OTTAWA — Parliament is creating an image of instability for Canada in global markets -- and it isn't a bad thing that it has been suspended until the beginning of March, Prime Minister Stephen Harper suggested on Monday.
In an interview with BNN television, Harper was asked if Canada's reputation as a stable democracy will suffer from his prorogation of Parliament. Harper said there was "zero risk" of that.
In fact, he said it's when Parliament is sitting that Canada's stability comes into question. That's when "the games begin," he said, and his minority Conservative government faces the constant threat of defeat and an election.
"As soon as Parliament comes back, we're in a minority Parliament situation and the first thing that happens is a vote of confidence and there will be votes of confidence and election speculation for every single week after that for the rest of the year," he said.
"That's the kind of instability I think that markets are actually worried about. But you know the government will be well-prepared and I think Canadians want to see us focus on the economy."
"So that's what we're going to be doing."