There was no shortage of excitement during Prime Minister Justin Trudeau’s visit to City Hall this morning.
Screaming pierced the air as a woman with the group Hamilton 350 was restrained by security personnel.
She had pushed her way through the crowd of onlookers yelling “keep your promises.”
As Trudeau made his way to a vehicle waiting out front, she pelted those gathered with pumpkin seeds decorated with drawn hearts.
The woman had been holding a sign that read “no new pipeline” earlier in the morning with associate David Johnson who says they were there to tell the Prime Minister that it’s time to live up to his promises.
“We would like to know why he is continuing to allow the completion of pipelines, such as the Kinder Morgan” Johnson said.
“We want to know if he is intending to agree to that when it flies in the face of being able to meet our stated targets at the Paris agreement.”
Hamilton 350 recently protested outside of the National Energy Board hearings in downtown Hamilton.
The meetings are in response to an application by Enbridge to increase the capacity of Line 10, a pipeline that runs across rural Hamilton to the U.S border.
Johnson says he didn’t expect the situation to get so escalated but he also didn’t expect the level of security for what he described as a simple handshake meeting.
A meeting that Mayor Fred Eisenberger says he’s doing cartwheels over.
His comments come in reference to a stated commitment by the Prime Minister to strengthen ties with mayors across the country.
“A really important thing for our government is an open collaborative approach with different levels of government” said Trudeau.
According to Eisenberger over the course of their twenty minute conversation council’s top priorities were submitted in writing.
“I did mention that LRT is moving forward quickly and if we could get additional monies for the blast network that will fulfill all of our transit needs for the next ten years.”
Other areas of discussion were U.S. Steel with a focus on pensioners.
Eisenberger says a proposal for partnership on the city’s poverty reduction strategy was also put on the table.
After City Hall, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau made stops at Picone’s Fine Foods in Dundas and Beechwood Doughnuts.
He is expected to be in attendance at the Liberal Party of Canada general meeting this evening in Niagara Falls.
— AM900 CHML (@AM900CHML) October 21, 2016