Steven Harper Urges Stability for CanadaCompleting the economic recovery requires steady hand on wheel

RICHMOND HILL, ONTARIO – Prime Minister Stephen Harper today urged Canadians to ensure continued political and economic stability for the nation by returning a strong stable national majority Conservative Government to Ottawa.

Flanked by workers and supporters at an auto repair and tire shop, Prime Minister Harper emphasized the importance of keeping Canada on the right track. “Our economy is beginning to emerge from the global economic recession. But the recovery remains fragile, and many threats remain to families’ financial security,” said Prime Minister Harper. “To keep our economic recovery rolling, Canada needs to keep a steady hand on the steering wheel. What we don’t need is three hands recklessly pulling in different directions.”

Stephen Harper’s low-tax plan is helping create jobs and strengthen families’ financial security. Since July 2009, Canada has created 480,000 new jobs — more than were lost during the global economic downturn. And Budget 2011, the Next Phase of Canada’s Economic Action Plan — while rejected by the Ignatieff Liberals and their partners, the NDP and Bloc Québécois , when they forced this unnecessary election — was designed to complete the economic recovery and continue to create jobs and growth. A re-elected Harper Government will re-introduce and seek to pass that Budget.
The Prime Minister noted that the alternative for Canadians to a strong stable national majority Conservative Government is an unstable Coalition formed by the Ignatieff Liberals and the NDP with the support of the Bloc Québécois . An Ignatieff-NDP-Bloc Québécois government would pursue a high-tax, reckless spending agenda that would stall our recovery, kill jobs and threaten Canada’s future by re-opening constitutional debates. Both the Liberal and NDP platforms would impose massive tax increases on Canadians to pay for their reckless spending promises. The Ignatieff Liberals have committed to increasing taxes by over $8 billion in the next two years alone. The NDP has promised an over $20-billion cap-and-trade scheme that, according to tax expert Jack Mintz, would raise gas prices by 10 cents per litre.
“The choice for Canadians is crystal clear,” said Harper. “Continuing our low-tax plan to complete the recovery and create jobs, financial security, stability and certainty for Canadian families and businesses. Or the high-tax, reckless-spending Ignatieff-NDP-Bloc Québécois agenda that will stall our recovery, kill jobs and produce political instability and economic uncertainty by re-opening constitutional debates. On May 2, I urge all Canadians to choose continued stability for Canada.”