Stephen Harper talks to Americans (and Canadians)

The PM meets the press


In the United States for a quick media tour before going to Europe for meetings of the G20, Prime Minister Stephen Harper talked with Fox News’ Chris Wallace about the economy, Afghanistan and the auto industry. “Obviously, the Al Qaeda insurgency and the Al Qaeda element of this has to be—has to be eliminated. I think we agree with that,” he told Wallace, attempting to clarify his comments on the mission in Afghanistan. “I just think it would be unrealistic to suggest we’re going to eliminate every last domestic insurgent in Afghanistan. Certainly, the history of the country would indicate that’s not a very realistic objective, and I think we have to have realistic objectives.” Before leaving for D.C., Harper sat down with CTV’s Craig Oliver. Sunday afternoon, he spoke to Canwest’s Sheldon Alberts.


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Stephen Harper talks to Americans (and Canadians)

  1. I think Harper has shifted his model from John Howard (being a wedge politics-loving everyman) to Gordon Brown (who saw his poll numbers increase dramatically from a 21-point gap to a near tie – with a more recent decrease that still puts him well ahead of his pre-financial crisis doldrums). Harper wants to be seen as a mover and shaker in the global economic strategy-making. He has an advantage in that Canada is in-between those calling for more stimulus (like Brown) and those calling for better banking regulations.

  2. A very opportune time for the PM to start upping the profile as it were. Who would’ve thought that tight fisted, dime squeezing canadian bankers would have become our heroes – go figure! Stranger still if canada becomes part of the team for contributing to a new global financial regulatory system based in part on Canada’s bank Act! -> the delicious irony of it all and international cudo’s at the same time –

  3. How ironic it is that harper is spreading his advice, he is a divider and is incapable of leading at home. In the US he is an unknown. Funny how he can take credit fot he state of our economy, he had no clue of the incoming catastrophe. Now he says it will all be over by the end of the year. No one else shares his rosy outlook. He is out of touch with the average canadian, but it doesn’t bother him in the least. It’s also fitting that he start his propaganda campaign with FOX news.

  4. same here! whatever happened to bush clone and now what do you get riding Obama’s coattails? – me thinks that harper haters are running out of gas – good for global warming though.

    • you guys must not follow H2H’s comments

  5. I am so sick to death of Harper talking up our great banking fundamentals here in Canada…..when he had NOTHING to do with putting it in place. Thank you, Jean Chretien and Paul Martin. Let’s give kudos where they’re due.

    • Now, now, CAL.. Harper’s government did put the kybosh on the 40 year, no down mortgages that the CMHC was going to allow.

      Of course.. they’re the ones who were going to allow it in the first place as well. Fortunately for us, the US started to bottom first and when all the screaming started over there they figured they better fix that up back here.

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