Nation Valley News
KEMPTVILLE — To say Geronimo Coffee Shop in Kemptville was packed yesterday afternoon for Prime Minister Justin Trudeau’s visit, would be a huge understatement.
A sign displayed on the Prescott St. establishment’s wall read ‘capacity of 30’ people — there had to be at least 100 people in there at one point.
One of many in attendance was Melissa Button. Button brought along a special picture drawn by her 6-year-old daughter Emma. Emma is a very outspoken and enthusiastic little girl with hopes of being the Prime Minister of Canada someday. She was very excited to have her mom show Trudeau her picture and hoped he would sign it, and miraculously — he did!
Melissa Button later posted Emma’s response on her Facebook page, watch her cute and hilarious reaction here:
Kemptville District Hospital’s Chief Executive Officer, Frank Vassallo, was also in attendance. He told Nation Valley News that as a precaution one of Trudeau’s staff members phoned the hospital the day before to confirm that they had enough staff on and could handle any situation if something were to happen. Vassallo said that this was a standard security procedure for a PM visit.
Although it was a rather short stop — merely 10 minutes — Trudeau was certainly welcomed by the North Grenville crowd.
The Prime Minister’s quick stop was in support of Liberal candidate for the Leeds-Grenville-Thousand Islands-Rideau Lakes by-election, Mary Jean McFall.
“The only way to move forward is in a thoughtful, responsible way … and that’s why we need so much to have Mary Jean McFall with us!” announced Trudeau.
“I’m so proud of the leadership that Mary Jean has put forward,” he added.
McFall then took the floor and thanked the “fearless leader for coming out.”
“We have a saying ‘Lets do this together’ and we are going to do this!” she proclaimed to the crowd.
Trudeau then shook a few hands, spoke with the coffee shop owners and posed for photos with them briefly and then quickly headed out the door to head to Brockville for 4 p.m.
His stop in Kemptville was apparently supposed to be a secret, according to a police officer and one of Trudeau’s security detail.
The police officer had mentioned to Nation Valley News and the security officer that he was inside a nearby business waiting for the event to start when a customer came up to him and asked if he was there as security for the PM.
The security member then laughed and said, “Ya it was like the worst kept so called secret.”