Harper pays tribute to military on Canada Day
Prime Minister Stephen Harper paid tribute to members of the Canadian Armed Forces on Wednesday during a rainy Canada Day celebration on Parliament Hill.
“I recently met some of these heroes who defend this country,’’ Harper told the umbrella-toting crowd.
“In the Baltic and in Eastern Europe, they are supporting our friends and allies who face Russian aggression. And, in Iraq and in Kuwait, they are fighting the terrorists there, to keep us safe here.’’
He went on to reference the shooting of honour guard Cpl. Nathan Cirillo last October.
“As we saw right here in our Parliament, this threat is everywhere today,’’ said Harper, who took in the festivities with his wife Laureen and two children. “But we have faced great threats many times before, and we have overcome them. And we shall overcome them once more. So, let’s hear it for the brave men and women of the Canadian Armed Forces.’’
Harper was joined by Gov. Gen David Johnston and other dignitaries for a noon show celebrating the country’s 148th birthday. When the show began, the skies opened on the crowd, which the RCMP estimated about 34,000.
The wet weather meant there was no air show this year.
Thousands of people braved rain showers to celebrate Canada Day on Parliament Hill in Ottawa, Wednesday.