Leader of the Liberal Party of Canada, Justin Trudeau, addressed a crowd of approximately 400 supporters last night at the Punjab Cultural Centre.
His talk of launching an inquiry into the 1,000 missing and murdered indigenous women drew big applause and cheers. And he criticized the Harper government for not doing more about this issue.
He also seemed to defend Winnipeg when he said that discrimination towards aboriginal people is a national problem.
His criticism of Harper continued, as he called the Prime Minister the leader of the most secret and closed government in the history of Canada.
In what is likely to become a common refrain throughout the upcoming federal election campaign, Trudeau alluded to disgraced former Senators Mike Duffy, Pamela Wallin and Patrick Brazeau. “Anyone who appointed those three to the Senate might want to think about making judgement a campaign issue,” he said.
His last swipe at the current Prime Minister sounded like a line taken from a speech by Federal NDP Leader Thomas Mulcair. “Let them stay focused on me, I’m focused on Canadians,” Trudeau said. “We care about helping hardworking Canadians make ends meet.”
Mr. Trudeau ended his 20 minute talk with a line he’s been using recently to wrap up many of his speeches. “Canada is a great country my friends, this year let’s earn the right to make it even better,” he concluded.
The Liberal Leader then waded into the audience to greet his supporters. Many brought Trudeau’s recently published book along, asking him to sign it, which he did. He also gladly posed for selfies with many in the crowd, even playing the photographer himself as he took people’s phones and snapped the photo for them.
He didn’t seem to be in any rush to leave as he listened attentively while chatting with his supporters, appearing genuinely interested in their questions and concerns.
All photos by Doug Kretchmer
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