Thursday, January 13, 2011

Post Media interviews HM PM Harper

Another great interview from HM {M.

The following is an edited transcript of Wednesday’s exclusive interview with Prime Minister Stephen Harper by Postmedia News Ottawa Bureau chief, Mark Kennedy:

Postmedia News: There’s a debate occurring in the United States this week in the wake of the shooting in Tucson (Arizona) about whether or not political discourse in that country has gone too far, whether it was all connected in those shootings. Do you have any thoughts on that and does it even apply up here in Canada?

Prime Minister Stephen Harper: Look, I think the first thing is we obviously want to give our condolences to all those who lost loved ones. I look at this first and foremost as just a horrific crime. You know, all these people shot, tremendous people — a federal judge, a young girl, a community activist, senior citizen. It’s just terrible. It’s just a terrible crime, and obviously our thoughts and prayers are with the families of all those who lost loved ones and all those who are recovering including representative (Gabrielle) Giffords. It’s always best to look at the events for what they are. Are they reactions, criminal actions of an individual who is obviously violent and disturbed? And I don’t think it serves any purpose to get into politics of this kind of stuff. The reality is democratic debate everywhere is animated. It’s always going to be that way. I think we all understand, those of us who are in public life, that these kinds of risks are real and we just count ourselves fortunate that we haven’t had any such incident here.

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