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Deputy prime minister and finance minister, speaking from Ottawa


The most bitterswee­t moment with my kids was reading a little essay for school that my son wrote. He's 11. And it was about what COVID had been like for him at school.... He said: `And my mother was really busy, so she wasn't really able to help me very much.' And then he wrote, `For understand­able reasons.'

Just reading that I thought, `Oh, God,' you know, like, `Poor little guy.' Struggling, but then even understand­ing. And I think that's an experience so many Canadian parents, and maybe especially mothers, have had, of knowing it was hard for our kids, knowing we had other things we had to do as well, and feeling really badly for not being able to support our children as much as maybe they needed.

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