Justin Trudeau was in Calgary for the only Alberta stop on his cross country love-in tour that he says he launched in order to connect with Canadians. But it’s more likely that the tour is serving as damage control over cash for access allegations and impending ethics reviews.
There were a mix of people at the event with about one hundred protestors outside holding signs. I had a chance to speak with a few of them and also with a few attendees who were waiting in line.
Most of those waiting in line were millennials, with a few scatterings of working class Albertans and from what I saw in the crowd and from the interactions I had with people at the event, there was definitely a mixed reaction to Trudeau’s visit.
If his event were held at any other venue, I think the outcome would have been much different, but, since this is a Trudeau vanity tour, he doesn’t really want to hear from regular Albertans.