Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper – possibly inadvertently – called Calgary the "greatest city in the greatest country in the world" during a visit to the century-old Calgary Stampede, an annual rodeo exhibition.
It seems any Canadian city other than Calgary may have a bone to pick with Prime Minister Stephen Harper, who moved from Toronto to Calgary in his mid-20s, over his remarks that the Alberta city is the “greatest” in the country.
The prime minister and his wife, Laureen, were in town this week for the annual rodeo exhibition and festival where the Conservative leader was sporting jeans, the standard cowboy belt buckle and a giant cowboy hat.
“I think that if the [Stampede] founders could be here today and see the great city — see what has build up around this event — they would be amazed,” stated Harper. “They would be amazed to see that their Stampede has been part of giving birth to the greatest city in the greatest country in the world.”
His opponents in the House of Commons immediately jumped on the prime minister’s comments and both New Democratic Party leader Thomas Mulcair and Liberal Party interim leader Bob Rae said all of Canada is their home.
“I want to work hard for all Canadian cities,” Mulcair said in an interview with the National Post. “‘I’m better than you’ is not the best way to get results.”
“Toronto is my hometown, [but] now that I am a National Leader all of Canada is my home,” stated Rae in an email to the news outlet.
Meanwhile, Vancouver Mayor Gregor Robertson reportedly said, according to CBC News, that Harper must have been confused by his statement.
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