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.