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Minister Oliver launches formal pre-budget consultations with clear message: no reckless new spending, no new taxes

November 27, 2014 – Toronto, Ontario– Department of Finance

Finance Minister Joe Oliver today launched online pre-budget consultations and the first in a series of formal cross-country pre-budget roundtable discussions in Toronto. The purpose of these consultations is to listen to Canadians and hear their views on how Canada can create jobs, growth, and long-term prosperity. This formal process comes after months of meetings with Canadians about what matters to them and their families.

Minister Oliver launched these consultations with a clear message. First, the Government will not engage in reckless new spending or new taxes that will lead Canada down a path of fiscal deficits and economic decline. Second, the Government will remain focused on creating jobs and growth.

The Toronto pre-budget roundtable consultation is the first of many to be held by Minister Oliver, Minister of State (Finance) Kevin Sorenson and Parliamentary Secretary Andrew Saxton. Cabinet colleagues and members of the Conservative caucus will also be consulting with Canadians across the country.

Other roundtables will be held across the country:

  • St. John’s, Newfoundland and Labrador—November 28, 2014
  • Québec City, Québec—December 1, 2014
  • Edmonton, Alberta—December 5, 2014
  • Moncton, New Brunswick—December 18, 2014
  • Winnipeg, Manitoba—January 8, 2015
  • Vancouver, British Columbia—January 14, 2015
  • Calgary, Alberta—January 15, 2015

These roundtables will bring together a wide array of groups from every corner of Canadian life.

All Canadians will be able to participate through online consultations. The Government is seeking the input of Canadians on five key questions.

Quick Facts

  • Under the leadership of Prime Minister Stephen Harper, our Government’s top priority is creating jobs, growth, and long-term prosperity.
  • We are on track to balance the federal budget in 2015.
  • With balanced budgets in sight, the Harper Government is delivering close to $27 billion in tax relief for hard-working families over this year and the next five years, by:
    • Increasing and expanding the Universal Child Care Benefit
    • Introducing the Family Tax Cut
    • Increasing the Child Care Expense Deduction dollar limits
  • Canada’s Economic Action Plan is working:
    • Since the depths of the recession, we have created more than 1.2 million net new jobs—overwhelmingly full-time, good-paying jobs in the private sector.
    • The overall federal tax burden is at its lowest level in over 50 years.
    • Bloomberg ranks Canada the second most attractive place in the world to do business.


"It has taken discipline, hard work, and a rock-solid plan to set Canada on the path to a balanced budget in 2015. After all, budgets do not balance themselves. As we begin formal pre-budget consultations across the country, I look forward to hearing Canadians’ ideas on how we can do even more to create jobs, growth, and long-term prosperity in the next phase of Canada’s Economic Action Plan."

- Joe Oliver, Minister of Finance

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