Minister Morneau Speaks to Montréal Business Community About Long-Term Growth
May 12, 2016 – Montréal, Quebec – Department of Finance Canada
Finance Minister Bill Morneau met with the Board of Trade of Metropolitan Montreal today to discuss the importance of partnerships and collaboration as part of the Government's plan to grow the economy for the long term—a plan that puts people first by making smart investments and focusing on the middle class and those working hard to join it.
Speaking to business leaders, Minister Morneau drew special attention to the importance of business investment in research and development as the Government further develops strategies for long-term economic growth. The Minister called on dynamic, globally connected firms to help propel clean economic growth, increase Canada's productivity and support good jobs for the middle class.
The Minister also highlighted the need for innovation in the public and private sectors as part of the Government's overall growth strategy, as well as the work of the Government's Advisory Council on Economic Growth. The group, comprised of 14 Canadian and international leaders chosen for their excellence in their respective fields, will shortly begin its work of building on the momentum of Budget 2016 to develop an even more robust growth strategy designed to provide higher living standards and greater opportunity for middle class families, and all Canadians.
"With our first budget, we took important steps towards revitalizing our economy so that it works for the middle class and those working hard to join it. But more needs to be done; truly sustainable long-term growth can only be achieved with all hands on deck. My message to the business community is clear: we need you. By working together, we will transform our economy and position Canada as a leader in the global economy of tomorrow."
—Bill Morneau, Minister of Finance
Director of Communications
Office of the Minister of Finance
Department of Finance Canada