Here is the text of HM PM's speech from yesterday.
Friends, today we celebrate our fifth anniversary!
So, it’s been five years! What a day. What a time. And what a journey it has been, my friends, since the people of Canada gave us their trust!
It’s almost hard to remember what Canada looked like that winter. Back then, back in the winter of 2006,
the sponsorship scandal hung heavily in the air. Lobbyists ran Ottawa. People had lost faith in the ability – and in the integrity – of their national government. Parents were disrespected, thought more likely to spend money on beer and popcorn than take care of their children. Provinces were denied the resources to properly deliver the services they were bound to do by federal law. The votes of New Canadians were taken for granted. Victims of crime were ignored. In Quebec, support for sovereignty was surging. Our Canadian Armed Forces were neglected and demoralized. No one in the world knew where Canada stood. You could almost say that it really seemed like a Canadian winter!
So, five years ago today, on January 23, 2006 Canadians gave our Party a mandate to shake up Ottawa. We have been faithful! We have kept that trust! And we have delivered!
In a moment, friends, I will remind you of what we have accomplished together. Despite the fact that we have been a minority government, it is a long list. Nous avons accompli beaucoup de choses en cinq ans.
But, before we talk about that, let’s spend a moment – just a moment – not on the what, but upon the why. For, ours is not a party of entitlement. We’re not in Ottawa because we think we’re owed or for what we can get. If anybody is, they’re in the wrong party! For Conservatives, it is about public service and public service means private sacrifice. As it must, my friends, as it must.
So why do we do it? Why do you do it? I think you know.
We are here because we love Canada! We’re proud of Canada. Canada is, and always has been, our country. And we want Canada to be a true north that is as strong and as free as it can be, in every way that matters, the best country in the world! That’s why we’re here. That’s why we strive. That’s why we serve..... read the rest here.
I also note some lefties are "deeply wounded" that I called a few protesters pathetic. I hadn't noticed the Nortel pensioners. I was really talking about the anti seal hunt protesters who were wearing Harper masks with blood flowing from the mouth. All the protesters did look kind of sad walking around in very small numbers in -25 degree celsius weather. If this is the best you can do grits, you really will be in opposition for a very, very long time.