The first person Justin Trudeau met after he landed in Calgary was Justin Trudeau, literally.
A Syrian family named their child after Justin Trudeau at birth, and they met the Prime Minister first thing when he landed, but others have different views.
Via CBC: Two men who camped out on a nearby roof with a sign that read “Trudeau, why don’t you pay widow ‘Speer,'” took a different view of the PM’s visit.
Their sign was in reference to the wife of the U.S. soldier killed in a firefight in Afghanistan that involved Omar Khadr, who was convicted in the death.
Khadr was recently given $10.5 million and an apology from the government for Canada’s role in locking him away in Guantanamo Bay.
“I want to send him a message in a nice way,” said Daxton Yont, one of the men with the rooftop sign. “You know, you can’t be rude about it. You have to get your point across in a reasonable manner, and I think this is a good way to do it.”
Despite his message, he doesn’t begrudge the prime minister’s visit.
“It’s actually an honour to have him right close to the house here, but at the same time I feel that he came here just to suck up to the province,” Yont said.
“There’s been a lot of things that I think he’s missed over the last few years out here, and a lot of other people share my thoughts.”
Ernie, who said he wouldn’t provide his last name because he “didn’t want to be haunted,” was a bit less diplomatic. As the prime minister’s caravan pulled he away, he yelled out, calling Trudeau “a bum.”
“We had a choice of two [breakfasts] and we decided to come here because we wanted to see the bum, and we got pretty close,” he said between booming laughs.
“I’m surprised that he remembered Alberta.”
Trudeau is more than a bum, he’s lucky he only got called that but I’m sure people have more things to say to him.