Statement by the Prime Minister to mark the New Year
2020年12月31日 安大略渥太华 总理办公室
“在面临诸多挑战的时期，企业、创业者、工作人士、以及所有加拿大人今年都表现出了惊人的坚韧和决心。而我们已采取行动，在人们前行的每一步为他们提供支持。我们制定了诸如加拿大紧急工资补贴（Canada Emergency Wage Subsidy, CEWS）、加拿大紧急商业款项(Canada Emergency Business Account, CEBA)和新的加拿大紧急租金补贴(Canada Emergency Rent Subsidy, CERS)等等的措施，以帮助成千上万的企业、慈善机构和非营利组织支付账单、将员工留在工资单上。我们还支援那些因疫情大流行而失去收入的加拿大人——其中包括今年获得加拿大紧急救援补助金（Canada Emergency Response Benefit, CERB）的890万加拿大人，并将继续通过新的复苏补助和修订就业保险为民众提供收入支援。
“我们今年面临的挑战，彰显了重建得更好(build back better)的重要性。在我们从这场危机中复苏之际，我们必须抓住一切机会使我们的国家更强健、更可持续、对所有人更公正。这就意味着要打造更具包容性的经济，并与我们的合作伙伴一起应对一些系统性障碍，这些障碍歧视了太多的加拿大人，使他们更难以成功。这意味着要采取进一步的气候行动，并投资清洁能源和技术。这还意味着要采取行动，确保所有加拿大人在他们自己的社区中安全、有参与并得到扶持。
Statement by the Prime Minister to mark the New Year
December 31, 2020 Ottawa, Ontario Prime Minister’s Office
The Prime Minister, Justin Trudeau, issued the following statement to mark the New Year:
“Tonight, across the country, Canadians will count down to midnight to welcome a new year, and reflect on the one that has passed.
“This year has been challenging for many of us. We have experienced a global pandemic that has threatened our health, our economy, and our very way of life. We have seen acts of senseless violence that have devastating impacts on our communities. And, we have heard heartbreaking stories and calls for justice from racialized Canadians and Indigenous peoples, demanding that we act now to address racism, discrimination, and injustices in our country.
“Through the mental, physical, and financial toll of these past 12 months, we have also seen Canadians show strength, resilience, and a willingness to work together. Communities have taken steps to support their most vulnerable, families and businesses have made sacrifices to keep others safe, and people from coast to coast to coast have fought for a better, fairer future for everyone. These actions should inspire us all as we move into the next year.
“In 2021, we will continue our fight against COVID-19 with a renewed sense of hope. Canadians have already started to receive doses of safe and effective vaccines. We have the most diverse vaccine portfolio of any country, and we continue to work with provinces and territories, and Indigenous communities and partners, to ensure that all Canadians will have free access to vaccines as soon as possible. We will also keep doing what it takes, for as long as it takes, to support people and businesses through the crisis.
“Businesses, entrepreneurs, workers, and all Canadians have shown incredible resilience and resolve throughout the many challenges they have faced this year. And we have taken action to have people’s backs every step of the way. We created measures like the Canada Emergency Wage Subsidy, the Canada Emergency Business Account, and the new Canada Emergency Rent Subsidy to help hundreds of thousands of businesses, charities, and non-profits pay their bills and keep their workers on the payroll. We have also supported Canadians who have lost their income due to the pandemic – including the 8.9 million Canadians who received the Canada Emergency Response Benefit this year – and are continuing to provide income support through new recovery benefits and changes to Employment Insurance.
“The challenges we have faced this year have shown how important it is to build back better. As we recover from this crisis, we must take every opportunity to make our country stronger, more sustainable, and more just for everyone. That means building a more inclusive economy, and working with our partners to address the systemic barriers that discriminate against too many Canadians, making it harder for them to succeed. It means taking further climate action, and investing in clean energy and technologies. And it means taking action to ensure all Canadians are safe, involved, and supported in their communities.
“In this past year alone, we have already taken some major steps toward these goals. We introduced a strengthened climate plan so we can meet and exceed our international climate commitments, reduce pollution, create jobs and new opportunities for businesses, and build a healthier, cleaner, more resilient future for all Canadians. We also launched our country’s first Black Entrepreneurship Program to support Black entrepreneurs and business owners in partnership with Canadian financial institutions, and introduced legislation to allow for the implementation of the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples. In addition, we took action to protect our communities from gun violence by banning over 1,500 models and variants of assault-style firearms and some of their components.
“As we wrap up this year and move into a new one, I invite Canadians to reflect on all that we have learned about ourselves – our perseverance, our ingenuity, and our compassion for others. I also express my gratitude to those working on the front lines of the pandemic, who put the interests of their neighbours, their communities, and their country ahead of their own every day. The pandemic has shown us what we can accomplish and overcome when we all work together toward shared goals and values. Now, as we look to the opportunities that await us in 2021, let us all continue to build a Canada that is stronger, fairer, and more equitable for everyone.”