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Liberal leader Trudeau greets Edmonton commuters

05/03/2013 02:17 EDT | Updated 07/03/2013 05:12 EDT
Federal Liberal Leader Justin Trudeau chatted up commuters in downtown Edmonton this morning.

"I've always been a Liberal supporter here," said Larisa Sembaliuk Cheladyn, who came down to Churchill LRT station around 8 a.m. to meet Trudeau.

Trudeau is visiting the city for the first time since winning the Liberal Party leadership race last month.

"This is about the steady hard work that needs to be done over the coming two years until the next election, getting out and meeting as many Canadians as possible," he told reporters after shaking hands for about 20 minutes.

"Certainly the west in general represents a challenge for the Liberal Party, but right now with 35 seats in the House of Commons we've got challenges right across the country."

Trudeau praised Premier Alison Redford for her efforts to get the United States to approve the proposed Keystone XL pipeline in contrast to Stephen Harper's government.

The proposed line, which would carry bitumen from the Alberta oilsands to Texas, is critical to Canada, Trudeau said.

Redford has made several trips to Washington to speak to decision-makers about Keystone's benefits.

U.S. President Barack Obama is expected to make a final decision soon.