Justin Trudeau may be the hottest thing the federal Liberals have to offer right now, but even he couldn’t beat the weather.
Trudeau, in the region for the day, was sidelined when events were cancelled with the closures of Brock University and Niagara College. Instead he had staff scrambling to find him public venues where he could shake hands.
He wound up touring facilities at the Hotel Dieu-Shaver Hospital in St. Catharines, which last fall opened a new $2-million rehabilitation centre. Trudeau arrived around 10:30, greeted staff and officials in the lobby, then disappeared with handlers into an elevator.
He also attended a party function at the Welland Arena around 2 p.m., then a $150-a-plate fundraiser dinner at the CAW Hall in St. Catharines that attracted about 200 people.
Trudeau is the Member of Parliament for the Montreal riding of Papineau. He was first elected to the House of Commons in 2008 and is the Liberal critic for youth, post-secondary education, and amateur sport. He is considered the front-runner in the race to replace interim Liberal leader Bob Rae. The Liberals will choose their next leader April 15.