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230 -- to go President Obama making good on his promise to eventually shut down Guantanamo Bay transferring detainees to all corners of the globe.
But while the beautiful legs and -- -- up -- is willing to take some off our hands the prime minister Canada Stephen Harper.
We have left it to the government the United States to deal with this particular issue there is -- Canadian in Guantanamo who's charged.
We're obviously waiting to see what president Obama's administration doesn't that particular case.
But this government has a very strong record in opposing terrorism and we're not offering Canada is a safe haven for.
Anyone that the United States considers to be -- terrorist.
I'm what do you think mr.
prime minister of his wanting to eventually shut gitmo down I -- -- you say it's a US concern but.
It is a Canadian -- well I guess.
Well it's you know this ultimately really is a decision in the United States is is you know there has been.
Although our our government has been I think more understanding -- some.
There's been a lot of international concern about the process there.
Going to have to find balance between addressing some of those concerns but maintaining.
Defenses so that we all share -- still the potential activity of terrorists -- is a very difficult problem that I.
I think I'll leave it for President Obama to try and resolved rather than obviously -- and resolve it ourselves but we work very closely.
What his administration as we did with the previous administration on identifying.
Any terrorist suspects and and trying -- afford their activities.
I'm just speaking of which mr.
prime minister as you know are we send up 700 more agents sides who are Canadian American border.
To deal with this kind of issue and about the types of folks who might try to make their way in the United States from Canada.
It's cause some concern among.
Many Canadians -- Hulu.
Seem to think that we are targeting Canadians.
What what what did you make of that.
Look I think the concern on the Canadian side we we as Canadians have no concern at all.
-- -- the fact that.
The United States is obviously concerned about the movement of terrorists is like I've been very clear our government.
Shares all of these concerns I've been very clear -- President Obama and with the American people that we view any threat to the United States as a threat to Canada.
And we cooperate.
With the United States in in this international effort the concern I think that Canadians have particularly Canadian business.
Is the effects this could have on the relatively.
Free movement of trade between our countries we have very integrated economies and we want to ensure.
That the systems we put in place.
-- process and we put in place to deal with security threats to not become barriers.
Two to trade or to social interaction that are so deep between our two countries.
-- work with two administrations on that I think we're making some progress but this remains a challenge.
What about the challenges that -- posted parliamentary elections last week.
Where a lot of moderate to conservative candidates.
Does seem to win out over stab was liberal governments in France and Germany and Italy and Britain in Hungary I could go on and on.
But but we are seeing more of that and is it in -- -- view a repudiation of what we've been seeing globally to big standing by big governments globally.
And and voters are telling.
Leaders to slow down or how would you interpret it.
Generally interpret what's been going on the world politically in the United States actually being an exception.
I would I would interpret.
Generally that the population has been.
Supporting incumbent governments that are seen to be focusing on the economy.
Quite frankly populations have not been willing to experiment.
With parties that are unproven in government or who have economic agendas that are very unclear at this time.
Obviously the united states -- always massively for change.
You know before for different reasons I think part of the reason was so many the economic problems we're seeing two emanate from the United States but.
Our government and -- conservative government as you know was actually reelected with a stronger position.
During the during the there you know that that crash of the stock market in the significant economic decline we had last fall.
But I think our our experience in Canada is actually more typical than what happened in the United States.
I'm not I don't that's more typical level in all due respect mr.
prime minister and figure it you'll.
I've tried stimulus and and and obviously are.
I've been doing a lot to try to get the Canadian economy going.
But limited and government -- intervention.
So almost the reverse of what President Obama is trying to do.
And and now that the liberal about parties and a more liberal parties and the three opposition parties who have -- will join hands together could could -- you know.
Our art our seeming to use a vote next Friday on on some of these economic initiatives your planning as a test case to bring it down.
What's going on.
Well we don't know that yet I think we'll all watch and see this the Canadian people are very clear that they.
Don't want to see the opposition form another coalition and they certainly.
Nobody wants to see an election right now.
Just as we're beginning to see some of the effects of the recession -- and we still have a lot of work to do.
On our economic action plan there are actually -- to be fair and you know I think there are a lot of similarities between what.
We're doing in Canada with stimulus what president Obama's doing what many other governments are doing the big difference in Canada.
Is that we start from a completely different position our government.
Had eighty surplus budget going into this recession we were lowering taxes.
Permanently lowering taxes and -- it was affordable.
And so now we have -- even though we have the smallest.
Deficit that GDP ratio was smallest debt GDP ratio and the smallest deficit in relative terms in the G-7.
We're actually -- able to have the biggest stimulus package and were actually in the best position to return to surplus when the recession is over so.
The difference here is not so much.
Our actions there are some differences there I think ours are little more focused.
On long term investments and in the longer term but the big difference -- Our debt and deficit positions -- our overall fiscal position is fundamentally sound.
We all know that there is a deep structural deficit that exists in the United States that existed even before.
The recession took hold.
The true -- not -- but.
Are the fiscal condition -- not sound right now in fact -- is betting on who you talk to whether conservative or liberal in this country it is out of control in this country.
And today -- argument seems to be that we are in blackjack parents are doubling down taking a deficit and -- and in the hope that maybe we'll let spending going to.
You know reignite -- still think it won't.
Look I I sympathize with the with the perspective of the administration I was asked.
In an interview a little while back in the United States was I worried.
That all this deficit spending in the United States could cause.
Awfully big problems later you call it doubling down.
My answer was as an economist yes I would be concerned about that but the problem is when the houses on fire.
The first thing you have to do is you have to bring -- the hoses and and and spray water all over -- you can't worry about whether your flooding the basement.
Inevitably some great passing model that we -- he's -- -- water you know that's the target.
Yeah well you know as they say what you don't normally worry about that in the middle of a raging inferno.
You normally just get as much water on as you can the reality is this.
At -- you know -- I I think the the fiscal situation United States is very worrisome that set.
President Obama came into office with the United States in a deep structural deficit position.
At a time when fiscal stimulus when deficit spending is actually required economically and say.
We Canada were very different the different position and -- were able to borrow and stimulate the economy now when we need to but we didn't have.
This condition beef.
What I know that I should tell you that you're very level that's not a problem I know you do your -- -- diplomatic leader but but the fact that matters I could not been teasing you.
Maybe a more conservative roads.
Standing -- way.
A morass but but you know I know we like to say in transit that we everyone does different things but would you have done.
The degree is standing that this president and this congress have done.
Well -- is the deficit in Canada.
Is one quarter of the size and relative terms of the deficit the United States.
But as they say -- to be fair once they gain to the presidents of the congress and we have some of the -- -- big differences especially.
Where we see some some of these by American and the protectionist policies that were concerned about but that set.
The fact of the matter is we need stimulus spending now and I say that as a conservative the IMF says that every country in the world is doing that.
The difficulty for president Obama's administration is the budget was in deficit.
And structural deficit prior to the recession that's not his fault and it's certainly not our situation but -- is a reality.
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