Grand Bay-Westfield — Justin Trudeau will be travelling to Atlantic Canada today as part of his Canada 150 summer cross-country tour. The tour events have taken on a circus-like atmosphere with vendors at each stop selling everything from food to Justin Trudeau memorabilia, which includes his likeness on everything from poutine spoons to hemp diapers.
Perhaps the Liberal government’s savviest marketing move was to include rapper and recording artist Pitbull on the tour to warm up crowds by yelling “Mr. Worldwide!” before Trudeau takes the stage.
“It really has turned into a festival atmosphere,” said Monique Leblanc, who’s followed the Trudeau cavalcade for the past four tour stops. “Everyone is excited when JT’s bus rolls into town, and it’s not just him, either. I mean we get to see our prime minister and Pitbull share the same stage! There’s always a surprise guest, too. I heard that Lil’ Biggie will be at the Grand Bay stop!”
Rumours have been circulating on social media that Canadian hip-hop sensation Lil’ Biggie will perform his smash hit summer dance craze “Beaver Tail” alongside Trudeau and Pitbull at today’s show.
One Liberal organizer who asked not to be named said, “This is big for us. We’ve worked hard as an organization and we’re finally putting the Party back in the Liberal Party! It’s Canada’s birthday! We should do it right…with Pitbull.”
Indeed there is a buzz around the region as scores flock to the high-energy events, and today’s stops are expected to draw thousands. Which means an instant boost to the local economies.
Val Caron, with Tourism New Brunswick, explains. “This is big for us. The spinoff revenue is immeasurable and so is the exposure, quite frankly. Trudeau, Pitbull, and Lil’ Biggie all here in our quaint little community? This is huge!”
So, to celebrate the 150th birthday of our nation, New Brunswickers are out basking in the sunny weather while awaiting the arrival of a prime minister who is enjoying skyrocketing popularity in the region…and also Pitbull.