Minister Morneau to Build on Canada's Plan for a Strong, Confident Middle Class at IMF and World Bank Group Spring Meetings

April 20, 2017 – Washington, D.C. – Department of Finance Canada

Canada is playing its part in creating long-term global economic growth that benefits the middle class and those working hard to join it. The Government of Canada is continuing to strengthen the middle class by deepening its engagement with the world and investing in key global partnerships such as the G20, the International Monetary Fund (IMF) and the World Bank Group.

Finance Minister Bill Morneau is in Washington, D.C., to meet with G20 and other Finance Ministers, the IMF and the World Bank Group, and to promote Canada's approach to making smart, responsible investments in people and in the economy to create good, well-paying middle class jobs. Canada will continue to be a leader and global champion of shared growth and an active participant in international institutions and forums.

Today, on the first day of his three-day visit to Washington, D.C., Minister Morneau will participate in two panel discussions focusing on the global economy and gender equality. Budget 2017 introduced Canada's first-ever Gender Statement, which will serve as a basis for more open and transparent discussions around the challenges facing Canada's women and girls, as well as other intersecting identities. It also highlights the actions the Government proposes to take to advance the goals of gender equality, fairness and stronger workforce participation. The Minister will reinforce this message during his opening remarks tomorrow at the Toronto Centre Executive Panel on Closing the Gender Gap in Finance.

The Minister will also attend meetings with his G20 counterparts to discuss developments in the global economy and to update progress on commitments for achieving strong, sustainable and balanced growth. He will also participate in meetings of the IMF's ministerial advisory body tasked with guiding the work of the institution. 

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"Canada continues to be a strong advocate for investing in the middle class and those working hard to join it so that they are well prepared for the jobs and opportunities in the new, innovative economy of tomorrow. The Government of Canada believes that diversity, equality and an openness to the world are key to giving the middle class a real and fair chance at success. This is the message that I will bring when I meet with my international colleagues this week, and it is a commitment that our government intends to keep."

- Bill Morneau, Minister of Finance

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