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CanadaTrudeau holds town hall meeting in Kamloops in wake of demonstrations

06:20  10 january  2019
06:20  10 january  2019 Source:   cbc.ca

Trudeau pleased tensions ease at B.C. protest site

Trudeau pleased tensions ease at B.C. protest site KAMLOOPS, B.C. - Prime Minister Justin Trudeau says arrests at a blockade this week shows the government needs to properly engage with Indigenous Peoples and build a different relationship than it has had in the past. During a stop today at Thompson Rivers University in Kamloops, Trudeau says he was pleased to see tensions had eased between police and First Nations outside a proposed natural gas construction zone in northern British Columbia. He says he knows there will be questions about the actions of police and how things may have been done differently when they served a court injunction obtained by the company building the pipeline.

Town hall meetings , also referred to as town halls or town hall forums, are a way for local and national politicians to meet with their constituents, either to hear from them on topics of interest or to discuss specific upcoming legislation or regulation.

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Trudeau holds town hall meeting in Kamloops in wake of demonstrations© David Donnelly/CBC Trudeau's visit to Kamloops is part of his annual tour of town halls around the country during January, which he describes as an important exercise in democracy.

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau is holding a public town hall in Kamloops, B.C. on Wednesday night, where jobs and the economy are expected to be at the forefront of the discussions.

One of the most contested topics in Kamloops remains the Trans Mountain pipeline expansion, with some adamantly supporting the pipeline because of the jobs it could create, and others opposing it for environmental reasons.

Trudeau was met by over 100 anti and pro-pipeline demonstrators as he arrived at the Liberal party fundraising luncheon earlier on Wednesday.

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Trudeau has also touted the benefits of a liquefied natural gas project that has been at the centre of an ongoing impasse with First Nations.

RCMP arrested 14 people Monday in northwestern British Columbia over a protest against construction of a natural gas pipeline by Coastal GasLink, a key part of the $40-billion LNG Canada project.

Trudeau's visit to Kamloops is part of his annual tour of town halls around the country during January, which he describes as an important exercise in democracy.

The town hall is scheduled to begin at 7 p.m. PST at Thompson Rivers University.

Trudeau questioned about weapons contract with Saudi Arabia during town hall.
Trudeau's response was the same one he's given on the issue in the past: the federal government is grappling with the details of a complex, CDN$15 billion contract signed by Harper's Conservatives and will continue to speak up for human rights. "Canada has been very very clear on issues around Saudi Arabia, that we have real concerns around human rights," Trudeau said. He added that, "Canada, under the previous government signed this contract to sell these light armoured vehicles to Saudi Arabia," and hinted that the government is looking for a way out of the deal.

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