Toronto, November 7, 2013

Archived - Minister Flaherty Launches Pre-Budget Consultations in Toronto

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The Honourable Jim Flaherty, Minister of Finance, today launched this year’s pre-budget consultations in Toronto at a roundtable discussion with business representatives, community leaders and academics. This roundtable marks the launch of a series of events in communities across the country, as well as online consultations, aimed at engaging Canadians in Economic Action Plan 2014 deliberations. 

“Our Government’s priority is to create jobs and opportunities for Canadians by protecting the economy and keeping taxes low,” said Minister Flaherty. “In the midst of a fragile and uncertain global economy, our Government remains squarely focused on creating jobs and securing economic growth, which includes balancing the budget in 2015. With these consultations, I am looking forward to hearing from Canadians on how best to achieve these objectives.”

In addition to a series of pre-budget roundtables, which will be hosted by Minister Flaherty, Minister of State (Finance) Kevin Sorenson and Parliamentary Secretary Andrew Saxton, Canadians are also invited to submit their views online beginning today.

“We will be asking Canadians what concrete actions can be taken to strengthen our economy in an uncertain world, to solidify our recovery and position Canada to compete and prosper over the long term,” said Minister Flaherty. “We need to hear from Canadians on where they want us to control spending and how to further encourage private sector growth. I look forward to engaging Canadians in these discussions.”

For further information, media may contact:

Marie Prentice
Press Secretary
Office of the Minister of Finance

Jack Aubry
Media Relations
Department of Finance

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