Prime Minister Justin Trudeau answering question at Town Hall in Winnipeg. (Jen Jay/smileyfacelife.com)
What an eye-opener… or more like a bottle-opener? (I’ll explain that further later…)
I attended the Justin Trudeau Town Hall Meeting held at the Max Bell Centre at the University of Manitoba this evening. I arrived at 5PM and waited 45 minutes to get to coat check in a line that went all the way to the hall where the Kinesiology Office is located.
Then there was a wait of an hour and a half before Mr. Trudeau came out.
In this piece, I am going to save you the details of the questions of those in attendance and the details of Justin Trudeau’s answers (you can refer to the various news outlets for that). What I will be focusing on is the type of questions that were asked and who it was asked by in attempts to give you a mental picture of who’s voices and concerns were heard today. I will end with my own conclusions and reflections about how this experience was an eye-opener and bottle-opener.
TYPES OF QUESTIONS AND WHO ASKED THEM
- Bullying & Workplace Bullying (specifically Canada Post) – asked by middle age, Caucasian, male
- Health, poverty, and something else (it was a convoluted question) – asked by older-middle aged, Caucasian, female
- Extinction of “native plants and animals” – asked by grade school, asian, male
(In the middle of Mr. Trudeau answering the third question, female appearing to be of First Nation background began yelling at Trudeau from the crowd… at which point Mr. Trudeau tried to calmly explain to her that he was answering a child’s question… to which she continued to yell… she exited… after police almost had to escort her out… crowd cheered.)
- Specific immigration question asking for help in uniting East Indian husband with East Indian wife in Canada – asked by East Indian Female in her mid 30s – mid 40s.
- Immigration question about being able to bring parents – asked by Middle Eastern Male in his 40s.
- Specific LGBTTQ question asking for help in stopping the deportation of an individual to Nigeria – asked by late 30s, Caucasian, female.
- Russia Hacking Systems – asked by 20-something, male, European/Metis in appearance, English-speaking
- Inquiry to Missing & Murdered Indigenous Girls and Women – asked by high school student female, appearing to be Metis
- Pardon for Cannabis Traffickers and thoughts about “Justin Truedope” – asked by late 20s to 30-something, Caucasian, Male
- Specific Child and Family Services question – asked by 30s something female, who immigrated to Canada in 2005 from Somalia
- Railway & Energy – asked by male, middle age, Caucasian
- Aid to Yemen – asked by late 20s to 30-something, male, Middle Eastern in appearance
- Transparency Act of MB Chiefs – asked by 50s – 60 something, Metis, female
(A first nations male interrupts and yells from his seat about Kinder Morgan… to which Justin Trudeau calmly answers)
- Kinder Morgan – asked by male, First Nation, late 30s – 40s.
- Tuition as a Grant – asked by male, 20s, French
- Animal services and First nation safety – asked by female late 20s early 30s Caucasian-in-appearance
- Marijuana and Youth Safety – asked by female, jr high or early high school, Caucasian
- Peacekeeping between North Korea and the US – asked by female, jr high or early high school, Caucasian
- Services for those living with visual impairments – asked by male, middle age, Caucasian, visually-impaired
(A 40-something-year-old lady of First Nation in appearance starts yelling from the audience about Canada Summer Jobs Grant to which Justin Trudeau tells her he will get to her question next…)
- Canada Summer Jobs Grant and Women’s Rights – asked by 40-something, female, First Nation in appearance.
- Running Canadian Gov’t in partnership with First Nations – asked by middle age, male, who served for Canada in the Military, First Nations in appearance
- Specific question about Hearing-Impaired Higher Education Tuition Support – asked by later middle age, Caucasian, male
- Canadian Child Rights and CFS – asked by female, teen, Caucasian
I made it a point to note the age, sex, and cultural appearance of the questioners because:
THESE WERE THE VOICES THAT WERE REPRESENTED AT THE TOWN HALL.
Apparently, this is supposed to represent a part of Canada’s population. And… because all these people were there and were chosen to speak on the microphone…
THEY, IN PART, ARE A REPRESENTATION OF WHAT A CANADIAN IS AND WHAT A CANADIAN IS CONCERNED ABOUT.
To you, Dear Reader, DOES THIS REPRESENT YOU?
CONCLUSIONS AND REFLECTIONS
I’m a Full-Time Homemaker. I am part of the generation who’s parents immigrated to Canada in the late 80s. I AM CANADIAN… which to me, means: I am flavoured; I know and understand a bit about this culture and that culture. I behave a bit of that culture and this culture. I speak English with some influence from this culture and that culture. I can survive in the cold. And I have freedoms, rights and luxuries that many people from other developing countries only dream of having.
I also believe in BALANCE.
So when I say this experience was an eye-opener and bottle opener, I mean this:
My eye was opened to the vast diversity of what a Canadian looks like and sounds like and is troubled by.
This experience was a bottle-opener because ONE MUST OPEN A BOTTLE (and drink from it 😉 ) to understand how all these voices can come AS ONE BALANCED CANADIAN!
Personally, I believe it starts with ONE SOURCE that we all can Understand, Love, and Trust. Next, one must be able to Understand, Love, and Trust ONE SELF. Then, he/she should try to Understand, Love, and Trust ONE ANOTHER. To follow, she/he must convey and teach Understanding, Love, and Trust to OUR YOUNG. Finally, one must Understand, Love and Trust OUR ENVIRONMENT.
So, I say, instead of seeking answers from Justin Trudeau to our problems, begin with GOD AND SELF.
Sh’ma Yisrael adonai eloheinu adonai echad.
❤ Jen :)+