Canada-U.S. agreement would allow U.S. troops across border in emergency
OTTAWA (CP) - Canada would be able to call U.S. forces across the border to aid in emergencies such as terrorist threats and natural disasters under an agreement handed to the federal cabinet today.
Under a two-year, $35-million deal that officials say enhances Canadian sovereignty rather than compromising it, Canadian Forces could be deployed in the United States in a crisis under American operational command.
The two countries are also creating a 30-member binational planning group to detail how to jointly deploy military forces and emergency services.
"The aim of the planning group is very simple - to save lives," said Defence Minister John McCallum.
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