Trudeau stops in Saskatoon, touts plan for paid student placements
Justin Trudeau at White Buffalo Youth Lodge in Saskatoon on Friday Sept. 1, 2017. (Laura Woodward/CTV Saskatoon)
Prime Minister Justin Trudeau spent Friday in Saskatoon after arriving Thursday evening to attend a Liberal Party fundraiser.
He met with Indigenous co-op students at the University of Saskatchewan touting the government’s new paid placements for students.
“I can’t tell you the number of times I’ve had students tell me they couldn’t get a job because they didn’t have work experience and they can’t get work experience because they don’t have a job,” Trudeau told students at Gordon Oakes Red Bear Student Centre.
The federal government is spending $73 million to create 10,000 paid placements over the next four years.
“Young people simply want to get good jobs to return to their communities, in many cases to contribute and break a cycle,” Trudeau said.
He began his visit at Prairieland Park where he addressed 9,000 Muslims at an Eid al-Adha event.
“Whether we’re in a big city or small town, we must continue to stand together united against racism, hatred and Islamophobia,” he told the crowd.
Trudeau's speech at Prairieland Park followed announcements by Mayor Charlie Clark, Deputy Police Chief Jeff Bent, Human Rights Commissioner David Arnot, Indigeneous representative Chris Sicotte, MLA David Buckingham and minister Patty Hajdu.
The Saskatoon Tribal Council then met with the prime minister at the White Buffalo Youth Lodge.
Trudeau discussed the importance of partnership with Indigenous people to achieve reconciliation.
The prime minister’s next stop is Whitehorse.