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PM Trudeau tells 'sick and tired' Canadians to 'immediately' cut contacts

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau had a stern and emotional message to Canadians as the country sees COVID-19 cases “spiking massively” - everyone needs to reduce their contacts “immediately.”

“I don’t want to be here, you don’t want me to be here – we’re all sick and tired of COVID-19. But this virus is not going away any time soon,” the PM started his message to Canadians.

“We need to do everything we can right now to slow the spread of COVID-19, to stop this spike in its tracks,” Trudeau said. “We are now going to have to really tighten up once again.”

“This is frustrating because I know we’ve all heard stories of people who have thrown up their hands and are not doing their part anymore, and it’s tempting for all of us to say, OK well maybe I can loosen up a bit more too, but the reality is we need to go in the opposite direction.”

The prime minister also spoke about how the number of COVID-19 cases in Canada are overwhelming hospitals, putting extensive pressure on frontline workers in the healthcare system.

“They’ve been on the front lines for almost 10 months now, putting in incredibly long hours, being creative in how they can save people and protect people, while at the same time trying to keep themselves safe, while at the same time having the same worries that each of us have about our loved ones, about our kids and schools, about our parents and grandparents,” Trudeau said.

“They keep showing up every single day to be there for us, putting their health, their lives and in many cases, their family’s lives on the line to keep us safe, and they’re tired, They have been heroes, they have been going above and beyond anything they might have thought they were signing up for. We need to help them.”

When asked about the Christmas holiday, the prime minister said that a “normal Christmas” is going to be “out of the question” this year but the extent of the regulations depends on the actions that Canadians take right now to limit contacts.

“I think the arrival of imminent vaccines on the horizon is both motivating people to say, OK we’re almost there, and others to say, OK that’s it I’m done, I’m just going to wait,” Trudeau said. “We’re not in a fair situation and all we can do is try and be there for each other as best we can.”

“If you were planning to see friends this weekend, maybe don’t. If there was a birthday party or a gathering for dinner you were thinking about doing, don’t do it.”

Although B.C. and Alberta governments have not adopted the federal COVID Alert app, the prime minister still urged people in those province to download it. He said he is still “hopeful” that local authorities will be able to provide that code for people to be identified as COVID-19 cases in the app, but also stressed it can still notify people in B.C. and Alberta if they have been exposed to someone with COVID-19, who inputted a code into the app that they received from a test in another province.

Current border restrictions between Canada and the U.S. have been extended for another 30 days, until Dec. 21.

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau shared the update on Twitter on Friday, stating that “non-essential travel between our two countries remains restricted” until that date at the earliest.

This comes as federal officials released Canada’s latest modelling data, which showed that with the existing restrictions in place, the country will see 20,000 COVID-19 a day by the end of the year.

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by Anonymousreply 19Yesterday at 2:28 PM

Hopefully his ditzy wife won't post pics of his family travelling or visiting others over Christmas like she did at Easter.

by Anonymousreply 1Last Friday at 11:50 AM

[quote] Current border restrictions between Canada and the U.S. have been extended for another 30 days, until Dec. 21.

WTF???!!!!

This is bullshit.

by Anonymousreply 2Last Friday at 11:55 AM

R2 I'm a Canadian and it should be longer than that.

by Anonymousreply 3Last Friday at 11:58 AM

Remember when we thought the summer heat would kill the virus? We were so naive.

by Anonymousreply 4Last Friday at 12:00 PM

I don't know anyone who thought that, R4.

by Anonymousreply 5Last Friday at 12:02 PM

Canadians, please listen to Justin! Do your blackface routines at home!

by Anonymousreply 6Last Friday at 12:06 PM

Dear R6,

Let it go.

Love, Justin

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by Anonymousreply 7Last Friday at 12:13 PM
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by Anonymousreply 8Last Saturday at 8:04 PM

Nobody thought that R4.

by Anonymousreply 9Last Saturday at 9:40 PM

Why is Canada in such a bad way with COVID?

When did they shut their borders with the US?

Do they allow people to arrive from O/S without quarantining?

They were well placed to be spared the worst of COVID given they only have a border with one country. So what went wrong?

by Anonymousreply 10Last Saturday at 9:53 PM

There are still a lot of foreign visitors and I’m not sure how they’re getting in. These people don’t live here they are tourists. I live in Vancouver and there have been tourists during the entire covid thing. I’m pretty disgusted with our government for not protecting us. Nobody needs to visit a foreign country right now.

by Anonymousreply 11Yesterday at 10:28 AM

I want to shelter in place with Justin. I know he's probably straight but I bet he could be gay friendly if I promised to vote for him (after I become a Canadian citizen). He's just so cute and his butt is one of the country's best resources.

by Anonymousreply 12Yesterday at 10:34 AM

[quote] There are still a lot of foreign visitors and I’m not sure how they’re getting in. These people don’t live here they are tourists. I live in Vancouver and there have been tourists during the entire covid thing.

Canada (and especially Vancouver) loves its orientals.

They'll never say no to them.

by Anonymousreply 13Yesterday at 12:26 PM

Wait - were other countries allowed into Canada?

by Anonymousreply 14Yesterday at 12:34 PM

Yeah r14 we still have Europeans and Asians visiting.

by Anonymousreply 15Yesterday at 2:13 PM

Conservatives are accusing Justin Trudeau of MURDER

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by Anonymousreply 16Yesterday at 2:15 PM

R10 - the same shit that's going wrong in a lot of western countries: people are only willing to make a real effort up to the point that it inconveniences *their* lives. We haven't been taking it seriously in high enough numbers and our government, like others, is extremely wary of anything that could be seen to be a real crackdown.

All the guidelines in the world won't do shit if a)no one follows them and b)there are no consequences for not following them.

by Anonymousreply 17Yesterday at 2:20 PM

I work in Public health in Canada. The border controls in terms of air travel or generally regarded as laughable. People are burned out. It’s no excuse but people are people. What we lack this time is the dead and the overwhelmed hospitals. That probably isn’t far off. That may make people smarten up.

by Anonymousreply 18Yesterday at 2:27 PM

R18 Conservative say it is MURDER Justin Trudeau is doing

by Anonymousreply 19Yesterday at 2:28 PM
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