Wapanohk Community School kindergarten student Bella Moose got to do a lot of cool stuff as the winner of the CBC Kids prime minister for a day contest when she was in Ottawa last week, but one thing stuck out as her favourite.
“I saw a unicorn,” said Bella, referring to a puppet who joined her and Prime Minister Justin Trudeau in the House of Commons and his office. “It was my first time seeing a unicorn.”
The prime minister was pretty cool, too, said Bella.
“He was awesome,” she said. “I spun around on the chair in his office and I made a pillow fort in his office. He did help me make it.”
Bella won the contest by answering a question about what she would do if she were the prime minister, writing: “As prime minster, I would make sure everyone has homes and everyone is safe. I would hug everyone. I would make sure animals and the world around us are kept safe. I would make sure every Canadian is healthy. I would show kindness to everyone.”
Among the other activities that Bella and Trudeau took part in were dabbing together and she also taught his how to say one word in Cree.
“I spend all my time getting my students to stop dabbing and I have a picture of the prime minister doing it,” said Moose’s mother Caelin Webber, who teaches Grade 8 at Wapanohk.
The family didn’t know when they went to Ottawa that they would be meeting the prime minister.
“He just – surprise! – walked down the House of Commons when we were shooting [video] and he just showed up,” Webber said.
They spent about four hours taping with TV crews for a segment that will air on CBC on Canada Day.
After getting an inside look at being prime minister, Bella says she might like to follow in his footsteps one day.
“Because it’s fun,” she says, and knows what she would do as her first order of business. “Hug everyone.”