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PITTSBURGH, Sept 25 The early signs of economic
recovery in the Group of 20 leading nations are fragile at best
and this is no time to get complacent, Canadian Prime Minister
Stephen Harper said on Friday.
Harper told leaders that the recovery was largely to due to
stimulus spending and the G20, which comprises developed and
emerging nations, needed to see an increase in job creation
before it could start feeling comfortable.
"Although we are seeing signs of economic recovery the
gains are fragile at best. We must stay the course. This is no
time to be sinking into complacency," he told a news conference
after the two-day G20 summit held in Pittsburgh.
"We've still got big work ahead of us, ... we're not out of
the woods on the recession."
Canada, which was running a budget surplus before the
recession and avoided major banking problems, has been less
affected by the crisis than many leading nations.
Harper said he stressed to the G20 that members needed to
continue implementing stimulus measures, although they should
think about exit strategies.
Harper, a strong opponent of what he calls protectionist
measures, also told G20 leaders that they should recognize
international trade as a driver of global economic growth, a
spokesman for the prime minister told reporters earlier.
(Reporting by David Ljunggren; Editing by Leslie Adler)