New COVID-19 benefit promises fast relief during crisis

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According to the CBC report, the proposal involves placing some 1,000 U.S. troops about 15 miles (25km) away from the border itself, and watching for possible illegal crossings using drones and remote sensors.

The official also stressed that the decision to deploy the troops had not been made.

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau addresses Canadians on the COVID-19 pandemic from Rideau Cottage in Ottawa, Canada, Thursday, March 26, 2020.

The troop deployments come on the heels of the Trump administration's announcement last week suspending nonessential travel between US and Mexico.

Trudeau says it is in the best interests of both countries that the world's longest unmilitarized border remain that way.

The Canadian prime minister and his government called it unnecessary because of the coronavirus outbreak and warning it would damage relations between the two countries.

Ottawa announced Wednesday the Canada Emergency Response Benefit meant to quickly get cash to workers who need it and support their employers.

That border is the longest un-militarized border in the world. Ms. Hillman will remain a trusted advisor, friend, and counsellor in Washington and is our point person with Congress and the USA administration.


As Morneau appeared in the Senate, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau said in a news conference outside his Ottawa residence that the government has redeployed thousands of civil servants to work on the benefits package so the funds can flow to people as soon as possible.

Ms. Freeland said Canadian officials learned of the proposal a few days ago.

Canada has already closed the border to non-essential travel from the United States as part of a bid to combat coronavirus. Those provinces border the state of NY which leads the U.S.in confirmed coronavirus cases and deaths.

On Thursday, reporters asked Trudeau how he would stop the US from reopening the border before health officials say it is safe to do so.

Trudeau said government employees were working "around the clock" and being redeployed from other departments to help out.

"We have very strong deployments on the southern border, as you know, Mexico, and we had some troops up in Canada, but I'll find out about that".

The federal government is proposing a taxable benefit of $2,000 a month for up to four months for workers who lose their income as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic. "But in Canada, we have, we do have troops along the border". "We have been in discussions with the United States on this".

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