Trudeau studies request to send Armed Forces to Quebec long-term care homes

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Prime Minister Justin Trudeau has stated that he is considering a request from the Quebec government to send members of the Canadian Armed Forces to undergo medical training to assist in long-term care homes across the province.

A formal request for help was made last night to Public Safety Minister Bill Blair, said Trudeau on Thursday.

“Right now, we are looking at this and trying to see how we can help Quebec in these difficult times,” he said.

“We will have to discuss this with Quebec to see exactly how we can support them and respond to this demand, which is not the usual type of demand. Of course, this is not a normal situation either. “

WATCH | Trudeau discusses Quebec’s request for help:

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau met with journalists on Thursday. 0:47

Trudeau said the federal government could also help send Red Cross members and specialized volunteers who have registered with Health Canada.

Prime Minister François Legault said on Thursday that army aid would likely represent between 60 and 100 people with specialized training. “Lack of staff remains our biggest concern,” he said.

COVID-19, the disease caused by the new coronavirus, has taken its toll on the residents and staff of many long-term care homes, called CHLDs in Quebec.

Infections have swept through dozens of homes, contributing to the deaths of hundreds of seniors in Quebec. In some homes hard hit by the epidemic, more than 100 employees fell ill.

Legault also pleaded Wednesday with the most qualified doctors in the province to bathe and feed the elderly residents.

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