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Commons likely to sit again to pass economic response to COVID-19, Trudeau says


OTTAWA — Prime Minister Justin Trudeau says Parliament will likely sit again to pass emergency measures for the economy during the COVID-19 pandemic.

He says a major announcement on supporting the economy is coming tomorrow, and the government is planning changes to upcoming tax deadlines to provide more flexibility for businesses and taxpayers.

Some moves will require legislative approval, and Trudeau says a short limited sitting is needed to get it.

He is also playing down the idea of invoking a national state of emergency, saying the government is looking at other ways to provide needed help for Canadians.

But he is warning that the situation in the country around COVID-19 could last weeks or months.

Trudeau also says that as of Wednesday, Parks Canada will suspend visitor services at all national parks and historic sites.

His announcement comes a day after the government closed Canada's air borders to most non-residents to slow the spread of the novel coronavirus.

Cabinet ministers and top public health officials are scheduled to discuss further details this afternoon on Parliament Hill.

This report by The Canadian Press was first published March 17, 2020.

The Canadian Press

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