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Harper's first appearance in month focuses on economy, no election hints

08-06-2010 17:18 BJT

OTTAWA, Aug. 6 (Xinhua) -- Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper, in his first public appearance in nearly a month, emphasized Thursday that the national economy will be his top priority, dismissing fall election rumors.

Harper, in a brief speech to Conservative MPs and senators at a summer caucus on Parliament Hill in Ottawa, said the Canadian economy is recovering, but the global situation remains fragile.

He trumpeted his government's latest achievements since the parliament adjourned in June, including hosting the G8 and G20 summits, visits by the leaders of China and India, as well as by Queen Elizabeth II.

Harper showed no appetite for a fall election, saying Canadians want him to focus on governing and the economy.

"We know there are some in the opposition coalition again threatening an election, but colleagues, that is not what Canadians want," he said.

New polls suggest that Harper's Conservative government is slipping in popularity amid a widening controversy over its operation over several issues.

The ruling Conservatives and the opposition Liberals are currently locked in a virtual tie, with both parties floating around the 30 percent mark, according to recent polls.


Editor:Du Xiaodan |Source: Xinhua

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