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Statement by the Prime Minister on Yom Kippur

The Prime Minister, Justin Trudeau, today issued the following statement on Yom Kippur: “Tonight at sundown, Jewish communities in Canada and around the world will observe the beginning of Yom Kippur, marking the end of the 10 Days of Awe. “On this sacred Day of Atonement, families and friends will fast, pray, and seek forgiveness. Yom Kippur is also a time to reflect on the year that has passed, and an opportunity to set new goals for the year to come. With renewed resolve, Jewish Canadians will continue to make countless contributions to building a stronger Canada – as they have for generations. “This year, in a continued effort to combat the COVID-19 global pandemic and to keep each other and our communities safe, I encourage those observing this occasion to follow official health guide...

New agreements to secure additional vaccine candidates for COVID-19

As Canadians continue to deal with the health and economic impacts of the global pandemic, the Government of Canada is signing new agreements to establish a guaranteed supply of potential vaccines that will help keep Canadians safe and healthy. The Prime Minister, Justin Trudeau, today announced an agreement with AstraZeneca to procure up to 20 million doses of its COVID‑19 vaccine candidate. This agreement adds to those already reached with Sanofi and GlaxoSmithKline, Johnson & Johnson, Novavax, Pfizer, and Moderna, which were made following the recommendations of the COVID-19 Vaccine Task Force. With these agreements in place, the government has now secured access for Canadians to six leading vaccine candidates. The Prime Minister also announced Canada’s participation in the COVID-1...

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau speaks with the Prime Minister of Jamaica Andrew Holness

Today, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau spoke with the Prime Minister of Jamaica, Andrew Holness, to offer congratulations on his electoral win earlier this month, and to discuss the challenges of the COVID-19 pandemic. Prime Minister Holness extended his condolences on the recent death of former Canadian Prime Minister John Turner. The leaders discussed ongoing efforts in Canada and Jamaica, and throughout the Caribbean to contain the coronavirus, keep people healthy, and build resilient communities. They reaffirmed their shared commitment to fostering coordinated regional action in responding to the health, social, and economic impacts of the pandemic. The Prime Ministers welcomed the collaboration between Canada and Jamaica in leading efforts at the United Nations to galvanize multilateral...

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau speaks with President of Ukraine Volodymyr Zelenskyy

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau spoke today with the President of Ukraine, Volodymyr Zelenskyy. Prime Minister Trudeau and President Zelenskyy spoke about ongoing efforts in Canada, Ukraine, and around the world, to address the impacts of COVID-19 and to ensure a sustainable and inclusive post-pandemic economic recovery. The two leaders discussed the current situation in Ukraine. The Prime Minister reiterated Canada’s unwavering support for Ukraine’s sovereignty and territorial integrity. They discussed the importance of dialogue and diplomatic efforts focused on restoring peace and security in Ukraine’s Donbas region, and the ongoing challenge of Russia’s illegal occupation of Crimea. They also discussed the importance of Ukraine’s ongoing reforms, with the Prime Minister reaffirming Canada...

The Prime Minister announces changes in the senior ranks of the Public Service

The Prime Minister, Justin Trudeau, today announced the following changes in the senior ranks of the Public Service: Kristina Namiesniowski, currently President of the Public Health Agency of Canada, becomes Senior Official at the Privy Council Office, effective September 28, 2020. Iain Stewart, currently President of the National Research Council of Canada, becomes President of the Public Health Agency of Canada, effective September 28, 2020. Sarah Paquet, currently Executive Vice-President of Shared Services Canada, becomes Director of the Financial Transactions and Reports Analysis Centre of Canada, effective November 18, 2020. Sony Perron, currently Associate Deputy Minister of Indigenous Services, becomes Executive Vice-President of Shared Services Canada, effective September 28, 2020...

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and Minister of Intergovernmental Affairs Dominic LeBlanc speak with Manitoba Premier Brian Pallister

Today, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and Minister of Intergovernmental Affairs Dominic LeBlanc spoke with Manitoba Premier Brian Pallister to discuss the COVID-19 situation and how they will work together to support Canadians and keep people safe. The leaders discussed COVID-19’s impact on health care systems across the country. The Prime Minister reiterated his commitment to hosting a First Ministers’ Meeting this fall to discuss health transfers. Premier Pallister highlighted Manitoba’s focus on infrastructure projects as a key element in building safe and resilient communities. The Prime Minister, the Minister, and the Premier agreed that their governments will work closely together to make progress on short-term priorities, including the Lake Manitoba and Lake St. Martin Outlet Channel...

Statement by the Prime Minister on Gender Equality Week

The Prime Minister, Justin Trudeau, today issued the following statement on Gender Equality Week: “Today, we begin Canada’s Gender Equality Week. This week is an opportunity to celebrate the accomplishments we have made in advancing gender equality, and reflect on the work still needed to address the challenges faced by women and LGBTQ2 people in Canada. “This year’s theme – Because Of You – recognizes our role in the worldwide effort to provide everyone with an equal chance at success, regardless of their gender identity or gender expression. In particular, we mark the 25th anniversary of the Beijing Declaration and Platform for Action, which aims to prevent gender-based violence and accelerate progress on gender equality and women’s empowerment – including through education, reproductive...

Statement by the Prime Minister on International Day of Peace

The Prime Minister, Justin Trudeau, today issued the following statement on the International Day of Peace: “Peace is the work of many generations. Today, on the International Day of Peace, we reflect on the progress made, and the work still to be done, to achieve a more peaceful, just, and sustainable future for Canada and the world. “This year’s theme – Shaping Peace Together – recognizes that the COVID-19 pandemic has changed the world as we know it. It reminds us that, now more than ever, we need to work together to address the challenges we face as a global community. Just like the virus, the serious and pressing issues of our time know no borders. Defeating COVID-19, tackling climate change, poverty, and inequality, and protecting human rights will require the cooperation of all coun...

Statement by the Prime Minister on Armenia’s Independence Day

The Prime Minister, Justin Trudeau, today issued the following statement on Armenia’s Independence Day: “Today, we join Armenian communities in Canada and around the world to celebrate the 29th anniversary of Armenia’s independence. “Canada was one of the first Western countries to recognize Armenia’s independence, establishing diplomatic relations in 1992. Since then, the relationship between our two countries, built upon shared values and strong people-to-people ties, has only grown stronger. More than 60,000 Canadians of Armenian descent make important contributions to our communities and our country every day. “Armenia and Canada work closely together in international organizations, including the United Nations and La Francophonie. In 2018, I was able to visit Armenia and discuss, with...

Statement by the Prime Minister on the death of the Right Honourable John N. Turner

The Prime Minister, Justin Trudeau, today issued the following statement on the death of the Right Honourable John N. Turner: “I learned with great sadness today of the death of the Right Honourable John N. Turner, former Prime Minister of Canada. “A gifted politician, lawyer, and athlete, Mr. Turner became Canada’s 17th Prime Minister after having served in numerous other capacities, including as Minister of Consumer and Corporate Affairs, Minister of Justice and Attorney General of Canada, Minister of Finance, and also served as the Leader of the Opposition. He was deeply committed to the law and democratic process, bringing about much needed reforms to the Criminal Code. “Mr. Turner was a humble man with a strong social conscience. He supported many charitable organizations, including M...

Canada’s COVID-19 exposure notification app now available in Saskatchewan

Over the past months, Canadians have been following public health advice and doing their part to help prevent the spread of COVID-19. As we safely restart our economy and build a more resilient Canada, we need to continue to work together to contain the virus, help prevent potential future waves, and keep Canadians safe and healthy. The Prime Minister, Justin Trudeau, and the Premier of Saskatchewan, Scott Moe, today announced that people in Saskatchewan can now receive one-time keys from their health authorities to use with COVID Alert, Canada’s COVID-19 exposure notification app. The app helps notify users if they may have been exposed to someone who has tested positive for COVID-19. The COVID Alert app is free and voluntary, and is another tool to help limit the spread of COVID-19. User...

Canada’s COVID-19 exposure notification app now available in New Brunswick

Over the past months, Canadians have been following public health advice and doing their part to help prevent the spread of COVID-19. As we safely restart our economy and build a more resilient Canada, we need to continue to work together to contain the virus, help prevent potential future waves, and keep Canadians safe and healthy. The Prime Minister, Justin Trudeau, and the Premier of New Brunswick, Blaine Higgs, today announced that people in New Brunswick can now receive one-time keys from their health authorities to use with COVID Alert, Canada’s COVID-19 exposure notification app. The app helps notify users if they may have been exposed to someone who has tested positive for COVID-19. The COVID Alert app is free and voluntary, and is another tool to help limit the spread of COVID-19....

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