Thousands of revellers didn’t let grey skies and rain dampen their spirits as they celebrated Canada’s 150th birthday on Parliament Hill Saturday.
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Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, his wife Sophie Gregoire Trudeau and their three young children were joined by Prince Charles and Camilla, the Duchess of Cornwall, as well Governor General David Johnston and his wife Sharon for Canada Day festivities. People take in the Canada 150 celebrations on Parliament Hill in Ottawa on Saturday, July 1, 2017. (THE CANADIAN PRESS/ Justin Tang) Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and his son Hadrien, greet people during Canada 150 celebrations in Ottawa on Saturday, July 1, 2017. (THE CANADIAN PRESS/ Sean Kilpatrick) The dignitaries greeted throngs of people who had gathered early under gloomy skies and rain to celebrate Canada’s sesquicentennial.
The massive party was not without its hiccups, as hundreds waited in lines for hours to clear security gates and get onto Parliament Hill grounds.
A Parliamentary Protective Services spokesperson told CTV News that there were initial delays at the event due to flooding, as well as the arrival of dignitaries.
Firefighters were able to pump out the flooded area, the spokesperson said, and pedestrian traffic resumed.
The drab weather and delays didn’t put a total damper on the festivities.
Jenna Doerksen, 29, travelled with her family from Winnipeg to participate in Ottawa celebrations. Wearing a red T-shirt and a flags on a tiara, Doerksen told The Canadian Press that she’s “wanted to come to Parliament Hill since high school.”Speaking to the crowd, Trudeau praised Canada for its reputation of multiculturalism, inclusiveness and for being a peacemaker on the world stage.He said that 150 years marking confederation was “as good a time as any” to celebrate, and “reflect on our past, cheer […]
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