CALGARY, Jan. 26, 2012 /CNW/ - The Honourable Denis Lebel, Minister of
Transport, Infrastructure and Communities, and Minister of the Economic
Development Agency of Canada for the Regions of Quebec, today is
meeting with business leaders in Calgary, following successful similar
meetings in Montreal and Vancouver earlier in the week. Through these
meetings, Minister Lebel and his colleagues are consulting with
Canadians on the best way to continue to create jobs and economic
"The Harper government is staying focused on what matters most to
Canadians — the economy," said Minister Lebel. "With the global economy
still fragile, we continue to focus on creating jobs and economic
Leading up to the next federal budget, the Harper government is holding
consultations with Canadians from coast to coast on the economy. Led by
Prime Minister Stephen Harper and Finance Minister Jim Flaherty, the
consultations are an opportunity for Canadians to provide their views
on the best way to create jobs and economic growth.
The government also believes that one of the best ways to create jobs in
Canada is by investing in infrastructure. This means investing in the
safety and security of Canada's roads, transit systems and bridges. A
prime example of this is the government's recent announcement of the
construction of a new bridge for the St. Lawrence, which will be a
major investment in Canada's economic prosperity.
"Since July 2009, Canadian entrepreneurs, businesses and others have
created almost 600,000 new jobs," said Minister Lebel. "This week,
through cross-country consultations, I have been gathering valuable
feedback from Canadians on the best way to strengthen the Canadian
economy, which will aid in the preparation of the next federal budget."
In order to ensure that all Canadians can participate in this process,
the Harper government has also launched online pre-budget
consultations. Those wishing to make submissions can do so by visiting www.fin.gc.ca/prebudget-prebudgetaire/1-eng.asp.
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| Pierre Floréa |
Office of the Honourable Denis Lebel
Minister of Transport, Infrastructure and Communities
and Minister of the Economic Development Agency
of Canada for the Regions of Quebec
| Media Relations |
Transport Canada, Ottawa