Wife of Canada’s Trudeau plugs parks with parliament tents

  • Posted at: 17 May, 2017, in Other

OTTAWA: Sophie Gregoire-Trudeau, the wife of Canada’s prime minister, and their daughter Ella Grace pitched a tent on parliament’s front lawn Friday to promote free access to Canada’s fabled national parks.Free access to the parks — including Banff, Fundy, Glacier, Gulf Islands and Jasper — is granted to locals and foreign tourists alike as part of a year-long celebration of the country’s founding 150 years ago.Gregoire-Trudeau and her daughter were joined by Environment Minister Catherine McKenna and a group of schoolchildren who had never before gone camping.“When we meet in nature, we realize we’re all the same,” Gregoire-Trudeau said, recalling a recent camping trip with her family to Harrington Lake, the prime minister’s official summer residence in Gatineau Park.It is the most fun that can be had as a family, she said. “Your camping experiences will create long lasting memories for your families as it has done for ours.”As temperatures dipped near freezing during this unusually brisk spring, however, Gregoire-Trudeau conceded that the family abandoned their tent at around 2 a.m. that night for the warmth of the estate’s 16-room colonial revival cottage.Prime Minister Justin Trudeau has himself expressed a deep love for the outdoors.During the 2015 campaign that swept his Liberals to power Trudeau took breaks from glad-handing to canoe, recalling iconic images of his late father — former prime minister Pierre Trudeau — in his birch bark canoe that is now on display at the Ottawa airport.

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