Minister Jason Kenney and Minister of State Alice Wong seek Canadians'
views on how to continue to build a stronger, more prosperous Canada
VANCOUVER, Jan. 18, 2014 /CNW/ - The Honourable Jason Kenney, Minister
of Employment and Social Development and Minister for Multiculturalism
and the Honourable Alice Wong, Minister of State for Seniors, today
hosted a pre-budget consultation with business representatives and
community leaders in Vancouver. The roundtable was one of several
consultations in communities across the country in preparation for
Economic Action Plan 2014.
Budget 2014 will focus on job creation, promoting economic growth, and
securing Canada's long-term prosperity — all while returning to
balanced budgets in 2015. To this end, the federal government also
welcomes suggestions on how it can further improve government
efficiency and reduce unnecessary spending.
Canadians can provide their input online, as the federal government has
launched a pre-budget consultation through the federal Department of
Finance website. Anyone interested in participating can find more
information at www.fin.gc.ca.
The Government is committed to having a balanced budget by 2015. The
Government has set an ambitious debt-to-GDP target of 25 per cent by
2021, and will reduce that ratio to pre-recession levels by 2017.
Canada leads the G-7 in job creation, income growth, and keeping debt
"Our Conservative Government knows that the number one priority for
Canadians remains the economy. While Canada is on the right track, with
the best growth record among all G-7 countries, Canada is faced with
continued economic uncertainty from beyond our borders. That is why we want to hear directly from Canadians on how to better position Canada
for further job creation and economic growth."
- Jason Kenney, Minister of Employment and Social Development and Minister
"Today's roundtable is part of a larger series of consultations that
will inform future Government policy and help our government create
jobs, growth and long-term prosperity, while ensuring the best use of
taxpayers' money. I'm particularly interested in hearing about how the
Government can better support seniors in maintaining a high quality of
life and continuing to be active members of their communities."
- Alice Wong, Minister of State (Seniors)
SOURCE: Employment and Social Development Canada
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