2019 is not off to a good start for Prime Minister Trudeau.
During a town-hall visit in Kamloops British Columbia on Wednesday, Prime Minister Trudeau was met with loud interruptions and an angry crowd.
One member of the crowd called Justin Trudeau a “liar” and a “weak leader”.
“You’re getting people arrested. You’re a liar and a weak leader. What do you tell your children?” said Will George.
Those in attendance were upset about the arrests of protesters at a pipeline blockade in Northern B.C..
While Trudeau was answering a question, Will George stood and began to shout that the prime minister had lied about wanting reconciliation with First Nations.
Evidently, weeping in front of broadcasted television does not fix the problems at hand.
The RCMP arrested 14 people at a pipeline blockade in northwestern B.C., which led to condemnations nationwide.
Demonstrators on both sides of the pipeline debate appeared at Trudeau’s events in Kamloops on Wednesday.
When Prime Minister Trudeau called on a First Nations woman in the crowd, she asked him what he would do to stop oppressing her people.
The Liberal Prime Minister rambled about Canada’s past and how he is the right leader to work towards reconciliation. He pointed out how he met with Indigenous leaders to discuss self-governance on Tuesday.
When Trudeau’s heated exchange with the woman ended, someone in the crowd yelled “shame on you” to cheers from the crowd.
Other disenfranchised people in the crowd expressed their environmental concerns while another man, Arnie Jack, said Canada has no right to build the Trans-Mountain Pipeline expansion through indigenous territory.
Early kickoff to the campaign?
It seems as though the Prime Minister is beginning the long journey towards a potential re-election.
Speaking to supporters at an earlier Kamloops event, Trudeau talked up the benefits of the $40-billion liquefied natural gas project.
Trudeau did not address the arrests at a protest against the construction of a natural gas pipeline. Instead, he praised the massive project as one of his government’s top achievements.
The RCMP enforced a B.C. Supreme Court injunction on Monday that ordered the removal of any obstructions to the pipeline project in and around the Morice River Bridge on a remote forest service road southwest of Houston.
The pipeline company also has stated that it signed agreements with all First Nations along the route but demonstrators say Wet’suwet’en house chiefs, who are hereditary rather than elected, have not given their consent.
Things are not looking good for Trudeau, whose approval rating has been reaching new lows. 39% of Canadians strongly disapprove and 19% disapprove of the Liberal Prime Minister.