SAINT-LAZARE-DE-BELLECHASSE – Prime Minister Stephen Harper was in Quebec to celebrate Saint-Jean-Baptiste.
He was in the small community of Saint-Lazare-de-Bellechasse just outside of Quebec City.
In his speech, Harper said he has traveled to the province to celebrate la Fete national almost every year since he became Prime Minister.
Harper used the trip as an opportunity to tout his Conservative Party’s platform as the federal elections draw nearer, making many promises like wanting Quebec to have a greater say over in Ottawa.
“It was Georges Etienne Cartier, born exactly 200 years ago this year, who more than anyone convinced the fathers of confederation that Canada can only function as a federation – one respectful of its values and institutions of Quebecers,” said Harper.
“That is what made and what makes Canada possible and that is how Canada will continue to thrive.”
The crowd applauded as Harper insisted Canada would be be united without a strong Quebec in its wings.