APTN National News
For the first time in history, a sitting Canadian Prime Minister sat down with APTN National News for an exclusive one-on-one interview.
Prime Minister Justin Trudeau joined APTN‘s Cheryl McKenzie for a one-hour long discussion on indigenous issues. The discussion was broadcast nation-wide, streamed live on Facebook and the APTN website.
— Veronica Thornton
We asked our viewers to interact with us and tweet their questions using the hashtag #aptntrudeau.
Viewers also had the chance to email or call-in to the studio during the show.
“APTN is being watched by indigenous Canadians across the country, but it’s also being noticed by non-indigenous Canadians,” Trudeau said.
It is clear those very viewers were looking forward to the chance to ask the prime minister tough questions.
— CFS-FCEE (@CFSFCEE) June 3, 2016
Among the first topics discussed was the Prime Minister’s stance on natural resources and development, pipeline projects, Site C and the Grassy Narrows’ mercury clean-up.
— APTN News (@APTNNews) June 3, 2016
Some were not satisfied with his response.
But the twitter community commended APTN National News host Cheryl McKenzie for moderating the difficult discussion.
— liz ✨ (@yanoforsure) June 3, 2016
— Rachel Ann Snow (@RachelAnnSnow) June 3, 2016
— Jorge Barrera (@JorgeBarrera) June 3, 2016
This was the first time in history, the Prime Minister of Canada joined APTN for a sit down interview.
Although some questions didn’t make it to air, Friday’s interview could set a precedent for all future Canadian leaders.