Conclusion to Pre-Budget Online Consultation
Once again, as we conclude our pre-budget consultations, I am overwhelmed by the positive and insightful feedback we have received from Canadians across the country. Your input in the pre-budget process is invaluable to me and my colleagues, as we move forward in keeping Canada's economy strong. That means keeping taxes low, so you can keep more of your hard-earned dollars, while investing in programs and services that are important to you and your family.
In addition to hearing your views, as I do every year, I also consult many experts, private sector economists, academics and business representatives, as well as my Cabinet colleagues and fellow Parliamentarians. This allows our Government to get a full picture of what everyone is saying about the economy.
As we keep a steady hand on the economy, it is important that we continue to build on our successes and remain focused on the drivers of growth and job creation—innovation, investment, education, skills and communities—all underpinned by our commitment to lower taxes, sound financial management and a return to balanced budgets by 2015.
Canada continues to fare better than other nations, despite uncertain global economic times. We have the strongest job growth among Group of Seven (G-7) countries over the recovery, and our financial house is in order—both the International Monetary Fund and the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development expect Canada to be among the strongest growing economies in the G-7 over this year and next and, for the sixth year in a row, the World Economic Forum rated Canada's banking system as the world's soundest.
Jim Flaherty, Minister of Finance