Today marks the official start of the Calgary Stampede, the city’s annual shindig that's used by politicians across the country to schmooze and get in all those absolutely essential photo ops.
But Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, who never misses the opportunity for a photo op, and rarely misses the Stampede, won’t be showing up.
His office excuses his absence with scheduling constraints, although some speculate that he’s worried about a backlash from Albertans, who he forgot to mention in his Canada Day speech last weekend.
Whatever the case, the right thing to do while Alberta’s economy struggles, and with Calgary being the epicenter of that crisis, is to come and show that you support its citizens.
Trudeau can attend any Pride event across the country at the drop of a hat, but he can’t come to the Stampede?