“It’s always great to be back in Sault Ste. Marie”, said Prime Minister Stephen Harper at the Sault’s Water Tower Inn on Tuesday evening, September 1st, where he spoke for approximately one hour.
The ‘Blue Tour’ stopped in Sault Ste. Marie as part of the 2015 Federal Election Campaign. The Federal Conservative Party of Canada, represented locally by MP Bryan Hayes and candidate Andre Robichaud (Algoma-Manitoulin-Kapuskasing) introduced the Right Honourable Stephen Harper to a hot room, filled with fired up Conservative voters.
“Bryan has been a great addition to our team in Ottawa.” said Prime Minister Stephen Harper thanking him for “the very generous introduction and his hard work in Ottawa”
Taking aim at “the recent resurfacing of the issue of the Long Gun Registry”, PM Harper reminded his fan base of, what he called “the wasteful and ineffective long gun registry. We need to get Bryan Hayes re-elected and Andre Robichaud elected so that the Liberals and the NDP can never bring it (long gun registry) back.” Prime Minister Harper took the requisite number of shots over the bow directed at Federal Party Leader counterparts, Liberal Justin Trudeau, and NDP Thomas Mulclair. No surprise there.
PM Harper encouraged the party faithful to “stay the course”. adding “This country Canada, has the strongest and the most stable banking & financial system in the entire world. We learned from Statistics Canada that Canada has been growing, and has been growing for 7 straight years. We have the lowest debt burden in the G7. Years ahead, in comparison to most other countries, we have returned to a balanced budget. We are already 5 billion dollars in surplus. Our economic action plan is why the Canadian economy has been growing for 6 years and has created 1.3 net new jobs. Friends, we are here together for Canada.”
Missing from the Prime Ministers’ notes was any mention of First Nations issues. Given that the Algoma District, Manitoulin and Kapuskasing are woven into the fabric of First Nations peoples, the omission of any meaningful acknowledgement from the Prime Minister regarding First Nations peoples, including The Batchewana First Nation of Ojibways, Thessalon First Nations, Ojibways of Garden River, and Hiawatha First Nation was unfortunate. Seniors issues, Veterans Affairs, Climate Change and a host of other issues were also left off the play list.
Allowing for no questions from media, the Prime Minister and Mrs. Laureen Harper left the heat of the event room and the party supporters immediately after PM Harper’s speech.
In the end, the event was a contained celebration of all things Conservative Blue, and played directly to the invited guests, vetted through invitations and Federal Conservative Party membership.
“Four more years” was chanted as the event wrapped up. Prime Minister and Laureen Harper left Sault Ste. Marie, heading to North Bay, Ontario for a scheduled event stop on September 2nd.
The Federal Election will be held on October 19th, 2015.
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