INUVIK, NWT – Liberal Party of Canada Leader, Justin Trudeau, kicked off a five-day tour of the Northwest Territories and Nunavut on Friday focused on working with Northerners to ensure that they have a real and fair chance at success.
“Liberals understand that you cannot truly appreciate the challenges faced by Canadians up North until you experience the reality of these winter months,” said Mr. Trudeau. “We know that the cost of living here remains very high, and tackling this, and other fundamental issues, depends on the federal government’s willingness to work collaboratively with all Northerners.”
During his five-day tour, Mr. Trudeau visitedt Inuvik, Yellowknife and Iqaluit, where he hosted and attended community events and roundtables, met with Indigenous and business leaders, and toured local organizations. Mr. Trudeau met with Yukon residents in Whitehorse in July 2013.
“The people of the North and the strength of their communities are our country’s best guarantee of Canadian sovereignty,” continued Mr. Trudeau. “There is huge potential for growth in the North, but we need a partner in Ottawa that will invest in its people, infrastructure, and research, in order to help ensure that this growth is realized.”
“Liberals understand that the only way to achieve success for Northerners is to listen to and work with them directly. That’s what we will continue to do, as we build a strong team and plan for the next election,” concluded Mr. Trudeau. “I look forward to engaging with Northerners in the coming days in the Arctic.”