PM Declares March 11th As National Day Of Observance

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The Prime Minister says on March 11th, 2020, lives around the world were forever changed by the emergence of this virus.

He noted COVID-19 has infected an additional 864,000 Canadians, and has had an immeasurable impact on how everyone works and learns, connects with friends and family and lives their daily lives.

Trudeau said all Canadians have experienced sacrifice and loss over the past year.

When it comes to which vaccine Canadians would likely take, more people said they were comfortable with the Pfizer shot with Moderna close behind while many appear unsure about the AstraZeneca vaccine.

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An Angus Reid Institute poll published last month revealed that only a half of Canadians expressed a willingness to recognize Queen Elizabeth II as the official head of state and only 32 percent of Canadians believe that the country should remain a constitutional monarchy - down from 42 percent in April 2016. "They have helped neighbours, given to organizations, put signs in their windows to support our health care workers, and lent a hand wherever possible", read the statement.

Speaking at a virtual Daughters of the Vote event organized by Equal Voice, Trudeau says the pandemic has been especially hard for women, who are leaving the workforce at a higher rate than men and often taking on the greater share of caring for kids at home. In recognition of how far we have come and how far we still have to go, the Government of Canada is designating March 11, 2021, as a National Day of Observance. On March 11, Trudeau invites all Canadians to join together in honouring the memory of those lost to the virus and the people they left behind. "I'm focused on getting us through this pandemic and bringing our economy roaring back".

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