Justin Trudeau introduced his marketing campaign to London on Thursday, addressing voters on the stage of a kaleidoscopic international arts and music competition kicking off in Victoria Park.
The Prime Minister stood on the primary stage of London’s SunFest and addressed the a number of hundred attendees for roughly 5 minutes, having travelled from Montreal earlier that day. The competition has been showcasing musicians and artists from world wide for 25 years this summer time.
After the opening musical acts — a Cameroonian afropop vocalist and the Eagle Flight Singers, a bunch of indigenous drummers — the Prime Minister took the stage.
“This competition showcases the very best of London, the very best of Canada, in its range,” he mentioned. “We’re a mannequin to the world….as a result of Canadians know higher than simply about anybody else that range is one thing that makes us robust and resilient.”
Trudeau additionally spoke about Canada’s acceptance of refugees, an emblem of the speech’s range theme.
“We open ourselves as much as individuals fleeing hardship, battle, violence world wide. Not simply draw them in and giving them security, however permit them to flourish, and thrive, and contribute to creating this nice nation as nice as it’s in the present day,” he mentioned.
Trudeau was joined on stage by occasion organizers and a gallery of London’s political powers. Liberal MP Peter Fragiskatos launched the Prime Minister, and sat with NDP MPPs Terence Kernaghan and Peggy Sattler, Conservative MP Karen Vecchio, and London Mayor Ed Holder.
In echoes of Trudeau’s final go to to London, the viewers was punctuated by indicators bearing messages of disapproval.
Standing within the sweltering warmth, many held indicators about local weather change, voicing local weather activists’ disapproval together with his pipelines. A handful referred to as for the PM to honour his 2015 marketing campaign promise of reforming Canada’s first-past-the-post electoral system. And a small coterie to proper of the stage held indicators decrying international intervention in Venezuela, and flying the flag of the Communist Occasion of Canada.
Together with his sights on the October’s federal election — now in its overture, the official pre-campaigning interval — Trudeau addressed the demonstrators.
“I am very comfortable to see so many individuals right here tonight with robust political views,” he mentioned. “I encourage you to get and vote within the upcoming election. As a result of your voices matter,” he shouted over applause.
However, he added, nobody ought to boo the nationwide anthem, which had been sung after everybody had come on stage.
“We’re proud to be Canadian. And we’re proud to be in a rustic that enables for a broad vary of views,” he mentioned. “As you look ahead to these coming months, desirous about the selection you are going to make…take into consideration listening to one another, and believing that higher is at all times potential.”