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Five for Friday: Here are a few notable moments of the PM's trip to Kamloops

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Prime Minister Justin Trudeau during his Jan. 9, 2019 town hall meeting at Thompson Rivers University in Kamloops. (via Brendan Kergin)

The prime minister had a full agenda when he dropped into the Tournament Capital this week.

Having covered his two days in the River City, we've rounded up the most notable moments. 

In no particular order, they are: 

1. Heckling during town hall

Activists yelled, repeatedly. Justin Trudeau maintained composure and diffused the situation. Even though there was a lot of heckling, no one was kicked out of the town hall. The issues brought up during the outbursts had to do with Indigenous rights. One First Nations woman, who identified herself as Tilly, asked the PM what he would do to stop oppressing her people. The prime minister replied that Canada has a "long and terrible history" with regards to First Nations, but his government is working toward reconciliation and met with Indigenous leaders to discuss self-governance on Tuesday.

2. Protesters outside of rally

Ahead of the PM's Liberal Party of Canada fundraiser at the Coast Hotel on Wednesday, a couple hundred protesters gathered outside. The majority self-identified with the yellow vest movement. Many held signs, including "Trudeau for Treason" and "Stop Funding Terrorists." There were at least four different groups who staged rallies.

3. Mayor meets with Trudeau

Mayor Ken Christian got a brief sit-down with the prime minister. Fifteen minutes, to be exact. Trudeau also met with local first nations leaders Ron Ignace, Chief of Skeetchestn Indian Band, and Roseanne Casimir, Chief of Tk’emlups te Secwepemc.

4. Media gets to ask questions

During his stop at Thompson Rivers University (TRU) on Thursday, to tour the new trades and technology building, Trudeau took questions from local and national media. A few things that came out of that Q&A were:

  • The federal government plans to honour the benefit agreements signed with Kinder Morgan prior to the Liberals buying the pipeline.
     
  • Trudeau's chats with Christian, Ignace and Casimir were "extremely positive." He told reporters, "I look forward to partnering and making announcements, and our government making announcements, in partnership with the provincial and municipal governments here in Kamloops and indeed across the country in the coming months."
     
  • When asked if he was concerned about the tone of politics in Canada, specifically in regards to the yellow vest movement, the PM said Canada is a country "in which we encourage people to speak out and express their views." He reiterated he's open to hearing from people on how the country can move forward.
     

5. The Donald Trump "advice"

During Trudeau's town hall at TRU, an audience member told him that he'd buy him a beer if he threw U.S. President Donald Trump off a cliff. The PM responded with: "In politics, people have all sorts of opinions and all sorts of perspectives. The relationship between Canada and the United States goes far deeper than who happens to be prime minister and who happens to be president." 

Five for Friday is our weekly feature highlighting five of...something. Usually topical. If you have any thoughts or future ideas for us, let us know at info@kamloopsmatters.com.




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Brendan Kergin

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Brendan Kergin is a digital reporter based in Kamloops.
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