Justin Trudeau visiting the Gaspé

Justin Trudeau visiting Gaspésie

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Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau has chosen Gaspésie for his first public appearance after his recent vacation in Costa Rica. 

As part of his Canadian summer tour, Mr. Trudeau visited a farm in Saint-Siméon and two industrial companies in New Richmond, in Chaleur Bay, accompanied by the Minister of National Revenue and Member of Parliament for Gaspésie–Les Îles-de-la-Madeleine , Diane Lebouthillier.

The entrepreneurs she met during her visit mainly spoke to her about the lack of labor in the fisheries sector and in agriculture.

“More immigration, more temporary workers, but temporary workers who could become permanent too. Not just workers, but also families to counter the declining birth rate. We are working on it,” replied the Prime Minister to Gino Lebrasseur, of Unipêche M.D.M., of Paspébiac.

During his visit to New Richmond, Mr. Trudeau was arrested by an environmental group from the Gaspé, Environnement Vert Plus. The few activists in the group had come to demand action from Ottawa for the protection of the caribou.

In his tour, Mr. Trudeau mostly shook hands and interacted with workers. True to his tradition, he lent himself to a walkabout and had his picture taken with people.

He did not speak to the media during his visit.

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At the end of the afternoon, he met with activists and business people in private.

Mr. Trudeau will continue his tour on Friday with a stop in the Îles-de-la-Madeleine.