General

They "fought against oppression, racism and cruelty"

After a snub from Sarkozy, Harper honours D-Day vets in France

harperddayStephen Harper joined other world leaders and veterans in France to mark the 65th anniversary of D-Day. The Canadian prime minister lauded those who fought “against oppression, racism and cruelty here in Europe,” and who “would return to Canada and turn their resolve to building a society more fair, more equal and more compassionate than the one they left behind.” It was a last minute trip for Harper who was waiting for an official invitation from president Nicholas Sarkozy. A French presidential official admitted that Sarkozy was hoping to celebrate with only U.S. president Barack Obama, but Canada and Britain insisted on taking part.

CP

Looking for more?

Get the Best of Maclean's sent straight to your inbox. Sign up for news, commentary and analysis.
FILED UNDER: