Prime Minister Justin Trudeau is set to wrap up the Ontario leg of his cross-country tour aimed at reconnecting with grassroots Canadians Friday, with his final stop in London.
He began the trek Thursday in Ottawa, and made several campaign-style stops in places like Brockville and Kingston.
Along the way, Trudeau faced questions about everything from the environment and First Nations issues, to the government’s handling of its Phoenix pay system.
Friday’s agenda began with breakfast with soldiers at CFB Trenton before making his way through the Hamilton and Peterborough areas. Trudeau is expected in Toronto around 3 p.m. before ending his day in London this evening for a town hall-style meeting.
“It signifies that we have a prime minister that truly enjoys the process of engaging with Canadians,” said London North Centre MP Peter Fragiskatos.
“This is a community-wide town hall, it’s open to the public, it’s an exciting thing. This is not something that has been terribly common in Canadian politics. We’ve had prime ministers in the past, certainly open to democracy, certainly open to engaging with Canadians, but not in this way. This is quite interesting.”
Doors open at 6 p.m., but the venue has been changed for the second time to Alumni Hall at Western University due to high demand and the event has been pushed back from 6:45 p.m. to 7:15 p.m. Those who have RSVP’d are ask to arrive for 6 p.m. while those who have not RSVP’d are ask to come at 6:30 p.m.
The South London Community Centre was first named as the venue, before demand prompted a change to the Carling Heights Optimist Community Centre, and then further demand and concerns over traffic congestion prompted organizers to move the event once again to Alumni Hall.
“We do not want the area around Oxford and Adelaide to be shut down, so on the advice of city officials and the advice of London Police, we’re acting prudently here, asking people to make their way to Alumni Hall,” Fragiskatos tells AM980.
Fragiskatos says free parking is available at the Springett parking lot on Western Road at Lambton Drive. Alumni Hall is on Lambton Drive just southeast of the parking lot.
After leaving London, Trudeau will head to Quebec, B.C. and the Prairies, then the Atlantic provinces and the North.