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PM Harper calls Thatcher 'a giant among leaders'

OTTAWA - Prime Minister Stephen Harper saluted former British prime minister Margaret Thatcher as "a giant among leaders," after learning of her death Monday.

"While many in positions of power are defined by the times in which they govern, Margaret Thatcher had that rarest of abilities to herself personify and define the age in which she served," Harper said in a statement. "Indeed, with the success of her economic policies, she defined contemporary conservatism itself."

Harper also credits Thatcher with helping to end the Cold War by contributing to the fall of the Soviet Union.

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