Canada’s political leaders appealed to Quebec voters during a televised debate yesterday, with Prime Minister Stephen Harper saying only his Conservatives can deliver stable government and his rivals countering that he is out of touch with the French-speaking province.
Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper won a majority of seats in Parliament for the first time, giving his Conservative Party a mandate to bolster the economic recovery with additional tax cuts and erase the country’s deficit with curbs on government spending.
Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper campaigned for the majority government he won yesterday saying the opposition was foisting an “unnecessary” election on the public. Voters responded by sending the Liberals and Bloc Quebecois to their worst-ever results and vaulting the New Democratic Party to their best.
Canada’s dollar fluctuated as crude oil, the nation’s biggest export, reached a two-week high, while opposition to Prime Minister Stephen Harper ’s fiscal plan set the stage for a federal election as early as May.
Canada’s Finance Minister Jim Flaherty pledged to use an improving fiscal outlook to speed deficit reduction while providing C$7.6 billion ($7.7 billion) in new spending and tax credits in a bid to win support from opposition lawmakers.