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PM tours TRU's new trade and tech centre, takes questions from media

On his second day in Kamloops, Justin Trudeau met with students and seniors
Prime Minister Justin Trudeau takes a group photo with trades students at TRU on Jan. 10. (via Brendan Kergin)

The prime minister returned to Thompson Rivers University (TRU) on Thursday to get a first-hand look at the school's new Industrial Training and Technology Centre.

Surrounded by TRU trades students, Justin Trudeau shared how the federal government invested more than $13 million in the building.

"With this new, state-of-the-art facility, the trades and technology program welcomes 550 additional students and offers new training for in-demand technology professions," said Trudeau. "These changes will not only better prepare students for the jobs of tomorrow but also propel our country forward."

The PM took questions from the media following his short speech.


"Extremely positive" were the words Trudeau used to describe his Wednesday meetings with Mayor Ken Christian, Tk’emlups te Secwepemc Chief Roseanne Casimir and Skeetchestn Indian Band Chief Ron Ignace. 

"I always understand there's a range of voices in any community but the positive conversations I had with the chiefs yesterday was somewhat in contrast with some of the exchanges we saw last night," he said. "Which means there's lots more work to do throughout communities to bring people along but there's a lot of good news to be highlighted as well."

The prime minister was also asked about the local yellow vest movement, and whether he was concerned about the tone of political debate. 

"Canada is a country in which we encourage people to speak out and express their views... that's one of the strengths of our democracy," he told reporters. "There's no question that for me, if someone disagrees with what I'm doing or has questions about where we're going, I want to be able to hear from them... how we can move forward together, how I can respond to their fears, concerns or worries."

On the topic of Canada's relationship with First Nations, Trudeau reiterated that more work needs to be done. 

"We know that progress hasn't been even across the country. As a government, we are looking to work in partnership, in respect, with everyone."

The PM was at TRU Wednesday night to kick off his 2019 town hall tour. He has one last stop Thursday before getting on a plane to Regina for a town hall there: a meet-up with seniors at the Kamloops Centre for Seniors Information.


Tereza Verenca

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