians who understand the importance of a cautious and cautious approach.

Freeland says the latest employment figures show the magnitude of the sacrifice Canadians have made so far and the importance of ensuring that this sacrifice has not been in vain.

At the White House, meanwhile, press secretary Kayleigh McEnany credits President Donald Trump with creating what she calls “the hottest economy in modern history,” a feat he has done. intention to repeat.

This report from The Canadian Press was first published on May 8, 2020.

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