THUNDER BAY – Politics 2.0 – Justin Trudeau arrived at a very crowded Outpost at Lakehead University last night to fire up the Liberal hopeful in Thunder Bay. The crowd of 300-400 were warmed up by Thunder Bay-Rainy River Liberal candidate Marcus Powlowski and Thunder Bay-Superior North Liberal candidate Patty Hajdu.
Trudeau’s speech was delivered with direct attacks on Doug Ford and Andrew Scheer along with Stephen Harper. A great deal of the Liberal leader’s commentary was directed at the Ford government in Ontario and the former Conservative government under Stephen Harper.
The Liberal leader spoke for just over 16 minutes to an almost completely partisan crowd inside The Outpost.
Justin Trudeau’s speech was met by the Liberal faithful with tremendous enthusiasm and the crowd applauded wildly and chanted his name several times.
There was one incident where a man was escorted out of the rally. He had held up a protest sign of Justin Trudeau in ‘brown-face’. As security and police escorted the man out he knocked over some of the signs in the room and reportedly shoved a police officer.
While the crowd inside was mostly partisan, outside the Agora at Lakehead University a group of protesters was present from Fridays for Future. The group is protesting that the Liberal government does not get it on the climate crisis and that by building pipelines and talking climate change at the same time the Liberals are “hypocrites”.
During the Liberal leader’s speech, Justin Trudeau promised to continue efforts to end boil water advisories in northern first nations, to establish far better education and healthcare for Indigenous people living in Canada.
Trudeau also promised to cut cell phone bills for all Canadians and to bring in pharma care.
The Liberal leader did not take questions from the local or national pool reporters who were in attendance at the rally.