Monday December 5, 2011


Federal Politics

Ottawa Looks To Consult With Public On 2012 Budget

Time and date in New Year to be announced

Released by Robert Pearsall, PA to MP Mark Strahl


hilliwack-Fraser Canyon MP Mark Strahl is encouraging local residents to take advantage of the opportunity to participate in pre-budget consultations launched by the Honourable Jim Flaherty, Minister of Finance.


"Our focus remains on jobs and economic growth. The Conservative Government is eager to hear from Canadians on how we can best deliver on these priorities," said Strahl. "I'm encouraging my constituents to share their views on how we can continue to deliver responsible economic management through our budgetary policies."

Cross-country consultations with Minister Flaherty will be taking place in the New Year with venues and details to be announced as they become available.

In order to ensure that all Canadians can participate in this process, the Government of Canada has launched online pre-budget consultations. Those wishing to make submissions can do so by visiting

"The goal with Budget 2012 is to ensure that Canada continues to implement policies that have allowed us to outperform our major trading partners and that we secure a prosperous future for all Canadians," said Strahl.

According to the International Monetary Fund Canada will lead all developed nations in economic growth this year and next. Forbes magazine ranked Canada as the best place in the world for business to grow and create jobs. For four consecutive years the World Economic Forum has rated Canada's banking system as the world's soundest, and that five of Canada's largest banks were named to Bloomberg's list of the world's strongest financial institutions, more than any other country. Canada is the only developed country to recover all jobs lost during the recession.


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