Huge crowd on campus greets the prime minister

By Costa Maragos Posted: January 26, 2017 1:00 p.m.

Prime Minster Justin Trudeau made an informal visit to the U of R making his way through a packed Riddell Centre.
Prime Minster Justin Trudeau made an informal visit to the U of R making his way through a packed Riddell Centre. Photo - External Relations

A large and enthusiastic crowd greeted Prime Minister Justin Trudeau as he made an informal visit to the University of Regina.

Vianne Timmons with Justin Trudeau
President Dr. Vianne Timmons with Prime Minister Justin Trudeau. U of R Photography

He was greeted at the Riddell Centre entrance by President Dr. Vianne Timmons.

“We’re thrilled he’s on our campus,” says Timmons. “I’m thrilled that we have a prime minister that will openly interact with our students like he did.”

Timmons notes this is the first time a prime minister has visited the U of R since Lester B. Pearson in the 1960's.

Trudeau, who was accompanied by Regina Liberal MP Ralph Goodale, slowly made his way from the Riddell Centre past the book store and eventually to the Research and Innovation Centre.

“It’s really nice of him to come and visit,” says Kate Indzeoski, a first year Arts students. “It was crazy. I couldn’t even think when I was next to him. It was pretty surreal seeing him here.”

Journalism students
Students from the School of Journalism show off their 'selfies' with the PM.

Indzeoski was one of countless people in the crowd taking selfies with the PM.

"I’ve never had the prime minister ever visit near here. I enjoyed it,” says Madina Azizi, a student in the School of Journalism. “It was kind of nerve wracking too because I was like ‘oh my God there’s the prime minister just standing in front of me.’ You usually just see him on TV.”

Earlier in the day, Trudeau had breakfast with cadets at the RCMP Academy.

From here, Trudeau will visit Winnipeg. The stop in Regina is a part of Trudeau's cross-country tour to re-connect with grassroots Canadians.