Canada says provinces agree more spending needed

Mon Nov 10, 2008 7:00pm EST
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OTTAWA (Reuters) - Prime Minister Stephen Harper said on Monday the country's provinces have agreed that government spending on infrastructure should be accelerated.

Harper, who was speaking to reporters after meeting with the country's provincial and territorial leaders, also said the government remains on track for a budget surplus this year, but that there is huge uncertainty after that.

According to Harper, the government will also look at the concerns that seniors have regarding their pensions given the ongoing global economic crisis that has weighed heavily on equity markets across the globe.

(Reporting by David Ljunggren, writing by Frank Pingue; Editing by Peter Galloway)