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Harper fails to impress in his foray into social media

VANCOUVER (NEWS1130) – It was dubbed “democracy at work”, and it saw more than a thousand questions sent to Stephen Harper after his appearance on YouTube. Many of the P.M.’s answers were not what the social media generation was hoping for.

There are no plans to legalize pot – that was one of 2,000 questions posed to Stephen Harper following his invitation to do so last week, and one of the answers by the P.M. on YouTube Tuesday night.

The 40-minute segment was geared at answering a wide range of questions over a number of issues including climate change.

Harper says there are agreements being worked out at international and national levels. But with so many emissions regulations in the States, he says we need a joint cross-border approach.

“Because the problem we have with the high integration of our economy, is if we impose emissions regulations on plants and firms that don’t exist just south of the border, those things will move overnight,” he says.

Harper adds there’s no plan in place for a universal child care program. He says Canadians want their own options.

Comments online are largely negative, with the main complaints being that the Prime Minister failed to be interactive and gave predictable and rehearsed answers.


See the PM taking questions at YouTube.com