Canada to cover up to 75 percent of salaries for businesses

Elias Hubbard
March 27, 2020

However, the Prime Minister also mentioned that putting military personnel near the shared border is not a wanted scenario.

Canada and the USA confirmed they had mutually agreed to close the border on March 18.

Since then, and seemingly in conflict with the new report, U.S. President Trump has publicly said he would like to scale back social distancing measures in his country to lessen the impact of the pandemic on the American economy.

While the USA administration had pitched the idea as a method of increasing apprehensions of irregular border crossers, the numbers indicate that irregular border crossings from Canada to the United States are not a frequent phenomenon.

"What we have said is, 'We really do not believe at all that there would be a public health justification for you to take this action, '" Freeland said.

The prime minister also announced Kirsten Hillman has been named the Canadian Ambassador to the United States.

The government in Ottawa confirmed rumors that Washington is considering troop deployments along the US-Canada border for coronavirus enforcement, calling the proposal "unnecessary" and "damaging" to neighborly relations.

Some 5,000 US Army troops and 2,000 National Guard personnel had been deployed to the much shorter border with Mexico - 1,954 miles - last year, and were due to stay through September 2020 as part of Operation Faithful Patriot. According to the Immigration and Refugee Board of Canada, from February to December 2017, Canada received 18,059 refugee claims from irregular border crossers.

The closure stopped non-essential travel between the countries.

"It is clear we have to do more, much more so we are bringing that percentage up to 75 per cent for qualifying businesses", Mr. Trudeau told his daily news conference. "This kind of conduct is not just disappointing, it's unsafe", Trudeau said.

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