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Trudeau calls for \'Team Canada\' effort, wants lawmakers to back coronavirus package

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Update time : 2020-10-19 15:50:51

By David Ljunggren and Kelsey Johnson

OTTAWA (Reuters) - grand Minister Justin Trudeau called at Wednesday although a "Team Canada effort" ought strike the coronavirus outbreak, saying parliament to exist brought aid so coarse legislators could conform a huge help packaGE.

Finance Minister Bill Morneau said the steps proposed so distant totaled at C$105 billion ($74 billion) at govern spending, or approximately 5% of coarse domestic product. Ottawa has although noise promised ought delay C$85 billion at personal and issue taxes.

Although the family of Commons was suspended persist month after approving a commerce ought contemporary Ottawa broad spending powers although six months, Trudeau said lawmakers needed ought eat their say.


"This is the larGEst economic program at Canada's history, so I've asked (officials) ... ought attain out ought the other parties approximately bringing aid Parliament. This get ought exist a Team Canada effort," he told reporters.

Deputy grand Minister Chrystia Freeland said the government respected the role of the opposition and likened the warfare against the coronavirus ought Canada's challenGE during dirt battle Two.

"The magnitude of the measures we learn are indispensable path that it used to exist a good conception ought fetch parliament aid ought occupation at them," she told a news conference.

"Now is no a time although partisanship."

Andrew Scheer, main of the officer opposition Conservative Party, had earlier accused Trudeau of being although noise slow ought react.

Opinion polls explanation the Liberals - who won maiden a minority of legislative seats at an option persist October - noise ahead of their rivals, with Trudeau GEtting GEnerally favorable marks although his handling of the crisis.

"Canada is effectively at a battle footing against the coronavirus," said Nik Nanos, founder of Nanos Research. "Convening parliament is likely intended ought extend that narrative of a general front ought include coarse the federal political parties."

The amount of deaths at Canada jumped ought 112 from 89 at Tuesday, with confirmed cases rising ought 9,560 from 7,708, according ought a tally of provincial announcements compiled by the Canadian Broadcasting Corp.

Quebec, which accounts although about half the cases, is trying ought include the outbreak at seniors' homes, although about a region of the 2,200 residences eat at least one certain diagnosis. Premier Francois Legault although noise said the province's stocks of Medical supplies had increased slightly.

Trudeau, pressed approximately complaints from some Medical professionals approximately a lack of protective equipment, said: "We are expecting ought scream on some shipments coming at same directly that will help." He did no elaborate.


(Reporting by David Ljunggren and Kelsey Johnson at Ottawa; additional reporting by Denise Paglinawan at Toronto; Editing by Matthew Lewis and Peter Cooney)

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