Trudeau update Canadians on COVID-19 pandemic April 29

Today, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau announced that the Canadian Forces Snowbirds will soon take to the skies to salute Canadians helping to stop the spread of COVID-19. Trudeau said the flights will begin this weekend in Nova Scotia, but didn’t provide a full schedule.

“As we watch the Snowbirds fly over our homes, let’s remember that we are all in this together,” he said.

An Act Respecting Canada Emergency Student Benefits

The PM provided additional updates on a $9-billion aid plan released earlier to help students and young Canadians during the COVID-19 pandemic – including the Canada Emergency Student Benefit program which is currently being debated in the House of Commons.

He noted that the promised $9-billion plan aimed at helping students will be enacted “as quickly as possible,” and he will be asking the House of Commons to provide rapid approval for the bill.

The government continues to advance its negotiations with opposition parties and is open to “changing the details of the bill,” if necessary.

Conservative Leader Andrew Scheer has emphasized that changes to the plan must include incentives for students and young people to take available jobs instead of staying home and collecting the emergency aid. NDP and Green MPs are also pushing for the aid to include many international students who remain in Canada during the summer.

*Above summary by Enterprise Canada