September 11, 2007 – Stephen Harper became the first Canadian Prime Minister to address the Australian Parliament on the sixth anniversary 9/11 attacks in 2001. Harper gave a wide ranging speech in which he highlighted Canada’s historical, economic and strategic relationship with Australia.
In his speech, Harper suggested he may push to abolish Canada’s Senate if he could not win support to elect Senators, as Australia has done.
Harper also called on Australia and Canada to work more actively internationally in support of democracy and human rights.
Our two countries genuinely aspire to the highest ideals of civilization, however imperfectly we sometimes achieve them … I believe Canada and Australia are uniquely able to serve as a force for positive change in this troubled world.