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Harper on the recession: I told you so? Add to ...

Hmm.

I see that the recession of 2008-2009 was " less severe and shorter" than in other G7 nations - according to Philip Cross, chief economic analyst at Statistics Canada.

If this sounds familiar, maybe it's because we've heard it all before - albeit from a less distinguished economist:

"Canada was the last advanced country to fall into this recession. We will make sure its effects here are the least severe and we will come out of this faster than anyone and stronger than ever," he said. (Stephen Harper, Toronto Star, March 10, 2009)

"Canada was the last advanced country to fall into this recession. We will make sure its effects here are the least severe, and we will come out of this faster than anyone, and stronger than ever." (Stephen Harper, Globe and Mail, March 12, 2009)

"Just about every major international economic forecasting agency has noted from the IMF to the World Bank to the OECD. Canada's economic performance remains the best among all the major developed countries in the world.,,, And I've said this before, but friends, we cannot repeat it often enough. We were the last G7 country dragged into this recession. We have been the least affected, and when the recovery eventually and inevitably takes hold, this country, Canada, is poised to lead the way out in the strongest position." (Stephen Harper, Calgary, July 9, 2009)

"As just about every major international economic forecasting agency has noted, from the International Monetary Fund to the World Bank to the OECD, Canada's economic performance remains the best of all major developed countries. And friends, remember this. I cannot say it enough. This country, Canada, was the last G7 country dragged into this recession. We have been the least affected by it, and when the recovery takes hold as it inevitably and eventually will, this country, Canada, will be leading the world out of it." (Stephen Harper, Markham, August 13, 2009)

(Photo: Reuters)

 

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