Prime Minister Stephen Harper today met with Indo-Canadian business leaders and working families in Toronto to discuss ways to create jobs and economic growth as the Government plans for the next phase of Canada’s Economic Action Plan.
“With Canada’s economy still fragile, protecting and creating jobs, stability and financial security remain our number one priority,” said the Prime Minister. “Our country is home to a vibrant, approximately 1-million strong, Indo-Canadian community which plays a vital role in Canada’s economic and cultural landscape. As we move forward, the values of hard working Canadians from all walks of life – living within your means, reducing waste and duplication to keep taxes low – will continue to guide us.”
Launched in 2009, Canada’s Economic Action Plan has so far contributed to the creation of more than 460,000 new jobs since July 2009 and helped our country emerge from the global economic crisis faster and stronger than most other major industrial countries around the world. In Ontario, nearly 4,500 projects are underway or completed, including nearly 1,500 in the Greater Toronto Area. Projects such as Brampton Social Services Centre and the Braeburn Active Living Centre in Toronto have helped mitigate the effects of the economic downturn by investing in job-creating infrastructure projects across the province. “The Economic Action Plan is working. It has created jobs and provided financial security to families through the worst global recession since the Second World War,” continued the Prime Minister. “However, the economy is more than just numbers. That is why our Government will continue to focus on jobs and economic growth.”
Over the coming months, as the next phase of the Economic Action Plan is developed, Prime Minister Harper, ministers and caucus will travel to small towns, communities and cities across the country to listen to and seek the views of Canadians on the Government’s long-term Economic Action Plan.