Federal election 2015: Trudeau in Calgary on final campaign day

More than 1,000 people lined up to see Justin Trudeau as the Liberal leader made a campaign stop in Calgary on Sunday, with lines stretching for blocks outside a banquet hall in the northeast.

It has been 47 years since Calgary elected a federal Liberal

Justin Trudeau held a rally in northeast Calgary on the final day of campaigning before Monday's election. (Kate Adach/CBC)

Justin Trudeau addressed a packed rally in northeast Calgary on the final day of the federal election campaign, as supporters lined up out the door to cheer on the Liberal leader.

"Alberta matters deeply to me," Trudeau told the packed room of at least 1,000 people, while hundreds more waited outside the northeast banquet hall.

The line up for the Trudeau rally in Calgary stretched around the building as thousands showed up. (Michelle Spearchief/Facebook)

Trudeau promised funding for issues dear to Calgarians, including the C-Train and flood mitigation.

Trudeau, who has been drawing large crowds of supporters in the days leading up to Monday's vote, hopes the election will help the Liberals find their way out of the political wilderness in Alberta.

​It has been 47 years since Calgary elected a federal Liberal. Pat Mahoney, a former judge, was swept in amid Trudeaumania in 1968, but lost his seat in the next election.

Trudeau was careful not to insult the Conservative party in a province traditionally seen as one of Canada's most conservative.

"Conservatives are not our enemies, they are our neighbours ... we just have to show them that Stephen Harper left them a long time ago," he said.

Trudeau began the last day of the long federal election campaign in Conservative territory with a stop in Edmonton earlier in the morning. He continued his campaign in British Columbia later on Sunday. 

Trudeau was careful not to insult the PC's in a province traditionally seen as one of the most conservative in the country. (Michael Welter)

Meanwhile, Harper gave a forceful denunciation of Liberal governments as he geared up for a full day of campaigning across the country.

NDP Leader Tom Mulcair also attacked the Liberals, insisting the party has not really changed its ways.

With files from The Canadian Press.


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