Trudeau takes in rodeo on Stampede visit
CALGARY — Prime Minister Justin Trudeau says some of the people he met during his Calgary Stampede visit on Saturday light-heartedly mentioned a gaffe he made during a Canada Day speech, during which he skipped Alberta as he rattled off Canada’s provinces and territories.
“I got a couple of people teasing me for it, but no one’s made a big deal of it. It’s sort of a gentle ribbing,’’ Trudeau told reporters on the secondlast day of the 10-day western celebration.
“I think everyone understands that mistakes happen every now and then and the fact that I keep coming back to Alberta regularly to connect with people, to work on issues that matter to Albertans is something that I know people appreciate very much.’’
It was earlier thought that Trudeau would miss the Stampede — a popular schmoozing event for politicians of all stripes — as it coincided with G20 meetings in Hamburg, Germany, and a U.S. governors’ meeting in Rhode Island. But Trudeau says he managed to rearrange his schedule for Saturday’s whirlwind visit. The day started off with a meeting with Calgary mayor Naheed Nenshi at a downtown hotel.
From there, he headed to two community breakfasts, where he held babies, took selfies and served up pancakes amongst big crowds.
He then visited with Indigenous leaders at the Stampede’s Indian Village, where he spoke with community members inside a tipi and accepted gifts that included a blanket, a hand-made beaded medallion, sweetgrass and smudge box.
He capped off the day with an appearance at the rodeo.