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Stephen Harper 2012: Prime Minister Boasts About Accomplishments, NDP Points To Low-Lights

12/31/2012 11:33 EST | Updated 03/02/2013 05:12 EST
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Canada's Prime Minister Stephen Harper waves to photographers upon his arrival to Los Cabos international airport to attend the G-20 Summit in Baja California Sur, Mexico, Sunday, June 17, 2012. (AP Photo/Eduardo Verdugo)
OTTAWA - Prime Minister Stephen Harper is ending the year by listing his government's achievements in 2012, but the Opposition is pointing to several low-lights.

In a statement, Harper says Canada will enter 2013 with some of the strongest economic growth among the Group of Seven richest nations.

And he says the world has taken note, with Forbes magazine ranking Canada No. 1 in its annual review of the best countries for business.

The Opposition New Democrats, however, are pointing to what they see as the Conservative government's worst moments.

One of them, they say, was Harper's decision to allow the $15-billion takeover of oil giant Nexen by a Chinese state-owned company.

The NDP says that decision was the worst Tory low-light from 2012.

But the prime minister says his government helped Canadians by aggressively pursuing trade and investment agreements and streamlining the review process for major economic projects.

Critics have called that code for gutting environmental protections.

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