Harper vows to protect jobs, economy

Fri Oct 7, 2011 3:56pm EDT
 
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(Reuters) - The Canadian government will remain vigilant and active to protect jobs and the economy amid continued global economic uncertainty, Prime Minister Stephen Harper said on Friday.

Harper - who has indicated his Conservative government would start a second stimulus program if necessary - said Ottawa has a crucial role to play amid the economic woes.

"Our government will remain vigilant and active to protect Canadian jobs and the Canadian economy. We will keep taxes down," he told a televised event in Regina, Saskatchewan.

(Reporting by David Ljunggren; editing by Peter Galloway)

 
<p>Canada's Prime Minister Stephen Harper speaks during Question Period in the House of Commons on Parliament Hill in Ottawa October 5, 2011. REUTERS/Chris Wattie</p>