Liberal Leader Justin Trudeau reads to a Grade 1/2 class at Blessed Sacrament Catholic Elementary School in London, September 16, 2019. (Photo by Miranda Chant, Blackburn News)

Trudeau makes campaign stop in London

Liberal Leader Justin Trudeau brought his federal election campaign to London Monday.

But instead of making any big platform announcements or touring a big facility, Trudeau used the stop to read a book to Grade 1 and 2 students at Blessed Sacrament Catholic elementary school on Oxford Street East.

Seated in a wooden rocking chair, Trudeau read the small group of 14 children the book “Why I Love Canada.” He asked the kids about their favourite foods and sports and whether they were fluent in more than one language – all of which were questions related to the story they were reading.

Trudeau was joined by local Liberal candidates Peter Fragiskatos (London North Centre), Kate Young (London West), and Mohamed Hammoud (London Fanshawe).

Before leaving the school Trudeau made a 42-second announcement over the PA system.

“I wanted to wish you all a great year ahead,” said Trudeau. “Every new school year is a fresh start, so try something new. Join a sports team or a club, tutor students in a younger grade or volunteer out in the community. Also, be nice to your teachers. I was once a teacher and they are going to be your best allies in building a better future for yourself and they work really really hard to make sure you do great.”

Trudeau took a few minutes before boarding his campaign bus to shake hands with a group of intermediate students who had lined up along a fence to see him. He did not take any questions from reporters.

Blessed Sacrament Catholic elementary school Principal Michelle Kennedy holds a signed copy of the book Justin Trudeau read on a visit to the school on September 16, 2019. (Photo by Miranda Chant, Blackburn News)

Blessed Sacrament Catholic elementary school Principal Michelle Kennedy holds a signed copy of the book Justin Trudeau read on a visit.

Principal Michelle Kennedy said she only found out about Trudeau’s plans to visit the school on Sunday morning.

“It was a quick turn over,” said Kennedy. “We had to prepare the location and what the activity would be.”

She noted she was the one who got to select the classroom Trudeau would spend the bulk of his time in.

“I know Mr. Trudeau could probably go into any classroom with a background in teaching, but I thought it would be nice for our primary class to hear a story that’s part of their regular routine, so it would be sort of normal.”

Following his stop in London, Trudeau continued on to Windsor where he had a rally planned for Monday night at the St. Clair Centre for the Arts with Windsor West Liberal Candidate Sandra Pupatello.