January 19, 2009 / 6:49 PM / in 9 years

Harper hopes Obama focuses on stimulus, bank sector

OTTAWA (Reuters) - Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper said on Monday he hopes U.S. President-elect Barack Obama focuses on providing stimulus and stabilizing the U.S. financial sector when he takes office this week.

“There would be two (priorities) that would be very high on my list... The stimulus package, the necessity of getting that right, and also the necessity of continuing efforts to stabilize the United States financial sector, which continues to have significant difficulty,” Harper said of his hopes for the early days of the Obama presidency.

Speaking in Halifax ahead of next week’s federal budget, Harper also said he has told Obama the new president will find no better friend or ally than Canada.

Reporting by Cameron French; editing by Peter Galloway

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