“Canada has continued to make it clear and insistent that there is no logical reason to militarize our border with the United States,” she said. “And we were also very clear that such an action would damage our relationship.”
On Thursday, Freeland called the idea of sending troops “completely unnecessary”. It listed NORAD, NATO and NAFTA as bilateral trustworthiness – as well as last week’s negotiations, which led to the restriction of non-essential trips across the common border.
“Given all of this, and the importance of the relationship, Canada is firmly against this US proposal,” she said. “And we made this opposition very, very clear.”
The Wall Street Journal reported last night that a US official had informed them that plans for troops had changed after Canadian officials raised objections.