WARMINGTON: Despite small group of protesters, PM a hit at Barrie pub – Toronto Sun

WARMINGTON: Despite small group of protesters, PM a hit at Barrie pub - Toronto Sun
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Liberal Leader Justin Trudeau made a campaign stop at the Flying Monkeys Craft Brewery in Barrie on Thursday afternoon.

Trudeau greeted candidates and residents at the venue before continuing on the campaign trail for his next stop in Peterborough.

“He apologized in a call to all candidates and to me it was genuine,” she said. “You go back 20 years ago in anybody’s life, we’ve all made mistakes. I think it is great that he can stand up, head held high and move forward by coming to towns and cities during this federal campaign.” 

While at the event, Global News caught up with the Liberal candidates for Barrie–Innisfil and Barrie–Springwater–Oro-Medonte.

“Justin has apologized and he is truly sorry and very transparent in his past actions,” said BSOM candidate. “But the key word there is 'past'. The man who is leading our country today, the man who has taken us from four years to now and will take us four years ahead, is a different person.”

Brian Kalliecharan, Barrie–Springwater–Oro-Medonte’s Liberal candidate, said the campaign has been exciting so far.

“It has been extremely exciting, motivating and inspiring, especially with Prime Minister Justin Trudeau coming and showing his support and championing Barrie-Springwater-Oro-Medonte.”

“I’m always up for a challenge," she said. "I don’t ever shy away from one, so I was very excited for today. Truthfully, having the prime minister come here to Barrie is only going to boost my energy to keep going. I am ready to lead Barrie-Innisfil.”

Lisa-Marie Wilson, Barrie–Innisfil’s Liberal candidate, said the campaign has been positive so far.

Downtown Barrie was abuzz with Liberal supporters this afternoon ⁠— and a few detractors, too ⁠— as Liberal leader Justin Trudeau made a stop in town to drum up support for candidates in the two local ridings.

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“The best part that I like is going to the doors because at the doors is where I get to meet the people and listen to them and get their feedback.”

“They have invested a lot here, but there’s still so much more we that we could do,” Wilson said. “[For] Barrie and Innisfil, there’s so many people that have come up here from the GTA. The population has doubled since I first arrived here.”

Trudeau arrived shortly after 3:30 p.m., Thursday, coming in through the back entrance and weaving his way through the several dozen people inside who wanted a photo, a hug or just to wish him well. 

Both Barrie–Innisfil and Barrie–Springwater–Oro-Medonte are relatively new ridings – they formed in 2015, and both voted Conservative in the last election.

With both local ridings having been Conservative for the last four years, Kalliecharan said he's confident heading into the Oct. 21 election that the BSOM race is one he can win.

“Barrie is very diverse now – it’s not the same community it was in the last election or even before that. It keeps growing exponentially,” Wilson said.

Flying Monkeys Craft Brewery on Dunlop Street East was filled with a sea of red as supporters packed the small space to get a glimpse of the current prime minister.

The two candidates also spoke about the recent scandal that involved Trudeau wearing racist makeup on three separate occasions.

Barrie-Springwater-Oro-Medonte (BSOM) Liberal candidate Dr. Brian Kalliecharan also said he believes Trudeau’s apology was genuine and is ready to move forward.

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Trudeau’s visit to Barrie comes a little over a week since footage of the Liberal leader in brown-face makeup surfaced from several years ago.

“As a visible minority, I have experienced racism,” Kalliecharan said. “I’m not blind to tell you it doesn’t exist. What I can tell you is that the values of our Prime Minister – he’s grown, he’s authentic, he’s real. He has done so much for diversity, for building up our culture that the person he is today is a leader we need for this country to continue growing.”

After Liberal candidates Patty Hajdu for Thunder Bay-Superior North and Marcus Powlowski for Thunder Bay-Rainy River rallied the crowd, Trudeau made his way to the podium, stopping for cellphone photographs, handshakes and high-fives.

Wilson said the incidents happened “a long time ago” and that “we all make mistakes.”

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau entered the Lakehead University Outpost on Wednesday to a cheering crowd peppered with Liberal campaign signs.

“We all grow and evolve – hopefully – and mature, and learn from those things. Justin Trudeau isn’t the same man 20 years ago as he is now,” Wilson said.

“He was genuine in his apology. He understands the nuances of it more than he probably did back then, like microaggressions, all of those things, and white privilege.”

“For me, it deflected from what really matters, what Canadians really need to vote on, the issues that they need to vote on.”

After Barrie, Trudeau stopped in Peterborough. Meanwhile, Conservative Party Leader Andrew Scheer and Green Party Leader Elizabeth May were both in Montreal on Thursday, while NDP Leader Jagmeet Singh was in B.C.

Liberal leader Justin Trudeau is promising to overhaul Indigenous health care if his party forms another government in the upcoming federal election.

During a campaign rally at Thunder Bay's Lakehead University on Wednesday for the two local Liberal candidates, Trudeau told the crowd that a government led by him would enact new legislation that would offer "high-quality health care" for all Indigenous people.

The health care would be "distinction-based," he said — meaning it would be designed to meet the unique needs of each Indigenous group. Trudeau said the legislation would be co-developed with First Nations, Métis and Inuit governments.

The announcement was one of two Indigenous policy moves raised by Trudeau in Thunder Bay. The second focused on infrastructure.

"We will co-develop and invest in distinctions-based community infrastructure plans," Trudeau said during his stump speech.

"Together, we will address critical infrastructure needs in First Nations, Inuit, and Métis communities by 2030. This will mean more housing, better roads, high-speed Internet and new treatment centres and schools."

The speech didn't include any further details about these initiatives — such as how they would be financed.

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