Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of Finance in Kingston to Consult With Canadians on Budget 2017

November 9, 2016 – Kingston, Ontario – Department of Finance Canada

With its Fall Economic Statement, the Government of Canada has taken the next steps in its plan to make smart and necessary investments to strengthen the middle class and position Canada for success in the global economy of tomorrow. Looking ahead to the next budget, ongoing consultations are helping inform the Government’s approach of ensuring that the long-term growth we create is shared with the middle class, and those working hard to join it.

As part of pre-budget consultations, Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of Finance François-Philippe Champagne today stopped in Kingston, where he was accompanied by Member of Parliament for Kingston and the Islands Mark Gerretsen for a Facebook Live discussion with students at Queen’s University on how to ensure our country is well positioned for the global economy of tomorrow. Parliamentary Secretary Champagne also highlighted the Budget 2016 investment in students, which will make post-secondary education more affordable for more young people by boosting Canada Student Grants by 50 per cent for those who need it most.

Minister of Finance Bill Morneau and Parliamentary Secretary Champagne will continue listening to input and ideas from Canadians to bring forward the best ideas our country has to offer to ensure a strong, confident and more resilient middle class.

All Canadians are invited to submit their ideas online and via Twitter, using the hashtag #Budget2017.


“Our Government welcomes new ideas and innovative solutions Canadians have to offer to grow the economy, and ensure a strong, confident and resilient middle class. This ongoing dialogue we are having with Canadians about the challenges facing us today will help us seize opportunities to strengthen our communities, create sustainable and well-paying jobs, and ensure long-term growth now and in the future.”

- François-Philippe Champagne, Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of Finance

Quick Facts

Measures in the Government’s Fall Economic Statement include:

  • Investing an additional $81 billion over 11 years in public transit, green and social infrastructure, transportation infrastructure that supports trade, Canada’s rural and northern communities and smart cities to bring Canadians good jobs, a cleaner environment and thriving communities for years to come;
  • Creating a Global Skills Strategy to attract global investment and talent, supported by improvements to Canada’s immigration system; 
  • Creating the Invest in Canada Hub, staffed with a dedicated high-impact sales force to promote Canada, and to work with global companies to increase investment that will benefit Canadians; and
  • Strengthening the independence of Statistics Canada and the Parliamentary Budget Officer to provide fair and unbiased advice and make government more open and transparent.

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