It’s Niagara Day For Prime Minister Justin Trudeau

And Niagara At Large Won’t Be Taking It In

A News Commentary by Niagara At large publisher Doug Draper

Posted October 21st, 2016 on Niagara At Large

This Friday, October 21st, Canada’s Prime Minister has a full day of touring around Niagara, Ontario, with a few side trips to the Stoney Creek/Dundas/Hamilton area wedged in for good measure.justin-trudeau-two

That means a full day of reporters and photographers from the mainstream media jostling for position to get the best shot of Justin Trudeau having a doughnut in St. Catharines, walking along West Street in Port Colborne with the Welland Canal and lift bridge as a backdrop, and scribbling down whatever “talking points” his communications advisors prepare for him to deliver along the way.

And you can bet that every Liberal MP and MPP, and every wannabe Liberal MP and MPP in the Niagara area will be there, positioning themselves for a place in a photo or video clip that offers some assurance they won’t end up on the cutting room floor. (What you want to do, if you ever get in this situation, is position yourself somewhere in between the Prime Minister and whatever other dignitaries you know the media wants in the picture, making it virtually impossible for any editor to crop you out. I’ve seen such maneuvering played out hundreds of times during my years as a reporter and I can sure you, it works.)

As for the mainstream media outlets, I am also sure that what pathetically little is left of the newsroom resources at these outlets in the region will be fully deployed for whatever photo-ops and talking points are offered up through the day.

But Niagara At Large will not be there.

And it’s because the visitor is Justin Trudeau.

I know that some people have written him off completely and some had no regard for him at least as far back as a year ago this week, when his government was sworn in after sweeping to victory in last year’s federal election.

I’ve got my concerns with Trudeau – with his government’s decision to move forward with selling military equipment to a Saudi regime with a deplorable human rights record, with its failure, so far, to simply say no to constructing any more pipelines for tar sands goo, and with the terribly weak pricing targets it recently announced for a carbon tax to address climate change – just to name a few.

I have not written his government off yet and I still find myself thanking whatever god there is each day that it’s Justin Trudeau in the Prime Minister’s Office, and not Jackboots Harper.

But I don’t see what value will come from investing what few news gathering resources I have in following the PM and his supporters around for photo ops and a few quotable quotes.

If it were 1985 all over again, with a newsroom staffed with 40 or more people that would be one thing. But under the circumstances, I can’t see how using what little news-gathering resources are left, elbowing your way through a media scrum for one or two usable pictures, is going to help our communities face the real challenges we have around unemployment or under-employment, access to quality public health care, costly post-secondary tuition fees, inadequate transit services, etc., etc., etc.

As for any real news that may come out of this day-long sweep through the region, you can count on the Prime Minister’s Office circulating a media release in that event, and we will posit. As for pictures, I’m sure they will be posted and published in the mainstream papers, and we can count on seeing some of them again in future riding brochures and campaign pamphlets circulated by Liberal Party politicians in the region

Having said  all that, here is the Prime Minister’s itinerary for Niagara for this Friday, October 21st, as circulated to the media by staffers in the PMO –

Itinerary for the Prime Minister, Justin Trudeau, for Friday, October 21, 2016:

Stoney Creek, Ontario

9:30 a.m. The Prime Minister will visit Mohawk College’s Stoney Creek Campus.

Stoney Creek Campus, Mohawk College 481 Barton Street Stoney Creek, Ontario

Notes for media:

  • Photo opportunity only
  • Media should arrive no later than 9:00 a.m.

Hamilton, Ontario

10:45 a.m. The Prime Minister will meet with the Mayor of Hamilton, Fred Eisenberger.

Hamilton City Hall 71 Main Street West Hamilton, Ontario

Notes for media:

  • Photo opportunity only
  • Media should arrive no later than 10:15 a.m.

11:35 a.m. The Prime Minister will visit Picone’s Fine Food.

Picone’s Fine Food 34 King Street West Dundas, Ontario

Notes for media:

  • Photo opportunity only
  • Media should arrive no later than 11:00 a.m.

St. Catharines, Ontario

1:00 p.m. The Prime Minister will visit Beechwood Doughnuts.

Beechwood Doughnuts 5 James Street St. Catharines, Ontario

Notes for media:

  • Photo opportunity only
  • Media should arrive no later than 12:30 p.m.

Port Colborne, Ontario

2:00 p.m. The Prime Minister will visit Port Colborne.

244 West Street Port Colborne, Ontario

Note for media:

  • Photo opportunity only

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One response to “It’s Niagara Day For Prime Minister Justin Trudeau

  1. I wouldn’t cross the street to see either one of them – Justin Trudeau or Vance Badawey.
    Last year my husband John and Sarah, who were both taken violently at the g20 designated zone for protesters at Queen’s Park in 2010, rode their bikes across Canada over 8,000 kilometers looking for justice. They stopped at the four major leaders during their ride, looking for an apology. Not only was Justin’s office closed to them, (as well as Stephen Harper’s office), but Justin ran Bill Blair, who wasthe former Chief of Police during that infamous violation of civil liberties, in Scarborough riding during last year’s federal election, and has him as the parliamentary secretary to the Minister of Justice.
    Along with the Niagara District Council of Women (formerly the St. Catharines and District Council of Women), I initiated political action with the Niagara Regional Council who, along with Regional Councillor Bill Hodgson, passed resolutions unanimously through BIll’s unrelenting advocacy, in opposition to the transfer of highly enriched liquid unranium and other fissionable substances rumoured to be going through the Niagara Region. As well, I initiated a lobby at Vance Badawey’s office through Bill Hodgson’s request. Vance’s strangely delayed reply reached Bill just prior to the proposed transfer now reported to start at the Peace Bridge in Fort Erie.The letter states that Vance is prepared to facilitate a meeting on the issue for Niagara Centre constituents. Interestingly all members of that lobby so warmly received by Vance, (my door is open to you at any time) all reside outside his Niagara Centre riding. So no copy was sent to myself or Gracia Janes, the national environment convenor for the National Council of Women, also present present at the lobby early last February.
    Happily the transfer has been delayed with the hiring of an environmental lawyer in the U.S.A.
    For mm, the new slogan for the federal liberal party is No justice for the victims of the g20 travesty of 2010, and transport of liquid heu – we do it all for you.
    Susan Pruyn


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