Prime Minister Justin Trudeau was at the University of Regina Thursday night, speaking to concerned Saskatchewan residents on a number of issues.
Not very many empty seats could be found at the Kinesiology building, topics ranged from the federal budget, to mental health supports, to pipeline projects in Canada.
When asked about the rising cost of post-secondary education, Trudeau said much of the bill indeed goes onto the Canadian tax payer.
“That’s tax money paid by ourselves, by previous generations by the parents of Canadian students in Canadian schools,” Trudeau said. “International students haven’t contributed to Canada’s tax base to the same degree.”
Trudeau went on to say international students will always have to pay a little more in order to make up for the years of tax dollars contributed by Canadians for post-secondary costs.
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Trudeau was also asked about false information online, and said it’s important for all Canadians to check where they are getting their facts.
“I would encourage all Canadians, as citizens, to be thoughtful and skeptical about what they are reading on the internet, and what they actually hear from politicians whenever they engage in public discourse.”
When asked about First Nations issues, Trudeau said there’s more that needs to be done, but progress is being made.
“We’ve eliminated 72 long-term drinking water advisories, and there’s still a number more we need to eliminate, but we are on track to get rid of them all on schedule within the five years we promised.”
This was Trudeau’s second town hall in as many nights, with the first one being held in Kamloops, B.C. on Wednesday.