Trudeau gets celebrity welcome in Calgary?!?!

Liberal leader Justin Trudeau reacts to something the crowd says before the start of the 2014...

Liberal leader Justin Trudeau reacts to something the crowd says before the start of the 2014 Stampede Parade in Calgary, Alta. on Friday July 4, 2014. This is the 102nd edition of the Stampede which continues until July 13. Hugo Yuen/Special to the Calgary Sun/QMI Agency

Rick Bell, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 1:59 PM ET

CALGARY -- A federal Liberal leader by the name of Trudeau, and he's getting mobbed on Calgary's Stephen Avenue.

And it's not bad mobbed as in bygone days, when a Liberal could be covered with vein-popping venom over everything from the National Energy Program to Petro Canada and even French on cereal boxes.

It's people out Stampeding. You can see them looking and hear them asking: Is that you-know-who?

It's the quick double take. Yeah, that's Justin Trudeau.

Doesn't take long. The lining up for pictures and hugs. Well, they don't actually line up. A crowd begins to gather. Soon it is a few rows deep.

Some call out: Me, can I get in here?

Sometimes they push. Trudeau poses with them all.

Old and young, Girl Guides with wide grins, women who say Trudeau looks better in person, even Mayor Nenshi's sister.

A guy with a homemade sign wants to show Trudeau his handiwork, such as it is. The sign reads: The Next Prime Minister of Canada.

Then there's the handshakes and the smiles from those on the sunny patio, brewskies and cocktails in hand and a quick pic on the camera phone.

It takes over half an hour for Trudeau to travel half a block.

This is Calgary. Are these individuals all Liberals? A few are. They wear Trudeau buttons and there is a Liberal party booth nearby.

Are they tourists? It's the Stampede. No doubt there will be some.

But many are likely Calgarians.

You shake your head. This is Calgary. There hasn't been a federal Liberal elected in this city in almost half a century -- 1968, to be exact.


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