Did You Know That…The Honourable Jim Flaherty, Minister of Finance, and Bank of Canada Governor Mark Carney concluded the first meeting of finance ministers and Central Bank governors under Mexico’s chairmanship of the G-20. With the ongoing economic instability in Europe and the continued slow economic growth in the United States, it is clear the global economy is still very fragile and Canada is not immune. Our Government’s top priority will continue to be the economy. That is why the Government took part with its G-20 partners in frank discussions about the state of the global economy and took stock of the progress to date. G-20 finance ministers discussed implementing the actions that were agreed to in Cannes last November which aim to create jobs and growth, a plan developed by Canada and India. Our collective goal of strong, sustainable and balanced global growth can only be achieved through a mix of discipline, decisiveness and political will. This is exactly what we are doing in Canada with Canada's Economic Action Plan: our low-tax plan for jobs and growth. For more information: http://www.fin.gc.ca/n12/12-022-eng.asp
Did You Know That… The Honourable Ed Fast, Minister of International Trade and his provincial and territorial counterparts responsible for international trade issued a joint statement following their annual meeting in Ottawa, signaling their support for the Canada-European Union Comprehensive Economic and Trade Agreement (CETA). Our Government’s top priority remains completing the economic recovery. We know we are on the right path. More than 600,000 Canadians are working today than when the recession ended, resulting in the strongest rate of employment growth by far among G-7 countries. There is no larger integrated economy in the world than the European Union with over 500 million consumers and a GDP of over $17 trillion. Accordingly, there is no more important Canadian trade negotiating priority today than the Canada-European Union Comprehensive Economic and Trade Agreement (CETA). Our Government remains committed to an ambitious and balanced outcome to these negotiations and we look forward to the benefits that will result. For more information: http://www.international.gc.ca/media_commerce/comm/news-communiques/2012/02/28b.aspx?lang=eng&view=d
Did You Know That… As a part of Canada’s Economic Action Plan, The Honourable Christina Paradis, Minister of Industry, officially launched the Review of Aerospace and Space Programs and Policies. The Honourable David L. Emerson, P.C., O.B.C., will head the review and will report his findings to the Minister in late 2012. Canada’s aerospace and space industries generate annual revenues of $22 billion and employ nearly 80,000 Canadians in high-paying jobs at more than 400 firms across the country. That is why the Government, as part of Canada’s Economic Action Plan, is launching a comprehensive review of Aerospace and Space Programs and Policies. Canadian aerospace and space sectors are leaders in their fields and our government wants to ensure that they continue to create quality jobs across the country today and in the future. For more information: http://www.ic.gc.ca/eic/site/ic1.nsf/eng/07072.html
Did You Know That… Colin Carrie, Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of Health, Colin Carrie, announced new research aimed at improving the lives of people with rare diseases. The Government is committed to improving the quality of life of Canadians. There are over 7,000 rare diseases. An estimated one in twelve Canadians lives with a rare disease; one example of such a disease would be Fabry disease, which affects many organ systems and results in a reduced life expectancy. Our Government recognizes the importance of supporting these individuals and their families, that is why we announced new research that will help improve the health of Canadians living with rare diseases. Funding research in rare diseases, such as the Fabry disease, will allow for clinical research trials involving gene therapy to be conducted to ultimately establish an effective treatment for rare diseases. The overall objective of the research is to transform fundamental biological research into medical practice and treatments in the area of rare diseases. This announcement shows that our Government is committed to improving the health care system, with the ultimate goal of saving lives and improving the well-being of Canadians. For more information: http://www.newswire.ca/en/story/929853/harper-government-supports-research-on-rare-diseases
Did You Know That… The Honourable Jim Flaherty, Minister of Finance, announced the Government will deliver Economic Action Plan 2012 on March 29th. Our Government is squarely focused on what matters to Canadians – jobs and economic growth. While Canada’s job growth record is the best in the G-7 with over 600,000 net new jobs created since July 2009 (nearly 90% of them full-time jobs), ongoing economic challenges in Europe and the United States remain and the global economy is still very fragile. Economic Action Plan 2012 will continue to focus on making Canada’s economy stronger for today and over the long-term, with prudent pro-economic growth initiatives and responsible spending of taxpayers’ dollars. It will not contain reckless new spending commitments or tax hikes that will kill jobs and reverse Canada’s economic growth.