On Wednesday, January 9, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau kicked off a 2019 cross-country town hall tour in Kamloops—and Mayor Ken Christian took advantage of his presence in the River City.
The Mayor and the Prime Minister discussed railway traffic, homelessness, the impact of climate change, and the Stuart Wood building.
Mayor Christian shared concerns about longer and more frequent trains, and the impact they are having at crossings in terms of interrupting commerce and safety concerns for residents.
"I indicated that flyovers and overpasses will be required and Transport Canada needs to help us in particular since we are at the point of convergence for both national railroads," said Christian.
The Prime Minister also heard the Mayor's comments on the City's homelessness strategy and the impact federal dollars would have for project implementation, the impact of climate change and related infrastructure cost of storm sewer expansion, and ways the City is working to support the mandate of reconciliation.
"I had a chance to tell him about the importance of our relationship with the Tk'emlúps te Secwépemc, and that we will be looking to the Department of Canadian Heritage for a grant to help us with the cultural centre at the Stuart Wood building that will enhance that relationship in the spirit of reconciliation," noted Christian.