Not Rex: What Harper's 'old-stock Canadians' comment really means

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During the Globe debate, Prime Minister Stephen Harper made a reference to "old-stock Canadians" which quickly sent Twitter into a frenzy.

The day after, Harper was quick to clarify, and backpedal, on his comment saying he meant Canadians who have been here more than one generation. Hmm, Humberto "Not Rex" DaSilva is not buying it.


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