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Morning Brief: Military prepared to help authorities respond to COVID-19 pandemic – iPolitics
Mar 31, 2020
Good morning, readers.
The federal government has mobilized 24,000 members of the Canadian Armed Forces — nearly one-quarter of all regular and reserve members — to help provincial and municipal authorities who may need support during the COVID-19 pandemic with everything from delivering supplies to assisting civilian authorities enforcing quarantine orders.
So far, no provincial government has asked for the help of the military, but Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, Defence Minister Harjit Sajjan and Gen. Jonathan Vance, chief of the defence staff, said Monday that the Canadian Forces have been planning and preparing for the day when those requests might be made.
“We will be there. We’re ready to help,” Sajjan said.
The emergency aid legislation the Trudeau government passed last week enhances Ottawa’s ability to step in and purchase troubled assets from financial institutions or other companies if necessary, the Globe and Mail reports.
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