• James Armstrong

Just in town for lunch


PHOTO BY RODNEY LORICA

Smoked meat was on the menu for Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau’s lunch on Wednesday, January 18, as he and his entourage stopped at Smoke Meat Pete’s restaurant in Île Perrot, much to the surprise of the afternoon diners.

The impromptu visit was an opportunity for Trudeau to chat with customers, shake hands, hold babies, and pose for a multitude of photos. And while Trudeau took the time to talk with all the customers, he wasn’t taking questions from the media representatives who were invited to attend.

“It’s a bit hectic,” said Dave Pye, one of the restaurant staff members when asked how things were going before the PM’s arrival. Rain and freezing rain conditions meant that sidewalks and entryways needed attention as the crowd began to gather.

With local Member of Parliament for Vaudreuil-Soulanges Peter Schiefke at his side, Trudeau took time to chat with adults and children and made a tour of the restaurant’s kitchen.

Unfortunately, the owner of the restaurant, Peter Vavaro, was not there. He was away on a fishing trip, but he got to chat with the PM by cell phone. “We’ll have to do this again,” said Trudeau with a laugh. It was a convivial informal atmosphere, as the PM made his way from table to table conversing with people in French and English.

Though he didn’t actually sit down and dine, someone in the crowd was overheard reporting they saw a serious amount of take-out go out the door.

For more photos on Trudeau’s visit, see our Facebook page.

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