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Slideshow: Climate change protesters invade PM Stephen Harper's stage in Vancouver

Two climate change activists eluded security and succeeded in holding protest signs on stage with Prime Minister Stephen Harper at his speaking appearance today before the Vancouver Board of Trade.

The protesters, dressed as serving staff with the Vancouver Fairmont Pacific Rim Hotel, silently held signs reading "Climate Justice Now" and the crossed out words "The Conservatives take climate change seriously" for several seconds before security removed them.

"It wouldn't be B.C. without it," Harper said to applause from the business audience.

An activist who has previously targeted Harper issued a press release moments after the incident, which sparked questions about the adequacy of the prime minister's security.

The Vancouver Board of Trade event was a question-and-answer session between Harper and Board of Trade president and CEO Iain Black, a formal B.C. Liberal MLA.

Harper referred to the debate over building new oil pipelines through B.C., calling it an "unprecedented opportunity" for First Nations to join mainstream Canadian society.

Harper also reiterated that the federal government expects to balance the budget by the end of 2015 and highlighted the recent trade agreement signed with the European Union.

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