"We are executing our economic stimulus package to stabilize markets, provide credit, protect communities, preserve jobs, and to move forward on our longer-term plans for the economy," he said. "We are positioned to emerge from this global recession in a stronger position in the world than we have ever been. And I am confident that we will."
Harper, however, added he has become "very frustrated" by what he said are delays in the actual spending of the funds due to opposition calls for closer scrutiny of certain measures. Such logjams have arisen to varying degrees in other G20 nations, whose finance ministers and central bank governors are to meet in
A senior Canadian finance department official earlier told a media briefing there had been an "unprecedented response" by G20 nations to this global economic crisis, but now their plans must be fully implemented.