Minister Jason Kenney and MP Keith Ashfield seek Canadians' views on how to continue to build a stronger, more prosperous Canada
OTTAWA, Jan. 15, 2014 /CNW/ - The Honourable Jason Kenney, Minister of Employment and Social Development and Minister for Multiculturalism, and the Honourable Keith Ashfield, Member of Parliament for Fredericton, today hosted a pre-budget consultation with business representatives and community leaders in Fredericton. The round table 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 levels low.
"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 G7 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 for Multiculturalism
"Our Economic Action Plan has achieved results for Canadians. It's now time to focus on next steps. The views heard today will join the voices we are hearing from right across this country that will help our government set priorities in the upcoming budget and advance the next phase of our Economic Action Plan."
— Keith Ashfield, Member of Parliament for Fredericton
- Introduction to Pre-Budget Online Consultation (Department of Finance Canada)
SOURCE: Canada's Economic Action Plan
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