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Canada will not yet declare federal emergency over coronavirus, says Trudeau

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Christian Fernsby ▼ | March 23, 2020
Prime Minister Justin Trudeau says Canada is not at the point where the federal government needs to take emergency measures to force people to stay at home during the coronavirus outbreak.
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Trudeau says that provinces and local governments continue to take steps to restrict people’s movements and the federal government stepping in is a last resort.

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“There are many things that are being done and can be done at the local level, at the municipal level and at the provincial level. The federal Emergencies Act is a significant step that can and should be taken when we’ve exhausted all other steps,” Trudeau said at a news conference Sunday.

“We continue to work very closely with provinces, with other jurisdictions, to make sure that they are able to do the things that need to be done and we will continue to look at if it is necessary to move forward with the Emergencies Act.”

Nova Scotia became the latest province Sunday to declare a provincial state of emergency, joining several others including British Columbia, Alberta and Ontario. The Northwest Territories closed its boundaries Saturday to travellers from other parts of Canada.