January 6, 2011 / 2:54 PM / in 7 years

Harper says now not a good time for election

OTTAWA (Reuters) - Prime Minister Stephen Harper said on Tuesday now is not a good time for an election and that it is up to opposition parties to decide whether or not to force one.

<p>Canada's Prime Minister Stephen Harper speaks during Question Period in the House of Commons on Parliament Hill in Ottawa December 15, 2010. REUTERS/Chris Wattie</p>

Speaking to reporters after a minor cabinet shuffle, Harper said his minority Conservative government will remain focused on safeguarding a fragile economic recovery, not engaging in “economic adventurism.”

Reporting by Louise Egan; editing by Rob Wilson

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