Canada won't have asset "fire sale": Harper

Fri Nov 14, 2008 11:55am EST
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WINNIPEG, Manitoba (Reuters) - Canada will never have a "fire sale" of government assets, but will still examine the possibility of privatizing some holdings to help avoid a budget deficit, Prime Minister Stephen Harper said Friday.

The comment comes a day after Finance Minister Jim Flaherty jokingly raised the possibility of selling Toronto's iconic CN Tower as part of a government review of national assets.

(Reporting by Jeffrey Jones, writing by Richard Valdmanis; editing by Rob Wilson)