REGINA — Prime Minister Justin Trudeau faced blunt questions from people at a town hall meeting in Regina including one from a man who fears Canada’s immigration policies are putting lives at risk.
The man told Trudeau that Canada’s policy threatens freedom, that Islam and Christianity don’t mix and that immigrants want to kill Canadians.
Trudeau answered by saying that Canadians can have confidence in the system and that immigrants help bolster the economy and make communities more resilient.
The prime minister was also challenged to explain why Canada is honouring a contract to sell light armoured vehicles to Saudi Arabia.
Trudeau says the federal government is grappling with the details of a complex contract signed by a previous government and will continue to speak up for human rights.
Outside the meeting at the University of Regina some protesters held signs with slogans such as “Canada Needs Pipeline Jobs.” which bled into the town hall inside.
One man asked the Prime Minister why buy a pipeline that has no chance of reaching tide water?, referring to the Trans Mountain project.
The supporter of the energy industry accused Trudeau of not doing enough to help the sector.
While Trudeau agreed Trans Mountain was not part of his election platform, he firmly believes the pipeline will pay in dividends towards the Canadian economy.
“Moving forward on the twinning of an existing pipeline to a well-serviced marine area in the port of Vancouver, which also involves us investing massively in oceans protection, and moving forward in partnership as much as possible with indigenous peoples, in my mind is the way to get projects built.” Trudeau said.
Opponents to the energy industry were also in attendance calling for more indigenous consultations with communities in B.C.
With files from the Canadian Press