Political instability could ’screw up’ Canada’s economic recovery: Harper

Prime Minister Stephen Harper says political instability is the one thing that could “screw up” Canada’s economic recovery.

CALGARY — Prime Minister Stephen Harper says political instability is the one thing that could “screw up” Canada’s economic recovery.

The prime minister told a Calgary talk show that the country has everything going for it in terms of finances, education and resources.

But another election this fall would take the government’s focus away from making sure Canada’s long-term economy is strong.

Harper said now is not the time for “political games” and the parties in Parliament should be working together instead.

Transport Minister John Baird has also said that an election would put stimulus spending on hold and added it would be irresponsible for the Liberals to topple the Tories.

Liberal Leader Michael Ignatieff kicked off his party’s summer caucus retreat Monday by saying the government is on “life support” and it may be time to pull the plug.