Prime Minister Harper says that his first objective is making sure the Canadian economy keeps growing, not balancing the budget.
In an interview with Sun News Network, Harper said he was surprised by how long it’s taken world economies to recover after the 2008-2009 financial collapse.
“I thought that while the recovery would be slow, I did not expect the level of uncertainty that we still see,” he said. Harper said he wants to continue towards a “gradual reduction” in the deficit.
Harper also said that Canada will look for new trade opportunities in order for the country to be less dependent on the U.S., and said there are 50 agreements in the works with countries such as China, Japan, and India.