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article image5 Questions with Canada's Prime Minister Stephen Harper Special

By Richard Mccallum     Apr 30, 2011 in Politics
Ottawa - Today Stephen Harper tells Richard Mccallum why he deserves a majority government when he answers 5 Questions about himself and his place in Canada's history books in his very first interview with Digital Journal.
Stephen Harper is the leader of the Conservative Party and is Canada's current and 22 Prime Minister.
In Election 2011 he is the incumbent MP for Calgary Southwest and is seeking re-election for that seat and if he has his way a Conservative majority government for Canada.
Richard Mccallum:Why is it important that you and your party achieve a majority government at this time in Canadian history?
Stephen Harper:Canadians face a clear choice in this election:between, on one hand, an opportunistic and NDP led coalition with a high tax agenda, and on the other hand, principled leadership and stable government with our low-tax plan for jobs and growth.
The NDP-led coalition will increase taxes by $70 billion over 4 years and they will pay for their spending by increasing taxes. They will introduce a cap and trade carbon tax that will increase the price of gas by 10 cents per litre. They will hike taxes on businesses and they will hike EI premiums and CPP premiums.
Unless Canadians elect a stable, national, majority Conservative government, an NDP led coalition supported by Michael Ignatieff and the Bloc Quebecois will form a high-tax government that will kill jobs, stall our economic recovery and set you and your family back.
Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper speaking at event in the Greater Toronto Area.
Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper speaking at event in the Greater Toronto Area.
Richard Mccallum:If you achieve a majority government what do you feel are the greatest challenges currently facing Canada; and how do you plan to help Canadians in those regards?
Stephen Harper:Our greatest challenge is completing the economic recovery. Canada is emerging from the global recession as one of the world's top-performing advanced economies. Through our Economic Action Plan we're making the necessary investments to protect Canadians and to create jobs now, while laying a strong foundation for long-term economic growth.
Our low-tax plan is helping hundreds of thousands of businesses to create jobs in our communities. And we're reducing taxes on hard working Canadian families,because we understand that household budgets are tight.
But there is more to be done. the global economy remains fragile; and Canadians remain concerned about their jobs and their children's future. Our government has a plan to meet these challenges- a plan that is working- and we need to stay the course. Now is not the time for instability, or for reckless,opportunistic experiments.
A Stephen Harper -led majority government will provide the steady hand needed to keep creating jobs, and to ensure our recovery from the global recession. And we will take the next steps to secure our borders and keep our cities and communities safe. We will:
*Protect and create jobs, through training, trade and low taxes
*support families through our Family tax Cut, and more support for seniors and caregivers
*eliminate the deficit by controlling spending and cutting waste
*make our streets safe, through new laws to protect children and the elderly; and
*stand on guard for Canada, by cracking down on human smuggling and strengthening the Canadian Armed Forces
Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper speaking at event in the Greater Toronto Area.
Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper speaking at event in the Greater Toronto Area.
Richard Mccallum:How will your majority government tie things up in Afghanistan and how do you think we should proceed in Libya and now Syria?
Stephen Harper:On Afghanistan, we will build on our strengths and accomplishments over the past five years. Canada is committed to helping to build a more secure, stable and self sufficient Afghanistan that is no longer a safe haven for terrorists. Consistent with the Parliamentary resolution, the combat mission will end in 2011. As we continue to work alongside the Afghan people and the international community. Canada will play an important role in supporting efforts toward a better future for all Afghans.
On Libya, The United Nations Security Council passed a resolution authorizing action to protect Libyan citizens from the threat of slaughter. Canada has sent Canadian Forces CF-18's and the HMCS Charlottetown to the region to help enforce it. We are proud of the role Canada is playing in Libya and the fact that Canadian General Charles Bouchard is commanding the international force.
On Syria we strongly condemn violence against civilians. We will be working in close cooperation with our partners, our allies, to determine what necessary steps are required.
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Richard Mccallum: Soon your two children will become young adults, what are your hopes for their Canada of the future?
Stephen Harper:We want to build a Canada strong and free, a country of opportunity for all, proud of it's history and confident of it's future. We ask Canadians to support and join us in taking the next steps forward in building this great country, for our children and grandchildren.
Richard Mccallum: The American president John F. Kennedy said at his inauguration ceremony," Ask not what your country can do for you-ask what you can do for your country." What do you feel we as Canadians need to do to make our country and the world a better place?
Stephen Harper:Canada is emerging from the global recession as one of the world's top performing advanced economies; throughout the crisis of the last two years, the world has looked to Canada as a model and inspiration. Through our Economic Action Plan we're making the necessary investments to protect Canadians and create jobs now, while laying a strong foundation for long- term economic growth, and we ran one of the smallest deficits in the western world. We ask you to support and join us in taking the next steps forward in building this great country.
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