Prime Minister Stephen Harper was in Charlottetown Thursday as part of P.E.I. 2014 celebrations.

Harper spoke at Confederation Centre to mark the 150th anniversary of the Charlottetown Conference, the 1864 meeting that began the discussion leading to the creation of Canada. He confirmed federal support for the celebrations on the Island this year.

Harper praised the work that was done at the Charlottetown Conference.

"Even today the courage and foresight of the Fathers of Confederation is striking," he said.

"This country was anything but inevitable."

Harper was also asked about desperately-needed repairs to Province House, where the Charlottetown Conference was held. Province House is a national historic building, administered by Parks Canada. It requires major structural repairs and it is expected they will cost $30 million to $40 million.

Parks Canada has already committed $10.5 million to those repairs, and Harper said he anticipated those repairs will continue.

Harper said this was the first time he has been inside Province House, and he was struck by the experience.

"It's a tremendous feeling to be right there where the Fathers of Confederation [were], in actual chairs they sat on, sit around that actual table, and to really contemplate what they achieved here," he said.