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Trudeau to visit Magdalen Islands as summer tour continues in Quebec

A woman flies her kite Monday, August 6, 2012, in Laverniere on the Magdalen Islands. Prime Minister Justin Trudeau will travel to the beautiful Magdalen Islands in Quebec today. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Jacques Boissinot. jqb

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau will travel Friday to the beautiful Magdalen Islands in Quebec.

Trudeau’s office says he is the first prime minister in two decades to visit the small archipelago in the Gulf of St. Lawrence.

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His islands tour will include a stop at a microbrewery and a bakery.

The islands, known in French as Les Iles-de-la-Madeleine, are geographically closer to the Maritimes but are part of Quebec.

All but a handful of the 12,000 residents cite French as their mother tongue, and more than 75 per cent speak only French.

With big, white sandy beaches and a more temperate climate than the mainland, the islands’ economy is heavily based on tourism.

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