Canada discouraging America from sending troops to U.S.-Canadian border

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Trudeau said it is in the best interests of both countries for the border to remain that way.

Global News reports the us plan is to have the military on both the Canadian and Mexican borders using sensor technology to detect anyone illegally entering, and then contacting border agents to make arrests. It wasn't clear if by Thursday afternoon whether the department was still pursuing the request, or if approved, whether it would be filled by active duty or National Guard troops.

They would help enforce the ban on non-essential crossings due to the coronavirus pandemic, one of the officials said. The Globe and Mail is not identifying the official because they were not authorized to speak on the matter.

The Senate passed the bill after two hours of discussion and debate Wednesday morning, including an hour of senators' peppering Finance Minister Bill Morneau with questions. Very few people cross into the border into the USA from Canada illegally and Canada has universal health care and widespread testing for the virus.

There are now 3,409 COVID-19 cases in Canada, including 35 deaths from the novel coronavirus.

"The public health situation does not require such action", she said, noting Washington had yet to take a final decision.

"We've said we don't think this is the right way to treat a trusted friend and a military ally".

Freeland went further, warning: "In Canada's view this is an entirely unnecessary step which we would view as damaging to our (bilateral) relationship".

She said she had first heard about plans to deploy troops "a couple of days ago", and said Canada had made its position clear to various members of the USA administration.

Ordinarily, it is not uncommon for the prime minister to be as much as an hour late to a press conference, but Trudeau has consistently come out of Rideau Cottage on schedule.

"We also specifically talked about the challenges facing Africa and how we will be there to support Africa as they face this pandemic as well", Trudeau said.

The number of coronavirus cases in Canada on Thursday surpassed 4,000 including 39 deaths, according to public health authorities.

She also pointed to the recently ratified US-Mexico-Canada free trade pact and last week's agreement on border restrictions as evidence the two countries can work well together.

Bruce Heyman, a former US ambassador to Canada, said it would be a serious misuse of resources and a risky and inappropriate use of American troops.



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