'A wish that money couldn't buy': Ont. teen is 'PM for a day'

When PJ (Prabjote) Lakhanpal learned he was being granted a wish from Make-A-Wish Canada, he came up with his request on the spot.

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"I wanted to come up with a wish that money couldn't buy," the Brampton, Ont. teen told CTV Ottawa on Tuesday. "I wanted to come up with a wish that no one has ever done before."

On Wednesday Lakhanpal is taking on the role of prime minister for a day, something he says combines his love for history, law and politics.

As part of his five-day visit to the nation’s capital, he’s expected to spend Wednesday afternoon with Prime Minister Justin Trudeau.

"I'm blown away by what Make-A-Wish has done," he said.

The teen arrived in Ottawa with his family on Monday.

On Tuesday, Lakhanpal spent some time with Trudeau's security detail, where he learned about what it takes to keep the Prime Minister safe.

"From what I got, he has as pretty hectic lifestyle," he said. "He's always on the go."

He also met with Governor General David Johnston at Rideau Hall and took a tour of the VIP Challenger Jet that’s used to fly Canadian prime ministers.

Asked about his main priority as prime minister for a day, Lakhanpal said the economy is at the top of his agenda.

"The issue that reigns supreme for me is always the economy, and everything else comes second," he said.

Lakhanpal said he's excited to spend the day with Trudeau, but there is one part of the job that makes him a little anxious.

"The only thing I'm really nervous about is being called on in Parliament and not being able to answer a question," he said.



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