Office of the Prime Minister

Office of the Prime Minister

February 22, 2009 15:34 ET

Statement by Prime Minister Stephen Harper

OTTAWA, ONTARIO--(Marketwire - Feb. 22, 2009) - Prime Minister Stephen Harper issued the following statement today to congratulate the Bathurst High School Phantoms after winning New Brunswick's high school AA championships on Saturday by a score of 82-50 over Campobello Island High in Fredericton:

"I want to extend my heartfelt congratulations to the Phantoms on your tremendous achievement."

"One year after the terrible bus tragedy that shocked and saddened our country, your team and community has shown remarkable strength and determination in the face of adversity. In the process, you have given all Canadians a reason to cheer."

"The Bathurst High School Phantoms' remarkable year, your ability to pull together during these difficult and testing times, provides a shining example of resilience and teamwork to all Canadians. We wish you all the best and Canada proudly stands behind you."

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