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Harper’s economic update

PM wants Canadians to avoid an untimely election


 

Prime Minister Stephen Harper told Canadians to avoid harming the country’s fragile economic recovery with an unnecessary election during his third economic update, delivered from Saint John, NB. “Far too many Canadians are still out of work. Too many families are suffering hardship,” he said, adding that an election would be “unnecessary and wasteful.” The speech comes as the Liberals plan to table a no-confidence motion in the House of Commons, which could see an election called as early as Thursday. However, the NDP has temporarily pledged its support to the Conservatives, and all three opposition parties would have to vote against the government to dissolve parliament.

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Harper’s economic update

  1. Yes, providing part time jobs to some 350k people in the middle of a recession in order to see if Canadians have an answer to this divisive parliament.. terribly wasteful.

  2. Mr Harper's speech was the best speech the NDP has ever given.

  3. I notice alot of bloggers here state that nobody wants an election. Well the silent majority of Canadians do want an election. I mean the over 60% of Canadians who did not vote for the Stephen Harper Party. The media promote this message of no election wanted based on bloggers, phone surveys and what is posted on their websites. This is a very persuasive but very minor percentage of the Canadian electorate. This Stephen Harper government has saddled our children with an enormous debt, have villianized taxes while creating a smoke screen to raise taxes through the HST. The Conservatives will force the provinces to raise the taxes and the federal government will get the tax revenues raised. Most items and services not taxed right now will be taxed and prices will go up with rising unemployment, rising prices, limited EI, Harper and his cronies have no plan. They must be removed as they are turning us into a mini-USA with the Republican agenda and remember what this agenda did to the global economy. Do Canadians really want this? By allowing the Stephen Harper Party to continue this disasterous agenda, we will be failing our kids and grandchildren….we must have change now…and Stephen Harper will not provide this change

    • Can you point to a single poll in the past year that shows a majority of Canadians wanting an election? I can point to several that don't .I guess your silent majority is being extra-silent. Just because somebody didn't vote for Harper doesn't mean that they immediately want an election. There are some people that are willing to give a government that they didn't vote for a chance, because at the end of the day they care more about results than they do about their party.

      If anything is turning Canada into a mini-USA it is blind, irrational partisanship of the sort you just spouted. This notion that the other side is some twisted demonic being (as if Harper has done anything without the stamp of approval of at least one of the other parties).

      Although what is especially ironic is that you claim Harper has a Republican agenda on the basis of his support for tax increases, something no Republican has supported since an ill-fated moment in the very early 90's that started with "read my lips…".

    • If their is an election polls suggest that the parliament will look the same with Harper still being the Prime Minister.Some polls suggest the Liberals will lose seats .So why would the silent Majority want one.

  4. Harper prorogued Parliament, saying it was dysfunctional, opposition blocking crime bills, blablabla. 62% of voters elected members from 3 parties that are left of the CPC agenda. He denied that we were heading into a recession. He didn't release the CPC platform until after the televised depates. He keeps repeating "Canadians don't want an election" and "Canada's fragile recovery" just as he has in past games of chicken. Repeating a lie is insulting to the electorate, especially when it's accompanied by a huge dose of hypocrisy.

  5. Harper prorogued Parliament, saying it was dysfunctional, opposition blocking crime bills, blablabla. 62% of voters elected members from 3 parties that are left of the CPC agenda. He denied that we were heading into a recession. He didn't release the CPC platform until after the televised depates. He keeps repeating "Canadians don't want an election" and "Canada's fragile recovery," just as he has in past games of chicken. Repeating a lie in Harper's daily news conferences is insulting to the electorate, especially when the CPC script du jour is accompanied by a huge dose of hypocrisy.

  6. Harper prorogued Parliament, saying it was dysfunctional, opposition blocking crime bills, blablabla. He denied that we were heading into a recession. He didn't release the CPC platform until after the televised depates. Result: 62% of voters elected members from 3 parties that are left of the CPC agenda.

    He keeps repeating "Canadians don't want an election" and "Canada's fragile recovery," just as he has in past games of chicken. Repeating a lie in Harper's daily sermons is insulting to the electorate, especially when the CPC script du jour is accompanied by a huge dose of hypocrisy.

  7. It's pathetic that Harper does not have the Guts to Update his Inaction plan in The HOC. Instead he gave another "Stay the Course" speech that warns that Everything will come to a schreeching Halt if there were an Election.
    Experts all agree that this is just not True. We can proceed with the Inaction Plan and the reno tax credit no matter if the HOC is sitting or not.
    I agree with Miochael Ignatieff when He says that Canadians need only take an Objective look at Harper's Record to Rid ourselves of this Vacuous Plodder, who is in Contempt of Canada on so many levels.

    Stephen Harper. To know him is to Doubt Him.

  8. I don't agree with Mikhail Igneutiev on anything. He is an appointed hired gun for the Liberal Party who, with all his smarts, can't even hold himself accountable, let alone the Government. It's an inevitable occurrence, so let the non-confidence motion come. The Left's struggle to regain power will result in their further decimation, while Mr. Harper's blue will dominate the map. If the Coalition of Stooges could resurrect themselves, the HOC would adjourn for the big face-off in the Capital Centre. This Axis of Evil could then be disbanded in favour of a Harper majority, which didn't materialize last time because of unjustifiable whispers in Québec over artsy cutbacks.

    • While acknowledging the risk I take by asking this, I think I have to: if someone told you to take your very best shot at the Loyal Opposition, is that really the best you'd have to offer?

      • Thanks for the INTELLIGENT giggle!!!!!!
        Well done.

  9. "untimely" election? May I be glib for a moment and suggest that in recent history, elections haven't exactly ever been "timely"?

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