OTTAWA, June 6, 2011 /CNW/ - The measures announced in today's federal
budget will continue to support the economic recovery by helping
Canadian businesses prosper, compete and create jobs.
"We are pleased that this budget reflects the one tabled in March," said
Canadian Chamber of Commerce President and CEO Perrin Beatty. "The
government has endorsed our call for a plan to return to budget balance
in the medium term by committing to eliminate the deficit by 2014-15
without raising taxes on businesses and families," Beatty added. "This
will secure the fiscal flexibility that is crucial to our long-term
competitiveness and it is encouraging that the government continues to
focus on strengthening the economy and creating jobs. That is what
businesses and Canadians need now."
While Canada's economic performance has been better than that of other
countries, the global outlook remains uncertain and a number of
economic risks that could impede the recovery still persist. We cannot
be complacent and risk economic peril if we do not address our lagging
productivity. This fragile situation clearly points to the need for
responsible fiscal management.
The Canadian Chamber of Commerce has been calling on the government to
bolster Canada's competitiveness and ensure that our country remains a
leader among G7 countries. The biggest challenge for the federal
government now is to restrain its own program spending.
"We asked the government to focus on the transition from government
stimulus to a private sector-led recovery, a credible plan to eliminate
the federal deficit, and a commitment to a tax and regulatory
environment that will attract investment and create jobs. Today's
budget demonstrates the government has taken the call of Canada's
businesses - its job creators - seriously. " Beatty said.
The Canadian Chamber of Commerce is the vital connection between
business and the federal government. It helps shape public policy and
decision-making to the benefit of businesses, communities and families
across Canada with a network of over 420 chambers of commerce and
boards of trade, representing 192,000 businesses of all sizes in all
sectors of the economy and in all regions. News and information are
available at www.chamber.ca or follow us on Twitter @CdnChamberofCom.
SOURCE Canadian Chamber of Commerce, The
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