After reports that Trudeau would visit a Café in Cobourg this afternoon at 5:45 pm, it was finally announced that he would be at the Black Cat at 4 King West at 6:45 pm. He finally arrived closer to 8:00 pm to be greeted by about 130 supporters and a dozen very noisy demonstrators. The venue was the patio of the Black Cat and all spectators were asked to wear masks but the demonstrators did not. A PA system was provided but a good part of the time, this did not help Justin get his message out. It’s not apparent how being rude and shouting down a speech helps the cause of the anti-mask and anti-vax’ers. But we do have free speech in Canada – I guess that includes free noise.
A group of supporters first gathered at the campaign office of Alison Lester at 15 King East, then they moved to the Black Cat to wait. While waiting, Mayor John Henderson had a long chat with Alison. I spotted councillors Adam Bureau, Nicole Beatty and Emily Chorley and I think Aaron Burchat was there too. RCMP security were evident and a few Cobourg Police were on the periphery.
The noise from demonstrators didn’t start until Trudeau arrived but their presence was evident by their lack of mask, conspicuous hugging and some anti-Trudeau signs and T-Shirts.
Based on the quizzical stares from passing drivers, it was evident that few knew that Justin was in Town – that’s probably because of the late notice. However, most of the local media were there so look for their reports.
It was a busy first day of campaigning for Trudeau – he started the day in Montreal and stopped at least in Napanee along the way to Cobourg.
Photos of the Event