Trudeau says question of hazard pay for military in care homes remains undecided

Coronavirus outbreak: Trudeau says Canada needs to ‘minimize’ risks for CAF members fighting COVID-19
Speaking to reporters outside Rideau Cottage in Ottawa on Friday, Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau said his government was doing everything in it's power to "minimize" the risk to Canadian Armed Forces (CAF) members deployed to assist the battle against COVID-19 in long-term care homes.

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau says the question of whether military members serving in long-term care homes hit by the coronavirus pandemic remains under consideration.

But he gave no indication of whether any decision has been made.

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“These are discussions that are ongoing within the military,” Trudeau said when asked during a daily press briefing whether those deployed to the hard-hit care homes in Ontario and Quebec should earn more money.

“We need to thank the women and men of the armed Forces for stepping up yet again, whenever they are called on to go into difficult or risky situations to do the work of protecting Canadians. This is what they are doing, we thank them and we salute them.”

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The number of Canadian Forces members deployed to long-term care homes who have contracted COVID-19 has risen rapidly over the past week.

A total of 28 have been diagnosed as of Thursday.

That compares to just five who were found to have tested positive last week.