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Prime Minister Stephen Harper speaks in Quebec City on Feb. 6, 2014.
Prime Minister Stephen Harper speaks in Quebec City on Feb. 6, 2014.
(MATHIEU BELANGER/REUTERS)

How Harper’s economic reputation could become his vital weakness

The political question around Tuesday’s budget is how it will affect the economic uncertainty Canadians already feel. That’s the ground Prime Minister Stephen Harper and his opponents will be fighting over for the next twelve months.

Mr. Harper has used that uncertainty to his political advantage, painting himself as the safe hand to steer Canada through global economic threats. But the economy, in Canada and the United States, may be starting to spin those concerns in another direction.