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Words to remember: Canadian newsmakers have their say on COVID-19

Last Updated Apr 9, 2020 at 6:38 pm EDT

A look at some of the top quotes from Thursday on COVID-19 in Canada:

 

“We will not be coming back to our former normal situation. We can’t do that until we have developed a vaccine and that could take 12 to 18 months.” — Prime Minister Justin Trudeau.

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“Gulp. We all knew it was going to be bad, but it is still hard to process the numbers.” — TD senior economist Brian DePratto after learning that more than one million Canadians lost their jobs at the onset of the COVID-19 crisis in March.

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“If you told me a year ago that I would serve the minister of health with a statement of claim for a constitutional challenge, in the midst of the worst public health crisis in a century, I would have been incredulous. Yet, that is what happened this morning.” — Alberta Medical Association president Dr. Christine Molnar after filing a lawsuit against the province over changes the government pushed through in how doctors can bill for their services.

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“This is one of the most important questions right now: How can you balance the risk of increased morbidity and death versus destroying the economy?” — Atif Kubursi, a retired professor of economics at McMaster University in Hamilton.

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“It’s easy to look at these numbers and to get overwhelmed. It is understandable if these numbers make you feel scared. I urge you not to give into fear because you have the power to make the difference.” — New Brunswick Premier Blaine Higgs after models projected there could be between 550 and 1,750 deaths in the province over the course of the pandemic.

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“We need to hang together, we need to recognize that although we may feel stress, that we may feel bouts of depression at the challenges that we face as individuals, as a family and as a community, together we can get through this.” — B.C. Premier John Horgan after announcing additional mental-health support for the province.

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“I would tell those who are so disrespectful of the rest of us to understand that (enforcement officers) will be everywhere — in every neighbourhood, everywhere you are — and that you’d better change the way you have been behaving.” — Manitoba Premier Brian Pallister after announcing new fines to convince people to obey public health orders.

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“When you think about those kinds of achievements and accomplishments, being really close to scoring 50 goals and stuff like that, it all becomes irrelevant here talking about human lives and what’s been going on around the world.” — Toronto Maple Leafs centre Auston Matthews.

This report by The Canadian Press was first published April 9, 2020.

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