OTTAWA (NEWS 1130) – The United States is considering the possibility of stationing military troops at the Canada-U.S. border, but our country’s prime minister has said is government is not in favour of such action.
For generations, the two countries have shared one of the most open borders in the world, but that could soon change amid the coronavirus pandemic.
Justin Trudeau has confirmed his government has been engaged in talks with the U.S. about a possible proposal from the White House to station soldiers in between ports of entry, to stop anyone from illegally entering the U.S.
Trudeau said on Thursday he’s made Canada’s position clear.
“The fact that the Canada-U.S. border is the longest unmilitarized border in the world is something that has benefited our two countries and both economies tremendously, and we feel that it needs to remain that way,” he said.
Prime Minister @JustinTrudeau confirms government has spoken with US about discussions in the White House about potentially sending military troops close to the Cdn border. Says they share the longest un-militarized border in the world and Cda wants it to stay that way #cdnpoli
— Cormac Mac Sweeney (@cmaconthehill) March 26, 2020
Global News reports the U.S. 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.
Meanwhile, the prime minister also took part in a G20 through a video conference. He said global leaders are doing all they can to try and coordinate action to deal with the pandemic.
Trudeau is stressing he need for people to obey a new order requiring anyone returning to Canada from abroad to self-isolate for 14 days. The order comes as part of the Quarantine Act, and could see anyone not following the order be fined or even face imprisonment.
So, what was new from PM @JustinTrudeau:
-Canada employing quarantine act – so those not obeying can be fined/arrested
-Emerg resp $ for canadians 14 days after applying, that the process is being set up – JT said yesterday Apr 6 was start date .#bcpoli @NEWS1130 #covid19
— LizaYuzda (@LizaYuzda) March 26, 2020