Stephen Harper visits Fredericton


Conservative leader Stephen Harper speaking in Fredericton on Wednesday (Shane Magee/AQ)

Prime Minister Stephen Harper spoke in Fredericton on Wednesday where he again said that without a majority government the Liberals and NDP would form a coalition.

New Brunswick Conservative Party candidates, Premier David Alward, and provincial MLAs attended. According to the Daily Gleaner, at least 500 Conservative supporters were at the event.

His speech stuck to the main themes of his campaign including the economy and the danger of a coalition.

When Harper asked the crowd during his speech why the election was called one audience member shouted “majority!”

The crowd then burst in cheers of “majority!”

“You’re racing a bit a head of me here,” Harper said.

Later in his speech he said, “We need to put an end to this political uncertainty. We need a strong, stable, national majority Conservative government.”

The prime minister mentioned Economic Action Plan spending by his government on the new YMCA, the new NBCC campus, and the Beaverbrook Art Gallery. He did not mention compensation for refurbishment of the Point Lepreau generating station.

Spending under the action plan was the only reference to post-secondary education.

Harper also visited Edmundston earlier in the day speaking at a seniors home.

After the speech Harper met with a group of STU/UNB Young Conservatives for a few minutes.

Liberal leader Michael Ignatieff was also in New Brunswick on Wednesday. He was in Saint John talking about his party’s health platform.

Video of the speech:

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