It was a match made in heaven. Canada's Team met up with Canada's Prime Minister on Tuesday at Parliament Hill in Ottawa.
It was Day 1 of the Saskatchewan Roughriders' work week, as they held a walk-through practice on the lawn in front of Centre Block over the noon hour. The Riders stayed in Eastern Canada between their Week 16 and Week 17 games in Ottawa and Toronto.
Prime Minister Justin Trudeau took time out of his day to come out and visit the Riders, and pose for pictures.
"We'd planned on going to Carleton (University), but when we visited up here the other day, one of our Football Operations guys, Scotty Annand, knew somebody and they said we could practice right out on the lawn here," Riders Head Coach & GM Chris Jones told 620 CKRM's Carm Carteri. "It's a five-minute walk from our hotel and it's a unique opportunity for our players."
Jones said it was a great experience for all of his players, both Canadian and American alike.
"We talked about it this morning; being respectful, knowing where we're at and doing the right things," Jones said. "Again, we're just very appreciative of them letting us practice out here today."
Trudeau tried his hand at passing and receiving, but Jones said he should stick to politics.
"Haha. I believe we have a little bit of work to do!" Jones laughed. "Maybe have to go on the practice roster and maybe we can move him up from there. We were very appreciative of him coming out, seeing us practice, and very appreciative of the government allowing us to come out and practice in the yard."
Regarding football, Jones addressed Monday's multi-player trade with Hamilton saying the Ticats approached Saskatchewan about making the deal and it's a trade that worked for both sides.
Jones also said the club was hit with a rash of injuries during Friday's 32-30 overtime win at Ottawa and that it'll force them to play some players out of position this Saturday at Toronto.
Offensive lineman Brendon Labatte participated in Tuesday's walk-through but there is no timetable for his return. Labatte has been out since early in the season with a head/neck injury.
The Roughriders were officially eliminated from post-season contention on Monday with Edmonton's 40-20 win at Montreal but still have four games left in the season. Jones said their goal the rest of the way is to win them all, and that he's paid to win football games.
Currently on a three-game winning streak, Jones said they'll play any team in the CFL right now.
|Rider Radio's Carm Carteri with Justin Trudeau|