July 11, 2017 2:16 pm
Updated: July 12, 2017 1:19 pm

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau decides to attend 2017 Calgary Stampede

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, centre, flips flapjacks at a Stampede breakfast in Calgary, Alta., Saturday, July 16, 2016.

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Prime Minister Justin Trudeau will don a cowboy hat and jeans for the 2017 Calgary Stampede after all.

The Prime Minister’s Office confirmed Trudeau will be in Calgary on Saturday, July 15.

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Spokesperson Cameron Ahmad said Trudeau will come to Alberta after attending the National Governors Association conference in Rhode Island.

“He is looking forward to celebrating Stampede alongside Albertans, as he has done for years,” Ahmad wrote in an email to Global News.

The PMO has yet to confirm his full schedule, but Global News understands Trudeau will attend a Stampede breakfast Saturday, before attending the rodeo in the afternoon.

The news comes after previous reports Trudeau’s schedule was too packed to accommodate a trip out west.

Many felt it was a way to avoid the controversy of the prime minister’s Canada Day mistake of leaving out Alberta in his speech on Parliament Hill.

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Ahmad said that’s not the case.

“It was due to scheduling constraints and nothing else,” he said.

The omission drew polarizing reaction from many Albertans: some felt it was on purpose, but others forgave it as an honest mistake.

Trudeau apologized to the crowds in Ottawa as well as to Canadians on social media.

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