Conservative leadership candidate Pierre Poilievre campaigned in Edmonton Thursday evening.
Beginning at the River Cree Resort and Casino, which hosted the event, the capacity of the main room where the Carleton MP made his case to be the next Conservative Party of Canada leader was 2,400. That room reached capacity, and an overflow room was opened.
Poilievre said the pandemic "attacked" Canadians of medical and personal freedoms, but the rising cost of living is now threatening "economic freedoms."
"When the people who build our houses cannot afford to live in them, our economic system is fundamentally unjust and needs to change," Poilievre said. "Conservatives are going to fight tooth and nail to stop the truck tax, to axe the carbon tax, and to leave money in your pocket."
"We are going to restore the Bank of Canada's traditional mandate, which is to keep inflation low and protect the purchasing power of your money," Poilievre said, adding he would stop federal deficits and introduce "common sense spending rules."
"We will give Albertans fairness in the equalization system," he said. "For the national interest, we will unleash the production of the most responsible and environmentally ethical energy anywhere in the Earth, right here in western Canada."
In an attempt to curt the Sikh vote, Poilievre also stopped at the Gurdwara Siri Guru Singh Sabha in Edmonton for Vaisakhi festivities with MP Tim Uppal and Jasraj Shallan.