Saturday , June 12 2021

Trudeau Takes Questions on Pipelines, Carbon, Indigenous Rights at Regina Town Hall Meeting



Prime Minister Justin Trudeau has asked questions about everything from pipelines to indigenous rights to his favorite childhood toy Thursday night in front of a lively crowd of about 800 people.

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau explains why Muslims and Christians can coexist in Canada. 2:16

He was also questioned about steel tariffs, the carbon tax, a weapons deal with Saudi Arabia, immigration policies, deficits and support for mental health.

Protesters gather before the meeting

Before they started, about a dozen demonstrators gathered outside the site – the kinesiology building at the University of Regina.

The diverse group included yellow members, a pro-oil and gas protester and an indigenous rights protester.

"I'm not satisfied with what's happening," said Gloria Armstrong, who wore a yellow vest.

"He's donating money to so many other people – the $ 10.5 million that was given to the criminal call [Omar Khadr] and veterans are not getting money. "

Protesters wearing yellow jackets held posters and expressed their displeasure with Prime Minister Justin Trudeau before his meeting at the prefecture in Regina on January 10, 2019. (Bryan Eneas / CBC News)

Around 18:30 a large truck train was also seen towards the University of Regina. Trucks were later seen driving through campus.

The event came a day after a similar but more strident meeting by Trudeau in Kamloops, Columbia, where he faced pipeline issues and reconciliation with indigenous peoples.

Justin Trudeau talks about about 800 people who gathered at the University of Regina for a town hall-style meeting. (CBC News)

Out-of-university events echoed earlier this week in Regina as pro-pipeline protesters gathered outside the Saskatchewan Legislative Assembly seeking support for the resource sector.

That rally saw Premier Scott Moe criticizing the carbon tax and Bill C-69, which deals with environmental assessments of resource development. There was also an anti-pipeline rally a few miles away.

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau was asked what his favorite toy as a child was: Stretch Armstrong 1:17

Trudeau is expected to make several stops around the city on Friday in the company of Ralph Goodale, the solitary parliamentarian of the liberals in Saskatchewan.

with files by Cory Coleman, Michelle Ghoussoub, Bryan Aeneas


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