One year after Canada’s first known COVID-19 death, the prime minister has promised to honour every Canadian who has died from the illness.
In a Twitter thread on March 8, Justin Trudeau acknowledged the one-year anniversary of the first Canadian known to have died from COVID-19, in addition to all of the “family members, friends, neighbours, and coworkers” who’ve been lost since.
“One year ago, we marked the first known death caused by COVID-19 in Canada - and three days later, the disease was declared a global pandemic,” he wrote.
“In the year since, far too many lives have been lost across the country - and even more have been changed forever.”
The PM went on to say that March 11 — the one-year anniversary of the World Health Organization declaring a global pandemic — would officially be a national day of observance in Canada.
The day will be set aside to commemorate the "22,000 parents, siblings, friends, and loved ones" who have died due to COVID-19, explained Trudeau in a separate statement.
“On this day, I invite all Canadians to join together in honouring the memory of those we have lost, and the people they left behind,” Trudeau said.
He also urged Canadians to pay tribute to key workers and all of the people who “continue to work hard and make incredible sacrifices in our fight against the virus.”
He concluded the message by adding, “Together, we will beat COVID-19.”