Election 2015: Trudeau’s In The Market For Some Votes

Justin Trudeau, leader of the third-place Liberal Party, was at the Regina Farmers’ Market today, pressing palms and kissing babies (literally).

Unlike certain other party leaders <cough>StephenHarper</cough> Trudeau walked among a crowd of completely un-vetted market-goers some of whom were not even Liberal party loyalists. He then stopped in the shade of one of the plaza’s massive red light standards and, after a prepared speech which took shots at both reigning prime minister Harper and NDP leader Thomas Mulcair, Trudeau took questions from the media (who were sweltering in 30° heat).

Above is a recording of the event. Press questions start at the 12:48 mark.  He’s asked about Bill C-51 and whether he misread the public in supporting it (14:32); what he’ll do to address poverty in aboriginal communities (16:09); Nigel Wright’s testimony in the Duffy trial (18:49); what his party will do for agriculture (20:02); how the economic downturn has affected his platform (22:17); his feelings about First Nations’ education in Canada (24;48); and, if there is anything his party can do to soften the economic blow from the devaluation of the Chinese currency (26:17).

Below the fold, more pics from Trudeau’s visit.

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9 thoughts on “Election 2015: Trudeau’s In The Market For Some Votes”

  1. Just think, Justin was campaigning only 4 blocks away from where his father gave the crowd the finger back in about 1970. Voters never forget stuff like this, hence why the Liberals are next to nothing in Sask.

  2. Ron: I’m one of those old fashioned types who likes his print with pictures and prefers radio to them “moving pictures.”

  3. Pierre gave the crowd the finger in Salmon Arm B.C. Don’t let that spoil the story though,

  4. Pierre seemed to give the finger often. He gave a group of people protesting at the corner of Broad st. and Vic. ave. the finger also. Classy guy that Pierre.

  5. You got corroboration for that, Indy? Don’t want to say I don’t trust what you present as facts, but…

  6. No, PET did not give the finger to the group of farmers at the parking lot of the Regina Inn. I’ve actually seen most of the raw news film from that event. It was certainly not free of friction, but to give credit where it’s due, Trudeau was standing on the back of a truck and trying to engage in a dialogue. (From a contemporary media-handling standpoint, perhaps not the wisest thing to do, but I’ll give him points for trying.)

    The following day, Trudeau was in Saskatoon speaking to a group of farmers in front of the Bessborough, when he uttered the oft-quoted, “Why should I sell your wheat?”, interpreted as a kiss-off. The thing is though, that line was almost immediately taken out of context in the media of the day, and from that point forward: “Why should I sell your wheat?” was meant as a rhetorical question which launched a defense of the Canadian Wheat Board. The “I” was the “royal ‘I’,” meaning “Government of Canada”.

    The more you know.

  7. anonymusses, thanks for setting me straight. Some how thought Pierre gave the one finger salute at this protest too.

  8. No prob, Indy! I’m not so much motivated by partisanship as I am by historical accuracy. (If it makes you feel any better, the Regina event was where PET told a protester, “Don’t throw wheat at me either. If you don’t stop that, I’ll kick you right in the ass.” I think that quote’s on Wikipedia.)

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