Prime Minister Justin Trudeau made a rare visit to the southeast corner of the province Thursday night at a byelection campaign event.
He was campaigning for Stan Sakamoto, the Liberal candidate in the October 24th byelection for Medicine Hat, a city known for its staunch support for the Conservative party.
“I am so excited to be back,” Trudeau shouted to the 800 people packed inside the venue, noting that he accompanied his father on a visit when he was just seven months old.
There was an additional 1,600 people outside the venue who couldn’t get inside, many just wanted to get a glimpse of Trudeau.
Signs included “Trudeau Not Welcome,” “Not all Canadians like what you are doing” and “You have nice hair but nothing you say is Tru Deau.”
“We just wanted to show that he’s quite arrogant coming into Medicine Hat,” said local farmer Clark Walker. “This is PC country and that we don’t like what he’s doing running the country.
The byelection was called following the death of Conservative MP Jim Hillyer, who died of a heart attack in his Parliament Hill office earlier this year.
Trudeau made no mention of Hillyer but encouraged voters in the riding to make a change.
“You can be part of sending a very clear message that Canada deserves better, Alberta deserves better, Medicine Hat-Cardston-Warner deserves better,” he said.
“I’m here tonight to tell you we can make it happen. You can make it happen. So my friends, let’s get it done.”