Canada Tells US to Avoid Troops at Border During COVID-19 Pandemic

Marco Green
March 28, 2020

"Is there a possibility of a second wave?"

He said that means making sure the World Health Organization and public health agencies have the funding they need.

"When we have more information, we'll share it", he said. And he hopes those who have already let people go will reconsider given the new wage subsidy.

"We're going to do whatever it takes", said Trudeau.

Trudeau left open the prospect of further restrictions at the border but stressed the importance of leaving supply chains open for essential goods and medicine.

What's more, he said, it's an important step to ensure Canadian businesses and their employees "will be there to restart our economy" when the threat of the pandemic has passed. You are collectively the largest employer in the country.

The Business Council of Canada credited Trudeau for "dramatically" increasing the wage subsidy, while the Canadian Chamber of Commerce called it "exactly what the doctor ordered". "Even a 100% wage subsidy would be too little to help given the long list of other costs, particularly rent", said Dan Kelly, president of the Canadian Federation of Independent Business. "It's a grind - it's a grind small business owners are used to. but this is out of everyone's control", he said.

The measures follow the Bank of Canada's decision this morning to cut its benchmark interest rate, a move that Trudeau says he supports.

The message reads: Alert: The emergency response benefit of Canada relief fund has sent you a deposit for, and then lists an amount. "Travellers returning to Canada will be subject to a mandatory 14-day self-isolation under the Quarantine Act".

Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau said Thursday his government has told the Trump administration that it is not in favour of the US putting troops at the US-Canada border amid the pandemic.

"There is still a long battle ahead, but our efforts are already paying dividends", Trump wrote in a letter to governors the White House released Thursday that spells out plans to expand surveillance testing in order to classify the risk of infection on a county-by-county basis.

Canada has more than 4,043 confirmed cases and about 39 deaths.

Richard Carleton, chief executive of The Canadian Securities Exchange, a listings and exchange rival to the Toronto Stock Exchange, said he hopes to meet with federal finance officials next week to seek aid for publicly traded firms that are suffering from the same pressures as their privately held counterparts. Canada has conducted more than 165,000 tests.

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