Prime minister to host town hall at Vancouver Island University
Prime Minister Justin Trudeau will take questions at Vancouver Island University on Friday morning, as part of his town-hall tour across Canada.
The event begins at 11 a.m., with doors open two hours earlier.
“The prime minister wants to hear from you about issues that matter as we begin the new year,” says the announcement.
The town hall is expected to run about 90 minutes to two hours. Trudeau is not expected to stay in Nanaimo after.
There is no sign-up list to ask a question. Questioners will raise their hands, and seating is on a first-come, first-served basis.
The goal of the series of coast-to-coast town-hall meetings is to discuss creation of well-paying jobs, strengthening of the middle class and how to grow the economy — “how we create growth that works for everyone, prepare for the jobs of the future, and build a stronger, more resilient middle class,” said the announcement on the website of Burnaby North-Seymour MP Terry Beech.
Questions at the gatherings are not always on topic, however.
On Jan. 10 at McMaster University in Hamilton, a woman heckled the prime minister about the multimillion-dollar settlement the Canadian government reached with former Guantanamo Bay inmate Omar Khadr.
Trudeau told the crowd that he shared the anger of many Canadians over the payment, but explained no Canadian government should ever think it’s OK to allow a Canadian to be tortured.
There is an RSVP link for the town hall through Beech’s MP website, but it does not guarantee a seat. There is a mandatory coat check and large bags are not permitted inside the venue.
Car pooling or public transit is recommended due to limited parking.
Reposted from TIMES COLONIST