TRUDEAU: GOVT AGENCIES RECEIVING ''HISTORIC'' NUMBER OF CALLS
Mar 20, 2020
By Bob Komsic
Prime Minister Justin Trudeau says over the past week Service Canada and many government agencies have received a ”historic” number of calls, from ”concerned” Canadians.
“We received over 500,000 applications so far this week, compared to just under 27,000 applications for the same week last year,” Trudeau said.
”I know people are anxious to get the help they deserve and our government is working as fast as possible to support them. This is of course an unprecedented situation and it’s putting a lot of pressure on our system, but we’re on it,” added the prime minister, who says thousands of public servants are working around the clock.
Deputy Prime Minister Chrystia Freeland says officials are doing things that would usually take months in a matter of days as they aim for speed rather than perfection.
Sometimes that means making an announcement about steps the government’s taking and then filling in the details.
Freeland says that’s not how they’d normally operate but hopes Canadians understand.
Ottawa’s working with industries which want to increase production of medical supplies and equipment needed by healthcare workers.
Over 5,800 companies have already offered various goods and services.
In fact, the government’s already been able to secure more than 11-million N-95 respirator masks and delivery will start right away.