Harper pays trib­ute to mil­i­tary on Canada Day

Cape Breton Post - - CANADA - BY JEN­NIFER DITCH­BURN

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.

CP PHOTO

Thou­sands of peo­ple braved rain showers to celebrate Canada Day on Par­lia­ment Hill in Ot­tawa, Wed­nes­day.

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