While Hillary Clinton did not say if she would run for president in 2016, she did manage to inspire many of the 1,400 people in the sold-out crowd at the Shaw Conference Centre Tuesday.
Clinton was in Edmonton for the first time promoting her recently released memoir “Hard Choices”.
For one member of Equal Voice Alberta North, a group dedicated to getting more women elected into all levels of politics in Canada, hearing Clinton speak was an unforgettable experience.
“She is essentially the women in politics and she is so inspiring for our group and what we stand for,” said Lana Cuthbertson. “She’s not only an outstanding speaker, she just seems to know so much. It’s unbelievable.”
For political junkies like Iris Evans, it was an exciting opportunity she couldn't pass up.
“To me I just thought, why wouldn’t I?” Evans said. “She might be president one day.”
Clinton spoke about a wide range of topics — including the raid on Osama bin Laden’s compound and the international crisis in Iraq, Syria and Ukraine — but avoided any talk about the 2016 presidential elections.
Clinton did speak about the Keystone Pipeline but did not reveal a stance on the controversial topic.
“The Keystone Pipeline is an important issue. It will eventually get decided. A lot of people will be happy and a lot of people will be unhappy, whatever the decision is.”
Regardless of whether Clinton throws her name into the presidential race, Evans said it was a worthwhile event.
“Even if she’s not [elected president] she’s expressed some views both on the international stage that I’m interested in and as a woman and a mother,” she said. “She’s handled adversity and handled it with class and distinction.”