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Gord Downie on PM: ‘We’re in good hands’

Justin Trudeau on the Hip: ‘an essential part of what Canada is.’


 
Justin Trudeau meets Tragically Hip fans in downtown Kingston before the final stop on their Man Machine Poem tour. (Photograph by Nick Iwanhyshyn)

Justin Trudeau meets Tragically Hip fans in downtown Kingston before the concert. (Photograph by Nick Iwanhyshyn)

KINGSTON, Ont. — Prime Minister Justin Trudeau says the Tragically Hip are an essential part of what Canada is.

Trudeau was among the fans attending what is expected to be the band’s final show, in Kingston, Ont., on Saturday night.

In an interview with the CBC, Trudeau reminisced about how he used to enjoy the band’s music during his high school and university years.

Trudeau said the band remains anchored in Canada in so many ways through their lyrics and music.

Justin Trudeau leaves a message for the Tragically Hip in downtown Kingston before the final stop on their Man Machine Poem tour. (Photograph by Nick Iwanhyshyn)

The PM leaves a message for the Tragically Hip in downtown Kingston before the final stop on their Man Machine Poem tour. (Photograph by Nick Iwanhyshyn)

The band embarked on what will likely be its final tour after lead singer Gord Downie revealed that he’s battling terminal brain cancer.

Trudeau told the CBC that the concert represents a way to not only say farewell to Downie, but also celebrate the singer and celebrate Canada. He said the concert was a powerful moment for all Canadians.

Trudeau, wearing jeans and a black Tragically Hip T-shirt, casually mingled with Hip fans prior to the concert. He added a message to a wall in downtown Kingston where fans could write tributes to the band.

The prime minister’s aides posted a photo on Twitter of Trudeau embracing Downie just before the start of the show.

When the show started, the Hip mixed fan favourites, newer songs and some politics.

The band immediately gave fans what they wanted to hear, starting their set with four straight hits from the classic album “Fully Completely:” opener “50 Mission Cap,” followed by “Courage (for Hugh MacLennan),” “Wheat Kings” and “At the Hundredth Meridian.”

The Hip then segued into their latest album “Man Machine Poem,” with four tracks including the single “In a World Possessed by the Human Mind.”

Before “Machine,” Downie launched into one of his trademark onstage rants, calling out to Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, who was in the crowd for the show. Trudeau’s official photographer tweeted a photo of the prime minister and Downie embracing before the concert.

“Well, you know, prime minister Trudeau’s got me, his work with First Nations. He’s got everybody. He’s going to take us where we need to go,” Downie said from the stage.

“It’s going to take us 100 years to figure out what the hell went on up there,” he continued, “but it isn’t cool and everybody knows that. It’s really, really bad, but we’re going to figure it out, you’re going to figure it out.”

Much later in the show, Downie again spoke about his fondness for Trudeau.

“Thank you to the Prime Minister for coming to our show, it really means a lot to all of us,” he said.

“We’re in good hands, folks, real good hands. He cares about the people way up North, that we were trained our entire lives to ignore, trained our entire lives to hear not a word of what’s going on up there. And what’s going on up there ain’t good. It’s maybe worse than it’s ever been, so it’s not on the improve. (But) we’re going to get it fixed and we got the guy to do it, to start, to help.

“Thank you everybody. Thanks for listening to that. Thanks for listening, period. Have a nice life.”


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Gord Downie on PM: ‘We’re in good hands’

  1. What’s Gord basing that statement on, Trudeau’s taste in music?

  2. I’m so happy Trudeau came, even though he knew he would get criticism for it. It’s nice to have a PM to feel proud about, after 10 awful years of Harper’s American Republicanism and anti-Canadian social policies. Well done, Mr. Prime Minister, and forget about the haters. They will always find something to complain about.

    • Mr. Prime Minister…forget about the haters. They will always find something to complain about…… Wow. That is quite a sentiment coming from a guy who just laid hate on our former PM, Stephen Harper and his 10 awful years of American Republicanism and anti-Canadian social policies. I bet you don’t consider yourself a “hater” though do you? You don’t think of yourself as one of those people who “will always find something to complain about” when for “10 awful years” Harper ruined Canada in your eyes and you managed to always find something to hate about him. In fact, you are so full of hate about him that you are still bringing up almost a year after your beloved PM has been in office. When will you let go of the hate and recognize that Harper isn’t in charge of the country anymore so your hating is irrelevant.

  3. Well John Geddes and Evan Soleman…you had hoped Trudeau’s trip to The Hip wouldn’t become about him and politics but that was not to be. Good for Gord Downie setting the bar so high in expressing his belief that Trudeau will make things right for the indigenous people in the north. I wonder if Gord knows that Trudeau skipped the emergency meeting in the HOC on the suicides at Attawapiskat to go out for supper and a book signing? I wonder if he knows that the First Nations people had to have a sit in at Federal Offices to get JT’s personal attention on the issue. Perhaps he does and that is why he called out to him during the concert. Sometimes believing that someone is better than they are is becomes a self-fulfilling prophecy. Let’s hope that is the case.

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