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‘The Conservative party is Canada’s party’


The text of the Prime Minister’s remarks to the Conservative caucus this morning.

Chers collègues, chers amis, nous vivons un moment passionnant.  Nous avons toutes les raisons de célébrer, toutes les raisons d’espérer.  These outstanding Canadians now joining our ranks helped us win our third mandate, our strongest mandate, a majority mandate for Canada.

I don’t really get tired of using that word.

Mais nous nouveaux collègues sont aussi un signe de notre croissance en tant que Conservateurs.

A sign that Canadians of all regions and backgrounds have found a home in our Conservative Party, that Conservative values are Canadian values and that the Conservative Party is Canada’s party.

Friends, as you know, during the campaign, I promised that if Canadians gave us a renewed mandate, we would hit the ground running and here we are back to work as promised, I’m told — my staff checked — the second quickest in history.  On Friday, we will have the Throne Speech and, on Monday, Minister Flaherty will reintroduce our budget, the next phase of Canada’s Economic Action Plan.

Nous allons respecter le mandat que nous ont donné les Canadiennes et les Canadiens, rester concentré sur l’économie, compléter notre reprise et éliminer le déficit.  En d’autres mots, poursuivre notre plan pour maintenir les taxes et les impôts bas pour la création d’emplois et la croissance économique.

But at the outset of this new mandate, there is another sense in which we must get back to work.  Even as a majority government, especially in fact as a majority government, we must keep working to earn the trust of our fellow citizens.  We must continue practising the lessons of the past five years, holding to our principles but also listening, caring and adapting.

Friends and colleagues, as we get back to work for Canadians, I encourage you to pause and reflect.  Tomorrow, these new members of our caucus will enter the House of Commons and take their seats for the first time in this new Parliament.

Je vous encourage à savourer ce moment mais par-dessus tout je vous encourage de vous en souvenir aussi longtemps que vous serez ici.

I remember my first day and I think that the experience was not unusual.  The room seemed inspiring and humbling at the same time.

Inspirante car sa dignité convient au mandat que nous a été confié et nous rendant humble car elle nous rappelle constamment que nous servons un grand pays, que nous sommes responsables d’un héritage précieux.

What a privilege it is for all us Members of Parliament to have such a role in building this magnificent country, our Canada.

Remember always these things about our country.  Its history is greater than our individual achievements.  Its future is more promising than our political careers.  It is the land of ancient Aboriginal societies. It is the enduring partnership of Macdonald, Cartier and their colleagues.  It is the place where people of all cultures come from the world over to live in freedom, democracy and justice together.

En tant que Conservateurs, nous nous jugeons en fonction de notre loyauté envers cet héritage.  Alors que nous reprenons le travail, en tant que les Canadiens et Canadiennes nous demanderont de rester en poste, rappelons-nous notre première journée au Parlement.

Let the memory of our first day as Members of Parliament continue to inspire us all.  Even more, let it keep us humble in the service of our country.

Merci beaucoup.


‘The Conservative party is Canada’s party’

  1. Very nice speech, I’ll grant that.

    However,with over half the votes cast for parties with values other than the CPC values, saying that conservative values are Canada’s values suggests he should try practicing the humility he’s preaching to the rest of his team.

    • Remember: Harper’s principles don’t apply to Harper. Never have. Never will.

  2. Rest Of Canada’s party – not convinced about Quebec. 

    Quebec v Alberta for future of Canada’s soul about to kick off.

    • My Canada includes Quebec

      • I am indifferent, can take or leave Quebec.

        Like Canada as it is but also think 40 years of Quebec lawyers as Prime Minister turned Rest of Canada into something similar as Quebec and I am not impressed. 

        • So go back to England.

    • I’ll take Quebec, thanks.

      • as long as you go there and promise to keep quiet it’s all yours

        • I already live in Ontario thanks, but I’d be quite happy in Quebec. I’d never live in Alberta again though.

          • Can I say on behalf of all of us red-neck Albertans, just how greatly disappointed we are to hear that Emily.   As I sit here in my house in Calgary, looking out the window at the beautiful rocky mountains, I find that I am surprised to hear you bash us.  This given that you will never find a friendly, more civic minded group of people than the citizens of Calgary.  We also like to party and embrace life.  Our city offices and subway run on wind power…I could just go on and on. 

          • Sorry, I’ve lived in Alberta. Never again.

            Nothing makes up for the attitude.

          • Well said, healthcareinsider. Calgary is a truly wonderful place to be.  Like you, I’ve often gazed out my window at the Rockies and contemplated how lucky we are to live here.

          • LOL Mountains make me claustrophobic.

            They’re like huge walls.

          • I’ve never heard of mountain-induced claustrophobia before, but if you’re topographically claustrophobic, I strongly recommend living in Saskatchewan.

          • No thanks, I like it right here in Ont.

            You know…civilization.

          • Calgary must have the world’s only above-ground subway.

    • OriginalEmily1, if I had a dollar for every time that you said that polls are totally inaccurate and now you are embracing this one…..

      • I always used to follow the polls, and they were for the most part accurate. During this last year however, they weren’t….and even the pollsters admitted that.

        This one isn’t about voting plans…it’s about specific policies, and they tend to be more accurate anyway as there is no ‘horse race’ involved.

        • If I recall correctly, every time the polls showed a substantial Conservative lead you would tell us how inaccurate and useless polls were.  

          • Yes, in this last year. Even pollsters said the polls weren’t accurate.

            Night before the election they were even talking about an NDP govt.

      • Hey!

        So now we have at least one actual survey (yes, with all of its shortcomings) that ‘answers’ the question (support to abolish vote subsidy) we were discussing several days ago.

  3. During the election, there were Conservative shills shilling shrilly about the use of the phrase “Canada’s Liberals”.

    Where are they now?

  4. Just a great speech. Not much else to be said.

  5. Hear hear. 

    Let’s have more of this Prime Minister Harper and less of backstabbing, insecure, petty Steve.

  6. Nicely done, and I hope Parliament 41 is inspiring to all!

    • Yes, it will likely inspire torches and pitchforks.

    • Your ability to remain hopeful is somewhat inspiring..

      ..unfortunately, I tend to think that’s as close as we’re going to get.

      • It might not be perfect, but it is good, I like to see the glass half full and expect  the best from everyone, government, opposition (ok except Rae, he is trouble for the LPC!) : )

        • ” (ok except Rae, he is trouble for the LPC!) ”

          Did you see this story, Lemire? Rae is a snake in the grass. Can’t be trusted. 

          TorStar, June 1 2011:

          “Leadership tension within the federal Liberal party has been on Washington’s radar for the past few years …. U.S. embassy officials were getting some revealing, inside glimpses of a fractious political family ….. Rae had revealed to U.S. officials as far back as June 2009 that Ignatieff didn’t consult enough with his MPs ….”

          • What surprises me the most is that EVERYONE  saw that except for the LPC!

            I saw the article and it doesn’t surprise me, he is a conniving guy and will sell his mother for the right price! I think he is going to destroy what is left!

            And I am sorry for people like @Jenn who worked hard to make the party, they are going to be betrayed by such a jerk!!

  7. A first-rate speech from a first-rate Prime Minister.

    • First rate speech?  First rate PM?

      C’mon CR, you’re allowed to put the pom-poms down for at least a little while, OK?.   ;-)

      Seriously, it really isn’t that great of a speech;  sure, it’s OK, nothing offensive and all that, with some nice touches, but great?  No, not really.

      Some of the phrases remind me of his 2008 (and then repeated in the 2011) election night speech – I remember hearing them back in 2008 and thinking that he might “get it”, but those hopes were soon dashed.

      And it strikes me as quite premature to already be calling him a great PM – he does have many of the prerequisite skills, no doubt about that, but he still needs to show that he can be great.

      • Fair enough, Phil.  I have to admit I was more or less trying to provoke a response like yours when I wrote that!

        It wasn’t a “great” speech, merely a good one.  And Harper isn’t a “great” PM, at least not yet, though as we both acknowledge he has the potential to become one.

        The next few years should be interesting.  Now that he finally has a majority, will Harper finally “get it”?  FWIW, check out Harper’s 2006 victory speech:


        • OK, so I invested 20 minutes and watched the 2006 speech. Randomish thoughts:

          – very similar to the 2008 speech
          – not sure about 2011 speech, as it seemed to start off similar, so I didn’t watch it all
          – if he had been able to live up to more of it, he might already have a lock on the title of “Great PM”
          – hopefully that wasn’t you (or Claudia or healthcareinsider) who was heckling when SH tried to thank Paul Martin for his service (yes, every party has its morons)
          – spent a lot of time talking about how great it is to live in a country where we are able to have elections, compared to the more recent theme of waste of money and ‘needless’ and so on – how times change!!
          – claimed to recognize his minority mandate, and promised to work with all MPs (hee hoo haa)
          – didn’t even hint that Gilles Duceppe was to be ‘feared’ or despised

          Bottom line: That was a very good speech – full marks there, But his actions over the last five years don’t really measure up to the rhetoric. Now he has got almost five more years to show all of us what he realy can do.

          • not sure about 2011 speech, as it seemed to start off similar, so I didn’t watch it all

            Wait, you still haven’t watched the whole 2011 speech?  You were just comparing the way it started to 2008?

            hopefully that wasn’t you (or Claudia or healthcareinsider) who was heckling when SH tried to thank Paul Martin for his service (yes, every party has its morons)

            Um, I’ll try not to be offended, given that the lone heckler in that crowd was almost certainly some random dude with mental health issues.

          • Nope, still haven’t watched the 2011 version – was it actually much different?  I trust your judgement on this matter, so I’ll track it down if you tell me that it will be worth my time.

            As well, I’m reminded of the phrase from a recent US president:

            There’s an old saying in Tennessee – I know it’s in Texas, probably in Tennessee – that says, fool me once, shame on – shame on you. Fool me – you can’t get fooled again.

            Wrt the lone heckler, no offence intended;  it was actually supposed to be an (apparently poorly implemented) complement!!

            OTOH, is something as simple as boorish behaviour really a mental health issue?  I ask on the basis of knowing someone who happens to have what I would consider to be a much more ‘genuine’ mental health issue.

          • I think it might be worth your time, though I expect that you’ll be skeptical (nothing wrong with healthy skepticism, of course.)

            I chuckled at your GWB quotation.

            If that was a compliment, I have to agree that it was poorly implemented.  I think it was the “Hopefully…” construction that threw me! ;-)

            Certainly, boorish behaviour isn’t necessarily a mental health issue… the lone heckler could have simply been an ass, or intoxicated, or both. 

        • He also has the potential to be a very bad one. They all do.

          My money’s on bad. I wish to be surprised.

          • Oh you will be and pleasantly surprised! : )

          • I’m hoping for a good surprise (rethinking bad tenders, considering all voices when legislating), not a bad surprise (eg: G20 Toronto, going to jail for being critical, etc.).

    • Half-right.

      • Heh. 

    • Could not agree more, he is wonderful!!

  8. Tories are cool.

  9. Not a bad speech.  But I really dislike this party = Canada rhetoric, no matter who says it.  This thinking reinforces the diminishment (is that a word?) of Parliament and other voices that need to be heard in the HOC.

  10. As our Prime Minister, I will always support Harper when he proposes or enacts policy decisions that are good for Canada.  I’m 100% serious.  If he abolishes the Senate, for example, I will applaud him vociferously.  If he fixes the CPP without gambling our pensions on a roulette wheel, or reducing it’s annual growth potential by 2% per year with unnecessary management fees, I will give kudos.