Minister Morneau Promotes Growth for the Middle Class at The Economist’s Canada Summit

June 8, 2016 – Toronto, Ontario – Department of Finance Canada

The Government has an ambitious plan to revitalize Canada’s economy by strengthening the middle class and making smart, necessary investments for long-term economic growth that will promote fairness and shared prosperity.

Finance Minister Bill Morneau today took the Government’s people-centred approach and global perspective to The Economist’s annual Canada Summit, where he was interviewed as the opening keynote speaker.

In conversation with Matthew Bishop, The Economist Group’s Senior Editor, Minister Morneau highlighted Budget 2016’s strategic investments in infrastructure and innovation, which will strengthen and grow Canada’s middle class, help people find good jobs, create thriving communities and contribute to a cleaner environment.

Building on this momentum, the Government is developing a long-term Growth Strategy to better position Canada in the global economy of tomorrow. By working together with the public and private sectors, focusing on leading-edge research as well as a highly skilled and diverse workforce, and reinforcing Canada’s thriving business environment, the Government will ensure that entrepreneurial and creative Canadians are given the tools they need to invest and grow here at home and to compete globally.


“Our Government’s bold approach is based on the belief that when you have an economy that works for the middle class, you have a country that works for everyone. That, combined with our willingness to invest in our people and in our economy, has been widely praised internationally. I thank The Economist and the organizers for the opportunity to highlight Canada’s leadership role in the world, and for bringing together experts, business leaders and disruptors to highlight the best that Canada has to offer.”

- Bill Morneau, Minister of Finance

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Office of the Minister of Finance

Jack Aubry
Media Relations
Department of Finance Canada

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