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Indigenous Pipeline Protester Chimes In On Prime Minister's Fundraising Speech

Darpan News Desk The Canadian Press, 22 May, 2019
  • Indigenous Pipeline Protester Chimes In On Prime Minister's Fundraising Speech

VANCOUVER — An Indigenous protester interrupted Prime Minister Justin Trudeau at a Liberal fundraiser in Vancouver today, accusing him of being a liar and a weak leader.


Will George, of the Tsleil-Waututh Nation in North Vancouver, stood up and asked Trudeau whether he planned to push the Trans Mountain pipeline expansion through his nation's traditional territories.


Trudeau greeted him by name and asked calmly if he could be allowed to respond, before saying he understands there are strong Indigenous voices opposed but there are also strong Indigenous voices in favour of the expansion.


George continued to speak, asking Trudeau what he says to his children about his actions, before staff at the Opus Hotel in Vancouver asked him to leave.


Trudeau said the man was welcome to stay if he wanted to listen, but he was eventually ushered out by a manager and a RCMP officer.


Dozens of protesters gathered outside the event in downtown Vancouver and activists even brought a truck with a banner that read, "Trudeau: No pipelines in a climate emergency."

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