Stephen Harper promises to govern for people who didn't vote Conservative
Prime Minister Stephen Harper offered an olive branch to those who voted for other parties in Canada's 41st federal election.
"For our part, we are intensely aware that we are and we must be the government of all Canadians, including those who did not vote for us," Harper said in his acceptance speech in Calgary after winning a majority government.
Harper praised the "remarkable tenacity" of NDP Leader Jack Layton's campaign. He also described Liberal Leader Michael Ignatieff as a "worthy opponent", and saluted Bloc Quebecois Leader Gilles Duceppe.
"We shall be faithful to the trust you have reposed in us," the Conservative leader declared.
In his speech, Harper also promised "comprehensive measures to reduce crime and make our streets and neighbourhoods safer".
The Conservatives won minority governments in 2006 and 2008.
He closed his speech with his trademark "God Bless Canada" message, adding the line, "glorious and free".