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Over 6,000 people sign up to attend Barack Obama’s speech in Montreal

Will he slam Donald Trump? Will he sing, or drop a mic?

Expectations were running high in Montreal ahead of this evening’s speech by former U.S. president Barack Obama.

“I just want to hear his thoughts on the current state of the world,” said Suzanne George, who was one of the first to arrive at the Palais des Congrés convention centre.

Some 6,000 people managed to secure tickets to today’s event, Obama’s first speech in Canada since stepping down in January.

He is scheduled to deliver a 30-minute speech around 5:40 p.m. ET. He will then take part in a question-and-answer session with Sophie Brochu, the president and CEO of the Quebec energy provider Gaz Métro.

Ticketholders were asked to arrive early, several hours before Obama takes the stage, in order to go through extensive security checks.

Along with thousands of Obama fans, the speech is attracting a number of politicians, both active and retired.

Yolande James, Quebec’s first black cabinet minister and self-described Obama “super fan,” was seen in line. So too was former premier Jean Charest.

Montreal Mayor Denis Coderre is expected to be in attendance along with a number of provincial cabinet ministers.

“I expect him to talk about the environment, trade,” Quebec Premier Philippe Couillard said as he made his way into the convention centre.

“One of the most important geo-political relationships in the world is the Canada-U.S. relationship,” the premier added. “It has to remain strong and friendly. That’s probably something he’s going to be talking about.”

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SOURCE: CBC News

BCNN1 • June 6, 2017


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