Newspaper article The Canadian Press

Justin Trudeau Pays Tribute to Tragically Hip Frontman Gord Downie

Newspaper article The Canadian Press

Justin Trudeau Pays Tribute to Tragically Hip Frontman Gord Downie

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Trudeau pays tribute to Hip's Gord Downie

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OTTAWA - Prime Minister Justin Trudeau is paying tribute to Tragically Hip frontman Gord Downie -- and leaving the door open to looking at the issue of fairness in ticket sales.

Trudeau was asked whether he plans to attend one of the Hip's upcoming shows, which were announced along with news that Downie has been diagnosed with terminal brain cancer.

Trudeau says he's been lucky enough to see the band perform at many concerts, and has met Downie several times.

He says Downie is a cultural force to be reckoned with and an iconic Canadian figure, "but mostly, he's just a great guy."

Trudeau was also asked whether the federal government could take steps to address fairness in concert ticket sales, given the controversy over how many Hip tickets have been snapped up for overpriced resale. …

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