Harper optimistic about GM staying in Canada

Tue Feb 17, 2009 11:34am EST
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TORONTO (Reuters) - Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper said on Tuesday that he is not concerned about the possibility of General Motors Corp moving out of Canada as the Detroit-based company restructures its operations.

Harper told reporters in Toronto that he does not rule out further job losses in the auto sector, but said Canada would maintain its share of about 20 percent of North American auto production.

(Reporting by Ka Yan Ng, writing by John McCrank; editing by Rob Wilson)

<p>Canada's Prime Minister Stephen Harper speaks during Question Period in the House of Commons on Parliament Hill in Ottawa February 11, 2009. REUTERS/Chris Wattie</p>