Justin Trudeau
(Colin Smith Photography)

Yesterday, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau paid a visit to the Nanaimo Town Hall at Vancouver Island University, as part of his cross country tour.

He walked in amid cheers and boos, as a vocal and “passionate” crowd greeted him at the meeting.

The hot topic of the day was the Kinder Morgan pipeline, which led to several questions and plenty of engagement from the audience.

A tense atmosphere

The crowd got more and more heated as the PM attempted to defend his economic growth plans, culminating in three people being forcefully removed from the premises.

Trudeau called for the crowd to show respect for the conversation, but also failed to take questions from the Indigenous Chiefs, who ended up walking out before the end of the event.

The Chiefs proceeded to blockade Trudeau’s vehicle outside the university, forcing the Prime Minister to make a clandestine back door exit.

Check out these photos from the event

(Colin Smith Photography)
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Trudeau’s post-event Tweet:

Here’s a video of the full meeting

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