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Amid economic jitters, Canada well positioned to face 'global headwinds': Flaherty

But country not an island, and international stress will affect us, he says.

Photo of Jim Flaherty courtesy of Wikimedia Commons.

Amid more turmoil in international markets, there were reassuring words from Finance Minister Jim Flaherty.

The Canadian Press has the story:

OTTAWA -- Finance Minister Jim Flaherty says the recent stock market turmoil may cause some turbulence for the Canadian economy.

But Flaherty says Canada is well-positioned to withstand the "global headwinds.''

Flaherty issued a statement this weekend responding to the uncertainty that sent stock markets into convulsions Thursday and Friday.

He says Canada is "not an island'' and may eventually be affected by the uncertainty about U.S. growth and Europe's continuing debt problems.

But Flaherty notes that Canada's budgetary position is among the strongest in the world and its financial systems remain strong.

French Finance Minister Francois Baroin says he has been in contact with his G7 counterparts, who include Flaherty, this weekend.

Both the S&P/TSX composite index and the Dow Jones industrial suffered massive losses Thursday.

It carried on into Friday for the TSX, but the Dow staged a slight recovery.

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