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UPDATED: PM Trudeau visits New Glasgow


NEW GLASGOW, N.S. -  Saying it wasn’t “a day for a big political speech,” Prime Minister Justin Trudeau made a few remarks before heading into the large crowd gathered at Glasgow Square.

After the short speech, he headed into the large crowd gathered at Glasgow Square to shake hands and have photos taken with the people of Pictou County.

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“We need to work hard to build better opportunities for our kids and better opportunities for us all,” he told the approximately 3,000 people who gathered to see him.

He praised MP Sean Fraser, saying there’s a need to make sure to get strong local voices in Ottawa and not just Ottawa’s voice in your community. “This is exactly what you got with this man. He’s here to help, here to listen, here to grill,” said Trudeau.

“Thank you for sending me the extraordinary Sean Fraser,” he said, noting that the Central Nova MP is a “huge part of our team.”

“I’m just thrilled with the level of engagement we saw with people coming out to celebrate the event today. It was phenomenal. I’m feeling very energetic right now,” said Fraser.

The visit to Pictou County followed a funding announcement Trudeau made in the Annapolis Valley earlier on Tuesday.

Fraser said Trudeau chose to come to New Glasgow because he likes to experience communities outside of the big cities. “He’s made a commitment not only to serving Halifax, Toronto and Montreal, but getting into the rural communities and small towns that really define the rest of Canada as well.”

People waited hours for the barbecue to begin, with some going to Glasgow Square as early as 9:30 a.m., two hours before the event was scheduled to start.

Cape Breton singer Heather Rankin performed a few numbers, and Pictou Landing First Nation Chief Andrea Paul welcomed Trudeau to the area. She and Shyanna Denny presented him with a bouquet of wooden flowers to say thank you to the prime minister for coming.

Trudeau spent approximately an hour making his way through the mass of fans, complete with security detail and Fraser in tow. He shook hands; he kissed babies; he took selfies; but he kept his shirt on – despite at least one person in the crowd commenting that he should take it off.

Denise Patton of New Glasgow made a T-shirt with a photo of a young Justin Trudeau being carried by his father Pierre when he was prime minister, and gave it to him. “I wanted to show him how much I liked his dad as well as him,” she said.

She got a photo of him with the shirt, and he shook her hand and thanked her for the gift.

“He’s young and I think he can do good for our country,” she said.

“It was fun. People were pretty respectful, a little bit of pushing and shoving, but more when he was closer because security was trying to make room for him,” said Lisa Mason, who is originally from the area and was visiting from British Columbia for the summer.

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Though the crowd was aggressive at times, not many people seemed to be bothered, even if they didn’t get a chance to meet him.

Sheila Fagen said her daughter, 13-year-old daughter Samantha, was more excited to be there than her, adding that it’s nice for children to see the prime minister even if they didn’t get to meet him personally.

“They’ve seen history and they might never see it again.”

Others brought books and posters they wanted to have signed, including Dave MacKenzie from Abercrombie who was touting a print from Canada Post with stamps of former prime minister Pierre Trudeau that were issued after his death.

“I just thought I’ll bring it down and if I get close enough, I’ll get him to sign it,” he said. “It’s my roommate’s poster, I might add, and her name’s Margaret. Imagine that. She’ll be happy to have it signed.”

MacKenzie noted that it was nice to see the diversity of the crowd, including Syrian refugee families.  

“I’m happy that people want to come and see our prime minister and not throw garbage at him. It’s fun,” he said. “I’m sure his dad is very proud and I’m proud to have that on his poster.”

After the short speech, he headed into the large crowd gathered at Glasgow Square to shake hands and have photos taken with the people of Pictou County.

CLICK HERE TO VIEW PHOTO GALLERY

“We need to work hard to build better opportunities for our kids and better opportunities for us all,” he told the approximately 3,000 people who gathered to see him.

He praised MP Sean Fraser, saying there’s a need to make sure to get strong local voices in Ottawa and not just Ottawa’s voice in your community. “This is exactly what you got with this man. He’s here to help, here to listen, here to grill,” said Trudeau.

“Thank you for sending me the extraordinary Sean Fraser,” he said, noting that the Central Nova MP is a “huge part of our team.”

“I’m just thrilled with the level of engagement we saw with people coming out to celebrate the event today. It was phenomenal. I’m feeling very energetic right now,” said Fraser.

The visit to Pictou County followed a funding announcement Trudeau made in the Annapolis Valley earlier on Tuesday.

Fraser said Trudeau chose to come to New Glasgow because he likes to experience communities outside of the big cities. “He’s made a commitment not only to serving Halifax, Toronto and Montreal, but getting into the rural communities and small towns that really define the rest of Canada as well.”

People waited hours for the barbecue to begin, with some going to Glasgow Square as early as 9:30 a.m., two hours before the event was scheduled to start.

Cape Breton singer Heather Rankin performed a few numbers, and Pictou Landing First Nation Chief Andrea Paul welcomed Trudeau to the area. She and Shyanna Denny presented him with a bouquet of wooden flowers to say thank you to the prime minister for coming.

Trudeau spent approximately an hour making his way through the mass of fans, complete with security detail and Fraser in tow. He shook hands; he kissed babies; he took selfies; but he kept his shirt on – despite at least one person in the crowd commenting that he should take it off.

Denise Patton of New Glasgow made a T-shirt with a photo of a young Justin Trudeau being carried by his father Pierre when he was prime minister, and gave it to him. “I wanted to show him how much I liked his dad as well as him,” she said.

She got a photo of him with the shirt, and he shook her hand and thanked her for the gift.

“He’s young and I think he can do good for our country,” she said.

“It was fun. People were pretty respectful, a little bit of pushing and shoving, but more when he was closer because security was trying to make room for him,” said Lisa Mason, who is originally from the area and was visiting from British Columbia for the summer.

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Though the crowd was aggressive at times, not many people seemed to be bothered, even if they didn’t get a chance to meet him.

Sheila Fagen said her daughter, 13-year-old daughter Samantha, was more excited to be there than her, adding that it’s nice for children to see the prime minister even if they didn’t get to meet him personally.

“They’ve seen history and they might never see it again.”

Others brought books and posters they wanted to have signed, including Dave MacKenzie from Abercrombie who was touting a print from Canada Post with stamps of former prime minister Pierre Trudeau that were issued after his death.

“I just thought I’ll bring it down and if I get close enough, I’ll get him to sign it,” he said. “It’s my roommate’s poster, I might add, and her name’s Margaret. Imagine that. She’ll be happy to have it signed.”

MacKenzie noted that it was nice to see the diversity of the crowd, including Syrian refugee families.  

“I’m happy that people want to come and see our prime minister and not throw garbage at him. It’s fun,” he said. “I’m sure his dad is very proud and I’m proud to have that on his poster.”

Justin Trudeau is shown addressing the crowd at a barbecue hosted by Central Nova MP Sean Fraser on Tuesday. 

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