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Trudeau keeps focus on diversity at Liberal fundraiser in Kanata

Justin Trudeau, Leader of the Liberal Party of Canada, delivered remarks to supporters at an open Liberal fundraising event in Ottawa on August 22, 2019.
Justin Trudeau, Leader of the Liberal Party of Canada, delivered remarks to supporters at an open Liberal fundraising event in Ottawa on August 22, 2019.

The power of diversity was a dominant theme at a Liberal party fundraiser in Kanata featuring Prime Minister Justin Trudeau.

The Thursday night event drew more than 60 Liberal supporters to a local Holiday Inn, where they heard first from the Liberal MP for Kanata–Carleton, Karen McCrimmon.

“We are so blessed, but blessings come with responsibility,” she told the crowd, the vast majority of whom were visible minorities. “Thank you for caring enough about your country, thank you for spending your time and your money and your investments – all of you who have come out over the years to knock on doors, and make those phone calls, and put up signs.”

Introducing the prime minister, community leader Amy Awad emphasized Trudeau’s commitment to diversity. “He appointed a cabinet more reflective of the communities that it serves than every other government in Canada and possibly, the world. And he has not been afraid to stand up to bigotry in all its forms.”

In his brief speech, Trudeau returned to a similar idea again and again – faced with challenges, Canadians find strength by coming together.

“It’s a very easy way, playing up populism and patriotism and nationalism to move the dials in a way that can lead to votes in the short term, but doesn’t lead us anywhere towards solving the actual challenges we’re facing,” Trudeau said.

These challenges, he said – from income inequality, to climate change, to technological disruption – demand a unified response from Canadians.

“People arriving to this country, over the many generations, with the confidence that they were going to be able to work hard and build a better future yes, for themselves, but mostly for their kids and grandkids, is what has built this country.”

“And it has left us in a place that is enviable in the world, a country that – for the most part – instinctively understands that diversity, that differences, can be a source of strength, a source of resilience, a source of creativity and solutions.”

He reminded donors in attendance – who paid between $750 and $1,500 for a ticket to the evening – of his party’s record over the last four years on combatting climate chance, reconciliation with Indigenous people, and investment in the middle class, and urged unity and ambition going into the election.

“Let’s draw together this extraordinary resilience and diversity we have, and set forward on an exciting path to succeed.”

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