Prime Minister Justin Trudeau’s interactions with a crowd of people at the U of R was mixed Thursday night.
One man, sitting in the front row eventually asked Trudeau about the carbon tax, something the federal government has begun imposing on Saskatchewan, and other provinces without their own carbon price already in place.
Jason Leblanc from Estevan, said he felt the crowd at the university wasn’t very interested in the energy sector, or the carbon tax.
“You see why these town hall meetings are held in these kind of event centres like this because it’s tied to a University,” LeBlanc said. “Sitting right beside me was probably 20 kids that I’ve never met before, and they’re good young guys, and I asked what brings them here, and they said they had absolutely nothing else to do, and they could come down here and watch this.”
LeBlanc went on to say that the Prime Minister contradicts himself when taxing Canadians on something he himself said is a world wide issue.
Before and during the town hall, protesters gathered outside the U of R, and even held a convoy in support of oil pipelines and pipeline workers.
One man was able to ask Trudeau about the pipelines, as well as the U.S. tariffs on Canadian aluminium and steel, which directly affects Regina’s Evraz steel plant.
“For the life of me, what I can’t figure out is why would you sign on to the USMCA while the pipe and tariffs were still active? Why didn’t you walk away?” The man said. “When in that part of the negotiations did you decide that we here in Regina just weren’t good enough? You were going to move on with this agreement without us, and leave us behind.”
Overall, U of R Student’s Union President Shawn Wiskar said while it was confrontational at times, it was very beneficial for all in attendance.
“I think overall it was a great opportunity for not only the general public, but also the students on this campus (for) who this may be a once in a lifetime opportunity to really see the Prime Minister, what his positions are and who he is.”
Also part of the town hall were protesters that were in support of a First Nation in BC that were against the work being done by coastal gas link in the area.