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Climate protestors breach security at Vancouver Board of Trade Harper event

Photo by David P. Ball

Surrounded by a roomful of Vancouver business executives from industries as varied as Teck and Vancity, Prime Minister Stephen Harper took a seat across from Vancouver Board of Trade CEO Iain Black at the Fairmont Pacific Rim Hotel.  

It had come as a surprise to the audience that the prime minister wouldn't be delivering a speech that morning, but would be in a question answer format with the Board CEO instead.  

The prime minister looked comfortable with the setting and seemed completely relaxed as Black said they would be talking about the economy.  

It was all going seamlessly when two protestors appeared on the stage, as if out of nowhere.

"Take Climate Change Seriously," one sign read.

Black said something to the effect of, "...and now we have to remove protestors from the stage," as easily as if it had all been scripted.

Harper appeared unfazed. 

"It wouldn't be British Columbia without them," he said, jovially, as security officers removed the protestors.  

Laughter erupted.   Harper and Black returned to conversing about foreign trade and BC products, pipelines and pucks.

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