Sunday, September 14, 2008

Canada has become a more conservative nation, Harper says

OTTAWA — Stephen Harper contended Saturday that Canadians have become more conservative while his rivals slammed the prime minister for trying to remake the country in his own right-wing image.

Harper launched the ideological debate in Fredericton, N.B., where he remarked that Canadians had come to embrace "small-c" conservative values since he got into politics.

He also said his Conservative party has simultaneously shifted more to the centre of the political spectrum and he warned that it must remain there if it wants to continue governing.

"I think the Canadian public has become more conservative," Harper said at the start of a weekend swing through Atlantic Canada.

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