Canada launches pre-budget consultations

From: Department of Finance Canada

A strong economy starts with a strong middle class and a responsible fiscal plan. For the last four years, investments in people and communities, combined with the hard work of Canadians, have helped create more than a million new jobs-driving continued economic growth and creating more opportunities for people to succeed.

Today, Finance Minister Bill Morneau was at Ryerson University in Toronto, Minister of Middle Class Prosperity and Associate Minister of Finance Mona Fortier was at HEC Montréal in Montréal, and the Parliamentary Secretary to Ministers Morneau and Fortier, Sean Fraser, was at Saint Mary’s University in Halifax to participate in town halls and launch the Government of Canada’s consultations for Budget 2020.

The consultations will focus on the priorities laid out in the 2019 Speech from the Throne-strengthening the middle class and growing the economy, fighting and preparing for climate change and protecting the environment, keeping Canadians safe and healthy, and continuing the work towards reconciliation with Indigenous Peoples.

Ministers Morneau and Fortier invite all Canadians to contribute their ideas on how the Government can continue to build an economy that works for everyone. People can share their ideas through in-person events and also by making submissions through the Your Budget website launched today.

Quotes

“The investments we’ve made over the last four years have paid off, with an economy that is sound and growing at a solid pace. With more good, well-paying jobs and growing wages, Canadians have good reasons to be confident about the future, but we know there is still much more work to be done. We’re looking forward to hearing directly from people on how our government can best help them succeed today, and for years to come.”

– Bill Morneau, Minister of Finance

“Canadians are counting on us to deliver a budget that is targeted to what matters most to them-and that’s protecting our environment, growing the middle class, walking the path to reconciliation and continuing to keep Canadians safe and healthy. These consultations will help us build on our progress and grow an economy that includes everyone.”

– Mona Fortier, Minister of Middle Class Prosperity and Associate Minister of Finance

“While the economy is strong and growing, some Canadians are finding it difficult to make ends meet. Through these consultations, we want to hear from Canadians about their concerns, on how to continue to make life more affordable, and how to improve the health and safety of Canadians today and build a safer place for our children and grandchildren. We welcome new ideas in order to make life better for Canadians.”

– Sean Fraser, Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of Finance and to the Minister of Middle Class Prosperity and Associate Minister of Finance

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