The terrible twos are an age known for temper tantrums — but the meltdowns aren’t often over Canadian political figures.
Yet that’s precisely why two-year-old Sophia Popalyar freaked out last Friday.
Sophia was headed to Parliament Hill for Canada Day celebrations, where she thought she would see Defence Minister Harjit Sajjan. So when her family decided to turn around and head home because of rain, she burst into tears.
Her father, Fawad Popalyar, filmed the hysterics, posting the video online.
“I want to go to Parliament,” Sophia is heard crying in the video. “To see who?” her dad asks. “To see Harjit Sajjan,” she whines.
“She’s all into politics and the ministers and what have you. She was very keen to have an opportunity to meet with them,” said Popalyar, who is a program adviser with Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada.
“She wanted to meet Harjit Sajjan because she thought that he lived in the Parliament [Buildings]. She thinks all the ministers live there … She thought that by going to the Canada Day celebrations, she was going to meet the ministers.”
Popalyar said he explained to Sophia that MPs live in different provinces and territories, and they’re in Ottawa to represent their communities.
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