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Is contingency plan in place?

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Published on March 21, 2020 with No Comments

The federal government has put in place a national leadership contingency plan in place, should Prime Minister Justin Trudeau become unable to fulfill his duties. If that major and unprecedented moment in Canadian politics occurs, Deputy Prime Minister Chrystia Freeland would become Canada’s acting prime minister.

That’s as per an official order made on March 13, the day that Trudeau’s office announced that his wife Sophie had tested positive for COVID-19. 

The prime minister remains in self-isolation but on Monday Trudeau said he and his children remain symptom-free, while his wife’s symptoms are mild. 

Trudeau has been working from home, chairing cabinet meetings, holding regular public addresses, and participating in international calls with world leaders from his home office. 

In line with public health advice, Trudeau has not been tested for COVID-19 as he is not symptomatic, but given the rapid and concerning spread, the federal cabinet has been given instructions on the roles they’d play if the situation evolved. 


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