August 5, 2010 / 5:37 PM / 7 years ago

Harper says Canadians do not want an election

OTTAWA (Reuters) - Canadians want the government to focus on the economy and are not interested in having an election, Prime Minister Stephen Harper said on Thursday.

<p>Prime Minister Stephen Harper delivers remarks during the opening plenary session of the G20 Summit in Toronto, June 27, 2010. REUTERS/Jason Reed</p>

Harper, speaking to members of his Conservative caucus in Ottawa, accused members of opposition parties of threatening an election.

“That is not what Canadians want,” Harper said, adding later; “Canadians want us to continue to focus on governing and especially, colleagues, they want us to focus on the economy. That is what we will continue to do.”

Reporting by Allan Dowd, Editing by Jeffrey Hodgson

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