The Conservative tradition is to sing the national anthem before partisan events and at the party’s weekly caucus, but it also happens to be a tradition that’s expendable when Stephen Harper travels to Quebec.
The party held three rallies in La Belle Province this week, and the song was played at....none of them.
The beady-eyed national press picked up on the difference, and Harper was asked to explain the double-standard at a news conference
“I can’t really answer that question, I’m not the one who plans those events,” he said.
The reporter, TVA’s Lina Dib, also asked the Tory leader why he ends speeches in English Canada with “God bless Canada” but omits the reference in Quebec.
“In Quebec it’s my habit in French to say “a la prochaine” and in English to say “God bless Canada,” I guess I could say “que Dieu bénisse le Canada” but that sounds like a priest, and that’s not my intention, I’m a politician not a priest,” he said.