Stephen Harper was the guest of honour at the B’nai Brith fundraising dinner in Calgary Thursday evening, delivering a speech that addressed subjects including recent surprise victories in the U.K. and the U.S.

The former prime minister spoke at the Beth Tzedec Synagogue as part of the 66th annual event.

Harper, who now runs his own consulting firm, said during his international travels in recent months, he has been asked frequently about Brexit and about the election of U.S. President Donald Trump.

The two events had some important commonalities, Harper said, namely that the victories were “almost completely unexpected.”

“More important than being unexpected, they were condemned by virtually all of the commentators, condemned by virtually all of the experts, and they happened anyway,” he said. “Maybe they happened precisely because they were condemned by all the commentators and all the experts.”

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