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For release - January 26, 2012
CALGARY — The Honourable Denis Lebel, Minister of Transport, Infrastructure and Communities, and Minister of the Economic Development Agency of Canada for the Regions of Quebec, today is meeting with business leaders in Calgary, following successful similar meetings in Montreal and Vancouver earlier in the week. Through these meetings, Minister Lebel and his colleagues are consulting with Canadians on the best way to continue to create jobs and economic growth.
"The Harper government is staying focused on what matters most to Canadians — the economy," said Minister Lebel. "With the global economy still fragile, we continue to focus on creating jobs and economic growth."
Leading up to the next federal budget, the Harper government is holding consultations with Canadians from coast to coast on the economy. Led by Prime Minister Stephen Harper and Finance Minister Jim Flaherty, the consultations are an opportunity for Canadians to provide their views on the best way to create jobs and economic growth.
The government also believes that one of the best ways to create jobs in Canada is by investing in infrastructure. This means investing in the safety and security of Canada's roads, transit systems and bridges. A prime example of this is the government's recent announcement of the construction of a new bridge for the St. Lawrence, which will be a major investment in Canada's economic prosperity.
"Since July 2009, Canadian entrepreneurs, businesses and others have created almost 600,000 new jobs," said Minister Lebel. "This week, through cross-country consultations, I have been gathering valuable feedback from Canadians on the best way to strengthen the Canadian economy, which will aid in the preparation of the next federal budget."
In order to ensure that all Canadians can participate in this process, the Harper government has also launched online pre-budget consultations. Those wishing to make submissions can do so by visiting www.fin.gc.ca/prebudget-prebudgetaire/1-eng.asp.
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