06/24/2015 03:42 EDT | Updated 06/24/2016 05:59 EDT

Harper Marks Quebec's National Holiday With Pitch For Votes

QUEBEC - Stephen Harper is using Quebec's national holiday to make a pitch for Quebecers' votes in the looming federal election.

The prime minister is rallying his party's troops in the province, telling them they should never let anyone tell them that Conservative values are not Quebec values.

Harper says Quebecers tell him they want to save money, pay less taxes, have safe communities, be protected from terrorist threats and ensure that newcomers uncover their faces when they take the citizenship oath.

And he says those are all signature policies of his Conservative government.

He's also reminding voters that it was his government which passed a motion recognizing that Quebecers form a nation within a united Canada.

The Conservative party currently holds only five of the province's 75 seats and recent polls suggest it faces an uphill fight to improve that count in the Oct. 19 election.

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