January 21st, 2017

Prime ministerial visits to Medicine Hat are few and far between


By Medicine Hat News on October 12, 2016.

When Justin Trudeau sets foot in Medicine Hat tomorrow it will mark the first time in almost a quarter century a sitting prime minister has been in the Gas City.

Though not the only visits to Medicine Hat by sitting PMs these are a few notable ones:

Kim Campbell was prime minister from June 25 to Nov. 4, 1993, and made time for a Medicine Hat visit during that year’s election campaign. Campbell visited on Oct. 23 to stump for Progressive Conservative Party candidate Bill Wyse.

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About 21 years before that, the first prime minister Trudeau, his wife Margaret and seven-month-old Justin stopped for 20 minutes. The vacationing family was on its way to a ski lodge in the Rockies and made a quick stop in the city.

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More than 100 years ago, Sir Wilfred Laurier was in Medicine Hat to open Alexandra High School.

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