Justin Trudeau
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Prime Minister Justin Trudeau is in town today and CCTV cameras are in place around downtown Victoria to ensure public safety, VicPD says.

“We are deploying these temporarily placed, monitored cameras in public spaces in accordance with BC and national privacy legislation,” according to VicPD.

“Temporary signs are posted to ensure that those in the area are aware.”

At 10:15 a.m., Trudeau’s expected to make an announcement highlighting Budget 2022 investments in electric vehicle infrastructure.

Then at 1:30 p.m., he’s expected to meet with Mayor Lisa Helps before meeting with the City of Victoria Youth Advisory Committee 15 minutes later.

Trudeau’s visit follows weeks of ‘Freedom Convoy’ protests around Victoria’s downtown core, including out front of BC’s Legislature.

In recent weeks, VicPD set up “controlled access points” to block off the Legislature and James Bay areas to vehicles involved in the convoy, with local traffic still allowed through.

However, protesters could still cross access points by foot, bicycle, taxi, or BC Transit.

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