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Trudeau shifts focus of cabinet retreat to COVID-19 resurgence, urges vigilance [Video]

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Prime Minister Justin Trudeau speaks during a news conference at a cabinet retreat in Ottawa, Sept. 14, 2020.

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Amid a resurgence in COVID-19 cases, the federal cabinet is setting a new agenda that will focus on avoiding another economy-wide lockdown and bracing for a potential second wave.

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau met with his cabinet behind closed doors Monday for a two-day planning session. They began meeting almost a month after Mr. Trudeau announced Parliament’s prorogation and scheduled a new Speech from the Throne on Sept. 23. At the time, the Prime Minister said the pandemic presented an “unprecedented opportunity” to rebuild, and his government would lay out a plan to make the economy more green, inclusive and fair.

On Monday though, Mr. Trudeau signalled a shift in emphasis back to the immediate needs presented by the novel coronavirus that causes COVID-19.

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