Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau was in Kelowna Tuesday ahead of the Liberal caucus meeting set to begin Wednesday morning in the central Okanagan city.
Trudeau spent part of the afternoon at the main firehall on Enterprise way meeting with firefighters and thanking them for their hard work during what the Prime Minister called a “tough summer.”
Shortly after the PM stopped by The Global Okanagan studios on Leon Avenue for a live interview during the 5 p.m. broadcast.
Trudeau answered questions ranging from the controversial tax increase proposal on small business to the timeline on when marijuana would be legalized in this country.
The Government plans to eliminate tax loopholes for small business owners, something that has angered many Canadians who say not all small business owners are wealthy.
“What we are doing is exactly what we have been focused on for the past two years and even before,” Trudeau said. “We are raising taxes on the wealthiest Canadians and making sure we are supporting the middle class and those working hard to join it.”
Trudeau also talked about legalizing marijuana and said the Government is on track to making that happen by the summer of 2018.
“We’ve been very very clear that this was coming and we will legalize and regulate the sale of marijuana for two reasons,” Trudeau said. “We will make it harder for young people to access marijuana than it is now because right now Canadian kids have easier access to marijuana than just about every developed country in the world, and secondly, we will get the criminal elements out of the sale of marijuana and the tremendous profits around that.”
Global Okanagan anchor Rick Webber also asked the PM about what it’s like dealing with U.S. President Donald Trump, specifically when it comes to NAFTA.
“I continue to talk about Canadian interests, Canadian values, defending Canadian jobs and he gets that, he tries to defend American jobs, ” Trudeau said. “The nice thing is our economies are so connected and inter-dependent, it is possible to make it win-win on both sides.”