Harper sees agreement on middle class stimulus

Mon Jan 19, 2009 1:53pm EST
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OTTAWA (Reuters) - Canada's Conservative government believes it is in basic agreement with the opposition Liberal Party on the need to include the country's middle class in budget stimulus plans, Prime Minister Stephen Harper said on Monday.

Speaking in French, Harper told reporters that "it's important to include the middle class in any plan for strengthening our economy and I think that, or at least I hope that, we will be able to bring about a consensus on the budget."

The prime minister also said both parties agree that budget deficits should only be short-term in nature.

(Reporting by David Ljunggren; writing by Jeffrey Hodgson; editing by Peter Galloway)