Prime Minister visits Goderich, Stratford - Aug. 31, 2017
BY DENNY SCOTT
Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau visited the Salvation Army in Goderich last week to help prepare some students for the coming school year.
The Salvation Army’s volunteers were preparing backpacks to make sure no student would have to go without the supplies needed for the school year when Trudeau stopped by and participated, filling up a bag to be delivered to some local students.
Trudeau greeted the dozens of people gathered at the volunteer store including local youth groups prior to heading into the Salvation Army facility on Sunset Drive in Goderich. He took time to shake hands, pose for photos, sign autographs and get some high-fives from the younger members of the audience.
After greeting the volunteers, signing a special document for the official visit and taking part in the backpack-stuffing, Trudeau explained how the event was indicative of the help he wants to make sure every family has.
“Canadians are there for each other,” he said. “That’s who we are. That’s the core of the Salvation Army.”
He said the volunteers coming together to make sure every child has a chance to succeed was important and was one of the reasons the government moved forward with the Canadian Childcare Benefit, a tax-free monthly payment made to families with children under the age of 18.
Trudeau congratulated the group on its work before heading to the Stratford Festival for his next engagement.