Rick Mercer really is a national treasure.

And, in case you think this is off base, you may want to know that when asked why his government spent $100 million on Economic Action Plans, Prime Minister Stephen Harper pointed to the sense of pride the commercials give Canadians about how well we've done during the aftermath of the financial crisis.

This, despite the fact that Canada is no longer the leader of the G7 in growth, having been surpassed by the United States in 2012. Other smaller advanced economies have also outperformed Canada since the 2009 recession, including Australia and the Scandinavian countries.

Sounds like money well spent.

With files from The Canadian Press

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  • Don't Take Him Literally

  • Because Harper Does Seem To Have A Taste For Beer

    Stephen Harper sips on a beer as he plays the piano with a band at the prime minister's official residence in Ottawa Friday, April 22, 2011.

  • Especially When He's Campaigning

    Prime Minister Stephen Harper takes a sip of a pint of beer during a campaign stop at a brewery pub in Halifax, Thursday March 31, 2011.

  • Or Hanging Out With Young People

    Prime Minister Stephen Harper chats with young Conservative supporters at the Victoria pub in Montreal Friday, March 16, 2012 where he stopped in to meet some supporters and have a drink for St. Patricks Day.

  • Or Settling Scores

    Prime Minister Stephen Harper holds a case of Yuengling beer presented to him outside his home by then-U.S. Ambassador David Jacobson Friday March 19, 2010. The beer was part of a wager the Prime Minsiter had with President Barack Obama on the outcome of the Olympic gold medal hockey game which Canada won.

  • Not Much Of A Fan Of Wine Though

    Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper waves off a waiter offering to fill his wine glass prior to his speech before the Economic Club of New York, in New York City Wednesday Sept. 20, 2006.

  • Unless He's In China

    Then-Chinese Prime Minister Wen Jiabao and Stephen Harper toast during a signing ceremony at the Great Hall of the People in Beijing on December 3, 2009.

  • Or Making A Toast

    Stephen Harper raises a glass of wine following a toast by Brazilian President Dilma Rousseff at a luncheon at the Itaramty Palace in Brasilia, Monday August 8, 2011.

  • You Know What? Screw It! Let's Do Shots

    Stephen Harper has a drink of <a href="http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Caribou_(drink)" target="_blank">Caribou</a>, a traditional drink of the Quebec Carnival, during the official opening of the event Friday, Jan. 26, 2007 in Quebec.

  • UP NEXT: Stephen Harper Loves Animals

  • We Meet Again, Wet Nose

  • Photobomb!

  • D'awww

    Prime Minister Stephen Harper and his wife Laureen play with some furry friends at the official opening of the new Ottawa Humane Society facility on July 6, 2011. Source: <a href="http://www.pm.gc.ca/eng/media_gallery.asp?media_category_id=1724&media_category_typ_id=6#cont" target="_blank">Pm.gc.ca</a>

  • Nice To Meet You

  • Can I Keep Them?

    Prime Minister Stephen Harper plays with foster kittens at 24 Sussex. May 1, 2010. Source: <a href="http://www.pm.gc.ca/eng/media_gallery.asp?media_category_id=900&media_category_typ_id=6&media_id=5512" target="_blank">Pm.gc.ca</a>

  • Cuddle Time!

    Stephen Harper with wife Laureen and their chinchilla Charlie. Source: <a href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/pmharper/8425819048/in/photostream" target="_blank">Flickr</a>

  • Up This Sleeve Is Where I Keep My Tricks

  • Yep, Definitely A Cat Person

    Laureen Harper laughs as she holds a husky dog with Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper as they tour Caribou Crossing, Yukon, south of Whitehorse Monday August 20, 2012.

  • I Spy Something Cute

    Stephen Harper welcomes two Chinese pandas at Toronto's Pearson Airport on March 25, 2013. Source: <a href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/pmharper/8588948719/in/photostream" target="_blank">Flickr</a>

  • You're A Big Fella, Ain't Ya?

  • Mush!

    Prime Minister Stephen Harper drives a dog sled after meeting mushing teams at the Arctic Winter Games in Yellowknife, N.W.T., Monday, March 10, 2008.

  • Strong, Stable, National, Conservative, Majority Government..

  • Boooooooooooring

  • Omigod, So Cute

    Met Batisse X, official mascot of the Royal 22nd Regiment, prior to welcoming French PM Jean-Marc Ayrault to Ottawa. Source: <a href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/pmharper/8554783327/in/photostream" target="_blank">Flickr</a>

  • Down Boy!

  • UP NEXT: Politicians and Cute Kids

  • Smooch!

    Conservative Leader Stephen Harper holds a baby during a campaign stop in North Bay, Ontario on Thursday June 17, 2004. (CP PHOTO/Frank Gunn)

  • Smile..

    Conservative Leader Stephen Harper holds a baby during a campaign stop in North Bay, Ontario on Thursday June 17, 2004. (CP PHOTO/Frank Gunn)

  • And This Little Piggie..

    Reese Anderson (centre), 8 months, grabs the finger of Prime Minister Stephen Harper (left) as the baby and mother Teresa Anderson (from Vancouver) pose for a picture with Harper at a pancake breakfast in south Calgary on Tuesday July 11, 2006. (CP PHOTO/Larry MacDougal)

  • Who's This Guy?

    Prime Minister Stephen Harper holds baby Carter Stevenson during the Petawawa Red Friday Rally and March in support of troops serving in Afghanistan, in Petawawa, Ontario, Friday May 11, 2007. (CP PHOTO/Fred Chartrand) CANADA

  • Staring Contest.. GO!

    A baby looks back at Conservative Leader Stephen Harper as he makes his way through the crowd of supporters at a rally in Ile Perrot, Que., Friday, Sept. 19, 2008. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Paul Chiasson

  • When You're Older, You Can Eat As Much As You Want

    Conservative leader Stephen Harper greets a mother and baby at a campaign stop in Sussex, N.B on Saturday June 19, 2004. (CP PHOTO/Frank Gunn)

  • Over Here, Kid..

    Conservative Leader Stephen Harper poses with a baby as he makes a campaign stop in Etobicoke, Ont. Friday, Sept. 26, 2008. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Jonathan Hayward

  • Thanks For Coming Out

    Conservative Party leader Stephen Harper kisses a supporter's baby at a campaign rally in Hamilton, Ontario, Tuesday, Oct. 7, 2008. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Tom Hanson

  • Umm... This Is My Costume

    Prime Minister Stephen Harper poses for a photograph with Halloween trick-or-treaters at his official residence in Ottawa, Wednesday, October 31, 2012.

  • Say, 'Happy Halloween!'

    Prime Minister Stephen Harper points out the camera to baby Grayson, dressed up as a giraffe, during his first time trick-or-treating at 24 Sussex. Source: <a href="http://on.fb.me/10ppG5w" target="_blank">Facebook</a>

  • Shhh... This Is The Best Part

    Stephen Harper, wife Laureen and Suraksha, Grade 10, visit an IMAX theatre in Bangalore, India on Nov. 8, 2012.

  • Sleepy Time..

    Liberal Leader Justin Trudeau holds a sleeping baby as her mother takes a photograph during a visit to the Granville Island Public Market in Vancouver, B.C., on Sunday, June 2, 2013. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Darryl Dyck

  • Peekaboo!

    Justin Trudeau & co. making faces.

  • Be Honest With Me, Who's Cuter?

    Justin Trudeau strikes a pose with an adorable baby.

  • YeeHaw!

    Liberal MP Justin Trudeau, centre, has his cowbay taken by his son Xavier, 4 years-old, while his wife Sophie Gregoire, second from left, holds daughet Ella-Grace, 3 years-old, while they attend the party's annual Stampede breakfast in Calgary, Saturday, July 7, 2012. This is the 100th anniversary of the Stampede.

  • Don't Take It Personally..

    A young child in the arms of her mother grimaces as they have their photo taken with NDP Leader Thomas Mulcair during the party's weekend convention Saturday, April 13, 2013 in Montreal. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Paul Chiasson