PM pumps up caucus with appeal to Canada's past

Prime Minister Stephen Harper greets his National Caucus before speaking at Parliament Hill in...

Prime Minister Stephen Harper greets his National Caucus before speaking at Parliament Hill in Ottawa, Jan. 30, 2013. Andre Forget/QMI Agency

David Akin, Parliamentary Bureau Chief

, Last Updated: 7:50 PM ET

OTTAWA - Prime Minister Stephen Harper welcomed his Conservative caucus back to Ottawa Wednesday morning with a speech that outlined his government's plans to celebrate some important but potentially controversial milestones in the country's history.

Harper vowed to focus on the economy and public safety issues. But his short speech also drew attention to milestones Canada will soon "proudly remember." He named the centennial of the First World War next year, the 200th anniversary of the birth of Sir John A. Macdonald in 2015, and the 150th anniversary of Confederation in 2017.

"These milestones remind us of a proud national story rooted in the great deeds of our ancestors and in a centuries-old constitutional legacy of freedom," Harper said.


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