With Trump Testing Positive, A Look At Some Canadian Politicians And COVID-19


US President Donald Trump and First Lady Melania Trump have tested positive for the virus that causes COVID-19. Here is a look at some Canadian politicians who have tested positive or needed to self-isolate and get tested for COVID-19:

Conservative Leader Erin O’Toole – O’Toole and his wife tested positive for the virus last month, shortly after O’Toole won the party leadership. He is believed to have contracted the virus from a staff member who was in his immediate circle. He came out of quarantine this week to deliver his official response to the Liberal Speech from the Throne. “We all have to be very careful,” he said on his return.

Yves-Francois Blanchet – The leader of the Bloc Quebecois and his wife also tested positive for the virus last month. He returned to Parliament the same day as O’Toole saying he was lucky to have caught a mild case of the disease. “Some people go through this much more painfully than I do,” he said. “I was very, very, very lucky. Some people die from this thing. ”

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau – Trudeau’s wife, Sophie Gregoire Trudeau, tested positive for COVID-19 on March 12 after a trip to the UK. The Prime Minister then went into isolation for 14 days at home with his three children, just as the pandemic lockdown began in Canada. Trudeau remained in segregation for almost a month, not returning to Parliament Hill until April 8. He has never developed any symptoms and has never been tested for COVID-19, but says he will do an antibody test when they become widely available.

Bill Morneau – The former federal finance minister was one of at least eight MPs who were tested for COVID-19 and went into self-isolation after meeting with UN World Food Program executive director David Beasley in Ottawa on 11-12 March. Beasley met privately with Morneau, attended a reception, and appeared before a House of Commons committee. He tested positive for COVID-19 about a week later. Liberal Anita Vandenbeld, New Democrat Heather McPherson and Tories David Sweet, Mike Lake and Randy Hoback are among those who have isolated themselves after coming into contact with Beasley. None have tested positive.

Kamal Khera – The Liberal MP for Brampton West was the first Canadian politician to test positive for COVID-19 on March 25. Khera developed flu-like symptoms and was tested the next day. She was among the MPs who met Beasley, although her office said it was not clear where she contracted the virus.

Seamus O’Regan – The Federal Minister of Natural Resources was tested and isolated in early March after developing a bad cold. He had previously attended a mining conference in Toronto attended by over 23,000 people from around the world. At least three people at the conference have tested positive for COVID-19, but O’Regan was not one of them.

Francois-Philippe Champagne – The foreign minister was tested for COVID-19 in March after falling ill following a trip abroad. He tested negative.

Mary Ng – The Minister of International Trade isolated herself on March 11 on the advice of her doctor after a persistent cough and her asthma caused her problems. She tested negative.

Jagmeet Singh – The leader of the NDP isolated himself in March out of great caution when he experienced mild symptoms of a cold.

Anthony Housefather – The Liberal Montreal MP went into solitary confinement in mid-March after returning from the U.S. Israel Public Affairs Committee conference in Washington, DC on the first three days of March. A Toronto resident who also attended the conference tested positive after returning home.

Sylvie Parent – The mayor of Longueuil, Quebec, on the south shore of Montreal, tested positive for COVID-19 this week. His positive test led to the isolation and testing of at least seven other Quebec politicians, including three provincial ministers and the mayor of Montreal, Valérie Plante.

This report by The Canadian Press was first published on October 1, 2020


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