The Niagara News is the community newspaper of Niagara College located in Welland and Niagara-on-the-Lake, Ontario, Canada. It is created and produced by the students of the Niagara College Journalism program.
By UTSAV GUPTA Staff Writer WELLAND — No matter how good a prime minister he might make, Justin Trudeau is definitely not running for the pie decorating competition this year. During a campaign event in Welland this afternoon, a buoyant Trudeau decorated a pie and proudly showed it off to hundreds of party supporters who were packed tightly into the Blue Star restaurant. The Liberal party leader blew into town riding atop a wave of new support in public opinion polls leading up to Monday’s election, some of which indicate he’s within reach of a majority government. “This election is all about becoming active citizens and what we’re going to do is put an end to the 10 years of Stephen Harper’s divisive, nasty and negative rule,” Trudeau said in a short speech. “We put forward a clear plan of response to Canadian’s priorities. We’re going to put more money in the pockets of nine out of 10 Canadians with a more generous child benefit for our families. “We’re going to raise taxes on the wealthiest one per cent so that we can cut them for the middle class and we’re going to invest right away in our communities, public transit and kinds of investments we need in our future. That’s what the Liberal plan is!” He also urged everyone to “stand up to bring real change and demand better for Canada than the kind of government we’ve had for the past 10 long years. We can’t afford another 10 years like that.” Earlier, he was greeted by many kids who created a pathway holding Liberal banners in their hands in front of the main entrance while cheering “Justin, Justin, Justin.” He shook hands with some kids saying, “Good to see you” and entered the restaurant to see people lined up to snap a photo along with him. Before decorating the pie, he took a round of the restaurant while shaking hands and taking selfies with almost all the people along the way. In part of his speech, Trudeau also excited his fans by saying, “We are engaged citizens, we get involved and the fact is there is something more important than politics and this election for which I want you to be engaged about. You may have heard about the baseball game going on right now. “So I want you to take out your smartphones, go to your twitter account and tweet directly at major league baseball at MLB with hashtag open the dome. “Major League Baseball needs to hear from Canadians that we can handle a little cool weather. We want to chase the play under the open dome. So get active on that.”