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CORNWALL - Prime Minister Stephen Harper says he's not concerned about the recent backlash from various ethnic communities regarding his government's foreign policy because he believes his stance is perfectly in tune with the views of Canadians regarding the war on terrorism.
After wrapping up a summer retreat with his Conservative caucus, Mr. Harper dismissed recent polls and protests that suggest many Canadians want him to back away from his support of Israel's conflict with Hezbollah in Lebanon and his resolve to pursue the Canadian military mission in Afghanistan.
"I think the position we have, properly understood, is exactly the position of Canadians," Mr. Harper told reporters yesterday. "Canadians want to see peace and stability in the Middle East. Canadians are not neutral on terrorism or on terrorist groups, and Canadians want us to work with the international community to develop a strong position that can lead to a durable and lasting peace."