WINNIPEG, Manitoba (1) – Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau stated on Saturday he would look at possible methods to assist airways further, however laid out no new measures after the nation’s greatest airline introduced mass layoffs due to the coronavirus pandemic.

FILE PHOTO – Air Canada signage is pictured at Vancouver’s worldwide airport in Richmond, British Columbia, Canada, February 5, 2019. REUTERS/Ben Nelms

Air Canada stated on Friday it could lower its workforce by up to 60% because the airline tries to save money amid the COVID-19 pandemic and modify to a decrease degree of site visitors.

“This pandemic has hit extraordinarily exhausting on journey industries and on the airways significantly,” Trudeau stated in a briefing in Ottawa. “That’s why we’re going to maintain working with airways, together with Air Canada, to see how we may also help much more.”

Canada has already put in place a wage subsidy to attempt to maintain extra Canadian employees on payrolls, and lately introduced loans for giant employers.

Trudeau sidestepped questions on whether or not his authorities could take an fairness stake in Air Canada to assist it survive, and whether or not its layoffs counsel the wage subsidy isn’t working.

Restoring demand for flights is probably going to take years, John Gradek, lecturer at McGill College’s World Aviation Management Program, informed CBC Information.

“My interpretation is that Air Canada is taking part in hardball with the federal government, indicating that … the business goes to want billions.”

Requested why Air Canada didn’t use the federal government’s wage subsidy as a substitute of issuing layoffs, a consultant of the airline repeated an announcement that ordinary site visitors ranges “won’t be returning anytime quickly.”

Canada’s coronavirus dying toll rose 1.7% to 5,595 from the day before today, reflecting a declining mortality charge. Complete instances rose to practically 75,000.

Trudeau additionally stated his authorities had accepted the primary Canadian medical trials of a possible COVID-19 vaccine, at Dalhousie College’s Canadian Middle for Vaccinology in Nova Scotia.

The candidate vaccine was developed by Chinese language pharmaceutical firm CanSino Biologics, two Canadian authorities spokesmen stated.

Canada’s Nationwide Analysis Council on Tuesday stated it was collaborating with CanSino to “pave the way in which” for future Canadian trials.

The council will work with producers in order that the vaccine will be produced in Canada if the trials are profitable, Trudeau stated.

Even because the international locations collaborated on a possible vaccine, China’s consulate in Calgary rebuked Alberta Premier Jason Kenney for earlier vital remarks.

Kenney stated on Thursday that China would face a “nice reckoning” for attempting to cowl up the risks posed by the brand new coronavirus when it first appeared, the Canadian Press reported.

The consulate, in an announcement on its web site, stated “information and information” show that China did no such factor.

“We’re defending ourselves with information and causes fairly than slander and stigma,” it stated.

Kenney’s spokeswoman stated his feedback communicate for themselves.

Reporting by Rod Nickel in Winnipeg, Manitoba; Extra reporting by Allison Martell in Toronto; Modifying by Diane Craft, Matthew Lewis and Daniel Wallis