The Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau is scheduled to deliver a speech on Wednesday as the new Parliament session begins. The speech is expected to give an insight into the new economic and social recovery plans necessary in the surging threats of COVID-19. Trudeau will deliver his speech at 6:30 p.m. EDT. The Prime Minister will summarize the new commitments of the federal government in the COVID-19 situation.
In the chamber, Governor General Julie Payette will also deliver a speech at 2:10 p.m. EDT. The speech is expected to explain how the government will ease the burden of COVID-19. The speech will also further explain the efforts of rebuilding, such as childcare plans within the provinces. Trudeau had previously stated that the federal government needed more time to plan for the pandemic. The cases of COVID-19 infections have been increasing in the last few weeks. This heightened the fears of the second wave of the virus prompting specific emergency responses.
The ongoing threat of COVID-19 requires specific action to be taken for the long term recovery. Those actions include systematic racism, economic disparities, among others. In August, Trudeau said that the federal government would only focus on a long term recovery plan. Earlier in September, the Prime Minister’s stance changed. He was reported saying that his cabinet was focusing on mitigating the impact the resurging COVID-19 will cause. Several ministers seem to agree with the stance. They reported that the economic recovery of Canada depended on the well-being of the citizens. The liberal one said that the virus should be contained first and then later rebuilt.
Several interest groups have been suggesting what they would like to be included in Trudeau’s speech. They hope that the Prime Minister will support the small businesses. In July, the Liberals allocated $625 for child care. During this period, the government was under pressure to assist parents returning to work after the lockdown. Apart from the Employment Insurance (EI), the federal government has promised additional temporary benefits, including paid sick leave. The new financial assistance is estimated to cost $37 billion.
The opposition parties are also outlining what they expect in the speech. Speaking to reporters on Tuesday, NDP leader Jagmeet Singh said that his caucus also expects the Canada Emergency Response Benefit (CERB) to be extended. The Bloc Quebecois also delivered their statement on Tuesday, saying that the speech should prioritize hastening health transfer to the provinces, financial help to seniors, and more compensation to the supply-managed sector.
With the allegations of harassment in the governor-general office, the Wednesday ceremony will be a little awkward for Trudeau, who will be sitting next to Payette. Previously, Trudeau had praised her career, and now her office is under serious allegations.