Gatineau, January 18, 2012

Archived - Jobs and Growth the Priorities as Minister Flaherty Hosts Multi-Site Pre-Budget Consultations via Video Conference

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The Honourable Jim Flaherty, Minister of Finance, today took part in a pre-budget discussion via video conference with business, academic and sectoral leaders in Toronto, Edmonton and Vancouver. The event is part of a series of cross-Canada consultations on how best to ensure Canada’s economy continues to produce jobs and growth in a difficult global economy.

“Budget 2012 will maintain our focus on jobs and economic growth while reducing the deficit and returning to balance in the medium term,” said Minister Flaherty. “Today and in coming weeks, I want to hear from Canadians on how we can advance the next phase of our Economic Action Plan to continue to deliver results on these priorities. Today’s video conference is an innovative way to make that happen.”

Cross-country consultations with Minister Flaherty will conclude later this month.

In order to ensure that all Canadians can participate in this process, the Government of Canada has also launched online pre-budget consultations.

For further information, media may contact:

Mary Ann Dewey-Plante
Press Secretary
Office of the Minister of Finance

Jack Aubry
Media Relations
Department of Finance

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