You could find yourself on a coffee date with the prime minister this year.
In the wake of recent accusations of kneeling to donors with thick wallets at elite Liberal fundraisers, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau is now taking it down to the grassroots level.
Our self-proclaimed feminist prime minister is set to embark in a campaign-style tour, chatting with everyday Canadians at coffee shops and in church basements across the country. The tour will take up to six or seven days over the next three weeks, with Trudeau set to make three or four pit stops each day of the tour.
The first leg will kick off at the end of next week, when Trudeau hits Highway 401 from Ottawa to London, Ontario.
He’ll crash at Canadian Forces Base Trenton.
Next, he’ll stop in British Columbia, Quebec and the Prairies. As for the Atlantic Provinces, events are apparently still in the works (but don’t worry, he’s coming).
As The Canadian Press reports, Trudeau’s communication director Kate Purchase says the events will include a mix of traditional town hall-style Q&A sessions, along with less structured, casual mingling with Canadians in coffee shops and church basements.
“We see this as part of a concerted effort to remain connected to Canadians, at home in their communities,” says Purchase.
“The prime minister wants to hear from them how they are feeling at the start of 2017, what their concerns and anxieties are and what we can do to help alleviate that,” she said.
As The Canadian Press reports, the tour will feed into consultations leading up to the Liberal government’s second budget, which will likely be introduced in February or March and is expected to focus on the government’s innovation strategy.
Purchase describes the strategy as anticipating future economic opportunities and helping middle-class Canadians take advantage of them.
If they could toss those of us under the age of 35 a little hope for our financial future, that would be great too.