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LIVE: Feds in discussions to extend military presence in Ontario, Quebec long-term care homes

Prime minister to address long-term care with premiers Thursday


Prime Minister Justin Trudeau says Ottawa is currently engaged in discussions with Ontario and Quebec to extend military deployment in long-term care homes.

A military report on Quebec long-term care homes was released Wednesday, which described problems with distribution of personal protective equipment, disappearing medical supplies and residents circulating within facilities without protective equipment.   

"These are serious issues that deserve to be brought to the attention of Quebec, and we passed on the report to them last evening," Trudeau said. "I also spoke to Premier Legault earlier this morning, and I reiterated our support."

The report released today is less critical than one released Tuesday on the military’s mission inside five Ontario long-term care homes, which detailed allegations of insect infestations, aggressive feeding of residents, bleeding infections and residents crying for help for hours.

Trudeau says he'll address the issue of conditions in seniors homes and long-term care facilities when he participates in the weekly call with premiers Thursday. 

"We need to do a better job of caring for seniors - they raised us, they built this country. They deserve better," he said. 

Canadian Armed Forces has deployed more than 1,600 military members to 25 long-term care homes in Quebec and five homes in Ontario. 

- with files from The Canadian Press

Original story:

Following a private discussion with the President of Haiti, Jovenel Moïse, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau is slated to provide a COVID-19 update to Canadians at 11 a.m. in Ottawa.

The federal government is also preparing for more than half of the country's national parks to re-open to day use as of June 1.

Village Media will carry this morning's livestream, so stay tuned