It is no secret that Prime Minister Trudeau and Mayor Provenzano have a connection. A picture showing Trudeau holding the Mayor’s baby a few years ago proves this.
In that light, while the PM was in town last week, Provenzano was able to get a few minutes with him, away from the cameras.
During our follow-up to council conversation with Provenzano we were able to get some clarification on what he did and didn’t bring up with Trudeau. Knowing he speaks with Sault Police Chief, Hugh Stevenson, frequently, we asked if Bill C-75, the “catch and release” bill was addressed.
“I need to, frankly, get a better, more specific handle on what exactly about the bill needs to be changed,” said Provenzano. “I’m not going to, as representative of the community, just generally say that something has to happen unless I have a constructive follow up to say, this bill needs to be changed in this way. I need to have that second part. And I don’t have that second part yet.”
He did however raise issues with addictions and mental health in our community.
“I told him we have this overhang and it’s a real challenge, and it’s the opioid epidemic, and it’s affecting a lot of people in the community. I talked about how we’re seeing ancillary effects from that, particularly, you know, criminal effects, and you have the real criminals who are the people that are making and distributing the drugs,” said Provenzano. “But then you have people that are affected by that, which are people that have substance abuse challenges, and that they need better health care. And we needed the other two levels of government to be partners, better partners in that respect, because frankly, we need to improve our healthcare system.”
He also took time to thank the PM and MPP Terry Sheehan for the investment into Algoma Steel and told them “There are things that are moving, they’re really kind of progressive, interesting things happening here, our college is doing well, our university is doing well.”
The full clip from our interview can be seen at the top of this page.
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