Wakefield, Quebec, August 21, 2013
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Finance Minister and Distinguished Canadians to Discuss Canada’s Economic Future

The Honourable Jim Flaherty, Minister of Finance, today launched his seventh annual National Policy Retreat, bringing together a group of distinguished Canadians—business representatives, academics and other experts—to discuss a wide range of economic challenges facing Canada.

“Our Government is focused on supporting job creation and economic growth, as we help secure Canada’s long-term prosperity and competitiveness in an increasingly globalized economy,” said Minister Flaherty. “I look forward to working with participants to identify the key innovations that will help us achieve these crucial objectives.”

Participants at the retreat will examine issues including skills shortages, labour mobility, internal trade, and promoting investment in Canada, as well as actions that the Government of Canada and the private sector can take to build a stronger, more prosperous country.

Minister Flaherty noted that Canada is not immune to global economic developments. “Canada has weathered the economic storm well, but weak growth is still an issue in both advanced and emerging economies. That’s why our Government is positioning the Canadian economy to accommodate ongoing global economic challenges by maintaining fiscal discipline and stimulating job creation and economic growth.”

“These discussions are an important and productive step in shaping the future of our economy. I look forward to an engaging set of discussions during this retreat, as we work, together, to keep our economy strong and growing for the benefit of all Canadians,” concluded Minister Flaherty.

For further information, media may contact:

Kathleen Perchaluk
Press Secretary
Office of the Minister of Finance
613-996-7861

Jack Aubry
Media Relations
Department of Finance
613-996-8080

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