Trudeau update Canadians on COVID-19 pandemic April 19


*NOTE: Trudeau begins speaking at 18:30. ASL Interpretation is delayed until 22:20.


Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau provided an update on the federal government's response to the COVID-19 pandemic on Sunday.


During his update, Trudeau addressed Parliament being scheduled to reopen on April 20, saying it would be "irresponsible" for the House of Commons to resume during the current outbreak in the country.


The prime minister also said it's important for Parliament to have one in-person sitting “in a reduced fashion” each week, but stressed that there should be virtual sittings “to allow members from every corner of the country” to engage in parliamentary discussion.


Trudeau added that the government “needs to continue to do everything we can to ensure people are kept safe,” and that although his proposal was “largely accepted” by other opposition parties, the Conservative party is “not taking a responsible approach," in his view.


Without unanimous consent from parties on an alternative arrangement, Parliament is scheduled resume on Monday, meaning up to 338 MPs and their staff would gather in Ottawa.

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