Most kids would love to meet a real-life superhero some day, or maybe even Santa. But for two-year-old Sophie Popalyar, she has her heart set on meeting someone a little different: Canadian Defence Minister Harjit Sajjan.
Her desire might seem a little odd, but the toddler isn’t exactly new to politics. A video of Sophie went viral last fall after her dad posted a clip of her listing off the names of several newly-appointed cabinet ministers from memory. She’s even met Maryam Monsef, the minister for democratic institutions.
Not bad for a two-year-old, eh?
Naturally, Sophie was headed to Parliament Hill last week to celebrate Canada Day with the expectation of finally meeting Sajjan. But when her parents had to turn around and drive back home because of rain, she was devastated. Like, full-blown-meltdown-crisis devastated.
— Fawad Popalyar (@popalyar) July 4, 2016
“I want to go to Parliament,” Sophia says through tears as the car turns around. “To see who?” her dad asks.
“To see Harjit Sajjan!”
Sophie’s father tried to explain that he was in his constituency in BC and not Ottawa, but she continued crying.
“I want to go to Canada Day,” she yells.
When her father later posted the video on Twitter, it was eventually seen by none other than Sajjan. The MP later created a video of his own, promising to meet her.
— Harjit Sajjan (@HarjitSajjan) July 4, 2016
“I’m so sorry I missed you in Ottawa,” Sajjan says. “I’m looking forward to meeting you, because one of my goals is to meet with future leaders of Canada.”
It took tears, a little bit of a tantrum and, you know, going viral, but Sophie Popalyar finally met her political idol earlier this week.
Sajjan met up with the two-year-old at Parliament Hill. And the moment is even more adorable than you could possibly imagine. Holding hands, they walk through the halls of Ottawa’s most famous building, and Sajjan even offers to play a little game of hide-and-seek with her at one point (although she seemed too shy to go through with it).
Call us crazy, but we don’t think this is the last time she’ll grace the halls of parliament. You can see their meeting yourself in the video above.