First of all, let me state again that I offer no excuse for this. However, there is a context, and the context, as you said, is the incredible pace of where we were mid-March to mid-April, going into May and even now.
Our COVID committee was meeting every day, sometimes twice a day. Cabinet was meeting weekly. Think of the CERB. We announced a different form of benefit for workers on a Wednesday, and on a Thursday we realized it was going to be too complicated. We corrected our course, and within one week we figured out a way to deliver it, figured out a way to legislate it and then legislated it so we could deliver it three weeks later. Any given day was about PPE, borders, temporary foreign workers, long-term care and the CERB. I can tell you we announced these measures on the 22nd, and I think on the 23rd at four o'clock in the morning I was on a G20 employment ministers' call.
Listen, these are the jobs. We do them, and we have to do them well. Again, it's not an excuse, but there is a context here. I think Canadians are very sensitive to an understanding of this context.
We have always said that we weren't striving for perfect, but I really believe we've delivered. I really believe that Canadians have gotten through this in no small part because of the support we've given them. Again, it hasn't been perfect; we've had to correct our course. But we know this, and we're always ready to correct our course. That's one of the freedoms in this: if you try something and it doesn't work, you can try something else and help somebody. Somebody wasn't included in the first group of people you tried to help, so you figure out how to include them. This was so quick.
Thank you for asking that question.