'It's in the government's interest and in the country's interest to make the management of COVID an important priority, but not to set aside the other priorities,' says former Tory Senator Hugh Segal.
Demand for renewable energy is set to increase in 2020, according to the International Energy Agency. 'We have an amazing chance to do a really large societal rethink,' says Green Party MP Elizabeth May.
'We’re going to hit an economic wall that will probably be the equivalent of the Great Depression,' said pollster Nik Nanos, who predicts historic levels of unemployment, public debt, and disruption in the workplace.
‘What’s impressed me, is the dog that didn’t bark,’ says former clerk Wernick. ‘We haven’t had any major IT failures, bottlenecks or collapses—not everything has been perfect, but generally things have gone quite well.'
Nobody can forecast what shape the industry is going to be in after any kind of return to normal, says The Globe and Mail publisher Phillip Crawley, one of 10 signees of an 'urgent message' to the government.
Treasury Board spokesperson Martin Potvin says the government's goal is to take 'constructive steps to keep meeting and to prepare for negotiations when they resume.'
Conservative MP Stephanie Kusie says the government will need every form of revenue possible to rebuild the national treasury—and that fossil fuels have to be included in that process.
Liberal MP John McKay calls Taiwan ‘the bright and shining exception’ in dealing with the pandemic, while Conservative MP James Bezan says Taiwan’s alarm system ‘should have been alarm bell for the rest of the world.'