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3 p.m. – Health officials are set to share latest figures on COVID-19 in B.C.

Dr. Bonnie Henry and Health Minister Adrian Dix will update the number of COVID-19 cases, deaths and recoveries across the province.

6 a.m. – PM says federal economics and fiscal ‘snapshot’ coming July 8

As the country enters its 13th week since the COVID-19 pandemic clamped down hard on the Canadian economy, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau concedes it’s time the country gets a better look at the state of the federal government’s finances.

But he is also managing expectations, saying this peek into the federal balance sheet will not satisfy opposition parties’ calls for a full economic update.

Instead, Trudeau is promising to deliver a “snapshot” of the federal finances in the House of Commons July 8.

“I think it will be useful for people to see the scale and the details on everything we have put out,” Trudeau said yesterday.

The Liberals had scheduled the release of the 2020 federal budget in March but postponed it indefinitely when public health officials began placing restrictions on public gatherings due to COVID-19.

Since then, the Trudeau government has faced growing calls to release plans for an economic and fiscal update. Uncertainty from the pandemic makes meaningful forecasts impossible, Trudeau says.

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