Government of Canada

Government of Canada

January 14, 2011 13:13 ET

Government House Leader John Baird Hears From Hardworking Canadians on Building Canada's Economy

VANCOUVER, BRITISH COLUMBIA--(Marketwire - Jan. 14, 2011) - The Leader of the Government in the House of Commons, John Baird, met earlier today with small business owners and working families in Vancouver to discuss ways to create jobs and economic growth as Prime Minister Stephen Harper's Government plans for the next phase of Canada's Economic Action Plan. 

"The economy remains the number one priority of the Prime Minister and our Government," said Minister Baird. "Since the economic downturn, our Government has focused like a laser on creating jobs for workers, preserving the retirement savings of seniors, and improving the financial security of all Canadian families." 

Launched in 2009, the Economic Action Plan has so far contributed to the creation of more than 440,000 new jobs since July 2009 and helped the country emerge from the global economic crisis faster and stronger than most other major industrial countries around the world. 

"It is clear that the Economic Action Plan is working," continued Minister Baird. "It has created jobs and provided financial security to Canadian families through the worst global recession since the Second World War." 

Minister Baird also warned that the Government will not jeopardize the fragile economic recovery by adopting proposals that would raise taxes or increase spending. 

Over the coming weeks and months, Minister Baird, the Prime Minister and our Government will travel to towns, cities and communities across the country to seek the views of Canadians on how best to continue building jobs and economic growth from coast to coast to coast. 

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Contact Information

  • Office of the Government House Leader
    Zoe Lawson
    Senior Special Assistant,
    Issues Management and Parliamentary Affairs
    613-995-7226