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March 11th, 2021

NDP Statement on the Commemoration of the Anniversary of the COVID-19 Pandemic

NDP Leader Jagmeet Singh issued the following statement:

"One year ago, we marked the beginning of the COVID-19 pandemic. Canadians were in a state of complete uncertainty and could not imagine that this pandemic would follow us for a full year and beyond.

We lost loved ones and health-care workers. While these problems have long existed, Canddians were shocked to discover the failures of our long-term care system. Now more than ever, we must reform the broken system and take profit out of long-term care centers right away.

On behalf of New Democrats, I would like to extend my deepest sympathies to all those who have lost a loved one in this pandemic. This tragedy will be in our collective minds for years to come.

I also want to thank the frontline workers to whom we owe so much. Your courage is exemplary and we will do everything we can to improve your working conditions and ensure that you are paid to the full extent of your sacrifices.

The economy was also put on hold and many people lost their jobs. It became increasingly difficult to make ends meet every month with rent and bills to pay.

We then witnessed the gaps in our social safety net. The support programs we have put in place such as the $2000 Canada Emergency Response Benefit and the 75% wage subsidy succeeded in assisting Canadian families, but more needs to be done to not only help people get through this crisis, but also to rebuild our social safety net in a sustainable way.

Unfortunately, the fight isn't over yet, but there is hope on the horizon and we will continue to work hard to ensure that the economic recovery leaves no one behind, especially women who face much higher unemployment rates.

Rest assured that the NDP will always be there to support Canadian families and to provide them the very best. We will continue to fight to improve our health care system across the country and to make sure our stimulus plan works for everyone. Together, we will beat this pandemic.”