By Megan Mattice
Justin Trudeau stopped by Loyalist College this morning to explain how politics should be handled, but he didn’t realize how emotional it would be.
A family photo was presented to him, bringing back memories of his father.
Trudeau was about to close a speech, taking place at Loyalist’s Alumni Hall, when Constable Jeff Ling, of the Belleville Police, approached him at the podium and the crowd went silent.
Const. Ling presented Trudeau with a famous photo, a photo from Canada’s top 100 list, of him as a kid in his father’s arms.
Former Prime Minister Pierre Trudeau was holding Justin and accepting a salute from Const. Ling’s father from across the street after a Garden Party in Ottawa.
The moment brought Trudeau to tears.
“I have received many memories of my father and mother over my travels, but not once have I shed a tear. I tried hard not to, but today I couldn’t help it. Thank you all, very much.”
The Loyalist event was part of a tour Trudeau was taking around the college’s Media Wing.
Upon entering the building, the college was buzzing with excitement as a potential Canadian leader wandered the halls followed by an entourage. The history of his last name was almost put on the back-burner as his confidence and ease of speech consumed the hoards of cameras and microphones from media students.
Trudeau started at the photo journalism lab to pose for photos, then moving on to the television new media studio for a candid sit down before entering the journalism: online, print and broadcast newsroom to answer some questions.
The three questions came from two second year journalism students and a second year photo-j student, focusing on how he handles criticism, his plans for a link between the federal department and education and how he separates his political life from his family life.
Quickly being ushered by his handlers, Trudeau moved to Loyalist’s Alumni Hall where people from the community and eager students awaited his presence, all the while being followed by the in-house media with ease.
In his speech, Trudeau talked about engagement with people, how Canada shouldn’t have to vote for the least negative option, celebrating that the Liberal riding has grown, the economy surrounding household debt and making the future brighter for yourself and your children.
“The reality is that for the first time in the history of this country, this generation suspects that perhaps the next generation won’t have greater opportunities or a better quality of life than this one, and that is extremely destabilizing for this country,” said Trudeau.
He said work needs to be done on the economy because when we have a strong middle class with job various options, then our country will truly thrive.
Trudeau answered questions from the audience.
He touched on the solution to poverty, healthcare for the chronically ill, post secondary job stability and the negative tactics his opponents use in order to get the vote.
With a salute, handshake and hug for Const. Ling, Trudeau was surrounded by a media scrum filled with students and outside media.