Kamloops mayor to meet with prime minister on Wednesday

Ken Christian said he plans to raise three issues with Justin Trudeau: infrastructure, homelessness and relationships with railroads

Mayor Ken Christian will meet with Prime Minister Justin Trudeau on Wednesday afternoon to discuss issues related to Kamloops.

Christian said he plans to raise three issues with the PM: infrastructure, homelessness and relationships with railroads.

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Christian said he would like to see a contribution from the federal government toward the city’s aging infrastructure, such as roads and bridges, upon which, he said, the Canadian economy relies.

In addition, Christian will inquire about federal money to accommodate the impacts of climate change.

“We are the victims of climate change and what the impact of that’s going to have on our community and whether or not there is federal help to expand storm sewers and things like that,” Christian said.

The mayor also plans to discuss with Trudeau Canada’s Homelessness Action Plan.

“We have a problem no different than Winnipeg, no different than Sarnia, Ontario, and I want to make sure that that’s going to be something that will be up for renewal,” he said.

Finally, Christian said he wants to talk to Trudeau about the city’s relationship with CN Rail and CP Rail.

“Length of trains, speed of trains, blocking of rail crossings and generally interrupting local commerce,” he said.

Christian and Trudeau will meet at 2 p.m., following a Liberal Party of Canada fundraiser event at the Coast Kamloops Hotel and Conference Centre in Aberdeen. Tk’emlups te Secwepemc Chief Rosanne Casimir will meet with Trudeau at 3 p.m.

The prime minister will host a town hall event at Thompson Rivers University’s old gym at 7 p.m. It is free to attend and the doors will open at 5 p.m.

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