Hello Trudeau — give us money

By Geoff Lee

May 5, 2016 6:00 AM

The City of Lloydminster's deputy CAO Kirk Morrison starred in a low budget city video Trudeau It's Me, a parody of Adele's 'Hello" asking Prime Minister Justin Trudeau for needed infrastructure funding. Morrison spoke about the video at City Hall Monday.

The City of Lloydminster hopes to yank the chain of Prime Minister Justin Trudeau for needed infrastructure funding in a fun, low budget video production.
Trudeau, It’s Me, is a video parody of Adele’s Hello the city released Friday on YouTube that’s generating several thousand hits already.
“I was actually hoping first thing this morning that I would have a call from the PM, but I imagine that he’s a pretty busy guy” Kirk Morrison, the city’s deputy CAO and lead singer and actor in the video, said Monday.
“It would be pretty cool if it reached the prime minister’s office and if nothing else, hopefully, we’ve
drawn some attention to our funding needs and can have some productive conversations.”
The city is seeking Building Canada funds from federal and provincial components to pay for a new mechanical wastewater treatment plant and a traffic couplet.
“Trudeau can you save me?‘“sings Morrison on behalf of the city in the four minute and 15 second video that features lesser acting and singing roles by other city staff.
Morrison said it cost just $393 to put the video together.
“I think the cost per view is pretty low right now, so I think that worked out really well,” he said.
By contrast, the actual Adele Hello video has generated more than 1.4 billion hits since November 2015.
Trudeau, It’s Me was also Tweeted to Trudeau and Saskatchewan and Alberta premiers Brad Wall and Rachel Notley.
“It’s a long shot, but we’ve got to do whatever we can to tell our story,” said Morrison.
He said if Trudeau could grant the city one wish it would actually be to visit Lloydminster in person.
“We are a big player in the heavy oil region and I think there is certainly opportunity to invest in Lloydminster,” said Morrison.
He added the city’s administration wants to position the city for growth to support the economic activity that happens in the region.
Morrison explained the video was the brainchild of the city’s executive leadership team that came up with the idea as an out of the box way to ask for funding help being a unique bi-provincial city.
The footage was shot over three to four hours and produced last Wednesday with a mixed reaction since appearing on YouTube.
“Certainly I think people are excited that the city is trying something different to tell our story and try to get some grant funding,” said Morrison.
“I think there’s been some questions about the vocal ability of the singing on there.”
If the fun video fails to get a response from Trudeau, Morrison said the city will continue to lobby for infrastructure investments for a wastewater plant upgrades and the traffic couplet.
“We continue on both of these projects to look for funding sources to make them happen,” said Morrison.
“Certainly we’re going to be discussing how we propose constructing the waste water treatment plant at our next Your Voice night.”
The city’‘s Your Voice event will take place tonight at College Park School from 5 to 8 p.m.

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