Trudeau kicks off Canadian tour in Kingston

Kingston, ON, Canada / CKWS TV

His day started in Ottawa, continued in Brockville.

Before finally making his way to the Limestone City.

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau began his cross-country tour in our region on Thursday – highlighted by a town hall Q&A with Kingston residents.

“I think it’s amazing that the Prime Minister has come here and is doing this.”
“We’re pretty excited about it. It’s going to give us an opportunity to push our concerns his way.”

The tour is designed to help the PM connect with Canadians.

Trudeau answered a wide range of questions during the hour-long session – many of local importance.

Topics such as the re-opening prison farms.

Jeff Peters: “You’ve got the evidence now, when can we realistically look for a decision:

Justin Trudeau: “Prison farms are an important part of how we need to move forward, we hope to have more to say in the coming months.”

And the Phoenix pay system for civil-servants.

“We need some investigations into this – some people should be in jail for this.”
“We’re being told that it could take up to three years to fix this problem. And no offence, that’s not acceptable. It’s not.”
Justin Trudeau: “I’ll admit it. This government in everything we were doing in the first months didn’t pay proper attention to the challenges and the warning signs.”

More than 800 people registered to be a part of the town hall meeting – but because of the limited capacity inside Memorial Hall – only 250 were allowed inside.

Some think the online registration in and of itself was restrictive.

“Automatically people without access to computers aren’t here and that’s a problem.
Because he’s not getting all of the voices, so what’s the use? We already know he’s pretty.”

And once the town hall was meeting – Trudeau was grilled traditional reporters – on topics like his recent trip to the Bahamas – and the fact he used the personal helicopter of the Aga Kahan.

Justin Trudeau: “Certainly we look forward to discussing with the conflict of interest and ethics commissioner – but we don’t see an issue on that.”

Whether Canadians will feel the same way, he will find out over the course of the next three weeks, as he stops in cities and towns across the country.

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