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Prime Minister Trudeau addresses the ongoing infrastructure disruptions across the country

Prime Minister Trudeau addresses the ongoing infrastructure disruptions across the country


I would like to begin by recognizing that
we are on the ancestral land of the Algonquin people. Mr. Speaker, people are troubled by what they’ve
been witnessing this past week. Young, old, Indigenous, newcomers – they are asking
themselves what is happening in this country. They are asking what lies ahead. For themselves. For their communities. For
Canada. They know that these protests are serious.
That this is a critical moment for our country and for our future.
And so do I. On all sides, people are upset and frustrated.
I get it. It’s understandable. Because this is about things that matter:
rights and livelihoods, the rule of law, and our democracy. To the people dealing with the impact of the
blockades and protests, this is a difficult time. Know that our government is working hard to
find a solution. Our priority is to resolve this peacefully, but
also to protect the rule of law in our country. That is a principle we will always defend. It is time – past time – for this situation
to be resolved. But what we are facing was not created overnight.
It was not created because we have embarked upon a path of reconciliation recently in
our history. It is because for too long in our history
-for too many years – we failed to do so. So finding a solution will not be simple. It will take determination, hard work, and
cooperation. There is no relationship more important to
Canada than the one with Indigenous peoples. And today, as Prime Minister, I am once again
formally extending my hand in partnership and trust. Over the last 11 days, our government has
been working on a path forward, even as many have been saying we should give up. Because we know what is at stake. We know
that we cannot afford to fail. So we are creating a space for peaceful, honest
dialogue with willing partners. As we heard this morning, from Mohawk leaders and from
National Chief Perry Bellegarde, we need to resolve this with dialogue and mutual respect. To the Wet’suwet’en and Mohawk Nations,
and Indigenous leaders across the country – we are listening. We are not asking that you stop standing up
for your communities, your rights, and for what you believe. We only ask that you be
willing to work with the federal government as a partner in finding solutions. You remind us, rightly so, that too often
trust has been betrayed in the history of Indigenous negotiations with Canadian governments.
In fact, that underlines the difficulty of solving this situation today. But our common ground is the desire to arrive
at solutions. We cannot resolve this alone. Just like we need Indigenous leaders to be
partners, we also need Canadians to show both resolve and collaboration. Everyone has a stake in getting this right. Let me be clear: our government will continue
to work around the clock to quickly and peacefully find a solution.
In the past, we have seen how quickly these situations can change. I know we all want
to find a solution, but at the same time, we must avoid making things worse. Yesterday, I reconvened members of the Incident
Response Group to discuss the situation and our path forward. I have also spoken with premiersto talk
about the impact the blockades are having on farmers,entrepreneurs,
families, and workers across the country. Over the weekend, the Minister of Indigenous
Services met with representatives from Tyendinaga, as well as other members of the Mohawk Nation. And I have committed to the Wet’suwet’en
hereditary chiefs that the Minister of Crown-Indigenous Relations will meet with them anytime, and
I hope that the offer will be accepted. This is our opportunity now to bring these
perspectives together. Because, Mr. Speaker, what is the alternative?
Do we want to become a country of irreconcilable differences? Where people talk but refuse
to listen? Where politicians are ordering police to arrest people? A country where people
think they can tamper with rail lines and endanger lives? This is simply unacceptable.
We cannot solve these problems on the margins. That is not the way forward. I know that people’s
patience is running short. We need to find a solution. And we need to find it now. I have spoken in this House about how my father
faced protests over the debate about Aboriginal and treaty rights in the Constitution. Over 30 years later, many of those questions
still linger. Which is why our pace of change must be even
faster. And not only in this situation. Despite having invested more than any other
government to right historic wrongs, to close persistent gaps, we know that there is still
more, much more, to be done. It is unacceptable that there are people who
still do not have access to clean drinking water. That Indigenous women and girls still go missing,
and are murdered. That there are people without housing and
good education. It is unacceptable that Indigenous peoples
are still denied rights and lands, Mr. Speaker, so we need to keep finding solutions. And that can only happen by working together
and by listening. Mr. Speaker, as a country, we must decide
on the direction we want to take. We must choose respect and communication. We cannot go down a path where we refuse to
listen, where we engage in hostilities. That is not the solution. There are those who would
want us to act in haste. Who want to boil this down to slogans, and
ignore the complexities. Who think that using force is helpful. It
is not. Patience may be in short supply, and that
makes it more valuable than ever. Indigenous rights, climate action, law and
order, building a clean economy, we will not achieve these things by degrading our democracy. Patience may be in short supply, and that
makes it more valuable than ever. Mr. Speaker, in
this country, we are facing many important and deep debates. Debates about the future livelihoods of our
children, the future of our environment, our relations with countries around the world,
our positioning on things that are fundamental at a time of anxiety. And more and more, Canadians
are impatient to see those answers. More and more, people are frustrated that
there is such uncertainty. And more and more, we see those debates carried with increasing
intensity, on the margins of our democratic conversations. The place for these debates is here in this
House, the place for these debates are around kitchen tables and community centres
in this country. And yes, there is always a place for Canadians
to protest and express their frustrations. But we need to ensure that we’re also listening
to each other. The reality of populism, Mr. Speaker, and its siren song in our democracies
these days, is a desire to listen only to ourselves and the people who agree with us,
and not to people of another perspective. And the concern with action before discussion,
the need for reasonable, reasoned debate in this place, is at the centre of what we have
to continue to move forward with as a country. Indigenous rights, climate action, law and
order, building a clean economy, we will not achieve these things by degrading our democracy. We must be honest about why we are here. We
must be open to working together to move forward. And not just in the days ahead, but as we
make progress on everything from implementing Indigenous rights and title, to addressing
historic wrongs, and ending long-term drinking water advisories. As a country and as a government,
we need to continue the work we are doing. And we need to continue to walk this road
together. To everyone, I say we are extending our hands
in good faith for dialogue. The opportunity is there on the table right now. We are in this together. The worker, the senior, the Indigenous leader,
the protester, the police officer. Let’s have the courage to take this opportunity
and take action together. And to build a better path, for all Canadians. Thank you, Mr. Speaker.

Author Since: Mar 11, 2019

  1. Hey Turd, you are the worst PM, and person, in all of Canadian history. Crawl into a hole and never return. Nobody has ever been so out of touch with the majority than a buffoon like you and all your cabinet, as well as blind sheep constituents. Nothing can save the demise of Canada, as any political party will need decades to reverse the harm you have done to this once great country. In short, for your idiotic brain, go F*** yourself!

  2. Best leader in the world to recognize difficulties with the right approach…. shameless on shameless conservativeโ€™s

  3. hes bringing up clear problems that humans are facing, like violence and loss of rights, loss of land and clean water. Yet they still sell aquifers to Nestle who take the native peoples water, and they still sell native lands to oil companies in a time when their rights are at risk, and the worlds environment is being destroyed.

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