Leamington Residents Prepare To Welcome Prime Minister

Canada Day is almost upon us and while there are many celebrations going on throughout the region — Leamington is getting a special visitor Sunday morning.

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau's Canada Day itinerary is creating speculation he wants to focus on regions that could be affected by U.S. tariffs.

Hienz pulled out of the tomato hot-bed back in 2014 — and when the town was in a panic — Highbury Canco stepped up. Four years later the company helped Leamington thrive and earned the attention of the most high profile Canadian on Canada's Day.

The factory will be decked out in Red and White on Sunday; Town CAO Peter Neufeld tells CTV Windsor News he's hoping residents will do the same.

"If you have Canadian flags, fly them proudly if you see him going by, wave, welcome him as we are a very welcoming community." he says. "I'm especially happy for the residents of Leamington who otherwise wouldn't get the chance to meet the prime minster or even see him."

He wants everyone to have fun, but did caution there will be heightened security surrounding the event.

"With respect to purses and backpacks, leave them at home — consider this like any other big event like concerts," he added.

Erie St. will be closed between Oak and Morgan St. from 9am until 3pm Sunday.

Prime Minister Trudeau will deliver his Canada Day address via satellite from Leamington to Parliament Hill in Ottawa.

— with files from CTV Windsor News.