Canada ramps up battle in opposition to virus, slashes charges and guarantees stimulus

Canada ramps up battle in opposition to virus, slashes charges and guarantees stimulus

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By Steve Scherer and David Ljunggren

OTTAWA, March 13 (Reuters)Canadian authorities on Friday ramped up measures to fight the coronavirus outbreak and introduced emergency measures, together with a shock half-point rate of interest reduce, to take the sting off the financial impression.

Ottawa suggested residents in opposition to non-essential overseas journey, moved to funnel worldwide flights into a number of choose airports, and banned cruise ships carrying greater than 500 folks from ports till the tip of June.

Legislators additionally suspended the Home of Commons, however not earlier than ramming by means of the ratification of a brand new North American commerce pact, the U.S.-Mexico-Canada settlement. Quebec canceled college for 2 weeks beginning Monday and Manitoba for 3 weeks beginning March 23.

The Financial institution of Canada slashed its in a single day price for the second time in 9 days and on the similar time the federal government stated it might supply C$10 billion ($7.2 billion) in credit score help to companies. Financial institution of Canada Governor Stephen Poloz and Finance Minister Invoice Morneau held an unprecedented joint…



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