Prime Minister Justin Trudeau talks with his team during a time-out as he coaches players during a basketball game at the Nanyang Model Private High school in Shanghai Sept. 2, 2016. (Photo: Adrian Wyld/CP)
'It's important to step up'Outside a Shanghai high school, Trudeau barked instructions from courtside as guest coach of a team. His squad, called the Raptors, faced an opponent coached by former National Basketball Association star Yao Ming. "It's important to take a stand on issues that matter to you," Trudeau, a former teacher, told hundreds of cheering kids who crowded around the court before the friendly game. "It's important to step up and look for your voice to be able to have an impact in shaping the world around you, in shaping your community, in shaping your future." The game took place at a high school where British Columbia-certified teachers teach all courses between grades 10 and 12 in English. After the game, he made an election-campaign-like stop by sweeping into a busy local restaurant that specializes in Montreal-style smoked meat and is run by a Montrealer.
Prime Minister Justin Trudeau talks with his team as he coaches players during a visit to the Nanyang Model Private High school in Shanghai, on Sept. 2, 2016. (Photo: Adrian Wyld/CP)Inside, he moved through the restaurant chatting with customers. He even asked the owner what type of mustard is appropriate on a smoked-meat sandwich. In the afternoon, Trudeau spoke at a Shanghai event hosted by Canadian insurance firm Manulife, which has had a presence in China since 1897. At the event, the company launched a program that rewards physically active customers with a free wearable fitness device and one year of free coverage. After his speech, the smiling prime minister was joined on the stage by several people in a slow-moving dance that combined the Chinese art of tai chi with yoga.
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