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LIVE: Trudeau to Canadians: Do your part, or 'much more stringent' measures could come

The Prime Minister has promised to 'protect and uphold' democratic values, but repeated that Canadians returning from abroad must self-isolate


Prime Minister Justin Trudeau promised to "protect and uphold" democratic values and institutions as the federal government prepares to implement new legislation to fight COVID-19.

The PM's statement comes as Conservative Leader Andrew Scheer says his MPs will help pass emergency economic measures that Prime Minister Justin Trudeau announced last week to cushion the blow from COVID-19.

But Scheer says Conservatives won't give the consent the Liberals would need to take massive new taxing and spending powers for the cabinet, without Parliament's supervision.

Trudeau said for those wondering how long the COVID-19 crisis will last, "we don't know yet," but that the duration of the crisis will be determined "by the choices we make right now."

"If you want things to get back to normal, do your part," said Trudeau.

He repeated that those returning from abroad must self-isolate for 14 days and said that if people do not comply the government is prepared to put "much more stringent measures in place."

"This is not a suggestion," said Trudeau. "You cannot pickup groceries or visit your parents or your friends."

- with files from The Canadian Press

Original story:

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau is scheduled to update Canadians on the COVID-19 situation from the steps of Rideau Cottage.

Trudeau is expected to speak at 11:45 a.m.