The prime minister delivered a welcome dose of optimism in a speech he made to the board of trade at Brampton, Ontario on Tuesday. What a breath of fresh air. I’m so tired of the doom and gloom we are fed hourly by the mainstream media and by our politicians, both provincial and federal.
All the pessimism might be good for selling newspapers and getting eyeballs glued to screens, but it does nothing good for our economy. In fact, it helps to further erode the already damaged confidence of our consumers.
Unlike the labour unionist and academics we have leading the opposition parties, Prime Minister Harper is an economist who seems to understand that we only hurt ourselves when we keep on telling each other how terrible things are. It seems to me well proven by now that when we tell ourselves repeatedly how bad the economy is getting, it generally gets worse.
The PM told his audience that:
“Canada was the last advanced country to fall into this recession. …
“We will make sure its [recession’s] effects here are the least severe, and we will come out of this faster than anyone and stronger than ever.”
And added that our current economic crisis is an “opportunity to position ourselves so that when the recovery comes, we’re among the first to catch the wave.”
The prime minister also cautioned that “We will not turn the corner on this global recession until the American financial sector is fixed.”
No if can only move some of this optimism into our stock market strategies…