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Trudeau seeks 10 days of paid sick leave for workers in bid for NDP support

However, while he looks forward to hearing more of them, he said there are more pressing matters to attend to.

Prime Minister Andrew Holness is to co-host the event on Thursday with his Canadian counterpart, Justin Trudeau, and the UN Secretary-General, Antonio Guterres, according to the Canadian media. "It will also give the public confidence that the businesses and workplaces they visit are safe", said the statement from the premiers. "We've seen a positive announcement today by the prime minister, but it is not enough", he said.

The prime minister said no one should have to choose between taking a day off work due to illness or being able to pay their bills, pay rent or buy groceries.

Bergeron also accused the government of secretly negotiating a deal to secure the NDP's support for continuing with the COVID-19 committee format, including a promise to work with the provinces to ensure workers are allowed at least 10 days of paid sick leave during the pandemic.

Increasing and creating domestic production is a large part of that, he added.

The federal government is now ramping up the ability of Canada's health care system to both test for current cases of COVID-19 and past ones.

"We need a commitment that the government is willing to provide paid sick leave to all Canadians", NDP leader Jagmeet Singh said at a Monday morning press conference.

"For the longer-term conversation ... we need to make sure we're doing a better job of supporting our seniors and the federal government is there to work with the provinces while respecting their jurisdiction", he said.

Horgan has been advocating for the federal government to fund sick days through the Employment Insurance program as part of a national health emergency.

The committee - which has been meeting twice a week virtually and once a week in person with reduced numbers in the Commons - will now meet four times each week for the next month and four times over the summer.

"Right now we're very much focused on getting through this particular crisis, and we'll have plenty of time to talk about particularly creative ideas on moving forward, but I'm not going to speculate on what any of them might be", he said at his daily briefing.



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