September 15, 2014 3:24 pm
Updated: September 15, 2014 3:31 pm

Harper maintains hard line on foreign issues as Parliament resumes

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OTTAWA – Prime Minister Stephen Harper says he won’t back away from tough talk over Ukraine and the terrorist activities of the so-called Islamic State.

Nor will he back away from his outspoken support of Israel.

In a political pep rally of sorts to kick off the fall sitting of Parliament, Harper is telling his caucus that now is not the time to change course.

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He says he won’t cut Russian President Vladimir Putin any slack over the crisis in Ukraine.

And Canada will continue to stand with its allies in fighting terrorism in the Middle East.

Harper dismisses suggestions that the brutal ideology of the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant, or ISIL, is due to social exclusion or any other root cause, calling it evil that must be opposed.

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