Canada has argued "forcefully" against the idea, said Deputy Prime Minister Chrystia Freeland, who was reluctant to characterize the status of the proposal - first reported by Global News - beyond saying a USA decision "has not yet been acted upon or fully taken".
The Prime Minister spoke to G20 leaders this morning.
He said if Canadians make wise choices right now, our isolation will be shorter. They are stopping by the grocery store on the way home from the airport.
Prime Minister Justin Trudeau dramatically boosted support for small businesses Friday, pledging to have the government cover up to 75 per cent of their payrolls, back interest-free loans and waive GST remittances until June.
Friday's announcement was an increase from last week's initial 10% wage subsidy from the federal government.
Trudeau also announced Friday $40,000 loans for small- and medium-sized businesses, interest free for one year.
Further, the CFID says the interest-free loans for small businesses - through the Canada Emergency Business Account - will assist firms struggling with ongoing fixed costs.
"This means that people will continue to be paid even though their employer has had to slow down or stop its operations because of COVID-19". He hopes this will allow businesses to re-hire laid-off employees.
"Let me just add - and we were clearly alive to those concerns at the time that these agreements were announced", she said.
Additionally, there will be $12.5 billion available through Export Development Canada and the Businesses Development Bank of Canada to help with cashflow.
It is backdated to March 15.
"Canada has continued to express, clearly and forcefully, its view that there is no logical reason to militarize our border with the United States", said Freeland, "and we have been clear also that such an action would damage our relationship".
'Canada is strongly opposed to this USA proposal and we have made that opposition very, very clear. this is an entirely unnecessary step which we would view as damaging to our relationship, ' Freeland told a news conference.
Higgins said if the military is going to be used in the coronavirus crisis, there are better uses, like flying in medical supplies to the most hard-hit areas.
Individuals exempt from the order will still need to practice social distancing and self-monitoring and contact their local public health authority if they feel sick.
He reiterated physical distancing remains the most important preventative strategy.
All Canadians who experience symptoms of COVID-19-whether they have travelled recently or not-should stay home and call the public health authority in their province or territory to inform them and obtain advice on what to do.