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Canada opposes deployment of U.S. troops at border

Christian Fernsby |
Canada strongly opposes a U.S. proposal to station troops on their shared border, Deputy Prime Minister Chrystia Freeland said Thursday.

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Topics: CANADA    U.S.    BORDER   

“This is an entirely unnecessary step, which we would view as damaging to our relationship,” Freeland said at a press conference. “Canada is strongly opposed to this U.S. proposal, and we’ve made that opposition very, very clear to our American counterparts.”

At his regular daily briefing Thursday which preceded Freeland’s remarks, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau said his government had held “discussions” around the issue and Canada has tried to dissuade implementation of the proposal.

“Canada and the United States have the longest un-militarized border in the world, and it is very much in both our interests for it to remain that way,” he said.

The border is 5,500 miles long and about 400,000 crossings are made every day with about CAN$2.7 billion worth of goods.

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