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WATCH: Trudeau questions why he wasn't asked about pandemic, climate change in election interview

"We didn't talk about the pandemic, we didn't talk about climate change. These are the decisions people are taking. This is what people care about in BC."

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In an interview with Global News on Monday, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau questioned at the end of his interview why they didn't talk about the pandemic or climate change, topics he claims are what people care about in British Colombia.

Global News' Neetu Garcha attempted to wrap up the interview, but Trudeau said that they had not talked about the important topics that British Columbians care most about.

"This is an election on big things that we didn't get to talk about. We didn't talk about the pandemic, we didn't talk about climate change," said Trudeau. "These are the decisions people are taking. This is what people care about in BC."

"Mr. Trudeau, what people care about is, among many things, reconciliation, and that's why that was among the top questions," Garcha responded. "…We have run that debate, we have run major news conferences that you have held throughout the campaign. Our colleagues across the country have asked for opportunities to interview you and ask a range of topics, and you've denied the request."

"Wow," said Trudeau. "I'm excited to continue talking to British Columbians about climate change and about ending this pandemic for good and about the important choice BCers and all Canadians need to make on how we move forward."

During the interview with Garcha, Trudeau was pressed on the housing crisis in Canada, and what puts him in the position now to take "bold steps" that he could take over the last six years.

Trudeau outlines what he has already done, talking about the national housing strategy of 2017 which made sure more housing is created.

Garcha stopped Trudeau, asking him "We've had many opportunities for you to live where you have done what puts you in a position to take these bold steps that you're promising to take now, with concerns around campaign promises being painted as optimistic. What can you assure those who are losing hope of the dream of homeownership that this won't become another one of your broken promises?"

Trudeau once again talked about what he has done, including investing billions of dollars into creating and refurbishing housings, as well as creating the homebuyers bill of rights.

"Okay we know the plan, but again, the question is how," Garcha stressed before moving on.

Garcha then questioned why Trudeau has yet to visit a First Nations community during his election campaign, as well as when he will visit Kamloops and. Chief Rosanne Casimir of the Tk'emlúps te Secwepemc First Nation "as you failed to make reconciliation a key priority during this campaign?"

Trudeau, skirting the question, said that he visited Cowessess, where additional unmarked graves were found, and said that he will visit Kamloops as soon as it is "right and possible" to do so.

"Okay, it's arguable have been — it's been right and possible for you to have gone up until this point," Garcha pointed out, noting that the community is "ready to welcome" him.

Garcha also noted that Chief Casimir has said that the government's pace of change in regards to reconciliation have been "glacier" in their pace.

"I agree with the impatience that people feel, I agree with the impatience that indigenous people feel because I feel it too," responded Trudeau, who pointed out that it is not just for the federal government to decide, but added a positive note that seven more long term boil water advisories in Shoal Shoal Lake are going to be lifted.

Garcha called out Trudeau's use of the word impatient, asking him "Mr. Trudeau, did you just call the chief of Tk'emlúps te Secwepemc impatient?"

"I'm impatient. She's impatient. Indigenous people are. Yes," said Trudeau.

Garcha, after questioning Trudeau about a Quebec bill titled Bill 21, and claims that Trudeau is not feminist, asked the Prime Minister about his commitment to help others still trapped in Afghanistan.

Garcha noted that one woman, Shakila Zareen, fled to Canada from Afghanistan after being shot in the face by her Taliban husband, is now urging Trudeau to help her family get out of the country.

"What is your commitment to her and others in a similar position?" asked Garcha.

Trudeau responded that Canada will be bringing in 40,000 Afghans looking to flee the country, working with the Qataris and the Pakistanis to get people out of the country.

Garcha also questioned Trudeau on an interview with a BC-based veteran who said that the Trudeau government has been "inept in the immediate response to the crisis in Afghanistan" and that the veteran community had been "screaming at your governments to get people out of the country."

"I fully understand how frustrated people who sacrificed who fought alongside extraordinary Afghans who were there to help to build a better future. Can be frustrated by what the international community, including Canada, was enabled to do to prevent the Taliban from taking over or unable to get more people out of that airport during that evacuation," said Trudeau. "But we are not giving up."

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