Text of the Prime Minister’s remarks (English)


Good evening.

Canadians take pride in our history as one of the world’s oldest continuous democracies.  During the past 141 years, political parties have emerged and disappeared, leaders have come and gone, and governments have changed. 

Constant in every case, however, is the principle that Canada’s Government has always been chosen by the people.  And following the light of this democratic tradition, Canadians have built one of the most peaceful and prosperous countries the world has ever known – a land of hope and opportunity that inspires others around the globe, and has drawn millions as new immigrants to our country.

On October 14, for the 40th time since Confederation, Canadians voted in a national general election.   We are honoured that you returned our Government to office with a strengthened mandate to lead this great country through the most difficult global economic crisis in many decades.  Canada’s Government is acting to deal with the crisis, right now.

Further personal and business tax reductions are coming into effect; We are doubling spending on infrastructure; We are ensuring credit for businesses and consumers by injecting liquidity into financial markets; We are helping seniors who rely on RRIR income; And securing pension plans.

We are implementing the Automotive Innovation Fund and, working with the Government of Ontario, we are undertaking due diligence on any further requests for assistance from the auto industry.  We are increasing support and incentives for manufacturers, the forestry sector, and others to pursue business opportunities.  We are implementing agreements with the provinces to enhance labour mobility.  And, next month on January 27, we will bring in a budget which will contain additional measures to boost Canada’s economy, while making sure we avoid a long term structural deficit in Canada’s finances.

In preparation for that budget we are consulting widely with Canadians, meeting with premiers of our provinces and territories, and working in collaboration with our international partners in G20.  The Minister of Finance will be consulting with the business community and interest groups.

We are consulting with, and expect to hear more from, the opposition parties in Parliament.  We hope they bring forward specific proposals – we have invited them to do so.  In fact, we have already changed some of our proposals to meet their concerns.  Unfortunately, even before the Government has brought forward its budget, and only seven weeks after a general election, the opposition wants to overturn the results of that election.

Instead of an immediate budget, they propose a new coalition which includes the party in Parliament whose avowed goal is to break up the country.  Let me be very clear:  Canada’s Government cannot enter into a power-sharing coalition with a separatist party. 

At a time of global economic instability, Canada’s Government must stand unequivocally for keeping the country together.  At a time like this, a coalition with the separatists cannot help Canada.  And the Opposition does not have the democratic right to impose a coalition with the separatists they promised voters would never happen.

The Opposition is attempting to impose this deal without your say, without your consent, and without your vote.  This is no time for backroom deals with the separatists; it is the time for Canada’s government to focus on the economy and specifically on measures for the upcoming budget.  This is a pivotal moment in our history.

We Canadians are the inheritors of a great legacy, and it is our duty to strengthen and protect it for the generations still to come.  Tonight, I pledge to you that Canada’s Government will use every legal means at our disposal to protect our democracy, to protect our economy, and to protect Canada.

Thank you, and goodnight.


Text of the Prime Minister’s remarks (English)

  1. I’m terribly amused that most blog entries here are longer than that speech.

  2. Where’s the almost identical French language version?

  3. “Let me be very clear”…Stephen Harperism

    “Let me make this perfectly clear” Nixon used to say that phrase a lot, didn’t he? It was right up there with “Make no mistake”, and “I am not a crook”.

    from out there in the blogoshere

  4. No matter what happens from here on out, one thing is clear: in the past few days, the Conservatives have removed any possibility of ever forming a majority government in Canada. After the anti-Quebec rhetoric they’ve been spouting, they’re finished here. Stunning development.

  5. “Let me be very clear”…Stephen Harperism

    “Paul Martinism” is spelled P A U L M A R T I N I S M.

  6. Well, in fairness, Harper has been looking a little Martinesque these last few days.

    Better speaker, mind you.

  7. Here’s a thought. Maybe if he really wanted to keep his job, he would have articulated his case for longer than 3 minutes. And, oh yeah, actually would have said something substantive.

    Glad to see Dr. Creepy Voice is back in action though. All he needed was his cat, and he could have played the real life version of Dr. Claw.

  8. The egomaniac has lost it. The greatest Prime Minister in the history of ever teased the snake one too many times and got bit. After aligning himself with the Bloc when it was convenient in 2004 and despite the fact the Bloc voted with him 140 times since April 2006 he now turns on them. All he had to do was play nice with one party to get his “stuff” done. But no, he acted like a petulant child and operated as if he had the majority he felt he deserved and piss*d off everyone. The great strategist? Stumble bum is more like it. I am sure that he will come up with some arcane legislation from the 1800’s that will let him continue to govern. Either that or he will declare a national emergency and bring in the troops because the Bloc are a threat to national security. It will be interesting to see if he can continue to con (pun intended) the press or will they finally see through his charade.

  9. Harper is busy practicing saying “real or apprehended (emphasis on apprehended) insurrection” for the speech he will give when the GG denies his request and he involes the War Measures Act.

  10. This speech was a play against the GG. Shameless.


  11. The truth is so twisted by Harper, you could sprinkle salt on it and have it with mustard. “Overturn the results of the election”?! Remember your Grade 7 Social Studies, Mr. Harper. Any government must retain the confidence of the House to retain its governing status. Allowing the Conservatives to continue to govern without the support of the majority of duly elected members of the House of Commons on this confidence motion? Now that would be overturning the election!! The fearmongering about the separatists is laughable. Even if the Bloc breaks its agreement and votes against the Coalition, the Conservatives would be on hand to sway the vote however they please.

  12. Well … sounds good. Sounds like a guy that isn’t so involved with cutting people down that he has time to work on problems instead of making them. My darling little daughter creates massive problems out of little problems so that she looks like a hero when she solves them. I’ve been calling her our little coalition. She is also able to get the entire house in a panic by exploding the problem again and again in 30 different ways to as many people as possible. Of course in the end, it is the man that understands what freaking out actually causes who ends up solving the problem, by understanding it fully before making the fuss.

    Enjoy the panic while it lasts and let’s keep the little kids out of the way while we solve Canada’s problems. Good job Mr. Harper. Keep it up ‘cuz it looks like you’ve got the smarts in this go-round.