Trudeau takes in rodeo on Stam­pede visit

The Guardian (Charlottetown) - - CANADA -

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.

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