Justin Trudeau speaking to Canada each day is now must-see TV for the entire country
In the wake of the great uncertainty and unease that has come with the 2019 novel coronavirus pandemic, Canadians have found a sliver of solace in something that has become an integral part of our new routines: the near-daily press conferences from Prime Minister Justin Trudeau.
Does anyone know how many people watch PM Trudeau each day as he updates the country? Everyone we have spoken to watches each day, as we do. There is comfort in hearing from him.— Bill Brady (@sharemyopinion) March 28, 2020
For weeks now, Trudeau has appeared in front of Rideau Cottage in Ottawa almost every day to update the country on the COVID-19 situation, even when there is not much new news to share — and residents across the country, often whether they support him or not, have found the appearances quite a comfort during these times.
I never miss our PM @JustinTrudeau. I’m proud that we get a daily message of calm and facts and support. We are all in this together and the modelling we are getting supports us.— Robyn MacArthur 🇨🇦 (@SnarkyRedhead) March 29, 2020
Many find Trudeau's presence, which is broadcasted across news networks and social media, to be extremely calming and his reassurances to be an example of good leadership under some very difficult circumstances.
"Lots of people are worried. I hear that," Trudeau said in his March 26 presser. "I want you to know that your government is going to help you and your family get through this... Stay tuned, and know that we're here for you."
He's used these conferences to announce the real steps the federal government is taking to help citizens who are struggling right now, such as the Canada Emergency Response Benefit, the move to cover 75 per cent of payroll for small businesses, efforts to help develop a COVID-19 vaccine and billions of aid and other supports for Canadians.
I watch every morning. Speaking to us, his Canadian family, gives a reassuring feeling that he cares for Canada and all of us. The guidance he gives is important and helps motivate continued self isolation.— Patricia Reilly (@Patrici15269004) March 29, 2020
He's also used them to remind Canadians the ways that they can help "plank the curve" and prevent the spread of the communicable disease each day, like staying isolated and washing our hands.
I try to at least listen to it on the radio. It makes me proud to see him giving facts with an unwavering comfort and steadfastness in his voice, unlike what we see south of the 49th.— Heather Rempel (@rempelhg) March 28, 2020
Viewers and listeners have, for this reason, found Trudeau's appearances to be a source of national pride, indicative of how well Canada is handling this trying time compared to other parts of the world, such as the U.S.
Agreed. My daughter recommended that I watch. She says it informs and calms her. Watched for the first time today. She's right. Also, my pride in him and being Canadian was overwhelming. I will watch this briefing now every day. Thank you Mr. Prime Minister.— Freddie (@maxfresim) March 28, 2020
Hopefully, the country will continue to heed Trudeau's advice to "wash our hands, stay home as much as possible and keep a safe distance from each other when we go for a walk or when we have to go to the grocery store," as he said on the steps of Rideau Cottage on Friday before adding "Together, I know we're going to get through this."
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