Flaherty: Economy can't handle months of blockades

Jim Flaherty, Minister of Finance, in Ottawa, Nov. 7, 2012. Andre Forget/QMI Agency

Jim Flaherty, Minister of Finance, in Ottawa, Nov. 7, 2012. Andre Forget/QMI Agency

Jessica Hume, Parliamentary Bureau

, Last Updated: 4:22 PM ET

Finance Minister Jim Flaherty says the Canadian economy is too weak to withstand months of disruptions promised by some First Nations groups.

Flaherty spoke to reporters about Wednesday's so-called Day of Action, as protesters across the country blocked rail lines, highways and border crossings.

"Of course I am concerned because of the fragility of the economic recovery," he told reporters. "We're seeing small, modest growth numbers so we need to avoid disturbances."

Law enforcement officials were on the defensive Wednesday for appearing to take a hands-off approach to the protesters, many of whom have threatened serious harm to the Canadian economy.


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