Ottawa, Ontario, August 15, 2012

Archived - Finance Minister’s Policy Retreat Focuses on Building Long-Term Prosperity

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The Honourable Jim Flaherty, Minister of Finance, today launched his sixth annual National Policy Retreat, bringing together a number of distinguished Canadians—small- and large-business representatives, academics and other experts—to discuss a wide range of economic issues facing Canada.

“During the next day and a half, we will focus on the key challenges and opportunities in our economy, and the actions that governments—and, more importantly, the private sector—can take to build a stronger, more prosperous country,” said Minister Flaherty.

The Minister noted that, while the Canadian economy enjoys one of the best performances among the G-7, the global economic environment remains uncertain.

“From a global perspective, we are facing a period of slow growth and the recovery remains fragile. The Harper Government is positioning our country’s economy to accommodate this challenge by reiterating its commitment to fiscal discipline and maintaining its focus on job creation and economic growth,” Minister Flaherty said.

“Through our work at the policy retreat, and in the future, the Harper Government will continue to shape the policies and initiatives that will keep our economy strong and growing for the benefit of all Canadians,” the Minister concluded.

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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