Former PM voices concerns about vaccine procurement, China and ‘woke’ culture. The Canadian government has spent irresponsibly in its attempt to fend off the economic disruption caused by the COVID-19 pandemic, according to former prime minister Stephen Harper. “It’s not a good reaction, it’s been overkill,” Harper said on an episode of the podcast American Optimist, which was released on Tuesday. “This is bad macroeconomic policy on an enormous scale.” The podcast, which launched about a month ago, bills itself as “an alternative to the fear, cynicism and zero-sum thinking in mainstream media.” Harper appeared on the podcast with host Joe Lonsdale in Texas. The description of the podcast says the interview was recorded before the current COVID-19 resurgence in the United States but does not say exactly when.