Canada has some big problems with economy, says PM

Mon Mar 2, 2009 2:34pm EST
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OTTAWA (Reuters) - The Canadian economy has significant problems but is in a position of strength compared to other nations that have been hit even harder, Prime Minister Stephen Harper said on Monday.

"The government has taken ... important actions ahead of the crisis that have put Canada in a relatively strong position," he told Parliament after opposition legislators accused him of bungling Ottawa's response to the crisis.

"Admittedly, there are significant difficulties, but the opposition does not help those things by simply repeating bad economic news without having anything to offer," he said.

(Reporting by David Ljunggren; Editing by Frank McGurty)