Trudeau fans pack campaign-style rally for Liberal leader

Federal Liberal leader Justin Trudeau hit Calgary  for a rally on Thursday, Feb. 5, with Team Trudeau candidates from Southern Alberta.

The campaign-style rally was held at the Kerby Centre downtown with over 1,200 people in attendance according to Liberal MLA Kent Hehr.

“[The rally] was off the charts,” Hehr said.

“You could see the passion and excitement in this room. Great people, great turnout and a lot of excitement,” he said.

The Liberal candidates were introduced by former news anchor Nirmala Naidoo for Calgary Rocky Ridge: Calgary Buffalo Liberal MLA Hehr, who is the candidate for Calgary Centre; Darshan Kang, MLA for Calgary McCall, who is running Calgary Skyview; Calgary Confederation nominee Matt Grant; Banff-Airdrie nominee Marlo Raynolds and Red Deer-Lacombe nominee Jeffrey Rock.

Trudeau described the lineup as “one of the strongest Alberta teams ever,” to the delight of the crowd, manyt of whoj were dressed in Liberal red.

In his speech, Trudeau zeroed in on Stephen Harper, saying the PM “bet everything on oil prices” and “Albertans and Calgarians deserve much better than this from their representatives.”

The Liberal leader also slammed Harper for “bullying” U.S. president Barack Obama to have the Keystone XL pipeline built.

“The pipeline could have been built with the right leadership,” he told the crowd.

The Grit leader also criticized the PM’s proposal to introduce income-splitting rules for families, for income taxes.

“Families like his and mine don’t need it and Canada can’t afford it,” Trudeau said, claiming the new measure would benefit the rich.

“We can do better – now is the time to invest.”

Trudeau also said that the Canadian Pension Plan (CPP) needs to be fixed and that the Liberal party has a plan to ensure Alberta’s resources will be used properly.

“Is this government what Alberta actually voted for?” Trudeau asked, drawing a resounding “no” from the audience.

While the Liberal leader did not bring up specific Liberal plans, Trudeau promised a “fresh approach and new way forward” if the Grits win the next federal election.

With a “new plan, better team, this year we will give Canada a better government,” he said.

The speech lasted roughly half an hour, and the Liberal leader stayed afterward to meet with attendees.

Trudeau was to continue his Calgary visit with a sold-out speech about Energy and Economy at the Canadian Club of Calgary on Friday, Feb. 6.

Shaking hands: Trudeau stayed after his speech to mingle with crowd, signing books, taking selfies for half an hour before leaving the Kerby Centre. (Photo by Jenna Dulewich/The Press)
Shaking hands: Trudeau stayed after his speech to mingle with crowd, signing books, taking selfies for half an hour before leaving the Kerby Centre. (Photo by Jenna Dulewich/The Press)
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As a writing and communications major in the journalism program at SAIT, Jenna Dulewich is working as a reporter for The Press during the 2014-2015 academic year.

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