Prime minister Justin Trudeau may want to turn down future selfie requests following an incident in Halifax, Nova Scotia.
Dalhousie students Alex Ayton and Kathleen Olds asked Trudeau if they could take a selfie photo with him and the prime minister appeared happy to oblige. His facial expression quickly turned to one of surprise when Olds sprung a question on a campaign promise to implement the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples.
Thanks for the selfie, Justin! We'll hold you to your promise. 💛
Members of Divest Dal ask PM JT about his promise to implement the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples (UNDRIP)
Posted by Divest Dal on Monday, January 16, 2017
“Are you planning on implementing UNDRIP?” Olds asked Trudeau. The prime minister quickly responded with “absolutely, yes, for sure,” before moving on. “Does that mean requiring consent for natural resource projects?” followed-up Olds.
“Absolutely, we need to engage with a broad range of voices and as we’ve seen the Indigenous communities have positions on both sides of just about every different project,” Trudeau said in response while meeting with others in the crowd.
Now that’s how you hijack a selfie with an elected leader.