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CANADA TO PASS MAJOR ECONOMIC RELIEF PACKAGE: Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau speaks to the press about the latest coronavirus updates in the country. Yesterday Trudeau won Parliament’s support for a $57 billion stimulus package aimed at pumping money into the Canadian economy as coronavirus causes businesses across the country to close. The bill offers direct payments to individuals and small businesses as well tax deferrals and paid sick leave for workers. There are almost 2,800 coronavirus cases in Canada, including 29 deaths.
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  1. Mind, body and soul

    March 26, 2020 at 2:50 am

    IS YOUR CLEANING LADY STILL OBLIGATED TO CLEAN YOUR DIRT????? Shame on you and anyone who deems their lives unnecessary.

  2. Mind, body and soul

    March 26, 2020 at 2:50 am

    Only Narcissists Can't Clean Their Own Dirty Toilets when their home doing Nothing but dirtying the world, the economy, and now laying back while we risk our lives to clean their disgusting mess they make in their homes!!!.. REALLY!!!

  3. Mind, body and soul

    March 26, 2020 at 2:50 am

    Please provide the Transparency website as to which companies receive what . Enough Catering to the Elite..We have had enough!!!!!!!!!

  4. Sokar

    March 26, 2020 at 2:50 am

    Traitor.

  5. Mind, body and soul

    March 26, 2020 at 2:50 am

    I guess There will be a lot of Class Action Lawsuits based on what the government has deemed" essential to risk your life services". My tasks may be menial. My life is not Trudeau!!!!!

  6. John Doe

    March 26, 2020 at 2:50 am

    Just curious what about those unemployed trying to look for work are they eligible?

  7. Tina-Ann Lamarche

    March 26, 2020 at 2:50 am

    Please clarify what BLOOD TYPE'S could be most affected by Covid 19,I read A + was most at risk,Is this correct?

  8. Kim Broussard

    March 26, 2020 at 2:50 am

    Wow, I wish we had leader ,in the US, like this guy!

  9. P W

    March 26, 2020 at 2:50 am

    I am a US citizen and I tune in to hear him everyday just to see what a true and caring leader sounds like. Here in America we are floundering with a rotten, inept and corrupt president who cares for no one and nothing beside his own pocket book and preserving his own power. Canada, you are fortunate to have a leader such as he!

  10. misshonney420. miss wicked

    March 26, 2020 at 2:50 am

    Bear right now there's 38 planes that just came into Canada from all differentcountries he still letting in Mass immigration and he's doing it on their airlines are borders might be closed but he still bringing in Mass immigration honour airline you should see how many people are getting off the plane is not being tested or checked

  11. crypto zoology

    March 26, 2020 at 2:50 am

    Also all grocery stores are breaking the law. roblaws to any of his big buddies all have line ups with people coughing right on the lady processing only a foot away. He is beside people all the time less then 6 feet how come he is not wiberal disciplined LOl Also all kinds of interviews with people smuggling across admitting they know they have it and do not care want us to suffer. What a nut from migrants coming soon coughing all over your strawberries to china get even with products loaded with it sent over. This guy has upset people world wide and be aware of what he is doing and our food supplies.

  12. crypto zoology

    March 26, 2020 at 2:50 am

    He is also risking tons of lives due to these call centers to process this are often outsourced and 13000 probably jammed in different areas spreading it like no before. Even if he does from home then the danger of third party software will steal your info on systems and government security down the toilet. Either way again the people here are not thinking and just listening to foolishness.

  13. crypto zoology

    March 26, 2020 at 2:50 am

    This is insane hilarity in some ways. Why do you people not realize what this man is doing? First as we warned he would sneak in super powers to waste tons of cash with no accounting. Now as well fake other groups claim they are upset. But now passing the bill with no change except how long he can be chancellor it ,he is getting the same powers but less time. Does not matter if you gave him the power for one day a year or a minute is all to long.
    He already had these deals all signed up and when passed he then will have all these zilllions borrowed out to crooks kick back etc etc. At first we thought my goodness the opposition is not corrupt. Yet two minutes they have now voted yes but gave him the same power just less time to do it. So now he does not have to answer to anyone.
    The prices once he bails out his buddies etc will double over time because these crooks will take the free cash hand outs then also want the money they loss and increase all which then the value of the minimum to mid class range will drop in half or more. No matter what these clowns give these guys they will profit and then raise all to get money back loss. So whether you gave this nut 1 minute of chancellor powers or till September he is going to use this money so unwise we will be in debt for a zillion years.
    So one would wonder are they all corrupt and this is just a full scam? Or that they really are this dumb that they think by giving him the power for less months would stop him abuse the cash LOl Astounding stupidity. Thank turdo and your other leaders here for sink you in to oblivion

  14. fah q

    March 26, 2020 at 2:50 am

    This guy believed in borders real quick and shut it down.

  15. Camelia is A-ok

    March 26, 2020 at 2:50 am

    Awesome.

  16. Ai Ti

    March 26, 2020 at 2:50 am

    Escuchen por favor.
    Mexico

    Tomé en cuenta las recomendaciones de "Susana Distancia" y las demás recomendaciones para contener la enfermedad covid19 y luego pensé ¿Si quisiera contagiar a toda mi comunidad cómo lo haría? Tengo 8 días haciendo simulacros y en una situación que encontré pesar de todas las recomendaciones la propagación fué muy grande y es la siguiente:
    Tomando en cuenta el cómo se contagia el Coronavirus contagiaría EL DINERO, SÍ a pesar de estar confinado tenemos que comprar comida o agua y EL DINERO CONTAGIADO CAMBIA DE MANOS DE MANERA INCREIBLE y llega a una gran cantidad de personas en poco tiempo. El dinero proporciona un medio de transporte a una distancia mucho mayor que "la nube de saliva".
    Por favor analice esta posibilidad y proponga sanitizar el dinero en cada transacción si pudiera frenar en algo el contagio. Por favor escuche al pueblo, usted es el especialista pero nosotros somos los que vamos a morir.

  17. Logan Carson

    March 26, 2020 at 2:50 am

    I wish we had a president that acted like a president and not a reality TV star.

  18. Kyzer Soze

    March 26, 2020 at 2:50 am

    would Trudeau know if Donald Trumps brain is the size of a peanut?

  19. Deven

    March 26, 2020 at 2:50 am

    This was planned. Research the Flat Earth

  20. Lois Russell

    March 26, 2020 at 2:50 am

    Wow much much better than the US. Here you'll get a one time payment of 1200 dollars that's it

  21. Always Bet On Flat

    March 26, 2020 at 2:50 am

    This is the biggest joke ever, the government is out to completely lose all credibility. Not that they ever had any!

  22. change thecurrent

    March 26, 2020 at 2:50 am

    liar and traitor

  23. Tem

    March 26, 2020 at 2:50 am

    awesome video you deserve more views

  24. bla bla

    March 26, 2020 at 2:50 am

    we broke we dont have food for years is only for so much time

  25. bla bla

    March 26, 2020 at 2:50 am

    only the future can tell wats wat for now i dont bealeve nothing just like i allwais

  26. The Canada First Party

    March 26, 2020 at 2:50 am

    Canada Government operates a tax slavery system under a Fraud of the Birth Certificate , for a Foreign Entity .

  27. Barbara Koch

    March 26, 2020 at 2:50 am

    When’re t he traslator

  28. XeonZ

    March 26, 2020 at 2:50 am

    Oh no

  29. Zero Cool

    March 26, 2020 at 2:50 am

    Justin "I don't know how many times I've done blackface" Trudeau.

  30. sprybug

    March 26, 2020 at 2:50 am

    Doing far better than the US' one time $1200 payment and 500 billion corporate bail out. Canada actually cares about its workers. Glad I moved here from the US.

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Michigan Gov. Whitmer slammed by home state paper for allegedly playing politics in middle of coronavirus crisis

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An editorial in The Detroit News slammed Michigan Gov. Gretchen Whitmer, accusing her of playing politics during the coronavirus pandemic.

“Gov. Gretchen Whitmer must send an unequivocal message to her constituents that Michigan is her priority in this hour of crisis,” the editorial, which was published on Saturday, said. “Her running feud with President Donald Trump calls into question whether she’s acting in the best interests of this state, or on behalf of the Democratic Party.”

“Unfortunately she’s sending conflicting signals about her priorities and motivations,” the article continued.

Whitmer, like her counterparts in other states, has seen her profile rise in recent weeks as the nation’s leaders coordinate response efforts to the coronavirus pandemic.

Michigan, and in particular the Detroit metropolitan area, has quickly become a hotspot for the virus. As of Sunday, Michigan was reporting the third most coronavirus cases with 14,225, following New Jersey and New York with 34,124 and 114,174 respectively, according to data compiled by Fox News. Michigan reported the third most deaths in the country with 540, according to the data.

Whitmer, who ran for governor as a pragmatic liberal, emphasizing her bipartisanship while pledging to fix Michigan’s crumbling roads, rarely talked about Trump before the election or after. But as a frequent guest on national media in recent weeks, Whitmer has criticized the federal response while pleading for ventilators, personal protection equipment and test kits.

“We have no criticism of how Whitmer is handling this crisis; she is taking the same steps as most other governors in states hard hit by the virus,” the editorial said. “But she’s also assumed the role of designated Democratic attack dog in this crisis, appearing almost daily on cable news shows to criticize the administration’s handling of the virus response. That creates confusion about whether Whitmer is advocating for her Michigan constituents, or carrying out her duties as co-chair of Joe Biden’s presidential campaign, or worse, serving her own ambition to be vice president.”

Former Vice President Joe Biden confirmed last week that he is considering Whitmer, a rising star in the Democratic Party, as a potential running mate in his White House bid.

Republicans were especially upset after she implied during a Friday radio interview that the Trump administration was intentionally withholding medical supplies from Michigan.

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Last weekend, Trump called her “Gretchen ‘Half’ Whitmer,” charging that she was in “way over her head” and “doesn’t have a clue” about how to handle the health crisis. Two days earlier, Trump said he had instructed Vice President Mike Pence, the leader of the White House pandemic response, not to call “the woman in Michigan.” The editorial brought up the fact that Trump had reportedly called Whitmer “the woman from Michigan.”

“She responded by showing up on a late night talk show wearing a t-shirt bearing those words while disingenuously  declaring that this is no time to play politics,” the editorial said. “It certainly isn’t. It’s also no time to engage in a silly tit-for-tat with the president.”

Trump has since deleted the tweet. In a Tuesday press briefing, he said he had a productive conversation with Whitmer earlier in the day. Whitmer has also backed away from feuding with the president as the state grapples with the escalating crisis.

The editorial noted that “Michigan needs a lot from the federal government, including help managing the overwhelming number of unemployment claims that are suddenly being filed.”

In Michigan more than 311,000 people filed initial claims for unemployment insurance during the week ending on March 28, more than double from the week before.

“Citizens are better served if their leaders at all level of government set politics aside and work together,” the opinion piece continued. “Partisanship is unacceptable when lives are at stake.”

It went on to say that the Michigan governor should follow the examples of other Democratic governors like New York’s Andrew Cuomo and Gavin Newsom of California who have “found a way to work collaboratively with the Trump administration.”

“Both have had differences with the president in the past, but they’ve set them aside for the good of their states,” the editorial said.

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Cuomo had acknowledged that the Trump administration was helping New York and Newsom commended President Trump for his attentiveness to the Golden State’s needs amid the coronavirus outbreak, saying he’d be “lying” if he said otherwise.

During an interview last Wednesday, Newsom was pressed by CNN anchor Jake Tapper about whether the governor’s public praise for Trump was all in order to prevent him from “punishing” his state.

“I’d be lying to you to say that he hasn’t been responsive to our needs. He has,” the governor said. “And so, as a question, as a sort of an offer of objectivity, I have to acknowledge that publicly.”

Whitmer did not immediately respond to Fox News’ request for comment regarding the editorial in The Detroit News.

However, speaking on “Fox News Sunday” she told host Chris Wallace that none of the comments she has made have been personal and that she doesn’t “wage those kinds of political attacks.”

She said on Sunday that a better national strategy is needed to battle the coronavirus pandemic and that Trump’s assertion that the federal government should not be the first line of defense against the contagion is “creating a more porous situation.”

Whitmer did say she was grateful for the 400 ventilators her state had received from the federal government and that she wasn’t waging any political attacks against Trump during the outbreak, but she added that the current “patchwork” approach to combatting the virus could lead to more people getting sick and dying.

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When Wallace asked Whitmer if politics is “being played here both you towards the president and the president towards you,” she said “not on my part.”

“I didn’t ask to be thrust in the national spotlight,” she said. “I don’t like attacks frankly, but at the end of the day, my job, I’ve been on this job for 15 months, my job is to do everything I can to protect the ten million people in Michigan.”

“That means locking arms with everyone who is going to be an ally and welcoming all people that want to be helpful and that’s why we’re asking for help,” she continued. “Nationally Michigan is a hot spot. We need assistance and I’m grateful for any partnership at the federal level or any partnerships with businesses that want to help out because we desperately need PPE. Lives are on the line here.”

Fox News’ Bradford Betz, Joseph Wulfsohn, Andrew O’Reilly and The Associated Press contributed to this report.



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Lawmakers urge Mnuchin against onerous airline aid conditions

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American Airlines passenger planes crowd a runway where they are parked due to flight reductions to slow the spread of coronavirus disease (COVID-19), at Tulsa International Airport in Tulsa, Oklahoma, U.S. March 23, 2020.

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Leading congressional Democrats on Sunday urged Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin to quickly reach agreements and not place onerous conditions on $25 billion in payroll grants for airlines reeling from the coronavirus pandemic.

Mnuchin last month said taxpayers must be “compensated” for aid given to airlines. Treasury guidelines state the department said it may demand warrants, options, preferred stock or other securities in exchange for the grants. But industry members, unions and others have argued that if the Treasury Department is too aggressive in its demands, such as by insisting on large equity stakes, it could deter airlines from taking the grants altogether.

In addition to payroll grants, Congress also approved $29 billion in loans to passenger and cargo airlines as part of the historic $2 trillion coronavirus aid package last month.

“The intent of this program was very clear: keep America’s hardworking aviation professionals in their jobs through direct payroll payments from the Treasury Department,” wrote House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, Senate Minority Leader Charles Schumer and other top Democrats. 

“We are concerned the Treasury Department’s recent guidance on the ‘Airline Industry Payroll Support’ Program does not fully reflect the intent of Congress,” they wrote. 

The Treasury Department had advised airlines requesting payroll grants to submit their proposals by this past Friday. Airlines, including Delta, JetBlue, American, United and Spirit, have said they applied for portions of the aid. They did not disclose the amounts they requested, nor the structure they proposed. 

Airlines and the Treasury will now begin negotiations, during which the lawmakers said Treasury must be judicious in its requests. 

“Assistance must not come with unreasonable conditions that would force an employer to choose bankruptcy instead of providing payroll grants to its workers,” wrote Pelosi, Schumer, as well as Rep. Peter DeFazio,  D-Ore, chairman of the House Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure and Sen. Sherrod Brown, D-Ohio, ranking member of the Senate Committee on Banking, Housing and Urban Affairs.

“While we appreciate the Department’s desire to seek ‘warrants’ in exchange for payroll assistance, we do not support any effort that would undermine the ability of any aviation worker to receive direct payroll assistance,” the lawmakers added. 

The letter comes after Sen. Schumer and other top Democrats similarly called on Mnuchin to protect the oversight function of the $500 billion bailout fund established as part of the $2 trillion deal. Mnuchin was a key figure during those negotiations, and he will help run the $500 billion fund. Democrats have said they will closely watch all money dispensed from the bailout fund, including airline aid. 

The Treasury Department did not immediately return a request for comment.

Airlines’ grim forecast

Even with grants that could keep their roughly 750,000 workers retained and paid through Sept. 30, airlines are digging in for a prolonged slump in travel demand because of the virus. The virus, which has infected more than 300,000 in the U.S., and harsh measures to avoid it from spreading further are likely to keep a lid on demand in the coming months, executives have said.

Delta CEO Ed Bastian on Friday said the airline applied for its share of the worker grants, but warned more funds are needed.

“But those funds alone are not nearly enough,” Bastian wrote to employees, adding that the carrier expects second-quarter revenue to fall 90% on the year. “Without the self-help actions we are taking to save costs and raise new financing, that money would be gone by June.”

Those actions that Delta and its competitors are taking include shrinking their networks, parking hundreds of jets and asking thousands of employees to take unpaid or partially paid leave. 

President Donald Trump last week signaled his administration is considering restricting domestic flights from coronavirus hot spots, but his administration hasn’t made such an order and airlines are making significant cuts of their own.

United Airlines said Saturday that it is slashing service at its Newark hub from 139 daily flights to just 15, and from New York’s LaGuardia Airport from 18 to two daily flights for the next three weeks.

“While New York and New Jersey are the primary COVID-19 hotspots today, we will also watch the situation on the ground in stations all across our network and evaluate additional mitigation measures we can take in those locations as well,” Greg Hart, United’s chief operations officer, wrote to employees on Saturday. United’s local employees will continue to be paid with benefits despite the reduction, Hart said.

JetBlue’s CEO told employees on Friday that the company is burning through $10 million a day as the carrier spends more than it is making. The airline said its April capacity will be down 70% from a year ago, with deep cuts in New York, where it’s based, and the surrounding area.

United, Delta and JetBlue have offered medical volunteers free flights.



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The US oil industry is more likely to be saved by a government bailout than by OPEC

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Donald Trump has called himself a “war-time” president, referring to his campaign as commander-in-chief against coronavirus. In past days, he has taken on a new role as negotiator-in-chief trying to end the oil-price war that is endangering U.S. shale producers and hundreds of thousands of jobs.

This week’s result is an emergency, virtual meeting of OPEC leaders with Russia, Canada and Mexico. It was delayed from Monday until Thursday due to an ongoing Saudi-Moscow dispute about how to address the biggest collapse in global demand and prices since the discovery of the world’s first viable oil well in the mid-19th century.

What’s decided at that meeting will say much about the limits to the leverage President Trump wields as the world’s leading oil and gas producer and with two authoritarian leaders in whom he’s invested so much – Russian President Vladimir Putin and Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman.

It was the bitter Riyadh-Moscow battle for market share since early March that had prompted a record two-thirds decline in oil prices to $19.27 per barrel for West Texas Intermediate, the lowest point since 2002. Yet Trump’s intervention with both men last week, as described to CNBC’s Joe Kiernan, had seemed to pay off.

Trump said that he expected OPEC and the Russians to announce cuts of as much as 15 million barrels off the global total of 100 million. Markets rallied on Thursday and Friday to their biggest one-week gains ever of nearly 37% – only for investors to wake up this weekend to continued Saudi-Russian sniping and the possibility of a renewed price plunge this week.

What markets are missing in these radical swings is that a greater power than these three alpha males – Trump, Putin and MBS – is at work. They face the inescapable force of COVID-19, which for weeks and perhaps months to come will depress the global economy. April demand is thought to have dropped by more than 20 million barrels and perhaps by as much as 30 million – a far greater sum than any cuts producers may announce this week.

Never has the world experienced such a double whammy of demand shock and supply surge. In the end, it could be limits to global storage more than Trumpian intervention that shuts off the spigots.

Writing in Foreign Affairs, Pulitzer Prize-winning author and energy expert Daniel Yergin calculates that “virtually every available gallon of storage space in the world will be full by late April or early May.  When that happens, two things will result: prices will plummet and producers will shut down wells because they cannot dispose of the oil.”

However this remarkable chapter in energy history ends, it’s revealing to study what was behind President Trump’s dramatic course reversal on how to approach the record decline of oil prices, which he on March 31stcalled “the greatest tax cut ever given” the American consumer.

Some factors behind this U-turn were the persistent influence of 2020 electoral politics, the little-known role of former Energy Secretary Rick Perry and a threat to a Saudi-owned Texas refinery, and the lobbying power of the American energy industry (and some 2.5 million jobs it’s estimated to create).

President Trump began to reverse course when confronted by aggressive lobbying by American oil companies and shale producers that he should apply more pressure on his Russian and Saudi friends to cut their production. His concerns grew further when confronted by the potential impact of energy company bankruptcies on U.S. employment and his own November electoral chances, particularly in Texas.

Most intriguing, as the Financial Times reported Friday, a key individual behind the president’s apparent turn was former Texas Governor Rick Perry, who was Trump’s energy secretary until the end of last year.

Though Perry had established good relations with his Saudi partners, he advocated that the U.S. block Saudi crude from reaching North America’s biggest refinery in Port Arthur, Texas, which is fully owned by the Saudis.

Speaking to Fox News on March 31st , Perry said he would advise Trump to tell U.S.-based refineries to use only American-produced crude for the next two to three months. That would send a “clear message that we’re just not going to let foreign oil flow in here,” Perry said.

Shale producers had been lobbying the White House at the same time to suspend U.S. military aid to Saudi Arabia and impose further sanctions on Russian energy until the new countries cut their production. They also argued that the president should consider lifting some existing Russian sanctions should Putin play ball and back off his campaign to put them out of business. 

However, it appears to have been the threat to the Saudi refinery and to its overall relations with the United States which got Riyadh’s attention. When confronted by the possibility that Putin and the Saudi crown prince might not deliver on their production cuts this weekend, Trump upped the ante on Saturday and said he would impose tariffs on oil imports to “protect” U.S. energy workers from an oil price crash.

This would be a win for the smaller and mid-sized producers versus United States’ oil majors, who have opposed punitive tariffs.  

At the same time, President Trump may need to determine how he can deliver on Saudi demands for U.S. production cuts, lacking any direct ability to influence American producers. The two likeliest options would be a voluntary decision of the Railroad Commission of Texas, which regulates the state’s oil and gas industry, or a shutdown of Gulf of Mexico platforms and their 1.8 million barrels daily, using the threat of coronavirus to their workers as the reasoning.

The uncomfortable fact for President Trump is that despite his long-standing criticism of OPEC and his support for free energy markets, he needs the cartel’s market intervention to keep shale producers afloat.

President Trump doesn’t have good options. He lacks easy leverage over the players, domestic and international, and he’s got even less control over the COVID economic hit.

In the end, it is more likely that a US government bailout will save the industry, rather than a global market intervention.

Frederick Kempe is a best-selling author, prize-winning journalist and president & CEO of the Atlantic Council, one of the United States’ most influential think tanks on global affairs. He worked at The Wall Street Journal for more than 25 years as a foreign correspondent, assistant managing editor and as the longest-serving editor of the paper’s European edition. His latest book – “Berlin 1961: Kennedy, Khrushchev, and the Most Dangerous Place on Earth” – was a New York Times best-seller and has been published in more than a dozen languages. Follow him on Twitter @FredKempe and subscribe here to Inflection Points, his look each Saturday at the past week’s top stories and trends.

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