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Trudeau says military short-term solution to caring for seniors

Last Updated Apr 23, 2020 at 9:20 pm PDT

FILE: Members of the Canadian Armed Forces march during the Calgary Stampede parade in Calgary, Friday, July 8, 2016. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Jeff McIntosh
Summary

PM says sending military in to help provinces deal with COVID-19 outbreaks at long term care homes is a temporary fix

Ontario and Quebec requested that hundreds of soldiers be deployed to help long-term care facilities

The Canadian Armed Forces is now assessing what more it can provide to respond to the requests

OTTAWA — Prime Minister Justin Trudeau says the military will respond to provincial requests for assistance at long-term care facilities.

But he says the measure is a short-term solution and that Canada should not need soldiers to take care of seniors.

Trudeau says Canada is failing its parents and grandparents, and that it will need to look at how to care for such citizens better in the future.

The comments today follow requests by Ontario and Quebec on Wednesday for hundreds of soldiers to help long-term care facilities that have been hit hard by COVID-19.

The Canadian Armed Forces is now assessing what more it can provide to respond to these requests.

The military deployed 130 troops to help five long-term care facilities in Quebec last week.