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 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 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 for Multiculturalism
"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)
- Introduction to Pre-Budget Online Consultation (Department of Finance Canada)
SOURCE: Employment and Social Development Canada
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