Residents of Markham, Ontario were proud to call their city their home yesterday, as Justin Trudeau made his way to Bill Hogarth Secondary School to celebrate Thai Pongal and Tamil Heritage Month celebrations. Trudeau was warmly greeted by both students and members of the Tamil community as he helped to kick off the celebrations. Justin Trudeau shook hands, took selfies, and most importantly celebrated peace and happiness, and the community couldn’t have been more excited.
In a video tweeted by Justin Trudeau, he stated that it was “time to recognize the important contributions Tamil Canadians make to the success and prosperity of our Country,”, which is why he was in Markham to celebrate the Thai Pongal festival. Thai Pongal is a harvest festival dedicated to the Sun God that is celebrated by the Tamil community.
Toronto and Halton Police were also on scene to help celebrate the event and sent their thanks via Twitter to Trudeau for coming out to help them celebrate.
As Trudeau entered the high school, many videos and pictures depicted the excitement that students had while seeing their Prime Minister. Crowds of students and guests rushed with their phones to meet Trudeau and people were obviously freaking out.
Students and guests also shared how excited they were to see him, @rithiandmaya from Instagram even showing her inner fangirl by stating, “OMG… it’s like a dream. He was actually talking to us,”.
Videos and photos posted by students and guests show the absolute craziness when Trudeau enters the high school.
After meeting with members of the high school and Tamil community, Trudeau made a speech to help kick off the celebration.
Justin Trudeau was also at Brock University Tuesday night as part as his town hall tour. 2,000 guests were packed into the stadium at the St. Catherine's campus for the event. This town hall event was part of his cross country town hall tour event and was the only Ontario stop.