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‘Can we stay here forever?’: Prime minister impressed with Keji Seaside

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and his wife, Sophie Gregoire Trudeau, stroll along the beach at Kejimkujik National Park Seaside in Port Joli.
Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and his wife, Sophie Gregoire Trudeau, stroll along the beach at Kejimkujik National Park Seaside in Port Joli.

PORT JOLI, NS - Sunshine and warmth greeted Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and his wife Sophie Gregoire Trudeau when they arrived at Kejimkujik National Park Seaside in Port Joli, Queens County, on July 21.  

Grace Dwyer was one of many people who came to greet the Prime Minister. Dwyer lives in Halifax, but she was staying at her cottage near the park.

“It’s a rare opportunity to see the prime minister in a location like this,” she said.

Dwyer didn’t know Trudeau was going to be in the area until she heard the news the morning of July 21.

“I think it’s good that he gets around and visits these small communities,” she added.

Blantford Nickerson sat on a bench beside Dwyer.

“Well, my MP’s coming, and I guess my Prime Minister,” said Nickerson about why he’d come to the national park. “There’s a lot of stuff that’s going on in this community, and it doesn’t seem like we can get any headway.”

Sophie Gregoire Trudeau and Prime Minister Justin Trudeau hike along the trail at Kejimkujik National Park Seaside July 21

Nickerson lives and works as fisher in nearby Port l’Hebert.

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau strolls along the beach at Kejimkujik National Park Seaside in Port Joli.

David Dagley, mayor of the Region of Queens Municipality, says having Kejimkujik National Park and Historic Site and the seaside site is wonderful for Queens County.

“We are pleased that Prime Minister Justin Trudeau has taken time from his busy schedule to visit Kejimkujik Seaside in Queens County,” he said. “It is expected that he will be amazed with the natural beauty of Kejimkujik Seaside.”

And he was. When Trudeau arrived on the beach, his face was lit with a smile.

“Can we stay here forever?” he asked.

Sophie Gregoire Trudeau and Bernadette Jordan, Member of Parliament for South Shore-St. Margaret’s walk in the water at the first beach at Kejimkujik National Park Seaside in Queens County, N.S. July 21.

He and his wife strolled on the sand and Gregoire Trudeau tested the water.

Trudeau also made a stop in Shelburne, where he visited with children in a day camp, before heading to the Halifax Pride Parade on July 22.

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