Prime Minister Justin Trudeau was presented with the Symons Medal Thursday at the Confederation Centre of the Arts. He then delivered the Symons Lecture, took off his jacket and fielded questions from the crowd in a town hall format.
Those questions covered a range of topics including transgender rights, North Korea (and indirectly the Trump administration), carbon emissions policy, and from a youngster, how he felt when he first became Prime Minister.
Trudeau opened his lecture with a story of a Charlottetown couple. Ted and Janey Kitson of Charlottetown shovel snow for neighbours because it’s the Island Way. He says neighbours helping neighbours is when Canadians are at their best, and issued a challenge to the crowd that packed the Homburg Theatre. He challenged each of the audience members to perform three acts of service that benefit others.
Trudeau also spoke about ensuring the wealthiest Canadians pay their fair share of taxes. He says his government is taking steps to fight offshore tax evasion.