Published: Fri, March 27, 2020
Global News | By Blake Casey

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The comments follow a Global News report that the Trump administration is considering whether to deploy troops to intercept anyone trying to enter the USA illegally from Canada.

"Canada is strongly opposed to this USA proposal and we have made that opposition very, very clear to our American counterparts", she told a media briefing in the national capital.

'We have been in discussions with the United States on this, ' he told a news conference, without giving details.

Canada and the US mutually agreed to shut down the border to all but essential traffic one week ago to prevent the spread of COVID-19 between the two countries.

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

"We are encouraging them to take action to alleviate the burden for Canadians", Trudeau said.

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau said his government has been in discussions with the White House about convincing the USA not to do it.

Further, Freeland said, the US has been told that stationing troops on the world's longest undefended border might not be "the right way to treat a trusted friend and military ally".

If the US does put troops along the Canadian border, it would be a significant departure from the traditionally friendly relations between Canada and its southern neighbour.

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There was no immediate reaction from the White House.

It capitalizes on the $107 billion plan the government is putting forth in an attempt to assist Canadians who are out of work or unemployed as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic.

Freeland said the move would be unjustified, as very few people cross illegally into the US from the Canadian side. Last week, Ottawa announced Canada and the United States had agreed to turn back anyone trying to cross the border on either side.

Canada reached a deal with the U.S.in 2019 that lifted Trump's punishing tariffs on steel and aluminum imports, an agreement that included a Canadian commitment to take steps to prevent foreign steel and aluminum from being dumped in Canada and sold stateside.

"CPB can not however effectively maintain public health measures and national security requirements without additional support", the memo to U.S. Department of Defence executive secretary Capt. Oliver Lewis said.

Morneau said more than 2,000 Canada Revenue Agency workers are being redeployed to help get the employment benefits flowing.

Separately, one of the US sources said several hundred more troops would also be deployed along the border with Mexico in addition to the ones already there.

"In Canada, we do have troops along the border".

"Today, we are announcing Kirsten Hillman as our country's next Ambassador to the United States".

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