Ottawa, July 16, 2013

Archived - Minister Flaherty Discusses Economy with Provincial-Territorial Finance Ministers in First-Ever Telepresence Meeting

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The Honourable Jim Flaherty, Minister of Finance, today took part in a landmark Telepresence meeting with his provincial and territorial counterparts on the global economic situation in advance of the upcoming G-20 Finance Ministers' meeting in Moscow.

“Today’s discussion offered an important exchange of views on the issues facing the global economy and what governments can do to spur on job creation and economic growth in this time of ongoing global uncertainty,” said Minister Flaherty. “I will take what I heard from my provincial and territorial counterparts to Moscow this weekend.”

The key task for all countries and governments is that of balancing support for job creation and economic growth with implementation of clear plans to reduce deficits and return to balanced budgets over the medium term. The Government of Canada will continue to promote job creation and economic growth by moving forward with its Economic Action Plan 2013.

As part of ongoing efforts to make government spending more efficient, the Harper Government has committed to reducing travel and accommodation costs through new cost-saving technologies. In a concrete demonstration of that commitment, the meeting took place using Telepresence conferencing to save tax dollars. This was the first-ever federal-provincial-territorial Finance Ministers' meeting to be held using this technology.

For further information, media may contact:

Kathleen Perchaluk
Press Secretary
Office of the Minister of Finance

Jack Aubry
Media Relations
Department of Finance

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