Industry Canada

Industry Canada

February 04, 2010 14:46 ET

Harper Government Maps Road to Canada's Economic Recovery

Government consulting Canadians on phase two of the Economic Action Plan

OTTAWA, ONTARIO--(Marketwire - Feb. 4, 2010) - Today, on behalf of the Government of Canada, the Honourable Tony Clement, Minister of Industry and the Honourable Christian Paradis, Minister of Natural Resources made the following statement:

"The Prime Minister and senior ministers have been at work since the beginning of January, meeting with Canadians from coast to coast to coast. They have sought and received advice on the priorities of working families and businesses - both small and large - and from leading economists.

"These discussions have been valuable. Government, businesses and families face essentially the same issues of balancing income, expenditure and debt; so often, the only significant differences are those of scale.

"Today the Prime Minister led a discussion on how the budget and our longer-term planning will reflect the expressed priorities of Canadians.

"We are not a government that raises taxes and spends recklessly. Our stimulus measures are targeted, and they have achieved results by dulling the impact of the economic downturn. Today, Canada's unemployment rate is 1.5 percentage points lower than that in the United States.

"Going forward, our government will implement fiscally responsible initiatives to generate economic growth. Our goal is to ensure that all Canadians benefit from a strengthening economy with good jobs and rising family incomes.

"Under our plan, job creation and economic growth remain the top priorities for the federal government.

"That's why the two-year stimulus program we committed to in Budget 2009 will be delivered in full.

"That's also why Budget 2010 will start to develop the policies we need to lead Canada into the economy of tomorrow, so that Canadians are ready to compete successfully as we enter new and developing markets. But working to ensure we capture new opportunities does not mean abandoning yesterday's successes. We will also ensure manufacturing is a source of job growth and continues to be an important part of our economy.

"It is of prime importance that this budget emphasize programs that will protect the homes, livelihoods and security of Canadian families. We will be diligent in this: when the train comes in, all Canadians will be able to ride it.

"The year ahead is one when those who understand the economics of the kitchen table will understand what drives and informs the federal government. Households flourish when every dollar is made to count, when debt is handled responsibly and when taxes don't increase.

"With well-conceived and affordable policies, we will grow this economy and deliver to Canadians what they have told us they want - growth, opportunity and the promise of a better tomorrow."

Contact Information

  • Office of the Honourable Tony Clement
    Minister of Industry
    Lynn Meahan - Press Secretary
    Industry Canada
    Media Relations