Prime Minister Trudeau in Winnipeg
Prime Minister Justin Trudeau visits with staff at the Jollibee restaurant on Ellice Ave. in Winnipeg with Kevin Lamoureux, MP for Winnipeg North, and Cindy Lamoureux, MLA for Burrows (in the red coat). Thursday, January 26, 2017
WINNIPEG – Prime Minister Justin Trudeau was in Winnipeg on Thursday January 26 for the 10th town hall meeting in his current cross-country tour. Before the meeting, the Prime Minister also stopped in for a quick visit to the new Jollibee fast food outlet on Ellice Avenue, where he posed for photos with employees and patrons.
Kevin Lamoureux, MP for Winnipeg North, and his daughter Cindy Lamoureux, MLA for Burrows accompanied Trudeau for the day.
“When I was told that Prime Minister Justin Trudeau was coming to Winnipeg to do a public town hall meeting I suggested that he check out one of Winnipeg’s newest restaurants and I explained that Jollibee was to the Philippines what McDonalds and KFC combined was to Canada. I don’t know how many people got “selfies” with Mr. Trudeau but it was a fantastic time and the PM’s visit made news not only in Canada but the Philippines too,” said Kevin Lamoureux.
Prime Minister Trudeau was very popular during his visit to the Philippines for a summit in 2015. Filipino on social media called him the “APEC hottie.”
Trudeau also visited Robert H. Smith Elementary School in River Heights where he played a game of Simon Says and answered several questions from the students. When one child asked, “Why did your dad give everyone in western Canada the middle finger,” the Prime Minister said, “My father had an approach to politics that not everyone agreed with," later adding “he always thought about Canada.” He also told the students, who attend a French immersion school, that that program was a result of his father’s language policies.
Prime Minister Trudeau faced tougher questions at the public town hall meeting later that day at the University of Winnipeg Duckworth Centre.
Small groups of protesters in the crowd of about 1,200 people displayed anti-pipeline signs and shouted “Keep it in the ground.” Most in the crowd applauded the Prime Minister when he asked the protesters to let him speak.