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U.S. to send troops to Canadian border despite prime minister's objection

U.S. to send troops to Canadian border despite prime minister's objection”

Benjamin Bergen, executive director of the Council of Canadian Innovators, said the government is finally hearing the concerns from the business front lines with the wage subsidies.

Canada is increasing a payroll subsidy to small- and medium-sized businesses to now cover up to 75 percent of salaries as the country braced for a shutdown that a top health official said will last months.

"We've had incidences where employees of Service Canada saw their health and safety at risk", Duclos said Friday.

The Liberals say the move, announced late Thursday night, should not affect most unemployed workers who seek employment-insurance benefits since the vast majority of applications are done online.

The retroactive element will allow some small businesses that had already laid off workers to rehire them quickly, he added.

However, he said business owners, including the breweries he represents, are far from out of the woods, with rent a top-of-mind problem.

The announcement came as the Bank of Canada slashed its interest rates yet again, down to a 0.25 per cent.

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"They won't be accepted on board if they have any kind of COVID-19 symptoms", said Trudeau.

"It's definitely months. Many months", Njoo estimated Friday as the number of novel coronavirus cases in Canada surged.

"But we've taken in billions and billions of dollars in tariffs on steel, and much of it comes in from China, but they can come through the Canadian border, too", said Trump.

The Prime Minister announced on March 28 that people wanting to travel domestically within Canada will be denied boarding onto planes or trains if they're showing COVID-19 symptoms.

Trudeau, meanwhile, said it would be a mistake for the Trump administration to position troops near the Canadian border.

The Wall Street Journal has since reported the idea has been dropped. The Zaandam is anchored off the coast of Panama and plans are underway to move healthy people to its sister ship nearby, Holland America said. Officials said about 6.5% are in hospital and 2.5% are in critical condition.

More than 200 Canadians remain stranded on a cruise ship off the coast of Panama where some passengers have tested positive for COVID-19 and four others have died.



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