With no-one contesting the nomination of Kim Rudd as the Liberal Candidate for the 2019 Federal Election, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau came to her nomination meeting to declare her the official Candidate. No other party has yet had a nomination meeting in the Riding so Kim is off to an early start. The meeting tonight at the LiUNA hall on Dodge Street in Cobourg was full with an estimated 350-400 people. Most were Liberal supporters but not all; there were some Conservatives, notably Candidate Philip Lawrence with some supporters (see photo) plus some protesters (who were barely heard) and of course the National and local media. The event was billed as open to all and starting at 6:00 p.m. At around 6:30 p.m., the Cobourg Police Pipes and Drums came in and “entertained” until around 7:20 when Justin came in.
Both Justin and Kim spoke for about 5 minutes each with mostly partisan comments aimed at the faithful but the crowd cheered loudest when Justin thanked everyone for their support in the recent NAFTA negotiations when he was encouraged to stand up to the Americans.
Most of the people were standing and grouped around where they expected Justin to be but before he appeared, his helpers made sure that babies and young kids were at the front. One example was right in front of me when Mike and Danielle Hendren from Peterborough – with their baby George – were positioned for a good photo (see Photo below).
Trudeau pointed to his long association with Kim and she reminded him that he had visited the Riding five times. In her speech, Kim thanked her husband. She said she had been married to him for 40 years and that she had lived in the Riding almost 40 years.
Police and Auxiliary constables were visible as were both the Chief and the Deputy chief in full regalia. They must have been successful since there were no incidents although a few protesters were evident.
After Justin and Kim finished speaking, Justin worked the crowd – shaking hands and having short chats with many of those there.