Trudeau cov­ers colour­ful ques­tion

At a town hall in B.C. one man asked the prime min­is­ter to push Trump ‘off a cliff’

StarMetro Halifax - - CANADA & WORLD - Daniel Dale WASH­ING­TON BUREAU CHIEF

WASH­ING­TON—PRIME Min­is­ter Justin Trudeau gets a lot of cre­ative sug­ges­tions about how to deal with the pres­i­dent of the United States. But mur­der was new. At Trudeau’s Wed­nes­day town hall in Kam­loops, B.C., the prime min­is­ter took a ques­tion from a man he de­scribed as “the en­thu­si­as­tic bearded fel­low in grey.”

After thank­ing Trudeau for com­ing to town and telling the prime min­is­ter “you’re wel­come for the clear side­walks, by the way,” the man, who did not iden­tify him­self by name, be­gan, “I just want a re­ally, re­ally quick, re­ally funny ques­tion ... per­tain­ing about Don­ald Trump.” He paused for dra­matic ef­fect.

“Would it re­ally be bad re­la­tion­ship ad­vice to give you just to tell you, you know, from all of us, just push him off a cliff ? We’re good.”

There was laugh­ter and some scat­tered ap­plause from the crowd.

“Like, re­ally. I’ll buy ya a beer,” the man con­tin­ued. He con­cluded: “But any­ways, thank you for giv­ing me the mic. I just wanted to get that off ... you men­tioned him ...”

Trudeau, smil­ing a re­strained Prime Min­is­ter Justin Trudeau par­tic­i­pates in a town hall Q-and-a at Thomp­son Rivers Uni­ver­sity in Kam­loops, Bri­tish Columbia on Wed­nes­day.

smile, re­sponded by gen­tly ad­vis­ing Cana­di­ans not to joke about such things.

“I wasn’t ex­pect­ing a threat of vi­o­lence against our clos­est ally, but uh, I, I — you know, in pol­i­tics peo­ple have all sorts of opin­ions,” Trudeau said. “And all sorts of per­spec­tives about who is lead­ing at any given mo­ment. The re­la­tion­ship be­tween Canada and the United States goes far deeper than who hap­pens to be prime min­is­ter and who hap­pens to be pres­i­dent.”

After tout­ing Cana­dian unity dur­ing the NAFTA ne­go­ti­a­tions, he said, “And keep­ing things on a prag­matic, reg­u­lar, thought­ful level, and

not, you know, stoop­ing to in­sults or, or, uh, or, or, you know, jokes, I think is an im­por­tant thing that Cana­di­ans should keep in mind when deal­ing with the world. But I ap­pre­ci­ate your com­ment.” The crowd clapped for that. Trudeau had been asked an­other Trump ques­tion just prior, about the pres­i­dent vaguely crit­i­ciz­ing Cana­dian lum­ber prac­tices in Au­gust as he also crit­i­cized how Cal­i­for­nia pro­tects its forests against fires. (Trudeau’s ques­tioner said Trump had blamed Canada for the Cal­i­for­nia fires, which was not the case.)

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